Aziz, from Ashburn, added that he feels more in common with these first-year students because, as a second-year student, he had missed the move-in experience in-person last year due to the pandemic.
Greeter Matthew Tucker, a second-year student majoring in history and politics, was glad to be able to help students this year after not moving in his first year. “I can give them smiles even from behind the mask,” he said outside Echols House.
Resident adviser Kiyan Zewer said he was happy to trade his online training last year for working with the RA team in person this year. “I feel like we’re making bonds already,” said the computer science major.
Other coincidences popped up in the halls of Echols House.
Anson Dao of Herndon found out that he knew his roommate, Evan Xu. They had gone to the same elementary school, but different high schools, so they hadn’t seen each other for a while.
Though soaked from the rain, Dao took a moment before changing out of his UVA T-shirt from the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball championship to say he always had the University in mind for college. His father, an alumnus, traveled to see the Cavaliers win that game two years ago. Dao, who had been a manager for his high school basketball team, said he’s looking forward to the new opportunities to make his own UVA experience.
At a welcome event this summer organized by alumni in Savannah, Georgia, incoming first-year Garrett Squire met a second-year student who was among the first people he saw on the Corner after he and his parents arrived Tuesday.
Squire, from St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, broke from the family pack to attend UVA instead of University of Georgia, where his two older sisters went, but he and his parents were impressed with the University, they said. His parents – empty-nesters now – were a little sad, especially about the nine-hour drive, but excited for Garrett to have new adventures, they said.