I am writing to address the article written about the two student deaths this past weekend.
Personally, I found the articles to be impersonal, listing streamline facts.
It didn't seem to me that the author took the time to really find out who either of these fellow Hokies were. I was fortunate enough to be friends with Lauren Smith, and I consider my time with her a small privilege.
What the article failed to relay was that Lauren was both strongly dedicated and fun loving. Lauren had a smile that was contagious; you could not be around her and be upset.
On weekends that she didn't have drill, she could be found around town enjoying college life. Lauren was the type to be ready at any instant for coffee at Starbucks or French toast at Joe's. She was the type to crack a joke and cheer you up instantly. Lauren's passion was to live by this university's motto, "Ut Prosim."
When she decided to go Army, she threw everything she had into advancing her involvement and training. She always said Army was her best class. Lauren was more than just a good solider; she was a great friend to many.
In this article, I can't help but show my bias toward the loss of Lauren being a loss for the student body. In this big university there are few superstars; our Blacksburg world is made up of whom you're closest to.
I know that in the grand view of things the passing of Lauren and Can Geyran were not campus shattering, but to those close to either it was a shocking blow.