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My name is Lily Reece and I chose Longwood because the moment I stepped on campus it felt like home. I come from a community that usually picks bigger schools, so choosing Longwood was out of the ordinary for sure. I ended up only applying to Longwood my senior year because it was the only place that felt like a real home away from home. After my first year, I can honestly say that Longwood is my second home and I can’t imagine picking any other place to grow and learn.

Before I knew about CHC, I chose Longwood because of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. This program allows me to take classes pertaining to Speech Pathology and Audiology from the moment I step on campus, unlike other programs at other universities. Having these courses will allow me to get a better understanding of the field before committing my entire education to a subject I don’t know much about. I have always had a passion for helping people and have wanted to do something to help people with special needs for as long as I can remember. Since I have been around people with disabilities and disorders my whole life, I saw the impact Speech Pathologists had on their confidence and I wanted to help people feel the same. I also found it really interesting how versatile Speech Pathologists jobs are and how many ways they can help people. I definitely think that this field is something I’m passionate about and can’t wait to (hopefully) go to graduate school to further my knowledge past undergrad.

Although I knew Longwood was going to be my place from the moment I toured, I was not aware of the Cormier Honors College until I got a letter in the mail asking me to apply. I was skeptical at first because I didn’t know what it was really or if it was worth my time, but I can honestly say that the honors program really made my Longwood experience the first semester. I met some of my closest friends during the Honors retreat and while living in Wheeler my first year. I cannot imagine what my first semester would have looked like without the retreat as it gave me a chance to get to know a smaller community of people before the rest of my class arrived.

Without CHC, I have no idea how my journey at Longwood would have ended up. I believe that Honors was the reason I fell in love with Longwood so quickly. I can’t wait to grow closer with my Honors community in the coming years and experience all that it has to offer for me.