UVA Alumni Share Their Best Advice for Incoming First-Years

Nearly 3,700 students are expected to join the University of Virginia’s Class of 2019, pumping new life and fresh ideas into Grounds. With summer orientation kicking off this week, the University is gearing up for their official arrival in August during move-in weekend.

To help these new ’Hoos prepare, the University asked alumni and others via Facebook to share their best advice for life on and off Grounds. You can see the full list of advice on the Facebook page, but here are some of the highlights, from how to succeed in the classroom to the importance of exploring Charlottesville.

On learning outside of the classroom:

“Take advantage of the study-abroad opportunities available to you while at UVa, and plan early!” – Whitney Strickler

On exploring your home for the next four years:

“Try everything and broaden your horizons. There is so much to do and see on Grounds and in Charlottesville. Make it your backyard.” – Theresa Fremont Seem

On the importance of absorbing as much as possible

“Make a point of stopping and taking it all in. Your time at The University is over in a blink of the eye. These times will be some of the best of your lives and the friendships you make will be life-long.” – Douglas Owens

On taking advantage of clubs and organizations

“Get involved and enjoy every second you have as an undergraduate.” – Bekah Jarosinski

“Take advantage of anything and everything you are interested in. College is the best time to learn yourself and explore your potential.” – Rachel N-Cognito Davis

On getting home safely

“Utilize the Safe Ride program.” – Lori Keller

On survival tips for cold weather

"Fleece is your friend and so are flannel sheets for your bed during late fall and winter." – Kathleen Kalin Tobakos

On seeking out faculty

"Show up for your professors' office hours." – Lori Keller


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