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Spring Break in Richmond

March 12, 2017

This year, I decided to stay in Richmond for spring break. I looked forward to the time mostly as a period of recovery from the ongoing cold that my apartment seemed to be passing back and forth between its occupants. Additionally, I couldn’t think of anything worse for recovery than shuffling through airport security with a pervasively runny nose as others around me coughed and passed luggage bins from one person to the next. So, I tried to make the most of my time on the relatively quiet campus.

While I spent much of my time sleeping, watching Netflix, and playing video games, my break had a few key highlights outside of my otherwise daily routine. First, a friend and I went to see the new movie, Get Out, at one of the nearby movie theaters. Known predominantly for his comedy work on Key and Peele, the director, Jordan Peele, crafted a very solid thriller—with a few good laughs embedded in the film. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Then, this past Saturday a small group of my friends took an Uber down to North Boulevard in Richmond where the “Shamrock the Block” festival was being held. However, I’m still trying to figure out why the festival was the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day. Anyways, the festival proved to be a worthwhile adventure into Richmond as, despite the rather chilly weather, the streets were packed with thousands of people clad in green shirts and Irish themed hats. The festival had enough to keep us entertained for a few hours: music, giant Jenga, dozens of tiny tent shops, a mechanical bull, and—of course—green Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

(It tasted better than it looks.)

While I wasn’t expecting much from my spring break (especially in comparison to all the fun trips I had heard others were taking), I think it turned out pretty well. With a few fun excursions and a lot of rest, I feel generally recharged for the second half of the semester. 

My name is Joe. I am currently a freshman at the University of Richmond. I plan to major in Business (concentration undecided) and to minor in Creative Writing. I consider myself a man of diverse interests. I find just as much enjoyment in playing basketball as I do staying home to read a book. In terms of music, I'll listen to most anything, whether it's Frank Sinatra, today's top 100 hits, old school rap, or anything in between. Same goes for movies. New movies, old movies, black-and-white movies, action movies, romantic comedies, serious dramas. It doesn't matter; I'll watch them all (and often choose to). Aside from that, I'm simply excited to be at UR and to be able to share my experiences with prospective students, fellow classmates, and anyone else who may care to follow along.

Why UR?

A simple answer to the question "Why UR?" would be to say that it just felt right. Though, whereas that isn't inaccurate, I know how vague and frustrating an answer like that can be for readers. So, I will try to explain myself. The University of Richmond, as I researched it more and more, became continually more appealing. Every new thing I learned became another reason to attend. (That certainly was not the case with other schools.) I didn't have to wrestle with thoughts like, "I guess I can live with that" or "Maybe it won't seem like that when I'm actually there." In fact, even viewing the university with a critical eye, it was difficult to find something bad to say about it. That may sound like I'm simply affirming my final decision, but it's not easy to answer that question without directly showing someone what I'm trying to articulate. UR is a place that, although ripe for descriptive writing, must be experienced firsthand to truly understand. That, I believe, says more than any list of reasons ever could.