UVA Graduation Portraits

Lakshmi’s Graduation Portraits | Rice Hall, The Amphitheater, The Lawn & Rotunda

April 25, 2017

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Where to even start??!!! How do you scribe down a friendship of four years into a couple hundred words? I met Lakshmi within my first year and we actually almost roomed together first year! But it didn’t matter that we didn’t because we became very close friends throughout the next couple of years and she would become one of my apartment mates for our third and fourth year!  I became especially close with her through our group of engineering friends second year. During that time we were those people that if you see one of them, you just expect to also see the other. There were so many afternoons spent in Clark, Rice and Nau Hall working on homework, goofing around, sleeping in class more than we’d like to admit, and hanging out. I can’t even fully put into words how much time we spent together.

And then, life got so much better because our third year, Lakshmi, Divya and I all became house mates in a little apartment on a hill within VIEWING distance of Rice Hall! Three CS majors under one roof. If you ever come to our apartment, one thing that you’ll notice is that one wall is covered in multi-colored sticky notes that is now called The Wall of Fame/Shame. This originated from Lakshmi saying something hilarious like she usually does, and me writing it down onto a sticky and slapping it up on the wall. From that point there’s been so many more quotes that have gone up on the wall, so many friends that have crashed at our place after fun nights, so many pregames held, so many naps on the couches, movie nights, snow days spent having fun, food making parties, game day people-watching, late night food runs, and so much more. The constant thing throughout it all has been Lakshmi. So here are some of my favorites from your graduation portrait session!!

Lakshmi, I hope you keep these pictures as a reminder of the beautiful yet challenging four years you were here and how it felt to make it through to the end!!!


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