Hey Hokies! My name is Christine Terminello and I am so proud and humbled to be representing Alpha Phi on Homecoming Court this year. If you were to tell me three years ago that I was to be on Homecoming Court at Virginia Tech, I would have never believed you.
As a junior in high school looking into universities, I really never knew exactly what I was looking for. I knew I wanted a big school, but wasn’t sure how I would fit in or make a difference with so many people around. I visited Virginia Tech for the first time in April of my junior year…and it was snowing. I distinctly remember saying to my parents, “I thought I was coming down south from Northern Virginia. I don’t know about this”.
So we continued to walk around Johnston Student Center aimlessly looking for Burruss Hall. It was shortly after that it hit me. I belonged here. I had students come up to me and ask my family and I how our day was going, hold the door open for us, and even miss the beginning of class to walk us to the bookstore.
I was so amazed by the sense of community I had experienced in just 2 short days in Blacksburg. I went back to Oakton High School and knew I wanted to go to Virginia Tech. Even all my friends told me I was a Hokie. I found my new home!
When I stepped back onto campus in August 2009 to start my freshman year, I remember feeling so overwhelmed with Hokie spirit and was amazed by the sense of ambition that every student shared. I wanted so badly to become immersed in that Hokie spirit and pride.
From joining Alpha Phi, my sponsoring organization, to welcoming the Class of 2015 as an Orientation Leader, I stepped out of my comfort zone with the motivation of the Hokie Community as my driving force.
In my three years at Virginia Tech, I have been privileged to get involved with amazing organizations and meet many wonderful people. Virginia Tech has given me countless opportunities to reach my full potential as a student, a leader, a friend, and a fellow Hokie.
So thank you, Hokie Community, for shaping me into the person I am today. I feel so fortunate to have had such amazing experiences here at Virginia Tech and I am so excited to celebrate Homecoming and its many traditions with the entire Hokie Nation!
If you would like to read more about me or my campaign, “Join the Terminello Tribe, Vote Christine for Queen”, please visit www.terminellotribe.com.