University of Virginia
Letter from the 2014-2015 University of Virginia Quest Liaison
Welcome to the University of Virginia’s Quest Scholars Network page!
My name is Myliyah Hanna. I am a 2018 U.Va Quest Scholar and our chapter’s current Liaison. I am not only grateful to have been given this opportunity but eager to welcome you all to Mr. Jefferson’s University, founded in 1819 to educate leaders in practical affairs and public service. One of U.Va’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. The purpose of this is to foster and maintain a strong community of trust, so don’t feel overwhelmed by it! We want everyone who attends this university to feel comfortable with leaving their things at the library or not having to cover their answers during an exam. On a more exciting note: another one of U.Va’s traditions is to streak the Lawn before graduation. There are steps to this process, however, and though countless people have streaked this year, we are debating whether or not it was an official streaking due to the fact that our historical building, the Rotunda, is under construction. You’ll undoubtedly learn more about this and other informal traditions once you’re here.
There are hundreds of clubs here that suit your interests, and if there is no club that meets your needs, embrace U.Va’s spirit of self-governance and start your own club. U.Va prides itself in its student-run organizations and councils. With over 14,000 undergraduates on Grounds (we’re not a campus), you will surely meet people who share your interests and aspirations. Even when you think you’re the only one interested in something, I guarantee you will meet someone here who has the same tastes as you!
U.Va wants everyone here to feel welcome. I want you to know that when you join our community, you will find friends and support in our QSN chapter. From academic help to just having someone to talk to, regardless of the topic, the Quest Scholars and I are eager to help you transition in any way and help you feel as welcome as possible here. You are an essential part of who we are, and we want to make sure that this is emphasized. We want to serve as a support structure for Quest Scholars as well as a social circle here at U.Va. As I’m only an email away, don’t hesitate to send me any questions, concerns, or ideas you have to make this chapter work best for you.
Take care, and I look forward to meeting you!
Your Quest Liaison,
Myliyah Hanna ‘18