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FORWARD Campaign features stories of resiliency

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From: Student Affairs

FORWARD is a series from Student Affairs featuring Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have faced, overcome, or learned from life's obstacles and setbacks. FORWARD aims to normalize the conversation about hardships we endure and to encourage resilience. Related resources are available online at the Emotional Well-Being webpage. 

In this video, hear Virginia Tech cadet Jack Holland, a senior, talk about the spinal injury inflicted during a football game that forced him to re-evaluate his dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. When an extensive recovery period prevented him from completing the necessary physical assessments required for admission into the Naval Academy, it was Virginia Tech’s commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and sense of community that inspired him to choose the Corps of Cadets.

Jack is studying finance and management in the Pamplin College of Business. He served as regimental commander for the fall 2018 semester, a Hokie Ambassador, and an orientation leader and has been recognized as an Aspirations Fellow. He’s also a member of the Student Alumni Associates and Omicron Delta Pi, as well as a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship and the Wells Fargo Leadership Development Scholarship.

More stories of resilience can be found at

Student Affairs Communications welcomes your stories of resiliency to be featured as part of the FORWARD Campaign. If you would like to share your story, please contact Tiffany Woodall at