Anna Claire


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.

Robbie Courter


Name: Robbie Courter

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA

Favorite Cville Restaurant: La Michoacana, hands down.

What are you involved in on or around Grounds?

I’m a member of the Triathlon team, where I’m currently serving as the team’s Treasurer. I also coach soccer with SOCA through Madison House, watch Netflix part-time, conduct undergraduate research in the BME department, and participate in Chi Alpha Christian fellowship.

What makes you passionate about Biomedical Engineering?

The human body is one of the most efficient and well-tuned machines ever. The fact that we are still discovering things about our bodies that we didn’t know existed is incredibly exciting and is a testament to its complexity - being on the forefront of these discoveries and improving the quality of life for even just one person is why I love BME.

Tell us about the research you’re involved with at UVA.

I’ve been working in the Motion Analysis and Motor Performance (MAMP) Laboratory since second year.  Our primary function in the lab is to analyze the biomechanics of pediatric cerebral palsy patients in order to assist in improving remedies of the disease. Personally, I am currently working on a project investigating the changes in gait biomechanics following tissue-engineered muscle regeneration.

If there was one piece of advice you could give to the Class of 2018, what would it be?

Biking with the triathlon team has allowed me to see parts of Charlottesville I would have otherwise never known existed; so my advice is to truly take advantage of the areas surrounding Grounds. It’s easy to get caught inside the UVA bubble, but just outside are some of the most beautiful country roads, small towns, and scenic views which have made me love our school and Charlottesville so much more.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish before you graduate?

Streak the lawn while riding a UBike.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I have a deeply profound love for pugs.

Jackson Ekis


Name: Jackson Ekis

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Coconut Creek, Florida

Favorite place to study: Rice Hall, when I can find a room there.

What are you involved in on or around Grounds?

I am primarily involved in the Student Game Developers club as their Internal Relations officer, but I am also living in Shea House this year.

What is your favorite thing about living in Shea House? What inspired you to live in a language house at UVA?

Shea House has a fantastic community of like-minded people who are all there for the same reason: to learn their chosen language in an immersion environment. As such, the people are my favorite thing about living in Shea; everyone is so friendly to each other! There are plenty of different levels of language knowledge in each language house, so everyone is willing to help those who know less learn more! I was inspired to live in a language house in my Second Year; I was loving my Japanese class so much that I decided to take the full dive and apply to Shea.

What do you enjoy most about your study of games at UVA? What is your favorite memory about being involved with Student Game Developers?

Video Games have been something that I’ve been interested in most of my life, like many others in our generation. As such, it’s been such a pleasure to finally take all that I’ve learned in the past ~18 years and apply it in a way that takes the knowledge I learn in my Computer Science classes and synthesizes it together into a product that I’m proud of. My favorite memory during my time in the Student Game Developers so far has got to be during the Global Game Jam 2017, which just happened in January. At this event, attendees separate into teams and create a game in 48 hours, and the feeling that I got from testing our first working prototype of the idea that I had come up with was exhilarating and really affirmed my passion for the field.

If there was one piece of advice you could give to the Class of 2018, what would it be?

Look back at your past and see what has made you passionate before. How you can apply those passions towards your remaining time at UVa? For me, those passions included Video Games and Computers, which naturally led to my joining the Student Game Developers. There’s always time to find new passions and new organizations to join, even after you graduate! Never be afraid to pursue new passions (of course, don't devote all your time to them; everything in moderation!), and never stop learning.

What is one thing you hope to accomplish before you graduate?

I hope to be able to publish my own app on an official App Store. Whether it’s a mobile game or another application that solves some other problem, it would mean so much just to say that I’ve created something and gone through the official channels to get it out there for the general public. Not only would it be a moment of great accomplishment, but it would also mean a lot to potential employers!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

While there are plenty of famous, recognizable people with the name “Jackson” (Like Andrew Jackson); my parents met at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and thusly named me after Jackson Pollock, the painter famous for splattering canvas’s and letting the painting speak its own stories.