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Somewhere Only We Know

September 12, 2017

So why don't we go, somewhere only we know?

Somewhere Only We Know, Keane

Although I’ve had plenty of “first day’s back “ at the University of Richmond by now, I very recently celebrated a new kind of first day, my “last first day” to be precise.

That’s right readers, your intrepid writer is a now a senior here at the University of Richmond, and while I am already planning many new and exciting adventures for the year, I can’t help but feel a little extra sentimental about my campus now that I already have one foot out the door.

So in honor of sentimentality, nostalgia, and a well-timed question of “What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?” we’re going to talk about one of my absolute favorite places to be on campus –

A library! *throws confetti*

Yes I know, that probably sounds as terrible dull to you as it did to me while I was writing it, but I promise you this is no ordinary library.

You see, while there are a number of libraries of various shapes and sizes here at UR, the library that has my heart wrapped around its ink-stained finger is the Ryland Hall library.

And here’s why.

First of all, there is a ton of history there.

Located on the second floor of Ryland Hall, this small, almost hall-way shaped space was the first (and for a time, only) library on the UR campus back when it was first built here in 1914.

As a history buff I am naturally drawn to places with well, history, and its fun being able to work in a library that has more than just history books contributing to its historical aura.

While you may be tempted to assume that the above reason means that I am a worldly and not-even-remotely shallow person, allow me to prove you wrong with the second reason why I love this library:

It’s gorgeous.

Seriously, it looks like something straight out of Harry Potter movie. Winged back chairs, gothic-style ceilings, windows without those annoying and unsightly wooden blinds that don’t actually keep the sun out….

While I can’t say for certain whether science has linked aesthetics to academic performance, I do know that certainly I feel smarter just by being in this space.

And last but certainly not least, I love this library because I can always count on it to be a quiet and comforting place to work, pick up a book, or just take a moment for myself.

So yes, maybe you were hoping for something a little more exotic for my favorite place on the University of Richmond campus, but I’ve found that adventures are even more enjoyable when you know you have a nice, quiet place to return home too.

Besides, believe it or not, I do actually have to do work during my time here at UR, and it’s a tad hard to read about the patriarchal themes in Bizet’s Carmen while white water rafting on the James River.

So yes, my favorite place on campus is a library, for a variety of reasons, and I urge you to check it out for yourself if you’re ever on campus as well.

After all, even if you don’t love the Ryland Library as much as I do, I know you’ll be able to find your own favorite spot on campus if you just give yourself a chance to book around.  

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.