One of the best things about going to Longwood University and being apart of the Cormier Honors College is being apart of a community. Not only a community, but a community that supports and encourages one another. Although Longwood is small, people always look out for each other which is one of the many reasons why I chose this school. In my short time at Longwood, I’ve already met some of the most inspiring and encouraging people, many whom I’ve met through honors. I hope next year as a honors mentor I can demonstrate that same presence to the class of 2023.

A unique way I was apart of the community was through my time with Longwood Life. Longwood Life is a chance for Special Needs children to attend Longwood University and get a normal college experience for the spring semester. Every Wednesday, I helped out in their life skills class working with students on anything from work out schedules, practicing opening locks, and managing money. In high school I worked with SPED students a lot, so this program was right up my alley. I decided to put this experience under community because although I was volunteering, it really did not feel like it. I looked forward to helping out on Wednesday’s because these students became my friends and people I enjoyed spending time with. If I saw them on campus outside of class, they got excited to me and I got just as excited to see them. They quickly became a part of my community and more importantly the Longwood community. One of my favorite pictures I took over the course of the semester was the one I attached; it includes me, my best friend Sydney, and one of the students, Trey. I love this picture because Trey was one of the first students I worked with and he became one of my favorite people in such a short time. It was so cool to see them all develop so much over the semester and I cannot wait to see them next!