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About Me

The 100km Journey

March 5, 2018

Since coming to University of Richmond, I have been a major fan of the Office of the Chaplaincy. The University of Richmond Chaplaincy serves as an inter-religious center, and provides care and support for all faith traditions present on campus.

In the fall, the Chaplaincy announced three pilgrimages – opportunities for students to grow in faith while learning from other communities around the world. For this academic year, the Chaplaincy is leading pilgrimages to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, the Andalusia region of Spain, and along El Camino in Northern Spain.

Long story short, I’ll be walking 100km on the Camino de Santiago over spring break.

Image of sign for El Camino trail

(image from Camino Ways, the Chaplaincy's travel partner)

I. am. psyched.

A lot of prep work has gone into this trip. Students who are going on a pilgrimage enroll in a half unit course to learn more about themselves and the places they’ll be going. The Camino pilgrimage has another element: learning about how to sneak a little more physical fitness into daily life.

My friend Elaine is going on the pilgrimage as well, and we’ve been walking buddies since the semester started. Between finding new walking paths, going to personal training sessions together, and sharing stories about our mutual love for smoothies, we’ve knocked off a bunch of miles, and I hope we’re ready to roll this Friday.

Image of Cory with walking buddy Elaine

With my walking buddy and style icon, Elaine.

As a group, my pilgrimage class has learned about the history of pilgrimages, different faith practices and disciplines, and talked about why a walking pilgrimage is so special. Our class has bonded over the experiences and stories we have shared in class and the random things we’ve done outside of the classroom – grabbing meals or coffee together. 

We also learned how to drain blisters.

I applied to this pilgrimage because I wanted to learn more about my faith, and learn about the faith of others. I’m grateful to have been able to do just that. The Chaplaincy has provided me with so many opportunities, and I’m looking forward to the time spent with new friends, the sense of adventure, and for the new things I will discover over spring break.

How far were The Proclaimers willing to walk? 500 miles. I, unfortunately, am only ambitious enough to cover 12% of that mileage.

Soooo I’ll check in after the 100km walk/when I fall down at Richmond's door! And maybe after a pedicure too!

-Cory, ‘19

GIF of Ted and Marshall from How I Met Your Mother singing 500 Miles

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.