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FORWARD: Maddie Price

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Maddie Price
Illustration by Christina Franusich

From: Student Affairs

FORWARD is a series from Student Affairs featuring Virginia Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have faced, overcome, or learned from life's obstacles and setbacks. FORWARD aims to normalize the conversation about hardships we endure and to encourage resilience. Related resources are available online at the Emotional Well-Being webpage. 

In this video, Maddie Price ’18 talks about the loss of her father, following in his footsteps at Virginia Tech, and how she kept going – all the way to her dream job with Amazon.

“I learned it is OK to not always be OK and that crying is not a sign of weakness,” said Price. “But I did not use my situation as an excuse to settle with my life. Instead, I used it as inspiration to succeed.”

More stories of resilience can be found at

Student Affairs Communications welcomes your stories of resiliency to be featured as part of the FORWARD Campaign. If you would like to share your story, please contact Tammy Tripp at

Video by Andrew Huang '19

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