U.Va. offered the best balance between rigorous academics and a full college experience.
How would you describe U.Va. students in three words?
Enterprising, fun-loving, diverse.
What is your favorite thing about the College of Arts and Sciences at U.Va.?
The College has so many different classes, the most of any school actually. I can take a full range of classes.
What interests you intellectually?
I am fascinated by the subconscious mind and human consciousness. It is actually an obsession of mine. I also find most of the main questions of sociology, anthropology, philosophy, basically the study of humanity, to be extremely interesting.
What about the U.Va. experience has been a challenge?
Going from a school where I was embarrassed to be seen as an intellectual to one where everyone is an intellectual has forced me to redefine how I present myself and my expectations.
How has U.Va. fostered a global perspective for you?
I have made many friends who are international students and this year I became a member of the Filipino organization and participated in their culture show even though I am white.
I have not studied abroad, but I plan to do so in the next January Term or summer.
Describe your favorite professor.
I have a different favorite professor for every department because so many have directly impacted my life. My most recent addition to the list was Professor Ted Coffey in music department.
What was your favorite class?
I have many, but one which comes immediately to mind is Unresolved Mysteries of the Universe, in which I learned about UFOs, black holes, parallel universes, and other conundrums worthy of the Twilight Zone.
Have you been involved in research at U.Va.?
Not yet, but I soon will be for my senior thesis, in which I plan to study the relationship between the subconscious and social change.
What have you learned about yourself in your time at U.Va.?
How much I have the capacity to change in ways I had not previously imagined, especially in my perspective and handling of life.
What is your favorite memory from your first year at Virginia?
A favorite memory is the first time I had a really intense heart to heart. Since then, they have become my addiction. I've had them with many of my close friends, my sister who went to UVA, and even strangers.
About which activities are you most passionate?
I try to get involved in as many theater productions as I can, but I also am involved in Students for Stop Hunger Now, Sustained Dialogue, and the Organization of Young Filipino Americans.
What is your favorite thing to do in Charlottesville?
I love doing shows and going to them at the LiveArts Community theater Downtown.
What is your favorite place on Grounds?
I think I find a new one every day. All of Grounds is gorgeous. I love napping under trees though. Today I saw I bench by the Rotunda beneath a sprawling tree and it might just become my new favorite spot.
Are you involved in intramural or club sports?
I did intramural volleyball first year. If I have time this year I'd love to do dodge ball.