Earning U.Va. Degree In Two Years, Graduate Looks Forward To Earning
3, 2001-- Of the 4600 people receiving degrees May
20 at the University of Virginia, no undergraduate has earned one
faster this year than Erin Leslie Segal.
will receive a bachelors degree in bioethics after only two
years at U.Va. She entered the University in 1999 with two year's
worth of advanced-placement credits she earned in high school near
year, a number of students finish their undergraduate degrees in
three years, but it is unusual to have someone finish in two years,"
said Robert LeHeup, assistant registrar.
oldest of three children, Segal decided to complete her degree requirements
quickly to help her parents financially since her 17-year-old brother
and 14 year-old sister still have college ahead of them.
parents certainly didnt pressure me to finish early. I felt
it was the logical thing to do, especially since Im an out-of-state
student with higher tuition costs," Segal said.
does acknowledge a bit of pressure from her parents, though. The
daughter of Renee and Stewart Segal, who both graduated from U.Va.,
Segal claims, "My parents taught me the U.Va. fight song before
I could talk."
Rafal Segal earned a bachelors degree in 1972 and a masters
degree in 1973, both in education with a concentration in speech
pathology. Her dad earned a B.A. in biology in 1972.)
credits her fast-forward pace to attending a competitive high school,
Adlai E. Stevenson, outside Chicago. "I was taking AP courses
by my second year of high school. so it seemed natural to continue
to take AP courses and to take the exams."
scoring 4s or higher on the AP exams, she earned two years of college
credit. She entered U.Va. as an Echols Scholar, which allowed her
to design her own curriculum in bioethics.
at U.Va. she has been active on Student Councils Womens
Affairs Committee. Through her leadership, womens personal-care
products have been installed and are maintained in nearly a dozen
locations around Grounds.
earning her bachelors degree, Segal will enter U.Va.s
Law School, where she will pursue a masters degree in bioethics
and a law degree. She plans a career in health-care policy.
Segal will not take the traditional walk down the Lawn at graduation.
"Graduation represents the culmination of a four-year experience
to me. It doesnt feel like its time to graduate. My
joint MA/JD program will take 3 1/2 years. When I finish that, I
expect to walk down the Lawn, because it will seem like the end
of my time at U.Va. then."
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857