Saturday Night Live, Existentialism, Political theory, McSweeney's, Beyonce, & The New Yorker
March 30, 2017
One of my all time favorite movies is 10 Things I Hate About You. Don’t fight me, it’s one of the most perfect movies. And so, in the vein of Kat Stratford, I offer you 10 Things I Love About UR:
My friend Joanna phrases this as, “my class is smaller than your discussion group.” Most of my classes are about 14—16 students in size, so we all know each other's names. I love that we all have the chance to speak up about our thoughts, ask questions, and have more of a personal discussion with our professors. I don’t like the feeling of being lost in a crowd, and that’s not a feeling you’ll have at University of Richmond. You’re a valuable part of the classroom!
Uh-oh, I guess this garden isn’t a secret anymore. This garden isn’t really a secret in the first place, it’s located just behind Keller Hall by the field hockey field. It’s a quiet little place, and on my list of fave study spots.
I’ve probably spent way too much time talking about my love for the Bonner Program, but in all honesty, Bonner makes my life. The connections that we make between our campus and the community are incredibly valuable and rewarding. Something I love about Bonner is that you don’t have to be a Bonner Scholar to find engagement opportunities on or off campus. The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement connects service opportunities to students and classrooms, making a way for every student to become connected to the community.
Our mascot might seem a little quirky at first, but I’m now obsessed with the Spiders. How cool is it to have a completely unique school mascot? I’m now conceptually obsessed with spiders (maybe this has something to do with not seeing a living spider in person since last year).
One of my favorite things about 10 Things I Hate About You is the setting. The high school that Kat and her friends go to is absolutely gorgeous, and a perfect set up for the iconic Heath Ledger singing in the football field scene. Our campus is just as gorgeous. The vibes on campus are amazing, and I’m not just talking about Instagram vibes. I love how the campus just feels like it’s home. It’s cozy in the wintertime (with fireplaces, study nooks, and sunlit windowsills) and glorious in the spring and summer (outdoor spaces, wide open windows, and flowers blooming).
The Library is something I’ve definitely overshared on. But it continually gets better — I just found out we have free massages on some nights. Anyway, my love for the library is pretty central to my identity — read more here and here.
My professors are the best. The. Best. I love having conversations inside and outside the classroom about their life experiences, having the chance to pick their brains, and get to know them on a personal level. Not only are my professors experts in their fields, but they also make time to know each of their students by name, invite me to coffee, and bring classes into their homes for a meal. I’ve come to look up to some of them as role models and mentors.
There’s so much to love about the Wilton Center, home of the Chaplaincy. Not only are the chaplains a great resource to talk to, but the Chaplaincy is very involved in campus life. Every week I attend the Multifaith Dinner and Discussion group, a collection of students that come together to talk about religion and issues of difference over food. It’s one of the highlights of my week. The Chaplaincy also helps throw Study Break for the Soul with CAPS during finals week. It’s an event for everyone to come out and do some arts and crafts, hang out with therapy dogs, eat some snacks, and de-stress in general.
I love my job at University of Richmond Downtown. Every time I get on the shuttle to go downtown, I feel like I break out of the campus bubble and try new things. I’ve had the chance to work on some fascinating projects that hone in on the history of Richmond and a chance to better understand the place I live in. And I’d be at fault if I didn’t mention my foodie explorations. I try to get a snack or a meal somewhere different every week I go downtown. So far I’ve had cubanos, milkshakes, falafel, risotto, and of course, UR Downtown’s signature red pepper gouda soup. Next up: taco Thursday.
I love the community on this campus. There are tons of different ways to get involved on campus, and I’ve found some that have made me feel at home. I’m part of the Zen sangha and SCOPE, two groups that have really brought me into this campus. UR is a small school, so I see familiar faces and friends wherever I go. Whatever activities you choose to be a part of, you’ll get to be part of a close knit community.
Some of my favorite lines in 10 Things I Hate About You come from this exchange:
Bianca was right. You can be whelmed in Europe, or anywhere really (and speaking of Europe, we also have a great study abroad program). To be whelmed means to be engulfed and submerged. I think that whelming has a positive connotation — to me, it means that you’ve gotten deeply caught up where you are and you’re happy with it.
I’ve been whelmed by University of Richmond, and I love it.
Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.
Why UR?I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.