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Semester in Review

December 14, 2016

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, this semester has been the busiest one yet for me. And, if I’m remembering correctly, my posts had a fair share of phrases like “hectic schedule” and “overly busy.” So, while it is true that the semester proved very stressful at times, I want to emphasize that I had a lot of fun, too.

I continued to create various film projects, despite not being enrolled in a video production course. I adapted (easily) to on-campus apartment living, taking comfort in the new abundance of space. I delved into some of the core classes within my major concentration and gained relevant experience that’ll benefit me moving forward.

Now, with five semesters completed, I feel like a college veteran to some extent.

This semester, more than any previous one, provided me with a sense of confidence in where I stand. For many people, freshman year is one of acclimation—a time to learn how to live away from home. Then, sophomore year is one of concentrated exploration. You narrow your scope, looking with greater precision at what career you might want and how you can enjoy your time at the university.

Junior year becomes one of focus—at least that’s how I’ve experienced it thus far. Though certainty in career aspirations is far from achieved, I’m beginning to realize where I want to take my first plunge into the working world. That’s not to say I won’t change my plans; most people do. Rather, I can—for the time being—approach the future with a particular objective in mind.

With that being said, however, I still have one semester to go before I can truly categorize junior year as a whole. As I’ve been reminded on a continual basis in college, your perspective of both the past and the future can change with each new experience you have.

With less ahead of me than behind, I’m already getting nostalgic about my college years. I’m starting to think about all the things I still need to do before I graduate. Mainly, I need to start visiting the various places in Richmond I’ve always wanted to go to but have yet to make the trip to. I’m hoping that this early-stage nostalgia will in turn motivate me to recapture some of the exploratory enthusiasm I maintained so fully during my first few semesters. 

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.