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Throughout their undergraduate college career, students are able to find a plethora of ways to make money while attending school — some find part-time jobs or participate in clinical experiments, while others can make money by renting out their parking spots during home football games. However, safety regulations wrought by COVID-19 have thrown a wrench in many of these typical in-person plans that would otherwise have helped students bring in an income. Despite this, some students have still found ways to turn a profit while doing what they love, pursuing avenues of entrepreneurship through online marketing platforms or becoming student ambassadors for certain brands, to name a few.
Although January term courses — which often have a study-abroad component — were online this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, students were still able to interact with the global community. Particularly, students were able to take two new classes which collaborated virtually with community-based organizations in South Africa. Students in the course Community Organizing and Public Health in South Africa joined forces with the Movement for Change and Social Justice in South Africa, and students worked with The Black Power Station while taking Arts Activism, Liberated Spaces and Creative Economies at The Black Power Station.
Community Climate Collaborative is a nonprofit based in the Charlottesville area dedicated to addressing climate change through advocating for local action. C3 focuses on advocating for climate action amongst businesses and homeowners in addition to lobbying for environmentally conscious legislation in the city of Charlottesville.
Walking around Grounds on a busy weekday, it's nothing out of the ordinary to witness a student taking a picture of her Starbucks cup with her name spelled wrong for Instagram or someone shamelessly posing for his Snapchat streaks. But seeing someone talking to a professional-grade camera on the way to class may generate a few stares. What looks unusual at first glance may actually be an iconic spotting of one of the University’s most popular YouTubers filming their latest content. Third-year College Student Jason Wang and second-year College student Megan Kelleher have garnered 19,300 and 13,400 subscribers, respectively, through their YouTube channels, which feature vlogs about their lifestyles at the University.
Skincare is something that is a part of most people’s daily routine, but it can be a complicated subject. There is a copious number of skincare brands, each with their own suggestions and strategies, and dozens of options line grocery store shelves. With all of this information swirling around, students may find it hard to decide the best method to keep their skin healthy.
Virtual reality is a rapidly growing field, continuously expanding into new subject matters. Recently, VR has started being used for educational purposes.
Flux, the University’s only slam poetry group, hosted a poetry slam Friday night in Minor Hall as one of three qualifiers to help determine which poets will represent the University at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. CUPSI is an annual poetry competition in which over 60 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada compete every year. The competition was founded in 2001 and is put on by the Association of College Unions International. Nine poets competed for five spots on this year’s team.