Hey BCM! My name is Hunter Blankenship; I’m a senior studying Industrial and Systems Engineering, and I am part of the CL team for the BCM. I’m from Woodbridge, Virginia, so I’m a classic NOVA Hokie. My dessert of choice would be caramel cheesecake, and my favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios. Feel free to ask me about disc golf and ultimate frisbee, my two sports of choice!
What have you been up to this summer?
This summer I’ve been hard at work doing Data Analytics with the AAMC, the organization famous for their role in producing the MCAT (medical school entrance exam). I’ve been working remotely from home, and will continue the job into the fall of this year. My weekends are filled with relaxing outdoors, disc golf, ultimate frisbee groups and leagues, and watching the various international soccer tournaments.
How have you seen God work recently?
In regards to how God has been working: firstly, God blessed me tremendously with the internship of this summer. For a while in the spring, I was unsure of what the summer entailed. I even waited on an offer to see what God had planned for me, and this job came out of nowhere for me. I’ve absolutely loved my team and work, which is second on the list. God has been working in my conversations with my team members, and there is still so much work to be done. Finally, God has been cultivating my family relationships, and I hope to deepen those even more as time goes on.
What is something you love about BCM?
My favorite part about the BCM is the close-knit, family-like connections made in small groups. The men in my groups have been integral in supporting me through all of my endeavors, and have also shown new ways to view and change my walk with God. Also, the worship team at the BCM does a fantastic job in all that they do, which is another favorite area of mine (don’t tell Kasey I said such nice things about her and her team).
What are you looking forward to in the fall?
I’m really looking forward to being fully in-person in school, but that also extends to the BCM and sports! Nothing beats a packed 6:33, although a packed Cassell Coliseum might come close. I know all of this may sound cliché, but I truly have missed the in-person connection!
What advice would you like to share with incoming freshmen?
To the incoming freshmen: try as many sports, clubs, or organizations as you need. Find a family and friends in both a faith-based aspect as well as a fun activity aspect. Lay your roots down in an environment that will help nurture and grow you and your faith! As well, PARTICIPATE IN BCM EVENTS! So many people do an awesome job at creating the best possible events for the BCM family, and I am sure they will help foster relationships and deepen connections.
What are your favorite things to do in Blacksburg?
For my favorite things to do in Blacksburg: play disc golf! Of course this is the first thing on the list. There are some great courses around the area that are tons of fun. Second: go hiking! Blacksburg and the surrounding area have some great hikes at a variety of difficulties, so get out and hike. Lastly: eat at Cabo! This is always the place I take visitors to when they’re in town, so take advantage of a fantastic place to eat while you’re in Blacksburg!