Midlothian, VA
Rhetoric and Gender Studies


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About Me

The One With The Student Symposium

April 29, 2018

It’s hard to believe that a little over a year ago, I was sitting in a professor’s office talking about being part of a research team. One Summer Fellowship, one fall as a Humanities Fellow, and one intense spring semester later, I was at the School of Arts & Sciences Student Symposium to present on my summer research.

The Student Symposium features research from all across the school, and this past symposium had almost 400 presenters. I tried my best to run around and catch up on the research my friends were presenting but didn’t have too much success — the Symposium was popping.

Our research team spent a couple of weeks talking over how we wanted to sum up our research. Several late nights later, our presentation was ready. One year out from our first days as researchers in the historical archive, we had a much better understanding of what we had done. 

Image of presentation slides

Condensing one summer down to one presentation was just a little difficult.

I loved being at the presentation because everyone from our extended team was in the same room again, faculty advisors and all. It was like Summer 2017, ft. answers, or a segment of Where Are They Now?

I hadn’t really considered how our research continued after we left it — our work had moved in different directions, and it had shaped everyone on our team. As we prepped our closing slides, I realized just how much my upcoming summer related to this past summer of research.


Pretty excited to spend summer on this street! 

As everything lines up for this summer, it looks like I will have a similar chance to work with archival documents and historical research at an organization in downtown Richmond. I am so grateful for the opportunities and funding from the University and its donors, to allow me to continue these studies. 

As the clocks are counting down to the end of the semester, I’m looking forward to more chances to explore the archive, my major, and the city.

-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.