I am thankful for Hampton University
I am thankful for Mary Peake who taught newly freed people under the Emancipation Oak.
I am thankful for Sarah Collins Fernandis (Class of 1882), the writer of my Hampton University alma mater, for writing such powerful and meaningful words that I will never forget.
I am thankful for the Hampton Singers of Virginia Hall who sung up the now Virginia Cleveland Hall by touring the United States and Europe.
I am thankful for not crossing Ogden Circle and being able to graduate on time, no matter how tempting the perfectly cut green grass looks.
I am thankful for the Memorial Church on campus so that I have a place to worship and praise the Lord after a long week.
I am thankful for the famous “Fried Chicken Wednesday” that reminds me of my mother’s home cooked meals.
I am thankful for the 423 faculty members that are dedicated to helping me be successful.
I am thankful that I get to rock the Blue & White!
I am thankful for the generous alumni who give back to the university to support scholarships for deserving students.
I am thankful for the many grants Hampton has received for health research.
I am thankful for the beautiful campus that I wake up to and have the honor of walking around every day.
I am thankful for General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, because without his vision, there would be no Hampton University.
And, I am thankful for President Harvey for the many innovations that he has brought to my "Home by the Sea."
- Mechala Simpson '15