Kira is literally the girl (or young woman) with a dragon tattoo—a bearded dragon, that is. In addition to the tattoo, her eyes are two different colors. Combine those traits with the fact that she drives a Volkswagen, and she’s no doubt a unique individual on campus.

A criminal justice major, Kira plans to go into law enforcement when she finishes her degree at Longwood. When she does, she hopes her partner will have a bite that’s worse than his bark. That’s because her goal is to be a K-9 officer, trusting a four-legged co-worker to watch her back.

At Clover Hill High School, her favorite classes were Spanish and history, and she was a member of the debate and tennis teams.


Emotions and Hunger Pangs

Over the past few days I have felt many emotions. Here are a few:

  • Sadness over leaving my pets behind (and my family, of course, but they know where I am and how to work a phone)
  • Excitement about what’s to come
  • Nervousness about the first day of classes

But let me tell you one continuous feeling I have had this whole college experience so far. Hunger. I truly don’t think I have ever wanted real food more in my life.

Kira swipes in for a meal at D-Hall.

What I miss most about the food at home is a restaurant called Don Pepe—where my favorite dish is the shrimp chimichangas!—and just a home-cooked meal. I especially miss the huge brunch my dad makes every Sunday after church.

Sure, we have D-Hall, but let’s be honest here—it’s D-Hall food. Although, if you ever get a chance to try the tortellini and the grilled cheese, you won’t be too disappointed. I should know. I have had both for lunch and dinner more than once already.