Tristan Mcginley




My name is Tristan McGinley (I am so excited to be introducing myself to you all!) I am a 21-year-old college student majoring in human development and minoring in psychology at Virginia Tech, while also playing lacrosse.  I am attending nursing school next fall to continue my education and pursue my career in nursing!  I have no idea what the future holds for me, but I sure do love the man that does know!  All I do know is that I absolutely love my crazy family, my incredible friends, my beautiful school, my fun sport, working out, singing and dancing (although not my strongest feature), holding babies, listening to music, and talking about Jesus!  I grew up in the cutest little town called Moorestown—in the great state of New Jersey! 

Now for the fun stuff…
I am completely obsessed with my family, I have 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 3 in-laws, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, and 2 super-parents.  I love boys who don’t know I exist (Heyyy Tim Tebow and Ashton Kutcher ;) ).  The ocean and sunsets make my heart skip a beat.  I eat when I’m bored.  I will do anything that involves loud music and dancing like a fool (preferably to Taylor Swift).  My friends have shaped me into who I am today.  I would much rather a movie night with my mom than a night out.  Lacrosse is what brought me to my dream school.  I am super social, but absolutely love being alone.  But above all of these things, I am in love with my Creator.  My faith in Jesus Christ gets put above all other things in my life, He has saved me, forgiven me, and loved me like crazy!  I challenge myself daily to love Him more, and show His love to my friends, teammates, and my campus! 

I can’t wait to share with you all! :)

August 24, 2018

Blacksburg, I left you a real big piece of my heart, but it’s time I let you go.  Thank you for all of my favorite memories of jumping up and down in lane stadium on Saturday afternoons, thank you for bringing me to extremely special people and some of my very closest friends, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to play the game I love on a scholarship, thank you for all the lessons I learned, thank you for Sunday night bonfires, thank you for your incredible sunsets over the mountains, thank you for having Dunkin' Donuts on my meal plan, thank you for teaching me how to be independent, and thank you for helping me become who I am today.

April 12, 2018

4 weeks. 28 days. 672 hours. That is the time I have left of being a Hokie.  That is the time I have left until I walk across a stage and grab hold of a piece of paper that was way too expensive.  Compared to the about 212 weeks, 1,484 days, or 35,616 hours I have had here in Blacksburg already.  It is safe to say that this has been an extremely emotional season of life, as I prepare to leave my legacy here, leave relationships that I may never rekindle, and walk that gorgeous drill field for the last time.

January 11, 2018

As 2018 is off and running Tristan has to come to grips with the fact that this is her final semester at Virginia Tech before the next phase of her life begins. She took the time to write down some goals and aspirations to help her make the most of her final few months in Blacksburg!

November 20, 2017

“Why have you decided to go to Virginia Tech?”

I was asked that all throughout the college picking process in high school, and still do today.  I couldn’t say that I chose the school because of their insane lacrosse program, because that was not the case when I was in high school.  When I was playing lacrosse in high school and looking at different division 1 options, Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse was not even on anyone’s radar, they were a team that was considered the “ACC underdog that hasn’t won an ACC game in like 10 years”. So I absolutely cannot say I chose Virginia Tech for their lacrosse program.

Honestly, Virginia Tech was a school that I had no interest in at all.  I come from a hu...

October 25, 2017

As I sit here wondering how in the heck I am a senior in college, planning out
my future, I find myself wishing I could start over my college experience all over
again. I don’t say that because I have regrets (which I absolutely do) but because
Virginia Tech has brought me so much happiness over the years, that I would do
anything to do my last 4 years all over again. The saying “college is the best 4 years
of your life” has been 100% accurate for me. But, when I look back, I realize the
times where I was just a 18-year- old, naïve freshman, girl and wish I knew then,
what I know now.

Dear freshman year self,

1. Your friendships from high school that you thought, “would last forever”
won’t. As tim...

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