UVa. 1st Years Descend on Grounds

July 18, 2014

The new school year is right around the corner, and one group of students is already looking forward to it; UVa's class of 2018

Grounds were buzzing Friday morning as tons of students from around the country and their parents got a lay of the land during summer orientation.

On the Corner, Mincer's store employees said the eager students were buying up all the orange and blue they could get their hands on so they could be fully outfitted for the new school year.

"I always wanted to go to UVa., I went on some college tours other places, but I thought nothing compared to UVa.," said new student Jane Townshend.

As part of the two-day orientation, the incoming first-years eat in the dining halls and stay in dorms. Many of the incoming first-years said they are excited, if not a little overwhelmed, by all the new experiences they are about to have.

"Being in Virginia is completely different from being home so I am excited to be in a different place with new people," first-year-to-be Haley Hopkinson said.

During orientation, students also had the chance to get advice from upperclassmen, as they pick out classes and learn where they will be living. Jakob Gray had a bit of a leg up on his future classmates, as his sister is a rising third year at the university.

"The upperclassmen have been really helpful sharing stories about what they like and what they recommend we do," Gray said.

His sister Katarina hopes her brother will love UVa. as much as she does, and immerse himself in all the university has to offer.

"I want to see him doing all the things for the first time that I did. I feel like college has so many new experiences especially at UVa there is so much to," said Gray. "So many different diverse communities. Just get involved and try something new."

New students move onto Grounds August 22nd.

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