In August, members of the University of Virginia’s Class of 2020 will arrive on Grounds eager to immerse themselves in all things UVA, like accepting the responsibility of the Honor Code, studying for classes on the Lawn and attending a Cavalier football game at Scott Stadium.
The Zorzi triplets – Nina (School of Nursing), Noah (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and Noelle (College of Arts & Sciences) – are part of this class, and will have the opportunity to share the transition to, and journey through, college with their siblings.
The Class of 2016, which walked the Lawn in May, also included a set of triplets: Peter, Tom and Molly Siebers.
UVA Today arranged for the Sieberses to answer some questions from the Zorzis about what it’s like to experience life at the University when at least a couple of familiar faces are never too far away. (Their advice may also prove sneakily helpful to first-year students with no other nearby siblings.)
Q. Any tips for decorating the dorm room?
Molly: Add some personal touches. Pictures of family and friends will make your room feel like home.
Q. What is the best way to meet people?
Peter: The best way to meet people is to hang out with your hall mates, talk to classmates and, most importantly, be willing to experience new things.
Q. Did you play on any intramural teams or sports teams together? Which was the most enjoyable?
Tom: Peter and I played on a few teams together; we played flag football first year with a bunch of my hall mates. After first year, we only played on a couple of softball teams together. We would play against each other a lot in the fraternity leagues. We would generally guard each other regardless of the sport, which made things interesting.
Q. Did you participate in Greek life? If so, what did you like most about it?
Peter: Yes, all of us participated in Greek life. I was a member of Beta Theta Pi. I greatly enjoyed being a part of a fraternity. What I liked most was the relationships you build within the brotherhood. Additionally, fraternity/sorority life provides a great opportunity to meet a bunch of new people with a wide variety of experiences, interests and backgrounds.
Q. What is your favorite on and off Grounds restaurant?
Tom: My favorite place to eat on Grounds/on the Corner was The Virginian. I enjoyed hanging out in the booths with my buddies from first year, with buddies in my fraternity, and with my girlfriend. Beer Run was my favorite place off Grounds; I only ever went there with my dad or Peter and Molly, so it has a family feel to it for me.
Q. How often did you see your siblings? Was it a casual bump into or planned on purpose?
Molly: I saw them more first year while we were still making new friends. My third year, I had to ask Peter on a “date” to The Virginian because I hadn’t seen him all semester. Aside from that, we usually would bump into each other every once in awhile and catch up. Our dad, who works at UVA, facilitated us getting together every once in awhile as well for a quick dinner.
Q. What is a “must-do” UVA tradition?
Peter: Besides streaking the Lawn, I would say a must do UVA tradition is going to Lighting of the Lawn. LOTL was one of my favorite events each year. It provides a great study break right before finals, and you get to see how beautiful the Lawn truly is once everything is finally lit.
Q. What did you find to be the most efficient way to get around Grounds?
Tom: I just walked. It was easy, Grounds is beautiful, and I would run into friends.
Q. Do you feel closer now to each other than when you graduated high school?
Molly: Yes. I think that we have all matured a lot since graduating high school and that it has helped our relationship grow. We didn’t see each other nearly as often, but that allowed us to grow as individuals. They will always be my go-to “big brothers” when I have a problem and I know that they have my back and will support me.