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Joe
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There's Nothing Like College

March 18, 2018

I’m getting a bit nostalgic about my time here at UR. I’m halfway done with my last semester in college and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Consequently, I’m also simultaneously planning for post-grad life and realizing there are many things I’ll miss about both UR. Therefore, I thought it might be interesting to share what I think are some of the biggest things seniors will miss about UR once we graduate:

1. D-Hall (UR’s shorthand for the Heilman Dining Center)

Although some students tire of eating at our dining hall after four years, it’s one of the most common things I hear that people will miss. For students like me, new graduates are going to miss the convenience of D-Hall, along with the fact that we have one of the best college dining halls in the country. For my friends at other colleges, frequenting the campus dining hall sounds mostly like a reluctant choice. But at UR, everyone has a mental list of their favorite offerings and looks forward to many meals. And for those with a limited meal plan, they often design their meal schedule around the best D-Hall dishes. That’s not to say eating at the dining hall every day never gets it old, but we have it pretty good here.

2. Afternoon naps

The college schedule is a unique one that you’re not apt to recreate at any other point in your life (that is, unless you choose to go back to school for a graduate degree). And every student has their own routine, too. Some people get up early, go to class, do homework in between their commitments, and then have the rest of the day to themselves. But more common, at least in my experience, is a constant cycle between work, rest, and fun. In some cases—and although it has also meant some pretty late nights on occasion—I think this schedule has worked well for me. With many of my classes spread out (with one in morning and one in the late afternoon), I often resort to a familiar tool in the college student’s academic playbook: the power nap. Taking an hour in the middle of the day to rest up has let me recharge for some needed late night study sessions. But once we seniors set out into the working world, most of us will have to say goodbye to these afternoon naps. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing though if it means we won’t have to stay up into the late hours of the night studying for midterms.

3. Having all your friends within walking distance

This is one thing I don’t think a lot of students think about until they move into an apartment after college. One of the best parts about living on campus for four years at UR is that all your college friends (aside from handful that will opt to move off campus) are no more than a 10 minute walk from your dorm or apartment. In fact, many live doors down from you. No one has to coordinate much about how you’ll meet up and people can come and go as they please. There’s no need to organize rides or spend money on an Uber. You can hangout for 30 minutes or hours without ever worrying if it’ll be worth the trip to someone’s apartment. It also makes it easy to find someone else who’ll want to split that late-night pizza order with you.

My name is Joe. I am currently a freshman at the University of Richmond. I plan to major in Business (concentration undecided) and to minor in Creative Writing. I consider myself a man of diverse interests. I find just as much enjoyment in playing basketball as I do staying home to read a book. In terms of music, I'll listen to most anything, whether it's Frank Sinatra, today's top 100 hits, old school rap, or anything in between. Same goes for movies. New movies, old movies, black-and-white movies, action movies, romantic comedies, serious dramas. It doesn't matter; I'll watch them all (and often choose to). Aside from that, I'm simply excited to be at UR and to be able to share my experiences with prospective students, fellow classmates, and anyone else who may care to follow along.

Why UR?

A simple answer to the question "Why UR?" would be to say that it just felt right. Though, whereas that isn't inaccurate, I know how vague and frustrating an answer like that can be for readers. So, I will try to explain myself. The University of Richmond, as I researched it more and more, became continually more appealing. Every new thing I learned became another reason to attend. (That certainly was not the case with other schools.) I didn't have to wrestle with thoughts like, "I guess I can live with that" or "Maybe it won't seem like that when I'm actually there." In fact, even viewing the university with a critical eye, it was difficult to find something bad to say about it. That may sound like I'm simply affirming my final decision, but it's not easy to answer that question without directly showing someone what I'm trying to articulate. UR is a place that, although ripe for descriptive writing, must be experienced firsthand to truly understand. That, I believe, says more than any list of reasons ever could.