Picture a Saturday night, some Longwood alumni friends all getting together (and caught in the rain!) over beer, greasy food and baseball. Sounds perfect, right?

We all met up in DC to attend the Nationals baseball game alumni event. Before the game, we had to get a little pre-game socializing in; the Longwood alumni met at the Fairgrounds right next to the stadium.

I had planned to meet up with some friends that graduated in my major, Theraputic Recreation, and ran into a guy who graduated in my class that remembered me from 11 years ago! Standing in line to get into the game,  a random friend from Hampden Sydney College was there with his family (a total coincidence, but who attended InterVarsity meetings while at Longwood with me on a weekly basis).  I also met new alumni that I hadn’t come across before, a girl that had graduated in my husband’s class, Dec ’99- walking spring of 2000.  (My husband always corrects me when I say he graduated in 2000)

Why go to a Longwood alumni event?


It’s really great connecting with other people that you went to school with, meeting different ages all one thing in common, a love of Longwood.  I met many graduates at the social at the bullpen at Nationals Park before the game - all different ages and experiences during their time at Longwood.

I met a woman that attended Longwood when it was an all female teaching school, but many more alumni that had just graduated, and I was actually surprised to see students that had graduated when I attended.  You can go to the alumni events and mix with other ages to talk to and compare notes, about the present state of the campus, share stories of monumental events that happened to change the school (The Longwood fire particularly comes to mind).  To connect with not only alumni that you know, but to meet new people and form new connections, all because there is one thing you have in common, a love for this school.

I met my husband through the connection of both being Longwood alums; we met years after we had both graduated and found each other on MySpace (back when it was still cool).  Matt was searching for alumni and saw that we had also gone to the same high school, West Springfield High School.  He noticed my love for coffee, and our mutual love for Longwood.  We went to a coffee shop, and the rest is history…


For it's 1, 2, 3 strikes you're out!


STRIKE 1: The Metro

For someone with a traumatic brain injury, this definitely confused me. What a relief to find such awesome seats the Office of Alumni and Career Services had picked out for us inside the game!

STRIKE 2: Rain

Cooled us off a bit - although our pregame party was safe under the outdoor roof in the Fairgrounds - go Longwood!

NO STRIKE 3: Washington Nationals win!

Grab your tickets for this year's game!

Saturday, July 8th | 4PM - 8PM

The whole social aspect of the day was so fulfilling, it all happened with good friends one summer night at a Nationals game. And it was a Longwood Alumni event, you can’t go wrong!


Longwood Night with the Washington Nationals
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 4:05PM - 8:00PM
At Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Longwood Night with the Washington Nationals is back Saturday, July 8 as the Nationals take on National League East rival the Atlanta Braves. 

Alumni tickets are just $20 and include an $8 concessions credit! 

About the Author

Danielle Karst '05

Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, she spreads TBI awareness through her blog, TBI triumphs. Also a contributing author, "Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury, Stories of Strength and Inspiration" Living in Northern VA with her husband Matt and adorable dog Chazz and is a lover of all things coffee.

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