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Embrace Your Awesomeness

strengths

We think you are pretty great already, just because you're a Hokie. At Virginia Tech, we don't talk about our weaknesses. Instead, we focus on our strengths. That's why we are the first university in the nation to offer the CliftonStrengths assessment FREE to all students. Learn about how you work, what you value, and who you are becoming. And don't be surprised if someone asks you about your “top five” once you get to campus!

Seyi Olusina

Seyi Olusina

Beaverdam, Virginia | Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise

“Find a place where you feel you belong and get plugged in there. Work hard, but give yourself time to enjoy school. Find different ways to practice Ut Prosim, because once you start, you will not be able to stop.”

Anastasia Matusiewicz

Anastasia Matusiewicz

Woodbridge, Virginia | International Studies

“Take advantage of every opportunity you have to get involved, and try out as many organizations as you possibly can. You may not like all of them, but it takes just one to change your entire outlook on the world and the role you play within it.”

Ryan Hopkins

Ryan Hopkins

Martinsville, Virginia | Psychology

“Don’t wish away your time at Virginia Tech. It’s easy to get caught up in always looking forward to the next break from school, but try to enjoy each and every day. Take the long way walking home. Listen to the Burruss Bells, walk around the Duck Pond, watch the sunset from Lane. You’ll remember those moments more than the extra 10 minutes you spent in your room.”

Madeline Sault

Madeline Sault

Arlington, Virginia | Business Information Technology, Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing

“College exists to build perspectives, enhance experiences, and prepare students for the future, but the only way to effectively reach these goals is to open your mind to those around you. We are here to invent the future, but that doesn’t mean we have to do so alone.”

“Do what scares you.”

– Priyanka Rayapudi

“Buy a hamper with wheels!”

– Madison Arnsbarger

Robbie Ashton

Robbie Ashton

Ashburn, Virginia | Political Science

“Always call home. Even if it’s just a short talk about how your week was, try to get in the routine of calling home once a week—I call every Sunday night. You’ll never feel too far from home, and your folks will appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.”

Nizar Talfour

Nizar Taifour

Centreville, Virginia | Marketing and International Studies

“You’ll never know what you’re going to remember most from your time at Virginia Tech, so try a bit of everything and be impressed by all you’ve experienced in the end.”

“Sleep is more important than you think: studying only takes you so far if you end up sleeping through your 8 a.m. exam!”

– Josh Jay Kim

“Invest in a planner and stick with it: divide what time you will spend doing work, and what time you’ll use for rest. Hold yourself accountable.”

– Zachery Scott

Tyler Allin

Tyler Allin

Richmond, Virginia | Mathematics Education

“Leave your door open and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to other people who live on your hall. Everyone is new and scared, so don’t be afraid to be outgoing.”

Nivedha Balan

Nivedha Balan

Basking Ridge, New Jersey | University Studies

“You’re here for a reason—to grow. So learn, explore, talk, and evolve. Because at the end of the day, you won’t remember that one test you flunked or the essay you messed up on, but you’ll remember the adventures you experienced and the friends you made.”