If you're reading this, I want to give you a hug.
I may not know you, but we all need a good hug sometimes.
College is full of ups and downs. Admittedly, sometimes it’s more downs than ups, but that’s okay. Despite these struggles, don’t forget that you are important and these downs will subside. Until these downs are over, I will be there with a hug. In fact, you will find that most people, regardless of how well they know you, will be there to give you a hug and help you get through these difficult times.
With this hug, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Even if you feel as if your world is falling apart, I want you to know that someone will be there to help you hold together the pieces.
With this hug, I want you to know that you do not need to put on a front. It is okay to show your emotions and be vulnerable to others. We want to be there for you and listen.
With this hug, I want you to know that things will get better. Despite how it feels right now, it will get better.
So, seek hugs from myself and others. Know that once you get through these tough times, we will be there with another hug. But this time, it will be a hug to show how loved, accomplished, and wonderful you are.
David L., University of Virginia