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FORWARD: Kevin Pei

A close-up portrait of Kevin Pei smiling slightly as he looks at the camera. He is seated in front of a large window and wearing a black t-shirt. Hokie Stone is visible outside the window as a backdrop.
Photo 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, Virginia Tech senior Kevin Pei talks about learning to balance competing demands in college, including his industrial and systems engineering coursework, his co-curricular job, and his personal life while maintaining his overall health and well-being. When life became too hectic, Pei decided to re-evaluate his priorities and focus his effort on things he knew he could do to the best of his abilities.

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 produced by Andrew Huang '19 and Christina Franusich

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