School Spirit

by Mike Bock

My alarm didn’t go off yesterday.

I usually get up around 9:30 for my 11:00 class, which gives me enough time to shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, and have a cup of coffee just in time for the 10:30 bus. Getting up at 10:15 kind of messes up the order of my routine, so even though I caught the bus, I was still hungry and tired.

After a quick stop at Einstein Bros, I scrambled around campus with my hands full of coffee, a bagel, my iPod, jacket, and an overfilled backpack. Not having free arms kind of limits your ability to get around, but for every doorway and hallway I passed through, my fellow students were more than willing to smile and hold the door for a complete stranger.

It’s the little things like this that make me feel glad to be a Duke Dog.

I firmly believe that JMU is one of the happiest places on Earth. Maybe it’s our beautiful campus, or maybe it’s the quality of the student body, but it’s hard for me to walk through campus without a smile. I can’t say that I didn’t expect to have the door held for me, but the simple kindness of strangers reinforced my belief that the Madison community is more friendly, social, and polite than just about any university out there.

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