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Maren
Colleyville, TX
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April 8, 2017

“The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe”

Circus, Britney Spears

While “bread and circuses” may be a bit of an entertainment cliché at this point, there’s no denying that I’m a fan of both.

As you can probably tell from my numerous food blogs, there’s no shortage of bread in my life, but there’s been an abundance of literal circuses too.

Well, at least when I was younger.

And while I entertained dreams of joining the circus to be a tightrope walker for a small portion of my adolescence, I really hadn’t thought about the circus in years.

But then one fateful day earlier in the semester, I learned that Ringling Brothers circus was closing down, and I was instantly reminded of the numerous good memories I had of that specific circus while growing up.

Consequently, I knew that I had to see it one last time, but what were the odds that it would come to Richmond?

Pretty high actually, and I easily purchased tickets with just the click of the mouse.

Of course, I was a little curious about where exactly in Richmond one could host a circus, but in the true spirit of “bread and circuses,” it was held at the coliseum,

The Richmond Coliseum to be exact, aka, one of the many performance venues that attract any number of groups and performers to the Richmond area.

While I’m not a huge fan of goodbyes, I’m very glad I got to see this circus perform one last time.

There was a wild cat tamer and acrobats, clowns and motorcyclists, and many, many other amazing acts that reminded me once again of why I would have been happy to join the circus when I was a kid, but only if my parents said yes of course.

Richmond certainly doesn’t suffer from a lack of exciting performance groups, so even if circuses aren’t your thing, I promise there’s still plenty of fun things to see in the city.

Being a Spider means that you’re in for a lot of school work, don’t get me wrong, but luckily we go to a university that encourages us to do a little clownin’ around too.

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.