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  1. Nov 2017
    1. To enable him to calculate for himself, and to express & preserve his ideas

      This statement stood out to me because it lines up with my belief that college allows one to grow as a person, to be able to become independent, and to be able to find your own path. So far in my short time at UVA, I have been able to begin to figure out my own path. A lot of people close to me tell me I should study something else or I should do this or do that but I don't let that influence what I want to do. I am calculating for myself, and expressing and preserving my ideas.

    2. Dormitories, sufficient each for the accommodation of two students only, this provision being deemed advantageous to morals, to order, & to uninterrupted study;

      I wonder why Jefferson believed that dormitories accommodating two students would help with uninterrupted study. In my experience, living with another person doesn't really help with uninterrupted study. The roommate can be distracting even if they don't intend to be. I wonder why Jefferson decided have dorms accommodate two students instead of just having all single rooms. I know in other countries, their dorms are all single and I watched an interview with a foreign student and they too wondered why American dorms are double occupancy.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. The advantages of this plan are, greater security against fire & infection; tranquillity & comfort to the Professors, and their families thus insulated; retirement to the Students, and the admission of enlargement to any degree to which the institution may extend in future times.

      I think it's amazing how much consideration went into the planning of the living arrangements. Jefferson's plan had great emphasis on comfort and education. His plans also took into account potential problems like fires and sickness. I think we as a community at UVA overlook how much time, effort, and consideration went into each detail of where we live and learn and it's nice to look back on this report to see where we started.

    2. In this enquiry they supposed that the governing considerations should be the healthiness of the site, the fertility of the neighbouring country, and it’s centrality to the white population of the whole state

      It is clear that the University of Virginia did not people of color to attend or even be in close proximity of the University. Did they think that being in a centrally white populated area would keep the site healthy? Is that what they meant by "healthiness of the site?"