Welcome to Hoo Stories, a UVA student blog for prospective students!
My name is Sam Atkeson and I'm one of the tour guides working in the office of admission this summer. A little bit about myself—I'm a rising third year student originally from Falls Church, Virginia, studying Spanish and Political & Social Thought. I transferred to UVA this past fall and it was the best decision I've ever made. In the classroom my interests include foreign affairs, history, anthropology and issues involving globalization and development. In my free time I give historical and admissions tours as a member of the Guide Service, and I'm an ESOL tutor at a local elementary school through UVA's volunteer hub Madison House. I also serve on the Student Council as a College Representative as well as a member of the Public Affairs committee.
Over the course of the summer, my fellow tour guides and I will be blogging regularly about various facets of student life here at UVA. We'll be writing about topics like traditions, student life, research opportunities, athletics, academic programs and much more. There will also be periodic chat sessions for you all to ask us any specific questions you have, so be on the lookout for the dates and times for those. We look forward to sharing our stories with you guys this summer, and if there are any topics that you are particularly interested in, feel free to comment and let us know!