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Photograph by Gordon Schmidt

MY DAD
I still have vivid memories of my dad. He always had so much energy. At family parties, he would switch from a funny story for the adults to a game of tag with the kids.

Once, on bring your child to work day, I remember so clearly pressing my forehead against the glass window while my dad grasped my shoulder. Together, we gazed down 104 stories and guessed if the “ants” walking beneath the Twin Towers were male
or female.

I also remember playing hide-and-go-seek in the United States Golf Association Museum before I took naps. In the summer, we would make our own constellations in the sky.

MY 9/11/01
I don’t have much memory of it. My mom explained it to us every day in the beginning, but it was so difficult to process at the time. It took a long time, but eventually we understood he was gone for good.

MY OTHER 9/11s
It’s very comforting to know that our family and many other families are on people’s minds every year on Sept. 11. That time of year can be very stressful. It brings back so many memories. But every anniversary, we realize again how blessed we are to have the support and love around us. That stays all year long.

Finnegan familyMY DECISION TO BE A SPIDER
My mom and I did a lot of college tours. I knew I wanted a liberal arts school with a campus setting near a relaxed city. Also, the business and leadership schools were
captivating.

When we visited Richmond, it was pouring rain, but something beautiful and magical was very present that day. We could feel my dad, as if he was touring the campus with us.

MY DAD’S FRATERNITY
My dad’s fraternity brothers [Sigma Alpha Epsilon] have always been part of my life. They’ve supported my family in countless ways over the years. We consider a few of them family now. So many of them came to all of our memorial golf outings over the years. I remember hanging out with them after one of the golf outings when I was younger. We all sat in a circle, and everyone had a story to tell about my dad. My brothers and I cherish those stories.

MY SORORITY
I joined Kappa Kappa Gamma, and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life. I look forward to creating great memories and lasting relationships with my sisterhood, like my father did here at Richmond.

MY PLANS
My mom and dad were both in business. I would like to succeed in business as well. I am also very interested in the leadership studies school here and plan to major in business and leadership. I also love to travel. I fell in love with Spain a few years ago and because of that experience, I plan to minor in Spanish, too.