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I’m a nature lover. Back home in Charlottesville I would often journey to the mountains to backpack, hike, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature. Although Richmond is a little over an hour (by car) away, its landscape is incredibly different. Mountain vistas that I grew up with are replaced by hilly farmland and city sprawl. The soil is even different; Richmond’s dirt is far tanner and sandier than in Charlottesville. Initially, I missed the mountains—they were my escape and now they are nowhere in sight. However, I’m happy to say that I’ve found a suitable replacement. Although Richmond is flatter than Charlottesville, it has something that Charlottesville does not: the James River.
When you come to college, there will be many different organizations vying for your time. First of all, there is the University of Richmond demanding papers and assignments through your classes. Then there are the clubs you are involved in and your friends desiring to hang out. Managing all these responsibilities and creating an effective schedule to divide your time amongst them can be difficult. However, in order to make the most of your college experience (and life for that matter), handling your different commitments is a must. In doing so, you’ll find a sense of reward and value in how busy you are. In my opinion (albeit a biased one) joining a sorority or fraternity is a perfect example of how to manage your time, open yourself up to new experiences, and find a sense of community and unity at college.
The University of Richmond is situated in an exceptional area. Just seven miles away from downtown Richmond, the campus is close enough to make spontaneous excursions into the city possible without causing significant burden. Additionally, the regions around UR house a multitude of good shops, restaurants, and experiences. For the purpose of this post, I will concentrate on the beloved area about five minutes away from campus called Carytown.
For the second installment of University of Richmond: Grabbing the Bull by the Horns, I’d like to bring your attention to a unique experience available to sophomores only—SSIR Programs.
College is about new experiences. If you want the status quo, you should remain in high school. At the University of Richmond, the world is at your fingertips and all that is left to be done is seize it. These next few posts are devoted to taking advantage of the opportunities and experiences offered here at Richmond. So, if you’d like to know what kind of adventures can be had here, sit back, grab a coke and a bucket of popcorn, and prepare yourself for the series I’ve aptly named, The University of Richmond: Grabbing the Bull by the Horns.
Richmond is in bloom. Everywhere you look, it seems that there are flowers. But this post is not about the beauty of our campus (which is amazing in the springtime), you can/should come see that yourself. It’s about a beautiful area that lies just off campus: Ginter Botanical Gardens.
When you’re in college, you’re always looking to the future. Often times, you find yourself thinking more of the class that you have to take in order to achieve a certain major rather than enjoying the ones you are taking. Under this practice, college becomes characterized as a means to an end—certain classes give you certain skills, exemplified by your major, which in turn help you acquire your dream job. However, in the spirit of a liberal arts education, Richmond provides unique opportunities to reach out beyond your required academic track and broaden your education. One amazing opportunity is the SSIR program.
I often joke about being the hopeless romantic type. You know the ones I’m talking about, the guy that always says: “I like to take long walks on the beach.” Well I’m that guy, and I hold true to that statement. However, more than the beach or nice seafood dinners followed by a call the next day, I’m a sucker for sunsets.
Second semester is flying by. I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve gotten accustomed to life at Richmond, or because I’m constantly busy (which is also VERY true), but the weeks just seem to be speedily melting away. It seems like I just took finals for my previous classes, and here I am preparing to enter my second round of midterms. But this post isn’t totally devoted to school, but the thing that’s on everyone’s mind: Spring Break.
Every school has a sports rival, and ours is the Virginia Commonwealth University. Although only seven miles away from the University of Richmond campus, VCU is an entirely different world. Spread across the downtown area of Richmond, VCU is truly a city school. While we have a beautiful, quiet, and serene campus centered around Westhampton lake, VCU is a sprawling mess of disconnected buildings, concrete, and busy city streets (I recognize my bias, but I really just don’t like city living). If this physical difference wasn’t enough, VCU also boasts 30,000 more students than the University of Richmond. These differences add color to the rivalry, and make it more intense—VCU considers itself the true Richmond school due to its size and location in the city itself, while the University of Richmond asserts its higher national rankings, opportunities, and better academics as its basis for being the preeminent Richmond university. This competition between two such differing schools came to a head this year in the Richmond vs. VCU basketball game hosted at the Robins Stadium.