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Letter from the 2014-2015 University of Virginia Quest Liaison

james yu

Hello and welcome to the University of Virginia’s Quest Scholars Network page!

My name is James Yu, and I'm a 2015 UVa Quest Scholar and your Liaison for the 2014-2015 academic year. I am excited to introduce you to Mr. Jefferson’s University, which was founded in 1819 to educate leaders in practical affairs and public service. One of UVa's most enduring traditions is its honor code. The idea is simple: students pledge never to lie, cheat, or steal, and accept that the consequence for breaking this pledge is permanent dismissal from the University. We operate under a strong community of trust, where you can comfortably leave your things at the library during a study break, for instance. Another enduring tradition is streaking the Lawn before you graduate. And this happens almost every weekend, actually, rain or shine.

UVa students work hard but also know how to relax and have a good time. We were ranked the top party school in the nation back in 2012, after all :). But if you’re not about that life, there are so many other ways you could spend your time. There is over a thousand clubs so you are bound to find one that caters to your interests. If not, you would be encouraged to embrace UVa’s tradition of self-governance and start your own club. That’s what my friends and I did this semester, establishing UVa’s Poker Club. With over 14,000 undergraduates on the grounds (not campus), you will surely meet people who share your interests and aspirations.

You can always rely on our QSN Chapter if you need anything, whether it’s a friend to have lunch with or academic guidance and help. We want to serve as a support structure for Quest Scholars as well as a social circle here at UVa. Please reach out to me with any questions or ideas you have to make our chapter work better for you.

Take care,
Your Quest Liaison
James Yu ‘15


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