What Inspires You?

By Justin Holmes | January 21, 2014 | 4 Comments

What Inspires You?

Posing with my mom at National Harbor during my senior prom

As a Southern gentleman, I was raised to love my mom like nobody else because that was the training for how I was going to love my wife.  My mom was my sole inspiration to be great when I was in high school. There were so many times when I would come home and celebrate the day’s achievement with her because she was my biggest fan.

When guys become freshmen in college, they are told that they are men and are beginning the stages to becoming adults. But who says adults can’t love their mothers? It was hard my first semester adjusting to the fact that my inspiration was not around me anymore. Who would I celebrate with? Who would give me hugs when my day did not go well? Who was going to make my favorite meal just because?

I must say that when I first got here, I did not expect to miss my mom this much, but it all hit me during the medallion ceremony. We were saying our good-byes, and I gave my mom the last hug before her departure, But, for some odd reason she did not cry. I watched my family walk away, and she did not even look back. Was this because she was angry or was it some weird type of coping mechanism? It turned out to be neither. I got back to my room and sitting on my desk was a letter from my mom. I opened it, and the exact words need not be shared, but I got to the bottom and it said, “I know you know that I cried when I wrote this.” Right next to those words was a water spot from her tear. I saw that and a tear rolled down my cheek and fell right next to hers. Although it was a different type of “see you later,” I knew everything was going to be ok.

I share all of this to say: Don’t forget what your parents have taught you. They have instilled a sense of independence, integrity, and responsibility in you that you could not forget even if you tried. The people who raised you will always be with you even if they are not right next to you at that moment. You carry a piece of them with you everywhere you go and with everything you do. Do not forget what inspires you and remind yourself of your goals every day. Everything will be ok. Do not worry!


Very nice, Justin! You are a terrific young man that I have been pleased to watch mature. Your Mom is the best and I know how proud your parents are of you. Have a great semester.

By Kelli on January 25, 2014 - 9:05am


This was absolutely beautiful,  I also have tears running down my face! This truly hit home for me because I also have a teenage son who is growing up before my eyes. I also know that this day will be here before I know it.  I have known Justin for all of his life and Pam is like a   Godmother to me, and I am trying to mirror her   upbringing techniques for my son. There is no love like a Mother’s love, and that is evident here. Justin, I am so   proud of the young man you have become, and I truly love you guys so much!!!

By Jasmine Fletcher on January 25, 2014 - 7:59am


I am fortunate to work with Pam and know first hand what a kind person she is. We share stories about our children, often, and Justin, you’re right. your mother is and will always be with you…and we are lucky to be able to share and have her in our lives!!

By Leslie on January 22, 2014 - 3:50pm


Wow! Beautiful! Well written! Man I have tears rolling down my face and my daughter Markisha is a 2nd semester junior in college! Very inspiring words and ones that we all should live by. Thanks

By Princess Allen on January 22, 2014 - 2:49am

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Meet Justin Holmes

Justin Holmes


PGA Golf Management




Cheltenham, MD

My Story

At Campbell, I have found friends that were going through the same homesickness I was, and we worked together to fight it. Essentially, I found my second family and that's why I love it here. It's home away from home.

As a freshman, what I liked most about my first semester was learning about myself. College is a whole new experience, and it was essential that I found out the “dos” and “don’t’s” to create a positive learning experience for myself.  During my second semester, I am most looking forward to learning. I have never felt so positive about an academic year as I do right now in the current semester. 

My advice for incoming freshmen: Take your time. Think about your choices and make many visits, sometimes more than one to the same school. I visited Campbell seven to eight times before I made the decisions, and I most definitely do not regret it! If you are looking for a great education, while making great memories, with even greater people, then Campbell is for you.

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