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The University’s Final Exercises is a whirlwind of tears, applause, nostalgia — and balloons. Every year, the University’s graduating class lines up around the Rotunda for the unforgettable procession down the Lawn. Thousands of parents, friends and faculty members watch the students adorn the honors of honors and make their way across the Lawn. The Rotunda is filled with black caps and gowns that symbolize the end of something old, and the beginning of something new.
Every University student’s experience is inextricably linked to the faculty and staff that make it possible. Bus drivers, maintenance workers, dining staff and so many other workers contribute to helping the University run every single day. One notable staff member in particular has left a lasting impression and enhanced the lives of students on a daily basis.
The best thing to do when it's not warm and sunny outside, in my humble opinion, is to take a trip to the AFC hot tub. I promise you — a spacious 16-person hot tub kept around 104 degrees — is much needed. It’s the perfect getaway from the temperamental temperatures Charlottesville has been hosting lately. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an early summer vacation to me.
This is the fourth in the Life desk’s series of reviews during Charlottesville’s 2023 Restaurant Week — food writers also ate at Mockingbird, The Ridley, Bizou, Fig and Tavern & Grocery.
As Thanksgiving approaches, there are a lot of holiday plans to prepare for between traveling and pre-break midterms. But, before the long-awaited Thanksgiving break arrives, it is time to gather your close friends and have the annual “what are you thankful for?” conversation around the dinner table. If you are hosting or attending a Friendsgiving, a casual Thanksgiving dinner with your friends, here are some helpful ideas of things to bring to the table.
If I had to share one lesson I’ve learned in my four years here, it would be to try new things. Oftentimes, it's the little things you try that can transform your perspectives, routines and even improve your mood. Here are just a few ways to mix up the way you approach your days.
Are you ready for the trip of a lifetime? Imagine smelling the delicious aroma of pizza on the streets of Italy or camping in the mountainous desert of Jordan. Ten simple ideas can help turn this dream into a reality, so fasten your seatbelts and get ready to travel the world.
1. Volunteer at the hospital
The first week of classes can be really overwhelming — new faces, new textbooks and an entirely new professor. It might feel like your professor will never know you exist, especially in crowded lectures. But I assure you, there is a way to get to know them. It doesn’t have to be right now, but sometime in the first two weeks, go up to your professor after class. Try starting with your name, why you chose to take the class and any questions you might have!
We’ve all heard it before — the dreaded word — finals. Whether we like it or not, finals are right around the corner — and it's not the Corner that we all know and love. We’re all familiar with the adrenaline that comes with turning in a paper at 11:59 p.m., but to avoid that unbearable feeling of panic and potentially a mental breakdown, here are ten ways you can avoid procrastinating for finals.
Do you ever just feel overwhelmed with life? Has the business of life as a University student led to five hour couch sessions and countless naps? I’ve been there numerous times, and here are some things that have personally helped me get through the slump.