Kissing Freshman Year of College Goodbye

Kissing Freshman Year of College Goodbye

It's time to move forward.

It feels like it was just yesterday I was packing my bags up to move away from home for nine months. While the first couple weeks were incredibly difficult to grasp the idea of being away from home and family. I got through it just as you all probably did. The constant text messages to mom telling her how much you just want to come home was an actual thing but you knew deep down that being here at college is where you needed to be. Now here we are packing up our small dorm rooms to move back home for the summer. Even though this summer might consist of working excessive amounts of hours or not have any plans at all it still makes you excited to be home for the next four month. Although, as we pack up our bags we reflect on our first year of college.

Throughout high school, we are being prepared for the next 4 years of our lives in college but the truth is you can never be well prepared for college. There was never a point in high school where I was swamped with homework but in college, this changes. The homework pile never dies down, all nine months are filled with homework. Even during finals week, there is homework to turn in. I am sure us college kids will not miss this at all but we will miss the friends we made throughout the last nine months and the good times we all shared.

Making friends is never easy and maybe you had a friend all year you could not wait to get rid of once you leave for the summer. Maybe your roommate was the best friend you made all year. With college, you never know what it will bring you. Either way, you are grateful for the memories you have shared with each friend you made and you know you will miss this just as much as they will.

The fond memories we shared as a campus for freshman year will always be carried with us. Moving into a dorm and being independent was a big change. If you came to college to party, congratulations you accomplished something. If you came to college for an education and to make something of yourself, congratulations you did it. You started the long, stressful, and exciting journey. It is not easy and you really have to be willing to go to college because there is no slacking off and making it by like back in high school. This defines your future and this experience is something we will carry with ourselves the rest of our lives. So you should be proud of yourself for finishing your first year of college, I know I am proud of myself! It is not easy but we survived one year our of 4 years so far! For now, I am ready to go home and spend four months not having to worry about anything but work and what I will do tomorrow to keep myself busy. I am ready to be home, back with the family every day and not just weekends and a couple weeks over winter or spring break. I am ready for the endless amounts of concerts and trips I will take. So if you are ready, it is time to kiss freshman year goodbye because there is no looking back.

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What It's Like To Take A Class With Professor Yuri Urbanovich

My experience taking a class with one of the best professors at UVA.

I have taken multiple classes with Professor Urbanovich during my time at UVA, and he is one of my favorite professors. Not only does he genuinely care about his students, but he also pushes them to learn more than humanly possible in the span of 50 minutes.

Seriously, I have learned more in his classes about Russian history and politics than I could have ever imagined. Professor Urbanovich’s thick Georgian accent and recalls of personal experiences also make his classes more personal, allowing students to understand the nation’s history and politics on a completely different level.

No wonder his classes fill up in a matter of hours when course registration begins!

The best part of Professor Urbanovich’s class is the many repeated quotes that one can uncover during his lectures. I am currently taking a J-term course with Professor Urbanovich and I have noticed that he says some things a lot throughout the course of his lectures, which makes them that much more interesting and fun.

If you’re interested in taking a course with Professor Urbanovich, which I highly recommend, be aware of the fact that Urbanovich will say the following things a lot.

1. My friends...

Professor Urbanovich does not refer to his students as “you guys” or “ my students,” but rather “my friends.” He often starts his lectures with “my friends,” making the class more intimate and welcoming. He welcomes various thoughts and opinions and treats his students in a way that makes it seem like you really are friends with the professor.

I have only taken two classes with him, but he always remembers who I am (a rare occurrence at a large university).

2. It is inconceivable

Professor Urbanovich often says that certain events or occurrences are “inconceivable”, and when he does, you know that the even matters a lot in terms of Russian history. It’s sort of like a marker for the things you should absolutely remember after any given lecture.

Earlier this week, one of his students quoted Urbanovich’s “inconceivable” phrase during a presentation, and the entire class, including the professor, started laughing. It just goes to show how welcoming and fun his classes can be.

3. I mean, can you imagine...

This is something along the lines of “inconceivable”, but it happens on rare occasions, usually when Professor Urbanovich is comparing the US to Russia and explaining how various events that occur in Russia would not be welcomed in the US or any other nation.

For example, the Pussy Riot fiasco that occurred in Russia was a stab at the religious values present in Russia, but we idolize it in the US. If something like this had happened in Israel or any other nation with strong religious values, we would most likely look at it in a different light. I mean, can you imagine…

4. I am so proud of you

Professor Urbanovich values education over number grades, often telling students that he is extremely proud of the work they’ve done and that they will go far in life. He does give exams, homework responses, and various projects, as any professor would, but he often makes students feel accomplished and successful after the completion of any assignment.

His comments on most essays are very constructive and provide guidance toward the development of better writing skills and the creation of more ambitious future projects.

5. Don't throw potatoes at my head

On the first day of my J-Term class, Professor Urbanovich compared our class to a large group of protestors as a joke, saying that we shouldn’t throw potatoes at his head if we did not agree with one of his statements.

Throughout the course of the past two weeks, he has repeated this phrase several times, especially during lectures that might have sparked opposition among students. Professor Urbanovich says this in a joking way of course, and it makes the class seem less intense than it is, almost as if we were not learning 1000+ years of Russian history in the span of 10 days.

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21 Things To Do On Your 21st Birthday

You’re officially legal! It’s time to celebrate!

You’ve been waiting for this day for, well, 21 years! It’s one of the biggest milestone birthdays there is to look forward to. You probably never thought you’d make it to this point, but now that the day is here, there’s so much to do!

1. Drink!

2. Go out to dinner.

3. Go to the Casino.

4. Go on a winery tour.

5. Drink!

6. See a movie.

7. Drink!

8. Eat wine-flavored ice-cream!

9. Buy something for yourself.

10. Scratch lottery tickets.

11. Drink!

12. Go bowling.

13. Throw a party.

14. Go on a cruise.

15. Drink!

16. Dance.

17. Drink!

18. Go to a club with friends!

19. Celebrate with family.

20. Open presents.

21. Drink!

You’ve waited 21 years to legally have your first sip of alcohol, whether it be wine, beer or some fruity cocktail. The moral of this is it’s time to drink, so indulge yourself.

But drink responsibly!

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