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A letter to my younger self,

Rainer Maria Rilke, author of Letters to a Young Poet once said, “Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you have not lived them. It's a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question.”

Arriving at UVA I had a lot of questions, wondering how my four years would unfold and what my time in Charlottesville would look like. To my younger self, I recite Rilke’s words. The answers to your questions cannot be planned or predicted. Your time cannot be mapped or scheduled. The way that my time here at UVA has unfolded has proven to me that all the best questions must be experienced. One cannot be timid or unconfident in the face of uncertainty. One must dive head first into all questions with clear eyes and an open mind.

To my first year self, know that you will grow as an athlete, teammate, daughter and friend with poise and confidence beyond your years. Understand that while the days are long, the years are short and your time in Charlottesville is like gold: rich and limited. I challenge you to not take any moment for granted, between the highs and the lows, remember you need one to appreciate the other. You are leaving a personal legacy.

To say you’ve played lacrosse at the University of Virginia is the honor of a lifetime and I hope you realize that the good you do has more impact than you’ll ever know.

Cheers to the next adventure,

Alex Burtnett

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