GSA Dance: Better than High School Prom?

By: Group #20

At Governor’s School last week, we were pleasantly surprised to find out about an upcoming dance. Some wondered about the futility of having a dance when we should be learning about agriculture, and others complained about how the dance was ‘required’ for all Governor’s School for Agriculture students. When we arrived at the YMCA location, with the words, ‘thrift shop’ labeled on at the entrance, a few wondered if they had chosen the place solely for its cost-effectiveness. 

Once the dance started, however, and everyone began sliding side-to-side with their glowing bracelets, any shyness that was hanging around the group evaporated and the mood quickly changed. With energetic jumps, shouts, and squeals, the GSA students, for the most part, were enjoying themselves. The quality of this dance surpassed our high school prom, in which dancing was few-and-far in between. 

From a broader perspective, the dance was an opportunity to bond with fellow students before entering the last and final week of Governor’s School. By this time, many had already made friends and were enjoying the dance in their respective groups. All in all, this dance changed the atmosphere of Governor’s School going into the final week.


10 Quick Tips To Survive at Gov School

By: Zoe Smith, Sam Zuber, Yousuf Rehman, Kathryn Weisbordt and Courtney Whisenant


  1. Pay attention in class! Even if we’re outside. Actually, especially if we’re outside.  Please, don’t make your roommates hate you by giving them an early bed check.
  2. Take advantage of all the beautiful sights. How often do you see a double rainbow? Like, never. So like it. Better yet, love it.
  3. Make your roomies feel special. If it’s their birthday, let them know you care. They’re away from home for a whole month. You are too, but it’s not your birthday. Or if it is, make sure your roommates make a whole big fuss about it. Party hats and birthday décor galore.
  4. Be adventurous. There’s plenty to do while we’re here, so take advantage. Go for a hike in the Cascades.  Swim in the ice cold water. Why? Just because you can. Perfect logic, I know.
  5. Be prepared for the field-trips. They’re pretty awesome. For example, we just went to Kentland Farms. We saw crops. A lot more interesting than it sounds, I swear. But make sure you wear sunscreen. And bug spray. Lots of bug spray. Because bugs are gross.
  6. Make friends. I probably should have mentioned this earlier. But actually, make them. Trust me, you’ll need them. Especially if you’re not into hanging out alone. But if you are, well, I guess I can’t judge. To each his own, right.
  7. Love your country. We have fireworks that look amazing. Fourth of July and all that jazz. ‘Murica.
  8. WALMART! Take advantage of the Wal-Mart trips. Even if you’re not going, you can always make your roommate (or one of those friends I mentioned earlier that I really hope you made) get whatever you need for you. Although, that comes with the caveat that you have to get stuff for them if you go. And you might end up with a lot of bags. But it’s okay. Wal-Mart is worth it. A little slice of heaven.
  9. Absorb the Hokie spirit! It’s such an important part of the Virginia Tech community, and frankly the entire Blacksburg area. Judge all the incoming freshman, even if they are all older than us (and don’t be afraid to get free stuff.)
  10. Honestly, the most important thing for anyone to do here at this beautiful, wonderful governor’s school is to get into it. Let your hair down, be yourself, and have fun. We’re here for a whole month (I’ve probably already mentioned that), so don’t be a Debbie Downer. No one likes those. Anyway, these are people from all over the state, and we’re all different. Embrace those differences, and get to know these people. Be open to new experiences, you never know, you might meet your best friend here. Or your future boss.

A Governor’s School Weekend

By: GROUP #4

On the Saturday after the 4th of July, the Governor’s School for Agriculture left the Virginia Tech campus early and drove to the Cascades Falls in Giles County.


It was a long, strenuous hike despite the signs that claimed it was an easy two miles each way. We carefully hiked over slick stones and bridges for 45 minutes.The Cascades were beautiful — almost 70 feet of falls crashed into a large pool of water. The adventurous climbed over the rocks and took turns jumping into the freezing water. Even the less adventurous GSL, Garrett, jumped in the water with much encouragement from the students. We took the easier loop back to the vans and finished the hike with no injuries (very impressive considering we are a fragile bunch).

After the hike, we spent the rest of the day getting to know our new friends. Some of the GSL’s took groups of students into the town of Blacksburg so that we could escape D2’s cafeteria food. Each of the groups of students were excited about the endless possibilities for dinner. There was sushi, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, chinese food, and even frozen yogurt after. Sunday morning continued where Saturday left off. Some students attended religious services while others attended brunch or watched movies with their suitemates. A group of students ran a half marathon while others found that they were allergic to grass on the Drill Field.

The much anticipated Scavenger Hunt started on Sunday night. We all met outside of D2 and were briefed on the rules. Once the hunt began, it was chaos. Students walked hastily (NO RUNNING!!) around campus to complete various tasks and take pictures. The 34 tasks ranged from finding the biggest statue on campus to proposing to a stranger on campus. In a little over an hour, we covered the entire campus and now have less of a chance of getting lost. The Plant Science Group earned the most points and are anxiously anticipating the prize that they will receive at the closing ceremony.