With their names and faces popping up all over Sports Illustrated and ESPN, it’s easy to forget that college athletes are, in fact, students. Virginia Magazine caught up with a few of UVA’s student-athletes to ask about their lives on Grounds.

Malcolm Brogdon

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Basketball player and Range resident Malcolm Brogdon (Col ’15, Batten ’16) says he plans to play basketball for a few more years, then either work for or start a nonprofit focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations.

Is your day-to-day routine different this year now that you’re in graduate school?

For sure. Undergrad is more individual, so everyone works on their own. But in this master’s program, most of the work is group-oriented. I’m always meeting outside of class with different groups, so that’s been sort of an adjustment for me, trying to manage other people’s schedules as I’m managing mine.

What has been your favorite paper to write?

I wrote a term paper on U.S. aid to Africa, and Africa is where I want to focus my work. I learned that giving money isn’t always the best way to aid a country and its people; humanitarian aid is better. For example, some villages in Africa don’t get enough clean water, and that has to change. We can help them build new, sustainable structures that give them clean water so that when [the aid workers] leave, the village has methods that will last.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

I’d spend it sleeping. I know that’s a boring answer, but I like to spend my time recovering and resting for my next day of adventures on and off the court. It’s easy for me to sleep; I’m usually exhausted.

Courtney Bartholomew

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In one week last December, swimmer Courtney Bartholomew (Col ’16) set the American women’s short-course record in the 100-meter backstroke, swam on a 4x100 meter medley relay team that broke a world record, and took her fall semester final exams—all while holding down a writing internship for Swimming World magazine. She’s also a fourth-year majoring in foreign affairs and media studies.

What was it like to break those records and then return to Grounds to finish up the semester?

It was a shock. You never get used to breaking records. I wasn’t expecting the publicity. You go from living in the UVA bubble to being in the public eye, and then you come back to UVA and people are coming up to you saying, “Oh my gosh, you broke a world record!” But once that dies down, you’re back to being a normal student, and that’s fantastic. I don’t want to be portrayed as this superstar athlete, because that can be dehumanizing. I love being in the bubble, where I’m still Courtney, a typical college student-athlete.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the classroom and the pool?

I really enjoy hanging out with my friends. I also love napping. If I need an afternoon off from it all, I’ll walk to the Lawn and read a good book.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

I would probably try and get some more work done, because our schedules don’t always allow for that little bit of extra time I’d like to put into some assignments. I would also call or Skype with my family back in Michigan.

Tara Vittese

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After just two seasons with the Cavaliers field hockey team, midfielder Tara Vittese (Col ’18) is two assists shy of entering the program’s top 10 in career assists and 15 points from the top-10 career points list. Vittese, who was recently named NFHCA National Player of the Year, also plays with the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team and juggles two practice schedules with her classes.

What are you studying at UVA?

I am very interested in mathematics. I enjoyed taking math courses all throughout high school, and I have done quite well in the math courses at UVA; I hope to declare [the major] at the end of the spring semester.

What has been your favorite class?

My ENWR course on social media. I learned so much about how social media impacts our daily lives and the social world. I especially enjoyed writing the last paper of the course, where I examined my own use of social media and learned that it is not as important as we think it is.

If you had one extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

I would probably spend it sleeping. With field hockey, classes, homework, studying and being social, I often don’t sleep enough and would benefit from an extra hour each night.