Grad Relishes Grand Tour of Monticello, U.Va. and the Humanities

As a high school senior touring the University of Virginia for the first time, Aaron Ojalvo had a revelation.

He was carrying a copy of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” which he was reading at the time. Five different people – perfect strangers – stopped him to talk about Shelley’s classic novel.

“That kind of academic environment just blew my mind,” Ojalvo said. “It was just this wonderful literary exchange between casual strangers.

“The intellectual life of the Academical Village is so ingrained in us we sometimes take it for granted. But outsiders to U.Va., as I was then, don’t take it for granted.”

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