James Cassar is driven. In the fall, as a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, he was a senior editor for the Cavalier Daily, a facilities manager at the Aquatic and Fitness Center and a DJ for WXTJ, the student-run radio station. He wrote and edited for a pair of music magazines, Alternative Press and Modern Vinyl. He co-owns Near Mint, a record label, and moonlights as a music reviewer and podcast co-host. He turned 21 in September.
Cassar completed his degree requirements a semester early and graduated in December. He also lives with cerebral palsy and frequently shares his views on disability in his writing. However, as his mother Leslie said, “It doesn’t really matter that James has a disability.”
Despite his busy life, Cassar slowed down just enough during his final semester for this photo essay, presented in the form of an old-style vinyl record album.”
“This Must Be the Place”
Let’s Get Digital:
James’ Spotify Playlist
For a show-like experience, Cassar created this Spotify playlist. The list begins with his go-to song, “Re-Done,” which he said sums up his college life. “There was that jittery first year – not from caffeine, but from excitement and promise. Second year and third year mellowed out as I figured out why I was here,” he wrote. “Fourth year is my unraveling, just like how Brendan Lukens and Co. take the action down a notch to really examine what they built in four minutes.”