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Veteran Students Share Strategies for Start-of-Semester Successes


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DJ Moreau, 20, is a successful transfer student from Northern Virginia Community College, or NOVA. As Moreau focused on his school career in order to transfer, he prepares for school with efficiency and in a timely manner. This preparation has led him to be successful through his time management and his use of organization. Through his commitment to these characteristics, Moreau was able to transfer to his choice school, Liberty University, after just two semesters at NOVA.

When asked to describe his preparation for school, Moreau said, “Well, I wait until I get most of my syllabi from my teachers… I have already gotten all of my syllabi for my classes a month and a half from now… and once I get them, or at least half of them, I will place my order online for the books and materials I need for those classes.”

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Nearby Boulder Crest Retreat Heals Heroes, One Family at a Time

BLUEMONT, VA. – Tucked quietly and discretely into the mountains of Bluemont, Virginia lies the Boulder Crest Retreat. Founded by Ken Falke, this facility, the first and only of its kind, caters to America's veterans as they attempt to cope with the visible and invisible injuries suffered while serving in combat. Since opening its doors in fall of 2013, the privately funded, non-profit rural 37 acre military and veteran wellness facility has welcomed more than 300 guests free of charge.

"Every guest that comes through the door has a story, some more traumatic than others, but all unique and touching," said Reservation Specialist Clair Sweeney

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Fall Into Amazing Theater This Term at Loudoun


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Perhaps it was the slow rush of adrenaline when the lights dimmed at the beginning of the show. The sound of music slowly fills the atmosphere, the audience all in a trance as they look at the stage in anticipation. Everyone immediately becomes lost in the emotion portrayed carefully by every character. The theatre becomes a colorful array of boundless joy or of a dark vengeance, of naïve hope or utter despair. The character that you begin to understand and root for in the play suddenly dies, the man falls in love with the wrong woman, the hero prevails, a heart is broken, innocent lives at stake. At every twist and at every turn in the plot you are a witness, watching as the story unfolds before your eyes. Then at the end of the play, the lights come back on and you find yourself sitting in your chair surrounded by a thunderous applause, forced back into reality.

This fall, immerse yourself into the stories created and acted by the very talented students and staff of NOVA Loudoun at Waddell Theatre. This semester has already had quite a few great pieces, and more are to come.

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E-cigarettes: the Way of the Future or Temporary Trend?


Rodolfo Reyes, a Northern Virginia Community College student, stood casually outside the doors of Fair Oaks Mall treating his new e-cigarette like an actual cigarette by smoking away from entering and exiting shoppers.

Reyes exhaled, emitting a faint menthol scent, "I was a cigarette smoker for 5 years. I switched over to e-cigarettes when I found out about them from my friends and [I] actually like them." He exhaled, and added, "I haven't tried smoking the e-cig in public like a restaurant, but I think it's great that it's an option."

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