Helping others is at the core of what we do as Hokies. Here's what a few senior Hokies have to say. 

By Virginia Tech student Aidan Kincaid       "For Hokies, by Hokies" Summer Academy Blog       2/14/2017

1.   Study hard; Work for the future! 

Not everyone knows what they want to do with the rest of their lives when they get to college, and that’s okay! But a lot of seniors regret not taking their studies more seriously as underclassmen. Even if you’re not sure about your major, you can make life easier on yourself later by working harder now!

Take different classes to find out what you like, and what you are good at. Take required classes earlier so they don’t bog down your schedule in the coming years. Experiment with credit hours to see what kind of schedule you can handle. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself in your first year by taking a full schedule so you can take fewer, more advanced courses about your specific interests later on! But if you ever feel stressed from working hard…

Student Studying
Photo by Peter Means

2.   Utilize campus resources

There are all kinds of services offered to students to help you find balance in your scholarly life! Cook Counseling Center offers by-appointment individual and group counseling for personal issues, large and small, and is a great therapeutic resource for anyone that needs to vent their troubles. For whenever you get sick, Schiffert Health Center is Tech’s on-campus medical building. Most services Schiffert provides are covered by the student health fee in each year’s tuition payment, but other services not covered are usually pretty cheap. The Smith Career Center is home to Career and Professional Development—Tech’s resource for helping you explore and develop your career options. In addition, Tech has tons of study seminars offered through Cook Counseling, free services such as the Writing Center in Newman Library, and student-run study groups for many different lecture courses. And these are just a handful of the resources Virginia Tech has to offer! Visit the Division of Student Affairs to see more. 

Consulting with a professor
Photo by Peter Means

3.   Meet as many people as you can

It may go without saying that college is a social experience, but don’t forget to make friends whenever you can! Get to know the people in your major—your peers that are passionate about the same things as you can help you on your academic quest. But it also helps to know people outside of your studies to keep life interesting! Virginia Tech’s huge student body is incredibly diverse, and dorm living is a great way to meet all sorts of interesting and unique people. Also, make sure you get to know your professors and advisors! Tech’s faculty and staff are some of the most interesting and experienced folks you will have the chance to meet, and they want to see you succeed! 

Meeting Hokies
Photo by Peter Means


4.   Get involved in the community

Many seniors’ favorite experiences at Tech are the clubs and service projects they were a part of during their time here. Giving back to the community is a pillar of what it means to be a Hokie, as demonstrated by the school’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). The Big Event is one student-run community service effort that sees huge participation each year, allowing for the completion of hundreds of service projects one day each year in the New River Valley. Tech’s Relay for Life fundraising program benefiting the American Cancer Society has had the largest Collegiate Relay for Life in the world for seven years in a row. There are more than 55 fraternity and sorority chapters operating at Virginia Tech. Tech also offers hundreds of student clubs for just about anything you can think of. Gobblerfest is a festival set up each year where clubs and other campus activities offer information and membership registration. Check and see if there’s a club for your interest here

Relay for Life Virginia Tech
Photo by Logan Wallace

Aidan Kincaid, a contributor to the For Hokies, by Hokies Summer Academy blog, is a senior majoring in creative writing/literature and serves as an intern in the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.

The views expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Virginia Tech or The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.