Park Ridge, IL


Movies, Classic novels, Basketball, Soccer, Video Games

About Me
December 15, 2014
Semester in Review

One down. Seven to go.

December 11, 2014
De-stressing During Finals Week

A hectic time when breaks are never taken for granted.

December 5, 2014
New Ways of Thinking - 7 Things I've Learned in College

How college has changed my perspective on school, daily routines, and life in general.

December 2, 2014
Projects Come Together. Kind of.

Persevering through the obstacles of final projects.

November 29, 2014
Oxymoron: Entertaining Homework

Looking back at a semester that has given me some interesting (and on occasion) fun assignments.

November 19, 2014
Into the Robins Center

Chanting and cheering on the Spiders in their first basketball game of the season.

November 12, 2014
Dorm Life

A review of my dorm hall three months in the making.

November 3, 2014
A Visit From Robert Olen Butler

Class discussion with a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

October 22, 2014
From Film Watcher to Movie Maker

Intro to Film Production: sharpening my skills as a (very) amateur film maker.

October 13, 2014
Lunar Eclipse

Forfeiting sleep to witness my first total lunar eclipse.

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.