Meet More Members of the Class of 2028
Adrian Klaits’ route to UVA is a circuitous one. The son of a United States Foreign Service Officer, he logged two years at Marshall High School in Falls Church before heading to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. There, he’s had internships at the U.S. Embassy, “which I was very fortunate to be able to be selected for,” he said. He has also been teaching English as a second language to local primary school students.
Klaits took a gap year because there was “so much he wanted to do before” going to college.
“I think it’s important to kind of take time where you have to just experiment within your own community, or within what’s available to you because there’s so much out there that has to be explored personally,” he said. “And it’s not something you usually have the liberty to do once you’re on the fast track at a university.”
Like Rankin, Klaits knew he would feel at home at UVA. Filling out the application was even welcoming, he said.
“Especially like the kinds of questions UVA asks kind of forced me to be creative, which I thought was super important, and reflected well on the school,” he explained. “It was not like a school where there were prompts that are asked across the board at other schools. I had to be creative and think for myself.”
From Colombia to Charlottesville
Juana Maria Diez also took a gap year and is excited to be joining the Class of 2028 in the fall.
She has been singing professionally since she was 8 years old, specializing in children’s songs. One, a cover of a Christmas classic in her home country, Colombia, has been viewed on YouTube nearly 800 million times.
The song is “Mi Burrito Sabenero,” translated roughly in English to mean “Little Donkey of the Savannah.” Diez tried to explain the extreme popularity of her version of the tune. “Christmas is a really, really big deal in Colombia,” she said. “We celebrate all of December.”
Diez’s passions are so varied and fast-moving that it’s hard to decide what to highlight. The 18-year-old has been moving from country to country, first camping and hiking across the western United States and learning about ecosystems. UVA Today caught up with her in London, where she’s taking classes in sewing, creative writing and fashion at the University of Arts London.
“After the courses end, I will be in a 10-week intensive French course in Montpelier, France,” she said.
UVA Is ‘Grateful and Honored’ That Students Put Their Faith in the University
Last year, the University had a historic application year, and this year eclipsed that, receiving 58,970 applications, up 4%. The school’s first-year enrolling class target is 3,970 and students who applied in the regular decision pool will receive their notifications by April 1. Both they and the students admitted Friday will have until May 1 to accept their admissions offers.