Monday, March 13, 2017

What are some fun things to in your free time as a student?

One common question I tend to get as a student is this: "What do you like to do for fun in Charlottesville?" Usually many people who visit might think that they are limited to things on grounds provided by the university. However, I find that some of the funnest things to do to bide my time are around the city of Charlottesville!

Here are a few of my favorite spots/things to do:

The Downtown Mall
So in downtown Charlottesville there is a big strip of shops, restaurants, and other interesting places that you can walk through, being especially nice when its warm.

Around here some examples of things to do are: go to an ice skating rink, go watch a hockey game, go to the Jefferson Theatre and watch a movie or any performers that may be performing a concert, go eat in one of the many restaurants, etc. etc. etc. I personally love to walk around here in the Fall and Spring time.

Image result for UVA downtown mall

Carter's Mountain
So basically Carter's mountain is an apple orchard, but during the Fall and Spring time they hold this thing called a sunset series which is an event every Thursday night in which they stay open and people can come watch the sunset from the top of the mountain. Usually there are bands there, and they serve lots of different foods and especially my favorite: apple cider donuts.

Exploring Grounds
Now I had to throw something on the UVA grounds for the list, just because exploring the grounds never gets old. Simply walking around UVA with friends and finding hidden areas and different details you did not know about before is really cool and fun when you first get here. It may seem like a maze at first, but finding myself in one of the Lawn Gardens after aimless walking during my first week on grounds was one of my favorite experiences. 

Image result for uva garden

That's all I have, so if you have any questions, comments, or requests, just comment below!


Monday, February 20, 2017

UVA vs. Miami

            One of my favorite things about UVA is basketball season. I had never been much of a basketball fan in all honesty, but college has completely changed that because basketball season brings UVA together. At times UVA can feel really big; there are over 16,000 undergrad students all involved in very different activities and classes. Yet basketball somehow makes that gap feel smaller.
            You have to request for a ticket to the games which is then based on a lottery system. The more ‘sabre points’ you have, earned by going to more sporting events, the more likely you are to get a ticket to a basketball game. You are given a group which then indicates what time you are permitted to enter the game therefore determining where you can sit. The lower your group, the likelier your chance of getting a seat on the side lines. Regardless of where you sit though, you will be able to feel the energy of the wahoos on their home court. And in no time, you will learn all of the cheers and most importantly, the Good Ol’ Song.
            The Virginia vs. Miami game tonight was another hard one to watch. The hoos haven’t had their best season, but we will still hold our allegiance to them knowing that they will bounce back soon. No matter what, I will cheer for the hoos and always will. 
-       Katie