Maroon and orange. Since coming to veterinary school, I have noticed that these two colors are everywhere. Every other student I see has on a maroon shirt that says things like “Hokies” and “Hokie Pride.” You may be wondering, what in the world is a Hokie? The answer is a maroon-colored turkey, and it is the Virginia Tech school mascot.
One of the biggest things down here is college football. The school and student body revolve around the Hokie football team. Having come from a school that never had any big teams, I never understood the big deal about college sports. But now that I’m living it, I can see why. Football is a way for veterinary students to have a good time while taking their minds off their studies. Additionally, it serves as a way for all students to come together as one. For example, last Saturday our team won a game against a major rival when we weren’t expected to stand a chance. What happened as a result? Students flooded the streets of downtown Blacksburg in support of the Hokie’s victory. Chants filled the air and everyone was thrilled!
The idea of being a Hokie is also a way for the community to be involved with the school. Big man-sized ornamental turkeys can be seen all across the town. Virginia Tech Hokie gear can be purchased at every shop. The school is integrated into the very heart of the community, and the people definitely support both the school and the students.
This weekend, I’ll be attending my very first football game, so I think I can now call myself a Hokie. Or at least I’ll be able to come Saturday.