Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
For this my final post, I have decided to reflect briefly on my first year here at UVA, the fastest year of my life. On April 20, 2009, a year and seven days ago, I decided to come to UVA. Caught up in the euphoria of graduation, I really never took the time to consider the possibilities in store for me at Mr. Jefferson’s university.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
1) First time going to a college football game
2) First time going to a college basketball game
3) First time going to any sort of lacrosse game
1) First time taking a psychology class
2) First time taking a classics class
3) First time taking a teacher/professor to lunch
4) First time a teacher/professor invited me to their house
5) First time texting a teacher
6) First time presenting a research presentation at a conference
7) First time reading a textbook that the teacher wrote
1) First time reading an application and voting on it
2) First time leading a organization
3) First time volunteering at a daycare
4) First time rock-climbing
5) First time hiking
6) First time ice skating and playing broom ball
7) First time having a roommate
1) First time preparing a meal from start to finish
2) First time running a dishwasher
3) First time trying sushi
4) First time trying Afghani food
5) First time trying crepes
6) First time getting a flu shot
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I believe that along with that acceptance letter came an info sheet about Days on the Lawn. As Lauren mentioned below, Days on the Lawn are days during which accepted students can come and get a taste of what being a student at UVA is like. For those of you who haven’t been able to make one yet, there are still two more left—one on Friday April 16th and the other on Monday April 19th.
One would think that the responsibility for a huge event like DOTL would be left to the employees of the Admissions department, but at UVA, such is not the case. The event is, for the most part, entirely student organized and staffed. This spring, I have been fortunate enough to serve on the leadership team for Days on the Lawn. The last month has been filled with preparation for the event—folder stuffing, recruiting volunteers, meetings, and lots of excel spreadsheet work.
All of the work came to fruition last Friday for the first DOTL. The team leaders arrived at the admissions office at 6 am to set up and then volunteers and families began to trickle in around 7:30 am. Thus far, it has been a huge success and a true testament to the faith that the UVA administration puts in its students. I hope to see all of you at one of our next ones if you haven’t been already!
Friday, April 9, 2010
Okay, I know it is not Summertime yet; but, it almost is! And few places are as beautiful as Charlottesville when it starts to get warm! Everything is blooming, the grass is healthy and green, and there is always something going on outside. Whether it be study groups, class, charity events, Frisbee, or even puppies! The other week UVa's Student Council had puppies and painting on the South Lawn for Wellness Week.
These are the type of great activities that happen outside during this great weather. Of course other great activities happen during the colder time of the year as well, just inside! Springtime brings about an exciting time of the academic year. The semester is wrapping up, people are everywhere, the grounds are beautiful. It could not get any better.
The picture above is from the balcony of Gooch, a UVa dorm. Even the area around the dorms are serene. UVa has done a great job of keeping a natural scene throughout all of grounds.
UVa has great people, beautiful grounds, and activities/clubs/groups galore. The perfect undergraduate experience!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
He wanted no more than to drift and dream and enjoy a dozen new-found friendships through the April afternoons
The past week has been UVa at its finest (made possible by the wonderful weather). Get here quick to see what, in my mind, the University of Virginia is all about:
1. Picnics on the Lawn
2. Students running and biking outside
3. Classes in the Amphitheater
4. Soccer, football, and frisbee in Mad Bowl
5. Studying on the grass near the Corner
6. People wearing bright colors
7. Smiling faces everywhere you go
8. Philanthropies and day parties
9. Patio dinners on the Corner
10. Conversations regarding the Foxfield Horse Races and unofficial UVa traditions like "Beach Week"
I came here because there was no academic institution on the same level as UVa. I stayed here and fell in love with UVa, however, because of the things listed above (and trust me, the list could continue).
I was reading on the steps of the Rotunda on Wednesday, and I kid you not, I could not stop smiling. I'd gotten no sleep and had tons of reading to finish before class, but I was so overcome with joy about my general UVa experience.
UVa hasn't always been easy, but it's during weeks like this that I realize how lucky I am to be here. Coming to UVa was, hands down, the greatest decision I ever made.
The next six days are beautiful, so come out here and see what UVa is all about!
Before I go, I want to leave you with a quote that came to mind when I was sitting on the steps of the Rotunda on Wednesday. It's from This Side of Paradise, one of my favorite novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the midst of my second-year spring at UVa, it really sums up my emotions:
"Long afterward Amory thought of sophomore spring as the happiest time of his life. His ideas were in tune with life as he found it; he wanted no more than to drift and dream and enjoy a dozen new-found friendships through the April afternoons."