Lessons from Tina Fey

As a loyal Wahoo, I can tell you that on my honor, the words, "I want to go to there!" came spewing out of my mouth loudly and excitedly when I read that Tina Fey was going to be speaking at the University of Virginia. As the first speaker of President Sullivan's "Speaker Series for the Arts", Tina was returning to Grounds to tell us all something about the value of the arts. Naturally, I set off to every social networking site I am part of and let everyone know the good news.

Get Educated: What's the Deal with HPV?

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), is the most common sexually transmitted infection.  Each year, approximately 79 million Americans are infected, with the majority of the cases being seen among people in their late teens and early 20s. One reason why HPV is so prevalent is that many infected individuals experience few to no symptoms and unknowingly pass the infection on to their partners.  There are more than 40 strains of the virus which is typically contracted through vaginal, oral and/or anal sex.

The Last First Day: Back to School

This is the year when “back to school” became back to responsibility. This is how it works: back to responsibility means back to worrying, back to worrying means an avalanche of anxiety about future job prospects, future apartment searches, future relationships. This is the state of things. This is what it means to be twenty-one and not blissfully ignorant of the fact that this is my last first day of school, my last chance to run back to mom and dad and say, “Wait! Help!

Top 5 Apps: Just For Fun

Smartphones are giving us more and more opportunities to be productive wherever we go. You can check email, schedule appointments, and make 'to-do lists' in the palm of your hand. We don't need to be productive all the time though, do we? Smartphones give us an opportunity to have fun too! Here are some great apps to have fun with:

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Gil Harrington: An Unflinching Gaze

As part of the University of Virginia community where Morgan Harrington lost her life in 2009, we took note long ago that her mother, Gil Harrington, is an exceptional woman. Her unflinching willingness to deal openly with the tragedy of her daughter's murder has sometimes disarmed observers. After meeting her, though, it becomes clear that her clarity is accompanied by a worldview both deep and farseeing. In a recent wide ranging talk at her home, she spoke about how she cultivates this authenticity in the face of the worst that can befall a parent.

Slowing Down After School

Three months after racing through the final hurdles of grad school, applying for and securing jobs, moving in with my then-boyfriend, and starting a so-called "exciting" adult life, time all of a sudden slackened to a halt. I was staring across the kitchen table from someone whom I had loved. Someone whom I had fallen out of love with, whom I tried so hard to fall back in love with, and whom I was now looking at with an unblinking, slightly unfocused stare.


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