High school senior already feeling ‘energy of orange’

Commentary by Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent

Christian Hornaday / Times-News correspondent

   The first day as a high school senior ended with an acceptance letter to Campbell University.
Not only was it a “yes,” but a bit of scholarship money would seal the deal.
The fall of 2014 cannot get here soon enough. A private tour was scheduled days after the acceptance letter came in the mail, and I was greeted with a warm welcome followed by the signature orange soda and popcorn given out by Campbell’s admissions staff.
After a short presentation on the school, an interview with a current communication studies student took place. The Q&A was cut short (due to my nervousness) and we headed off in the orange golf cart to begin the campus tour.
Sitting in on the communication ethics class was the first time I realized how close I was to really being a college student. The professor and entire class were welcoming. A trip to Marshbanks, the dining hall, and a second journalism class followed. It was a freshman course on public speaking and the students were presenting their first speeches to the class.
As one student presented, his or her classmates listened intently, with five students each assigned a different aspect of speech. After the student finished speaking, the five classmates critiqued the speech, giving praise where it was due and pointing out things to work on. After a few speeches were presented, I was assigned a topic to pay attention to and was included in the class discussion.
The students and faculty at Campbell University did a fantastic job of making me feel at home on campus and sent me home filled with “The Energy of Orange.”

Christian Hornaday is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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