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On a college campus, few things are as sacred as a Friday night. As the week slips into the weekend, students here in Charlottesville slip out to the Corner, which offers a variety of restaurants and bars to unwind and de-stress at with friends. At 5 p.m. on a Friday, then, the Corner is often bustling — but for student bartenders on the Corner, their work is just beginning.
The fall-themed activities and products that magically appear on the first of September make the season my favorite time of the year. However, the autumn season also presents its own challenges, especially for the introverts among us. Between starting new classes, joining clubs, catching up with old friends and making new ones, fall often leads to a precipitous expansion of my social calendar. Though I appreciate every moment spent with friends, I also value my time alone — in fact, some of my most enjoyable days on Grounds have been ones that I’ve spent by myself. With the fall season well on its way, here are the top 10 ways to celebrate the new season on your own — no awkward conversation necessary.
About a year ago, I walked into a new salon for the first time. As anyone who’s gotten their hair done at a salon knows, it can be a tense experience. Choppy haircuts, sloppy dye jobs, uneven highlights — any and all of these outcomes are possible, even at your favorite salon. But this salon visit was particularly stressful because it wasn’t just any salon — it was an African hair braiding shop, and it was more than a hairstyle. It was an identity shift. In the end, I opted for knotless braids, and deciding to wear my hair in this natural, protective style meant choosing to celebrate a part of myself that I had wanted to change for so long — my hair.
Recent studies suggest that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are up to 90 percent effective against COVID-19 infections after full immunization. Researchers in the field note that even after just a single dose, these vaccines can be up to 80 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infection. Despite the apparent effectiveness after just one shot, experts still urge vaccinated individuals to receive the second dose — if required — on time and follow public health measures, such as masking and social distancing, to slow community transmission.