|Off the top of my head...|
...If I could trade places with anyone right now, I'd physically trade places with my friend Lara in Israel right now. She's a Virginia Tech Hokie who's taking classes abroad this year and this event has really had a toll on her, being so far removed from all of her friends. I'd gladly give her the chance to switch places with her and have and travel to Tech and to see all of her friends for some closure. She really needs it right now.
So, living about an hour and a half away from Virginia Tech and knowing about half the general population there because our school basically all goes there, these have been some really trying and emotional times. I got called out of class to get told about the happenings of the day and I spent the rest of the day in Guidance making frantic calls to just about any graduating senior I knew who'd gone to Tech that year, and even previous years.
All were fine, if not severely shaken by the events.
I know it's a rough time, and a lot of them don't feel like dwelling on that atrocity that happened, but I just want to express that those people at Tech right now are heroes to me. Standing in the face of adversity and coming together the same night to hold a vigil, despite the blood, tears, and loss takes so much inner strength and speaks to the character of a Hokie. I haven't spoken a single word about the incident since it's happened and I'm going to guidance regularly now for greif counceling...and it's really nice to be able to talk about this...even if it is just online to absolutely anyone.
So, everyone in my school decided to go online to the Hokie Bookstore and we all mass shipped VTech Shirts, Hats, and Hoodies to wear on Friday in an effort of support which we're calling "Hokieday". If you're anything like me, you can't stand to sit around while things like this happen. You have to take action. And this would support the school's funds and probably boost their spirits to know that everyone is behind them. I know the kids and faculty at Tech would really appreciate your support.