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Finals Week

December 10, 2013

I was scared at the thought of finals…


But taking a step back, I think I will survive.

[Insert "I Will Survive" gif which was surprisingly impossible to find.]

I had my economics final on Tuesday and have my leadership exam next Tuesday. Additionally, I had my leadership paper due on Tuesday and my FYS paper due on Friday. My final stagecraft project is due Monday. Granted the papers are a considerable size and the final exams are three hours long, it’s not actually that bad. 

Some of my friends’ papers and finals are due all at the beginning of this week. That’s great for them because they get to go home early. I personally like my schedule because I have gaps to prepare for the next thing that is due. 

I’m secretly hoping more people are finished with all of their finals and leave soon. You have no idea how hard it is to find a seat in the library. It's always packed!

Throughout the rest of the semester, I went to the library almost every day and never had a problem. Our library is very large but apparently the whole undergraduate population decides to go the library during finals. Who knew...


The thing that has proven most difficult is managing my time. While watching interviews for research of my Whitey Bulger paper, I found myself clicking from Ke$ha to Eminem to OneRepublic music videos. I eventually caught myself after an hour of procrastination and while already half way through a 25 minute Katy Perry “behind the scenes” video. Yea… that didn’t help a whole lot in my paper on the heritability of Dark Triad traits. Interestingly, I did get some inspiration from Kanye West's Bound II video, using a gif for my final FYS presentation. I guess it wasn't a complete waste of time. Or at least that's my justification.


OneRepublic Counting Stars music video 

When it comes down to it, I would be surprised if anyone said they didn’t get a little distracted at times. In the end, we all get our work done. My econ. final wasn’t too bad and I was satisfied with my leadership paper when I turned it in. Fingers crossed on that one. Now it’s time to get started on my next paper… exciting. Wish me luck. 

My name is Dan. I am a freshman at the University of Richmond. Originally from the burbs of Boston, I love the warm temperature and kind people that I find south of the Mason Dixon. I play tennis, love theater, listen to all types of music and I watch barely any television. I have a large mixed family. My dog is named after my favorite, underrated and former Red Sox right-fielder, Trot Nixon. He's cute--my dog that is. Not the player. I am a very vigilant student aiming for nothing but success but as my family would attest to, I'm not always serious. I am a goofball at heart. In high school, I sometimes forgot to let out my fun side and focused tremendously on schoolwork only. At Richmond, I plan to work on achieving balance in my life when it comes to work, study, health and social. 

Why UR?

I applied to Richmond under Fall Early Decision knowing it was my first choice. As I stated above, I was a very serious high school student and I was equally diligent in my college search process. I started the summer before my sophomore year looking at small liberal arts colleges in New England. I went on a southern road trip with my dad and we basically came to Richmond blindly- not hearing much about the school other than the high praise of some friends. When I originally left campus, I was confused because I loved it so much but hadn't yet done the extensive research that I had for every other school on my list. When I completed that step, there was no question that Richmond was a perfect fit. Their educational opportunities of study abroad, Leadership Studies, a nationally ranked undergraduate business school along with the small, communal campus made it an easy decision. Now that I'm here, my decision is strengthened everyday.