Our next postcard comes from the other side of the country – Katie Wells at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Officially known as the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA Tech is well known for its programs in Engineering, Business and Architecture. In addition to solid academic programs, the nearly 25,000 undergraduate students enjoy competitive Division I sports and Southern hospitality.
What is your title/role/department there?
Director of Advising at the Pamplin College of Business
How long have you been there?
I was a student from 2002-2008 and have worked here since 2010 - with a short stint at George Washington University from 2011-2012. City life wasn't for me :)
What is your favorite thing about the school?
It's hard to narrow it down to just one thing... so I'll say the beautiful campus and the tight-knit Hokie community.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I like spending time at the Duck Pond. It's a great place for thinking, getting some exercise, or eating lunch on nice days. I also like to take my two young daughters there to feed the ducks and fish!
What is unique about this school, as opposed to other institutions where you've worked or studied?
I love the way campus is centrally located in the heart of Blacksburg. Downtown Blacksburg (Main Street) borders the edge of campus so it really creates a tight bond between students and community members (as mentioned above). It's a large land-grant university with a small-town feel.
Any fun factoids about this institution?
The official school colors, Chicago maroon and burnt orange, were established in 1896 because no other college utilized that particular color combination.
Best pizza on/near campus?
PK's Bar and Grill - the buffalo wing pizza and the "Hokie" sticks are a must!
Best ice cream on/near campus?
The Frosty Parrot