Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Now comes decision time – on YOUR end, not admissions for once. If you still have questions about UVa there are endless resources for you, but the one I would definitely recommend taking advantage of is DAYS ON THE LAWN. I have been a student volunteer at DOTL the past few years and I have really enjoyed the opportunity to help prospective students learn all about our incredible university. The DOTL dates for this Spring are:
April 10th (Echols/Rodman/College Science Scholars only)
I would really encourage all of you who are making your college decision to come and spend a day here at The University! Don’t hesitate to shoot any of us bloggers any questions you may have as well. Hope to see you on the lawn soon!
Friday, March 26, 2010
One of the coolest things about U.Va., is the ability for students to find clubs and organizations that have to do with things they are interested in. There are so many opportunities; every fall there is a massive Student Activities Fair on the lawn where you can sign up for various clubs and organizations. But let’s say that you don’t see a club for something you really enjoy? Well you can fix that. I was rather disappointed after I browsed through the rows of posters at the activities fair and found no clubs that really dealt with cars. Being an avid automotive enthusiast I would have joined a car club in a heartbeat. I wasn’t didn’t worry much about it at the time but later in the year saw an opportunity to help found a car club and jumped at it. U.Va. has an entire website, @uva.com that is dedicated to school clubs. It allows students to make their own clubs, pending faculty approval and mange them on a simple easy to use site. I’ll admit that when a fellow hall mate proposed the idea of making our own car club, I didn’t really think it would work or be easy to accomplish. But with the help of the great staff at U.Va., we had our club site up and running with in a week and our looking forward to growing and expanding our club in the coming months. This is just another one of the things I love about U.Va. If you have an idea, let someone know and find a faculty member who will support you, and more than likely you can make your idea into a reality.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
It's been a huge week for the music scene in Charlottesville, and no matter what your taste in tunes is, there's been something for you!
On Tuesday, John Mayer headlined at the John Paul Jones Arena (our basketball arena that doubles as the largest indoor concert venue in Virginia). I heard it was an amazing show, there isn't a bad seat in the house!
On Saturday, Taylor Swift graced us with her presence as the "Fearless" tour swung through Charlottesville. Tickets sold out in under ten minutes, but I was one of the lucky ones who was able to snag an awesome seat for the show! The show was incredible, and we learned that her Grandfather is a UVa alumn; perhaps that's the reason that she donned a UVa basketball jersey for one of her final numbers!
Tonight, Ben Folds will be playing at the Jefferson Theatre on the downtown mall! It's a smaller venue than John Paul Jones, which will be the perfect setting. This is Ben's 2nd trip to C-ville since I've been here, and hopefully I'll be able to find a ticket in the next few hours so I can see him again!
And finally, something to get you excited about the fall, it was announced this week that Lady Gaga will be playing in Charlottesville on September 8th! Get your tickets while you still can!
Bottom Line: If you love music, concerts and screaming at the top of your lungs when Taylor Swift shouts out UVa, then there is plenty for you to get excited about here in C-Ville!
Friday, March 19, 2010
How Hard Is It To Get Involved?
Anyone at UVa who wants participate in research can. It's as simple as that. I don't know a single person who has genuinely wanted to do research that hasn't found a mentor. That's actually one of the best parts about UVa: you can get involved in a professor's research or a graduate student's research. Having graduate students expands the opportunities at least ten fold. A friend of mine works on the effect nematodes have on bees. Pictured right is a worker on a flower.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Who are we?
What do we do?
- RA's help create a positive living and studying environment in the dorm
- We solve issues, enforce policies, and refer our residents, when necessary, to the proper information
- Serve as a role model for students and promote a community of trust and support
- We support residents in their time of need (a shoulder to lean on, an ear to listen, a cookie to eat)
- RA's host programs for residents to get to know each other, bond, and come out of their comfort zone
- Because we love people (especially U.Va. students!)
- Because we love the community feel of dorms
- Because the free housing and meals can't be beat
- Because the experience is one of the best you can have at U.Va.
Now, a little bit about my specific community. I am in the Russian House, which is on Ivy Rd., next to the International Residence College. The small house of 7 people (plus a professor and his wife in the separate, upstairs apartment) has made the residents a tight-knit group. We host a weekly event "Russian Tea and Conversation" where students and local residents meet to practice their Russian skills and learn more about Russian culture and each other. In addition, we host other events (both within the House and open to the community) to improve our language skills, start friendships, and learn more about each other. Having lived in the House for two years as the Resident Advisor, I've met many new people and learned more about myself than I thought was possible in such a short time period. The Russian House is the cherry on top of my U.Va. experience.
In short, I hope everyone has the experience I've had here! And maybe I'll see more RA's in the future (maybe some who've read this post!).
Sunday, March 14, 2010
That was the question posed to me by an application that I was filling out. Oh boy...I hadn't really thought of them. So I started my reminiscing and here are some ones that really stood out:
2. Greek Rush
3. Taking a USEM, The American Health Care System, which was taught by an ER physician
4. Cheering on the Cardiac Cavs at all the home football games
2. Going to Monster Jam at the John Paul Jones arena to watch Grave Digger
3. Having lunch with the producer and director of the award winning documentary In the Family Joanna Rudnick
4. Navigating the Popular Ridge ropes course
5. Shadowing a neurologist at U.Va. Hospital
6. Taking the class Arts and Medicine
7. Ice skating and going hiking for the first time
1. Attending Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Yunus's lecture on social entrepreneurship
3. Snowball fight on the Lawn
4. Rock-climbing at Rocky Top gym