Here at Virginia Commonwealth University, we have a campus full of caring individuals who love not only each other, but love the fact that they are a part of this diverse and welcoming community. We’re starting off season two of Questions, Commons and Concerns by sharing how VCU students show affection for their loved ones, and what they love about our university.
Joseph Koroma: Welcome to Questions, Commons and Concerns from VCU University Student Commons and Activities. I am your host, Joseph Koroma.
Koroma: This time of year is often associated with showing appreciation both for yourself and those around you. VCU students display their affection through acts of kindness ranging from the “little things,” like sending thoughtful messages, to full-out gift giving.
Koroma: Here, listen for yourself:
:: I usually just shoot people texts like, “Hey, I appreciate you.” That kind of stuff.
:: I do pop-ups, like I’ll just randomly pop up on them.
:: So for, like you know, the people in my life, like family and friends and significant others. Um, I just show my appreciation, like, for showing love, I just show, like, my appreciation and just try to do all I can for them.
:: Like words of affirmation, so just telling them I love them and I am grateful for them and thankful for everything and them being in my life. Uh, some people like gifts, so, I guess buying food, even the little things. Like buying somebody’s favorite snack or meal.
::Um, so the way I show love: I’m a gift giver. I’ll buy you anything, if you deserve it.
:: I share a lot of encouraging words and I give hugs.
:: If you call me and I’m asleep, and you want me to be somewhere, and I show up? That’s love right there, because I don’t get out of my bed for nobody.
:: I’m a very straightforward person, so I just tell people straight up, like, “Yo, I really love you.”
Koroma: The beautiful thing about the way the VCU community displays affection, is that they do so on multiple levels: towards significant others, friends and the university we’re all a part of. What are some things that you love about VCU?
:: How diverse we are. I transferred from CNU and, since I came here, my GPA done went up a whole point and I’m happier than ever!
:: I have been able to see a lot of different people and a lot of different things.
:: As part of the LGBTQ community, like, for me, I’m from Jacksonville, Florida, so, like, I never met a nonbinary person or transgender person until I came to VCU actually.
:: I like that there are a lot of options in terms of different classes in my field in sociology, um, and there is a lot of diversity in those classes because now I’m finally around other people besides sociology majors.
:: How people express themselves and, like, nobody is scared to wear what they want to wear here.
:: I love how everything is close to each other like the buildings and everything. You can just walk wherever it’s not far like other campuses.
Koroma: Clearly, here at VCU we have a campus full of caring individuals who love not only each other, but love the fact that they are a part of this diverse and welcoming community.
Koroma: This has been another installment of Questions, Commons and Concerns from VCU University Student Commons and Activities. Thank you for listening.