University of Virginia students arose Tuesday to warm weather, sunny skies and the first day of the academic year.
The bustle across Grounds began in the early hours, as students found their way to 8 a.m. classes. For many, it was the very first time they would be stepping foot inside a college classroom.
First-year student Maggie Trundle, a Charlottesville native, was excited to be heading to her microeconomics class with Ken Elzinga, the popular and beloved Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics.
“I am really excited for this class, because I’ve heard fantastic things about the professor,” she said. “I am looking forward to seeing how different it feels sitting in large classrooms, compared to my high school classes of 20 people.”
Trundle, who is enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, started preparing for her first class well in advance.
“I made sure I knew where the building was so that I wouldn’t get lost today,” she said. “Besides that, and packing my notebooks, I mentally prepared by just reminding myself that this is new to everyone. I want to go into this with an open mind. I know that I’m not the only one who is nervous.”
There are about 16,000 undergraduate students at UVA. The class of 2021 has just over 3,800 members, and they fought hard for those spaces. The last application cycle was the University’s most competitive on record.
Twitter was alive with welcoming messages to students.