Three states, two siblings, one weekend and one band

IMG_2907.JPG“When was the last time you felt you were doing something just for you?”

Maybe this weekend. I went home for the weekend and me and my brother saw our favorite band play three concerts in a row which was really cool. I gave up all my responsibilities at school for the weekend, which was kind of nice.

“What band?”

The Avett Brothers.

“Oh, cool!”

I love them.

“When did you first starting getting into them?”

Three or four years ago, but I got really into them this summer.

“Did you see them three times this past weekend?”

Yeah, yeah it was a lot.

“That’s crazy!”

Yeah, Friday, Saturday, Sunday all in different states. We followed them.

“How far were the concerts from each other?”

It was New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, so not too far, but kinda far from here, so a lot of driving.

“How many hours of driving would that have been?”

It was six to Pennsylvania, then 2 to get back to New York, and then… I don’t know. It was a lot. It was totally worth it.

“Are you and your brother really close?”


“Is he also in college?”

Yeah, we’re quadruplets actually so there are four of us who are the same age.

“That’s crazy! What year are you here?”

I’m a senior.

“So you’re almost done?”

Yeah, getting up there.

“Do you know what you want to do next year?”

I don’t know, I worked in publishing this summer which was cool, so maybe that, but we’ll see.

“You’ve still got a little time to figure it out.”

Right exactly. That’s what I’m telling myself. I’m hoping this year is super long, so I don’t have to worry about anything for a while.

“Do all of your siblings go to school around here, or are you all over the place?”

I have two brothers at UVA, a sister at Michigan and then two little sisters who are freshmen this year at UCLA and Notre Dame, so we’re kinda everywhere.

“That’s crazy! So in your family there’s a set of quadruplets and then twins?”

Yeah, it’s a lot, a loud house.

“What’s your name?”


“That’s really pretty! Do you know where it came from?”

I don’t actually. I know my parents wanted to name me Shelby, but they didn’t.

“If you could give one piece of advice to the William and Mary community what would you tell them?”

I would say, take opportunities when you get them. If there’s something fun [happening], and you want to do homework instead, you can finish that later. Have fun, experience things.

“And you’re definitely doing that!”

Exactly! It’s kind of my mantra.

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