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10 Things Every UVA Student Should Do When Their Parents Visit

Take full advantage of the fact that they're coming to see you!


So your parents are coming to visit you and you have no idea what you ought to do with them? Say no more because I am a veteran and my parents and I haven't even done half of this list yet, so I guarantee it'll be helpful to you!

1. Go to a sporting event

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The football team might not be good, but it's still a fun way to pass a Saturday afternoon.

2. Go to downtown mall (and actually buy things)

You know how you go downtown but then never buy things because it's all kind of expensive? Yeah, take your mom and dad with you and you guys can all treat yourselves. If it's a Saturday, even better because you can hit the farmer's market!

3. Take them to Carter's Mountain

It's cute and a good time, not to mention it's one of the coolest local things to do.

4. Make them take you to a restaurant you've been curious about

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You're not likely to pay for food at a new restaurant because you're poor, but you're also curious. The perfect solution is to go when your parents are around to pay for it.

5. Take them around to do the "touristy" stuff on Grounds

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I know you may have already done it on your own, but they want to know Grounds because it's your new home, so go exploring all of the cool spots around Grounds with them. The McGregor Room, Poe's Room, Special Collections, and the Lawn are really cool and great ones!

6. Go to the bookstore (and not for textbooks) 

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As if your parents aren't already giving UVA enough money, have them buy you some cool new school swag.

7. Make them take you to all of the fancy grocery stores

Wegman's and Trader Joe's are both great ones to hit up! They're fancy and fun and you'd definitely go there by yourself, so it's great!

8. Go on a scenic drive to Skyline Drive

Not only is it beautiful, but car rides are a great way to spend quality time with people.

9. Go hiking in Shenandoah

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They have all kinds of hikes — both easy and hard — so there's definitely one for everybody.

10. Go to Monticello

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UVA Students get in free, so definitely do this one!

Bottom line, just hang out and enjoy your time with them!

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

"Alexa, play "Burnin' Up" by the Jonas Brothers."


In case you missed it, the Jonas Brothers are back together and, let me tell you, they're giving us some major jams. For those of us who were there when it all began back in 2007 with their first album, It's About Time, this has been one of the most important events of the year. But nothing, and I mean nothing can rival the excitement every twenty-something felt as the Jonas Brothers announced their Happiness Begins tour. I, for one, put my name in for ticket presale, have been following every single social media site related to the tour/group, and, of course, listening to the Jonas Brothers on repeat. And if you did manage to snag tickets, then you know that this is how your brain has been ever since they announced the tour.

1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

12. Joyfully letting your squad know that you've done it

13. Crying a little because all of the dreams you've had since 2007 are coming true

14. Listening to every single Jonas Brothers song on repeat (again)

If you, like me, have finally fulfilled one of your dreams since childhood, then congrats, my friend! We've made it! Honestly, of all the things I've done in my adult life, this might be the one that child me is the most proud of.

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I Know I'm Late, But I'm Now Obsessed With David Dobrik

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After coming home from the end of my first year of college, instead of unpacking like my parents would've loved for me to do, I turned to YouTube. I've always watched YouTube but I was never one of those teens that watched it so avidly that I would want to go to Playlist Live or VidCon.

Throughout the year, I received many recommendations to watch David Dobrik. Like most people I know, the recommendation went through one ear and out the other. Was he really worth the hype? Well, if you take a look back at the title of this article, you know the answer to that question.

One day, I decided to subscribe to David Dobrik's YouTube channel because I knew that if I saw a video created by him pop up with the rest of subscriptions, one of these days I would end up clicking on a video. That is exactly what happened. I ended up watching maybe two or three videos in total, but I didn't really become a fan. It's not like I didn't enjoy the videos I watched- because I did. I just didn't keep up with them. It wasn't until I came home from school and decided to go all in that I truly hopped on the David Dobrik-bandwagon.

Now, I truly understand what everyone was talking about. Not only is he hilarious, but his vlogs are super short (four minutes and 20 seconds to be exact). In a competition, I'd probably be named the "World's Worst Watcher" of TV shows and movies because I'm so impatient that I skip through the bad or boring parts that I don't want to watch. Contrary to this statement, I can safely say that I have only skipped through a video once only because someone was about to puke. He and his friends are always on the go, which is much more fun to watch than someone just sitting in front of the camera explaining what they are about to do instead of footage of them in action.

Most of the YouTubers I watch create lifestyle videos, like makeup tutorials, clothing hauls, vlogs of college students, etc. David Dobrik's videos are completely different from any of the others that I subscribe to. All of his videos are vlogs that show him doing the most ridiculous, yet entertaining things, whether it be buying his best friends expensive cars, paying them $100 so he can shoot them with a paintball gun, or going on spontaneous trips to Las Vegas. There's not a single moment through any of his videos that don't leave me with a smile on my face.

It's not just that his videos are short and entertaining. It's also that he seems like the sweetest and most down-to-earth human being. He cares so much about his friends so much that the focus isn't entirely on him but on them, which is something that you don't see very often.

I highly recommend that everyone watch at least one of his videos. It may be four minutes of your life that you will never get back but after watching it, you won't want them back.

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