Midlothian, VA
Rhetoric and Gender Studies


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About Me

Shenandoah? More like ZENandoah!

March 27, 2017

Most college students are fast asleep in their beds on Saturday mornings, and that usually includes me. But this past Saturday morning at 7:30am I was frantically running across campus while eating a muffin, trying to make it to the transportation hub before my bus left.

Like I just said, most students are fast asleep on Saturday mornings, and that was especially true of this morning. I was actually the first to arrive at the transportation hub, and waited for the rest of my group to trickle in. The Richmond Zen Sangha was headed to the mountains for meditation on our first outdoor excursion of this semester.


By 8:30, we had hit the road and were headed for the mountains! Once we arrived on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we pulled off and started our hike through the woods. The first portion of our hike was an hour long loop that we trekked in silence. It was nice to reconnect with nature and take some moments to clear my mind after a stressful week.

Next on our agenda was a rock scramble which actually involved a lot of communication to make sure no one fell to their untimely demise. I’m being a little overdramatic, but the rock scramble was pretty intense. There were even some parts with unmelted snow. I definitely was able to utilize the power of focus that I’d worked on during meditation to make sure I didn’t fall off the mountain.


We finally arrived at our destination: a little clearing in a grove of trees where we could sit quietly and meditate. While it wasn’t Bodh Gaya, the grove where the Buddha found enlightenment, it was a grove with peace and minimal mosquitos. After about thirty minutes, we broke for lunch, and then began our hike back down the mountain.


We had a talkative ride back to school, with an important stop at a Tastee Freez to grab ice cream cones. I came back to school refreshed and ready to tackle some homework. Also high on my priority list: making a root beer float in the dining hall.

-Cory, ’19

Hey Spiders! My name is Cory, and I’m a sophomore and transfer student. I’m a double major in Rhetoric and Communication and Women, Gender, and Sexuaity Studies. My goal in life is to one day work at Olivia Pope & Associates, or at least work in crisis management or public relations. I grew up between Florida, Colorado, and Virginia, and similar to Cady Heron in Mean Girls, I was homeschooled. I love traveling, shopping at Target, spending time with my cat (named Soren Kittegaard), attempting to keep up with the Kardashians, reading Albert Camus, and hanging out with friends. Keep an eye out for some posts specifically about the transfer life! Sneak peek: so far it’s been fantastic.

Why UR?

I didn’t really get connected to University of Richmond until I was a freshman in college. I met some amazing alumni and visited the campus and honestly fell in love with everything about Richmond. Michael Scott once said in The Office, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take - Wayne Gretzky,” and I knew that I had to take a shot and apply as a transfer student. I’m thrilled to be a Spider, to be at a university that feels like home, and to conquer my arachnophobia for once and for all.