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A primer for your freshman year at UMW
Welcome to the University of Mary Washington, Eaglets. You’re entering a campus with a storied history in a town with even more history. Here’s what you need to know about your first year in Fredericksburg:
Bench siting is a Mary Washington tradition. Whether you choose to camp out on one of the many wooden benches along campus walk or kick back in one of the many Adirondack chairs in one of UMW’s many green spaces, taking time out and people watching is a must on nice days.
Dean Cedric Rucker is everywhere on the UMW campus. You can find him chatting with students any and everywhere, serving up midnight breakfasts before exams, and on Halloween he breaks out his famous Winnie-the-Pooh suit. He’s not just a campus fixture, he’s a campus treasure.
Devil v. Goat Day
One of UMW’s odder traditions. Annually even-year class students (Goats) compete against odd-year class students (Devils) to be top of the school. Check out more about the tradition here.
The campus up on the hill can feel like a bubble sometimes. But venture downtown for coffee at Hyperion, see if you can find great used book finds at Riverby Books and grab lunch at one of the many restaurants. We’re all happy to have you here!
Let’s talk about the food
There is a soup in the Underground that is regarded as the most valuable commodity on campus. It’s called red pepper gouda and it’s TASTY. Line up early for lunch on Wednesday in the Underground to get a serving before they run out – and they inevitably always do.
Sammy D. Eagle
Sammy is your mascot. Created just a few years ago, Sammy stirs up school spirit at events and randomly on campus walk (and sometimes gives out free t-shirts!). Seek him out, give him a high-five (high-wing?) or a hug.
Your university used to be a college
UMW became a university in 2004. Before then it was Mary Washington College. Speaking of names, your campus weekly newspaper used to be called The Bullet. The face of your campus has changed a lot in recent years with the addition of new buildings and the renovation of old ones. Take some time to learn the history of your new home, which is more than a century old. Check out this student-created blog, UMW Then & Now and get inspired to create your own projects.
College will go by in a flash, but the Internet is here forever
Don’t make Natatia Bledsoe write about you.
Eagle Village used to be a discount store called Roses where you could buy really cheap stuff you probably didn’t need
The shopping center formerly known as Park N’ Shop has come a long way in the last five years.
President Hurley can dance
He’s an award-winning dancer, actually. And chances are his moves are better than yours.
Years ago, Judge Reinhold was in your shoes
The actor, who you probably remember as the step-dad in The Santa Clause and who played himself in Arrested Development, is an alumnus. You are walking in illustrious footsteps, Eaglets.
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