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Maren
Colleyville, TX
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Belle

March 21, 2017

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere”

Belle (Reprise), Alan Menken

Going to the movies may not be the most original adventure in the world, but it’s still one of my favorites.

Fortunately for me, UR is located near an abundance of movie theaters, and while it’s hard to beat seeing movies at the Byrd, the actual movie palace, near campus, if you want to see something that just came out, then you have to look elsewhere.

Luckily, one of the university’s shuttles stops at the movie theater at the local mall, which is exactly how my suitemate and I got ourselves to the theater to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie this last weekend.

We hit a bit of a snag though when the shuttle got stuck in traffic, and while we still got to the theater in plenty of time for a normal person, I’m the kind of girl who has to be at the movies extremely early.

Fortunately, my suitemate is exactly the same kind of odd as me, so we went ahead and grabbed a spontaneous dinner as we waited for the next showing.

As anyone who has ever met me knows, I’m the least spontaneous person you’ll ever meet, so changing plans like that is an adventure in and of itself, at least for me.

It also gave me and my friend even more time to catch up, since now that we’ve hit the post-Spring Break time of the semester, we’re lucky if we even have the time to grunt at each other most days.

So while watching a live-action Disney couple twirl themselves around a magnificently beautiful ballroom may not be the expected behavior of a couple of twenty-one year olds on a Saturday night, it’s what we wanted to do, so we did.

Catching the slightly later movie even meant that we were able to catch the shuttle back to campus, and although we may have gotten just a tad soaked by the rainstorm we walked back to our room in, we fortunately love rain as much as we love getting to movies early, so really it was a win-win.

Although I’m all for the spectacular and the unique when it comes to planning weekend adventures, sometimes all you really need is a bag of popcorn and a Disney heroine to make your week feel a little less beastly.

Hi my name is Maren and I'm a freshman at the University of Richmond. I was born and raised right outside of Dallas, Texas and have consequently heard every Texas stereotype you can think of. I'll go ahead and put on record that I don't wear cowboy boots nor have I ever ridden a horse to school. I love to travel and have to date been to over twelve different countries, including Israel, Peru, and Hungary. I'm a huge history buff and collect random history trivia like old ladies collect cats. I also enjoy reading and watching movies/tv equally, although the subject matter and depth of each fluctuates often. Toss in the fact that I'm a Sagittarius and fluent in three different types of sarcasm and you'll have more than enough information to navigate my diary entries for the rest of the year.


Why UR?

Why UR? It was the summer of 2011 and I was just wrapping up an internship in DC. When I mentioned how much I loved the area, my boss recommended that I look at the University of Richmond for college. Fast forward about two years and you have me on my first tour of the campus thinking, "If inanimate objects had souls, the University of Richmond would be my soulmate." While visiting UR I became smitten with its red brick architecture, awed by its dedicated faculty, and enticed by its massive dessert bar in the main dining hall. Richmond's location in a metropolitan area with world-class museums, theaters, and other cultural necessities (like Target) all while having a true separate campus community was a dream come true. All this and more is why I applied Early Decision, and I haven't looked back since.