Elusive alumnus gives tips on staycations, the lackluster library scene and what to do if you overdose on the sorority scene
All my friends are either spending their spring breaks on a booze cruise or in the Bahamas. It’s making me feel a little chilly and a lot depressed. What can I do over spring break so I’m not the only one who comes back to Charlottesville without cool stories?
Spring break is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, no matter where you are. While it’s always nice to go somewhere warm and exciting, you can have just as great of a time at home. You can sleep as late as you want, spend time with your family and catch up with old friends — without having to pay outrageous prices for flights, hotels and fruity drinks.
If you get that desperate for the beach experience, just crank up the heat in your house, put on the MTV Spring Break special and imagine yourself surrounded by screaming, drunk college students. In the end, you may be thankful to be recuperating from midterms in the peace and quiet of your own home instead of ending up sunburned and covered in sand.
I’m sick of Club Clem, Alderman is too stuffy and I’m sick of flaunting my first-year status in Clark. Are there any undiscovered places to study on Grounds?
Hammered by Homework
I know how you feel. While there are certainly advantages to the main libraries, each definitely has a negative side. If you’re looking for a break from the big three, there are several smaller libraries that may be the perfect fit for you. The philosophy library in Cocke Hall has nice tables and a stunning view of the amphitheater — though be prepared for impromptu debates, courtesy of overenthusiastic grad students. The study room in the rare books library, located just steps from Alderman, has a few couches, tables and even a full-size tree. For first-years that don’t want to venture all the way across Grounds, Gilmer Hall has a library even closer to dorms than Clark. Finding the right library is a lot like dating — it’s not easy, it takes up a lot of your nights, but is all worth it when you find the one that is just right for you.
With Big Sis Weeks and boys’ pledging amping up, I feel like the greek scene is all over the place. I rushed but decided not to pledge, and am feeling a little left out. Now I’m thinking I would’ve gotten a lot from the greek community. What do you think is my best course of action?
Frustrated in Frats
Just because you didn’t get involved in greek life doesn’t mean you have to be deprived of good food, fun activities and cute accessories during this time period. Get a couple of friends together and go out to dinner. If you want, spoil each other a bit, and spend time declaring how much you absolutely adore each other. You don’t need to be a sorority or fraternity to have a social life here at U.Va., and you certainly don’t need to be involved in the greek community to tell the important people in your life how much they mean to you.