“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination”
- Nelson Mandela
A good head and a good heart. I’d like to think I embody this each day. Or at least try!
My name is Minoka Gunesekera. I am a senior in public and urban affairs. I am honored to be representing the Wesley Foundation at Virginia Tech on Homecoming Court this year. I have the privilege of also being a homegrown candidate, or a “townie,” since I was born and bred here in Blacksburg. This school and this town make me love the life I’ve lived.
I’m so excited to be on Homecoming Court and bring something different to the table. I serve the community as a tutor, a mentor and a community leader at Blacksburg United Methodist Church and the Wesley Foundation. I was the 2009 Homecoming Queen at Blacksburg High School. I am also a first generation American. My parents came to Blacksburg from Sri Lanka, and that unique part of my identity is something I treasure. As a homecoming candidate, I hope to showcase all different aspects of this university during Homecoming. I’m hoping to represent the diverse identity that Virginia Tech has within its people. Virginia Tech is a transforming place, and I want my campaign to reflect that.
I’m running on the campaign slogan “Small Stature, Big Heart." I stand at a stately 4’11’’, but I believe there is so much more to me than my height. I may get lost in the crowd on the way to class, but I’m at the front of the line when it comes to wanting to see this university, and its students, soar to new heights. I have a big personality and an even bigger heart for service. My desire is to be in service to others and striving to accomplish “Ut Prosim” in everything I do.
Yes, I want you to vote for me. That would be splendid! But more importantly, I want you to see that Homecoming is a fun celebration for all who have ever called Virginia Tech home. It’s a time to see the legacy that Virginia Tech has through its traditions and events that showcase the spirit of this University. We as Hokies are the most resilient, celebratory people I know and Homecoming is a yearly excuse to do just that. I hope that you vote in the Homecoming elections, but most importantly, I hope you take some time to reflect on what it means to be a Hokie and what a privilege it is to be a part of the Virginia Tech community. Whether you are a freshman or someone coming to a Homecoming event after 60 years, I believe once you’re a Hokie you never forget it. So Go Hokies!! All Hokies!! And Vote Minoka for your 2012 Homecoming Queen!