Friday, April 1, 2011

What's the Average Day Like for a UVA student?

I'll take you through my day today, a fairly typical day for 2nd year such as myself.

Luckily, I didn't have to start my day until my 11:00 linguistics class, Black English.  This class is one I always look forward to attending - the professor, Mark Elson, is excellent and the material is incredibly interesting.

An hour later, I headed to the Lawn to take part in an activity called Bike to Uganda - a fundraiser put on by Building Tomorrow, an organization which helps to raise money for building primary schools for Ugandan children.  You sign up for 30 minute timeslots, and bike as far as you can - with the eventual goal that over the week, you will have biked the distance from UVA to Uganda.

After my half hour timeslot, I killed some time by taking care of bills and such for my apartment - I chose to live off grounds my second year, so I take charge of the bills for me and my three roommates.

Afterwards, I headed to my 1:00 class, an anthropology class called Narrative and Social Life.  I'm new to anthropology, but I decided to take the class after one of my friends mentioned that she was taking it.  50 minutes later, I headed home.

Lots of reading for homework today - as typically is the case for college students, especially those in the College of Arts & Sciences.  After two chapters of macroeconomics, I began to study for my Research Methods and Data Analysis psychology class.

After feeling sufficiently well-prepared, I made dinner (Spaghetti - a staple of any college students' diet) and then got ready to go to a 7:00 information session about Days on the Lawn.  Days on the Lawn is a program run by UVA students, for prospective students - it offers an opportunity for prospective students to come and visit grounds now that admissions decisions have been released.

By that time it was 8:00, and it was time for a break - so I headed to my fraternity house to hang out with a couple of my pledge brothers.  Being in a fraternity has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had at UVA, and I try to make the most out of it whenever I can.  After hanging out for a while, it was time to head back home to do online homework (called Webassign) for my Calc II class - definitely not one of my favorites.  After struggling through double integrals and probability for two hours, it was time to call it a night.

All in all, most days are fairly busy for UVA students, with a good balance between academics and extracurriculars.

P.S. Now that admissions decisions have been released, I hope you all decide to come to UVA.  It's an absolutely amazing place, and if you're considering it you should definitely come to Days on the Lawn to check it out.

One of the gardens off of the Lawn


  1. I've been trying to find someone to talk to about UVa and honest personal opinions about a number of things (Grounds life, atmosphere, etc) but have been unable to find anything, despite scouring the university website.

    Help as to where I could find this would be great.

    Enjoy your Sunday,

  2. Hey Caitie,

    No problem! You can email any of us by clicking on our names to the right and then you can find the "Contact" section where many of us have our emails posted. Also, you should think about coming to Days on the Lawn as there will literally be hundreds of students volunteering to answering questions like yours. Lastly, the admissions office is putting on chats on the 5th, 12th, and 18th from 7-9pm where accepted students can chat with current students. Here is the link:

    Hope that helps!