Saturday Night Live, Existentialism, Political theory, McSweeney's, Beyonce, & The New Yorker
November 30, 2016
Not too far into this semester, I spent so much time studying in the Library’s second basement and spent so many dining dollars at 8:15, that I seriously began to consider the Library my second home. After my honeymoon library period, though, I began to just study in whatever convenient location I could find between classes, only running into my beloved library when I needed to print something or needed a caffeine rush.
(Essentially, my philosophy in life relating to both my late night studying habits and my affection for the Library’s second basement. Shoutout to Mindy Kaling.)
Pre-finals week is obviously the perfect time to rekindle my library relationship. And not only does the library function as a literal library, it’s also the perfect place to nap.
Even though finals is approaching at an alarmingly fast pace, there’s still time to have some fun. Fun? Maybe that’s not the right word in the context of the amount of studying I’ve had to do, but there’s been some nice opportunities for stress relief.
I shuttled down to UR Downtown today on a pilgrimage to find legendary red pepper gouda soup. It was so nice getting off campus and just looking up at the city around me instead of looking down at my text book.
I’ve recently been working on a project that analyzes maps as rhetorical texts, and figuring out how to deconstruct the meaning behind maps. Hopefully I didn’t lose you there, but I as I walked around Richmond today, I felt like I was gaining a new perspective on the city. Maps are representations of spaces that can’t completely be defined without experience. A map is a physical location and an actual space itself, so the city of Richmond is beginning to mean more to me.
I visited the Valentine Museum (not far from UR Downtown) to see an exhibit that kind of prodded into this idea. Painted on the floor of the museum is a map of the city (in a traditional format), but you get to experience the city in a new light. You’re walking on top of physical landmarks and streets and surrounding you are the sights, sounds, history, gender structures, and complicated life of Richmond.
All of this to say? If/when you visit Richmond, visit the city too. Visit with an open mind, and soak in the experience. You’ll either fall in love, or it will grown on you.
I’m now shuttling back to campus (and inevitably, the library) to do some more studying/writing papers/chugging lattes.
(My current philosophy on daily ideal caffeine intake)
Peace out, and to everyone, good luck on finals!!!
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.