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Org Bootcamp

April 22, 2017

Earlier this April, I attended the “Org Officer Bootcamp” on a Sunday afternoon. In short, the boot camp serves as a way to bring student organization presidents together and to teach how to most effectively lead your particular group—in addition to some administrative details that are worth knowing.

So, as the president of UR’s Film Guild, I found my way to the “the Web.” Admittedly, I wasn’t super thrilled to go at first because I had already attended last year. But, if we wanted to spend our organization funding, it was a requirement for all the presidents (or other officers as a substitute for the president). Though after having gone, there were a couple things that made the event worth it in the end.

One of the most beneficial aspects of the boot camp is the opportunity to connect with and learn about other student organizations. Despite being here for three years already (a fact that makes me nostalgic as I see admitted students traipse around campus), there are many organizations that I’ve never heard of before. That may be because some clubs are new, but there are others that have been present for years.

Early fall every year, there is an event called Spiderfest, which allows all students to explore the various clubs on campus, sign-up for clubs’ email lists, and ask questions. And while anyone can attend, the event is comprised mainly of freshman students looking to get involved. Therefore, I sometimes wonder if the less visible clubs on campus miss out on interested students if they don’t grab their attention early freshman year. Even if people aren’t interested in joining, there can be a lot of value in learning about what organizations do on campus.

So, that being said, the boot camp helped fill the gap for me. I found out we have a group dedicated to mental health and another group that helps computer science students prepare for a career and work on their current projects.

The second greatest benefit of the day for me was the free pizza—a thing coveted by all college students and one of the best motivators for event attendance. But it was not only free pizza, it was double the planned amount of free pizza. Apparently, the order was messed up (in the best way possible) and so the delivery guy arrived with a feast worth of pizza. At the end of the event a couple students left with full pizza boxes to help disseminate the leftovers. Had I known ahead of time, I wouldn’t have eaten before the event. Things to consider for next year.

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.