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Name: Sophie Thionville

Major: History with a French Minor

Year: Fourth Year

1.    What brought you to the Women’s Center?

As a transfer student, I was looking for a meaningful way to get involved in the UVA community. I knew I wanted to be a part of an organization that promotes such great resources and creates awareness. 

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far?

| March 11, 2021 | social-media-marketing, interns

Questions about life’s meaning are at the heart of grief after a death. We grieve because we love, and we are alive, and loving connection gives life meaning. Grief is a normal response to loss, not an illness, even though it can feel like one. Not everyone has the same reactions, on the same schedule. There is no one way to grieve.

When you are grieving, it is common to feel:

By: Counseling Staff | March 08, 2021 | counseling

Major: Economics and History with a minor in Statistics
Year: Second

1.     What brought you to the Women's Center?

I found the Women’s Center in the fall of my first year when I was trying to find something similar to the social justice and women’s rights work that I was involved in during high school. Unfortunately, the application was not open at that time, so I wrote down the date and remembered to apply a couple months later!

| March 04, 2021 | social-media-marketing, interns

It’s been about one whole month since the inauguration of our nation’s new administration, which also means it’s been about one whole month since we were graced with the powerful, provocative words of Amanda Gorman in her poem “The Hill We Climb” (if you haven’t had the chance to watch it, I highly recommend that you watch it here).

By: Julia Paraiso | February 28, 2021 | Body Positive, interns

Major: Political Science
Year: Third Year

1.    What brought you to the Women’s Center?

Wanting to work with our local Charlottesville community and be able to give back.

2.    How has a mentor impacted you?

I’ve made such amazing friends who are strong and powerful. They have taught me to be strong like they are, even when I don’t feel like I can be.

3.    Who is a woman that inspires you?

| February 25, 2021 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

Year: Fourth
Major: Commerce & Psychology     

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

The YWLP mentoring program was being promoted in a WGS class I took first year and I was excited to apply as a Big!    

2.    How has a mentor impacted you?

I’ve had a few awesome mentors throughout my life. I’ve had mentors help me tremendously in internship & job searches and they’ve also just helped me stay focused and encouraged.     

| February 18, 2021 | young-women-leaders-program, interns

1.    What brought you to the Women's Center?

I was first introduced to the Women's Center through their counseling program. I was attracted to the idea of working on a team of just women as it appeared to be a more comfortable space in which I can truly express my thoughts and feelings. On top of that, being surrounded by a group of strong, supportive, diverse women that share similar passions as me is constant motivation to be the best version of myself.

2.    What is your favorite memory of UVA thus far? 

| February 12, 2021 | social-media-marketing, interns

PHEW! What a year! I think 2020 was the year of being in my body. I don’t think I have ever been stretched, forced into feelings of vulnerability and attuned to the intersectional ways my body lives in the world more than I was this past year. It’s been a roller-coaster ride. I am happy to find myself back in this space with you all as we ring in the new year and new semester. Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I hope that this year is Just & Kind to everybody and every body.

By: Aisha Saeed | February 07, 2021 | Body Positive, interns

Here in Charlottesville, the violence at the US Capitol in early January was especially painful to watch, challenging beyond what our usual messages about self-care could address. In the more than three years since August 11-12, 2017, we have seen so many of you engaged in working for equity and justice, and we know that seeing lessons not learned more widely since then makes this work more daunting.

By: Abby Palko | February 03, 2021 | interns, counseling

For while we have our eyes on the future,
history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption
we feared at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
of such a terrifying hour
but within it we found the power
to author a new chapter.
To offer hope and laughter to ourselves.

from “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

By: Abby Palko | February 03, 2021 | Palko POV