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Friday, March 28, 2008

A quick note of thanks

Thank you all the nice comments that have been coming in on the blog. The interaction we have here means a lot to me. I have to confess that I find "talking" to you on this blog more meaningful than all the resumes that get put in my hands after evening programs (by the way, juniors, most schools are trying to go paperless). I know in my heart that each one of you is going to have multiple, attractive options to consider next month. If UVa is on that list, we are better for it. If we are not, I'm truly sorry about that.

Let me take moment to tell you all something that I've started discussing with juniors who are just starting out with this process. If we were permitted to admit every qualified student; every student who was capable of doing work at the level expected of our students, we would have a much larger class than the one we d0 (the enrollment goal is 3170 first-year students). My sense is that of the 18,500 applicants, a huge number are well prepared for UVa.

Regardless of what your status page says tomorrow, you are going to be just fine. You are going to attend a great school and you are going to grow tremendously while there. You are going to have highs and lows, you're going to have great successes and you're going to fail miserably at something. What's going to make or break those experiences is your response and your attitude, not necessarily the location of the events.

You all have been amazingly good natured during this roller coaster. Thanks for your contributions...goodness knows a blog is only really interesting if people are reading and commenting (the first year was a little rough). You all have made this worthwhile. Thanks again and good luck tomorrow tonight!
Give the students a hand, CavDog!