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February 25, 2017
“I’m glad you came around”
Rings, Lonnie Mack
Although I’m a tour guide myself, I have to be honest – I don’t remember much about my own tour of the university.
However, I do have a very clear memory of first learning about Ring Dance.
Ring Dance, as my tour guide explained all those years ago, was a tradition at the university where junior members of Westhampton College got to attend a big, fancy party at the Jefferson Hotel, dress up, and, if they wanted to order one, receive their class ring.
You can imagine how amazing this whole tradition sounded to me, and it only grew cooler and cooler as I watched my older friends experience it when they reached their junior year.
As cliché as it sounds, time really does fly when you’re having fun, and it wasn’t long until it was finally my turn to go to Ring Dance.
Like most fun and big occasions in your life however, it actually took a lot of time and effort to get everything ready.
First, I needed the dress.
The tradition states that any student participating in Ring Dance has to wear something black and formal.
After that though, the student can choose whatever they’re comfortable in, although comfortable may be a poor choice of words.
I love dressing up, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t make a fancy dress feel like a pair of sweatpants.
Once I got the dress, I had to figure out hair and make-up.
Although plenty of people choose to do one or both themselves, I am equally useless when it comes to making either look good, so I shopped around for hair and make-up locations in Richmond before finally settling on Ulta.
Last but not least, I had to figure out the stairs.
You see, part of the Ring Dance tradition is walking down the majestic staircase the leads to the main floor of the Jefferson.
Although you are more than welcome to make the walk by yourself, people can also choose to be accompanied by one to two friends or family members.
I already knew going into my junior year that I was going to walk with my dad, what I didn’t know though was how I was going to walk down all those stairs in a long dress and high heels.
Luckily, there’s an optional rehearsal where students can gather at the hotel and practice their walk, and I may have worked a little extra practice in with some of the steeper staircases around the University of Richmond campus.
With all the prep work going on, Ring Dance arrived even sooner than I’d expected, but it was worth every phone call, dress fitting, and high heel-induced blister.
College is hard, so the idea of being able to gather with all of my friends and classmates for a night of celebrating how far we’d come together was special to begin with, but toss in the food, dancing, and a late-night milkshake run after the party wrapped up, and you have a recipe for a truly unforgettable evening.
My time at the university has flown by, and while it’s a scary to think about just having a little over a year left of college, I know that I still have time for plenty more adventures.
Besides, “Maren the college graduate” has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
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.