A Tale of Two Days

"The same group of people gathered in the courtyard in August as well as a few weeks ago, but we were clearly different"

In mid-May, I gathered with my fellow first-years in the courtyard of the Darden School. It was a perfect Virginia morning—73F and not a cloud in the sky. The previous day we had our last day of class. As is traditional at Darden, on the day after the last day of class, all first-year students have a courtyard champagne toast to celebrate the completion of the first year and to be unofficially welcomed as second-year students. It was symbolic on many fronts, but maybe none so much as it was in this same spot that we first met as a class way back in August. On that day, it was a sweltering Virginia summer with the temperature around 95F and the humidity well over 90%.

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