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Rhetoric and Gender Studies


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Morning on the James River

April 15, 2018

As a student threatened by several looming projects, I stayed up way too late on Friday night, putting together a presentation. I was tempted to hit snooze on my alarm when it woke me up at 7am the next morning, but I knew I had to jump up and get ready for a great day.

Last year, I went with the UR Zen Sangha to the Shenandoah Mountains for an outdoor meditation in the woods. Yesterday morning, I was getting ready to go down to the James River and soak up some sun and fresh river air.

Everyone from our group met up, and headed over to the river. There is an access point to the James at Pony Pasture, walkable from University of Richmond, but we were going a little further down to a part of the river that runs past Forest Hill.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that Forest Hill was named Forest Hill because it is quite literally on a hill with a forest — and the plan was to take a hike down this hill to the river. We went down part of the Buttermilk Trail, which is about 4 miles long. After a fifteen minute hike, we reached the river.

Access bridge to the James River

I'm a big fan of brutalist-esque architecture, so seeing this gave me so much joy at 8:30 am

Rock-hopping is a fun Richmond pastime, which is a key ingredient to one of Richmond’s claims to fame as the only city in the United States with class V/class IV rapids in an urban setting. It’s a very specific fact about Richmond, and a very cool one when it comes to river rafting and rock-hopping.

The river was a little higher than usual, so our group didn’t make it out as far as we would have in the past. We hopped about 8 or 9 rocks and then it was time to stop (or brave the cold water, as one of us did). Sitting on an uneven rock is not exactly comfortable, so I had brought some towels to create a zafu (seating cushion). After everyone had set up, it was time to sit for about thirty minutes.

Meditating on the James River

It was such a peaceful morning, the river was lively, and the sun was beaming energetically. I was so caught up in the moment of it all that I just barely caught my favorite water bottle before it rolled away into the river. It seemed that all too soon, the meditation was over, but I felt renewed to enter the rest of the day.

Brunch at a cafe

After hiking out of the river, we headed to a cafe for an early brunch, having a discussion on phenomenology and drone mapping with our omelettes and sandwiches. When our brunch had come to an end, it was back to campus for me: time to pick up another project, with a little less of that looming energy overhead.

—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.