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What Do You Wish You Had Known/Done?

As I’m starting to realize that I’m on my final year of college, I’ve started reflecting back on things I’ve done and reminiscing. There are plenty of great things I’ve experienced my past years at U.Va., but also plenty more that I wish I had known or done. Here are the two things I wish…

For Out-Of-State Students: An Explanation of NOVA

You’re an out-of-state student coming to UVa. You’re absolutely excited to come to Grounds yet really, really nervous about not knowing anyone. Don’t worry—at Days on the Lawn, Orientation, and during your first couple weeks of school, you’ll meet a lot of wonderful, diverse and interesting people from all around the globe, who will be…

What I Learned from the Athletes

This past weekend was a big weekend for U.Va. Not only did we say goodbye to the class of 2014, but: Men’s Tennis is off to semi-finals in the NCAA tournament for the 5th straight year, Women’s Lacrosse is advancing to the final four, the Men’s and Women’s golf teams are currently participating In the…

How Do You Cope with Failure? by Leon Lin (COMM ’15)

I have experienced much success at U.Va.: Getting good grades, winning case competitions, learning new gymnastics moves. I have had friends comment that they wish they got the same results as me in this or that activity. But, and here’s what many of my friends don’t realize, I have had far more failures than I…

Can a teacher, a class or even a poem change a life?

Imagine coming to U.Va. from Appalachia. Imagine taking a class with a great professor. Imagine a poem that speaks to your soul. Jordan’s journey has taken him from the mountains of Virginia, to U.Va. to the other side of the world. His insights into education, teaching, and the way words matter will change the way…

HoosNext: Gender Identity & Culture in the Louisiana Swamps

Francesca Tripodi, a U.Va. PhD student in the College of Arts & Sciences, explores the masculine ethos and theoretical assumptions around the cultural significance of hunting. With a focus on the Cajun culture inside the Louisiana Swamps, Francesca’s research reveals how the identity of women hunters are impacted by both community norms and the media….