Cavalier Corner

October 2014

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IT STARTS WITH YOU THE PATH TO SUCCESS Academics Preparation Competition Service Graduation Lifelong Success ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ▼ ACADEMICS The transition from high school to college is not easy on or off the field for incoming student-athletes at Virginia. However, Cavaliers have their teammates and coaches to lean on during competition or practice, and the Athletics Academic Affairs Office is there for all of their educational needs. "It was pretty tough with how rigorous UVa is as a whole," fourth-year basketball star Malcolm Brogdon said. "They're not a school that allows their student- athletes to slack in any way. The academic side of things really holds the athletes accountable as regular stu- dents. It was definitely a transition, but we do have a great support system in place to help us really thrive in this environment." Brogdon admitted he can remember walking into his Academic Coordinator's office, and the two literally wrote his schedule out on paper. Every class, assign- ment, exam and discussion was listed, so that he could see when he had free time or extra hours for the gym in his busy schedule. It taught Brogdon time management, but that isn't all that Virginia does for its student-athletes. "The Academic Affairs Office helped me sort through choosing a major, coordinating semester class sched- ules, and I met with them weekly to organize my stud- ies," fourth-year soccer standout Morgan Brian said. "My Academic Coordinator is extremely helpful in making sure that I am taking the right classes that fit into my game/practice schedule and helps me make sure I am making progress towards graduation. "The younger you are, the more the office works with you. The more time you spend at UVa and grow as a student, you understand the demands and already have the classes you need to take planned out." Brian, the reigning National Player of the Year for her sport, now works with the office to help her balance her school work with the demands of playing on the United States National Team, which requires a lot of time on the road. "Traveling for soccer presents challenges, but I have Women's soccer standout Morgan Brian says UVa's Academic Affairs Office has played a vital role in helping her succeed in the class- room while balancing her very busy schedule. PHOTO BY MATT RILEY/COURTESY UVA

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