This is the official student blog of Christopher Newport University. Here our students share their stories with you and let you know what life as a Captain is all about. Please join in the conversation by commenting on your favorite posts. We want to hear from you!

The Bloggers


My name is Vanessa Barahona. I’m a junior majoring in marketing and minoring in French and international business and culture. I have a passion for animals, fashion and traveling! I am enjoying my time at Christopher Newport as it prepares me for life after graduation.


Hello! My name is Cassidy Mechalske. I am currently a junior majoring in communication. I take my CNU experience day by day and am loving every second of it. This school never fails to amaze me and I am so happy I get to share my love for CNU! I have no idea where I am going to end up after college, but I take pride in knowing no matter where I go I will be a Captain always.

Hi! I’m Travis Rocha and I am a freshman at Christopher Newport. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication with minors in leadership studies and theater. On campus, I am involved in the President’s Leadership Program, Student Assembly and with the local SPCA. I’m very excited to be a part of this blog and share my experiences!

I’m Megan Shydlinski, and I am a junior majoring in communication and minoring in theater. I am also a member of CNU’s Equestrian Team. I am so excited to be joining such a talented group of bloggers!

My name is Jenn, and I’m a senior majoring in communication and minoring in writing. I love making egregious puns, competitive ballroom dancing and gardening. While I’ll miss CNU post-graduation, I’m excited to immerse myself in the diverse career field of media and journalism.

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