Something Bigger

Happy Monday, everyone!!

THIS is one exciting week here in Blacksburg. I have two reasons for this:

  1. The sun is back.  People are practically skipping around.  Need I say more?
  2. Tomorrow is Virginia Tech’s Class of 2017 Ring Premiere.

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If I was being completely honest I would say that the concept of “tradition” was something I really struggled grasping until coming to college.  I have always had a huge respect for tradition, always admired it, but for some reason I never really took it to heart.  I loved bright, shiny, new events and programs, and until Virginia Tech, tradition confused me.  

Upon arriving my freshman year I started to notice that the things I loved the most about the university were the “traditions”, I loved Enter Sandman, I adored Hokie Stone, The Pylons literally bring me to tears now, and the list goes on and on.  But, I still don’t think the full concept of “tradition” truly hit me until about two weeks ago.

I was on the phone with a VT grad that I have come to look up to a lot in the past few weeks, Kelley English, asking her what she loved about Virginia Tech’s Ring Tradition, and what she loved about tradition in general.  She said that some days when she glances down at her class ring at work, she gets hit with a flood of emotions.  Her ring brings back strong memories of planning Ring Dance, jumping to Enter Sandman, and just being a college student in general.  Her ring reminds her of what she is apart of.

As I was sitting outside of my dorm talking to her it hit me what “tradition” really means.

Tradition is a physical representation for being apart of something bigger than yourself.

At the end of the day, people want to be apart of something bigger.  People want to be apart of a community that can achieve greater things than what individuals can do on their own. People want to stand for something larger than themselves.  People want to represent something that can change the world. At the end of the day- we want our defined purpose in life to be bigger than what we as individual humans can bring to the table.

That is what tradition is all about.  

Virginia Tech’s Class Ring tradition is exactly that- it is bringing the community together to produce something that represents so much more than what we each represent as individuals.  So, tomorrow night that tradition, that “bigger thing”, will be unveiled for the very first time for the Class of 2017.  I am fortunate enough to have seen a small portion of the planning process due to my role in Class of 2018 Leadership Team and even watching from the sidelines has already inspired me an incredible amount.  

If you are a Virginia Tech student I am crossing my fingers I get to see you tomorrow at Ring Premiere.  I promise you will not regret getting to see how tradition is the glue that ties our community together.  

And if you won’t be in Blacksburg tomorrow night, I still hope this post reminded you of what you stand for on a larger scale.  I hope you are apart of a community that constantly pushes you to stand for something bigger than just yourself.

Much Love,

Hadley Carter {happy hc}