Name: Anna Claire
Major: Nursing School
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Favorite Cville restaurant: My ideal day of eating in Charlottesville consists of a plain bagel with cinnamon sugar and butter from Bodo’s for breakfast, followed by the All-American with no mustard and a side of tots from Boylan for lunch, Stumble Down Mac & Cheese from the Virginian for dinner, and ending the night with a Funfetti cupcake from SweetHaus.
What are you involved in on or around Grounds?
I’m on exec for the Hoo Crew Committee
Why did you decide to get involved with Hoo Crew? What has been your favorite memory cheering on the Hoos?
I grew up a huge UVA sports fan. I spent fall weekends in Scott Stadium and spring weekends in Klöckner and learned the Good Old Song along with my ABCs. When I got to UVA, I couldn’t wait to flash my student ID and go to any game I wanted to. My hallmates didn’t have quite the same vision, so I needed friends who would go to games with me and be as passionate as I am. I applied to join the committee at the end of my first year and it was the best decision I’ve made at UVA.
My favorite memory would have to be when College GameDay came to JPJ during our second year. We spent the whole week getting ready and had many late nights of meetings and making posters. We got to JPJ at 2 a.m. on Saturday and camped out so we could be first in line. It was a lot of work for Hoo Crew but when it all came together and the Hoos pulled out the win, it was totally worth it.
What inspired you to pursue a career in nursing?
I don’t have a really cool story like some people in my class. I remember the summer before eighth grade, my mom signed me up for a camp at the hospital near my house. We spent a week going to all the different units learning about what they do and took home tons of souvenirs (I still have a cast for my right arm and a radiation face mask). That’s when I first thought a career in medicine would be really cool and then, somehow, I ended up here. This summer I’m working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital and after graduation, I want to work in the NICU.
If there was one piece of advice you could give to the Class of 2018, what would it be?
Spend time on Grounds! We don’t have much longer to sit on the Lawn between classes or eat dumplings in the Amphitheatre. I rarely get to see the Lawn or Rotunda because I’m always in the Nursing School and I’m always so jealous of everyone who sees their friends between classes and hang out on Central Grounds.
What is one thing you hope to accomplish before you graduate?
Since first year, I have wanted to attend one game/match/competition for every UVA sports team.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I firmly believe that, behind Disney World, the happiest places on Earth are Costco and Wegmans.