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Time of Your Life

April 30, 2018

"It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right"

Time of Your Life, Green Day

Well, here we are.

One last blog.

Yeah I know that sounds dramatic, but hey, I never in a million years could have imagined writing four years’ worth of blogs when I first applied to Spider Diaries the summer I started college.

But I did.

Food, local adventures, lessons I learned while abroad, more food, you name it, and I blogged about it at some point.

As someone with a bad memory on a good day, I’ve always been very adamant about writing things down.

To do lists, journals, etc. – if I wrote it down then there was always a greater chance of me remembering either what I needed to do, or, even more importantly, the things that I did and that I didn’t want to forget.

I don’t actually know how many potential Spiders are actually reading this, but whether you’re a future Spider, a fan, or an older me, I thought I’d share some of my most important college lessons before I signed off for good.

So here we go – Maren Miller’s Patented Life Advice – College Edition

1) Do NOT take 9:00 AMs – seriously, not one should hate themselves that much

2) Get off campus at least once a week, if not more. Campus is wonderful but so if the greater Richmond community, and you’ll really regret not getting to know it

3) When you first start college, find things that help make your community smaller – Living Learning Programs, Roadmap Orientation, clubs, etc. The sooner you can find your people, the better and happier you’re going to be


5) Brace yourself for having an up and down sophomore year – there’s just something odd about it

6) DO NOT DOUBLE MAJOR AND MINOR  - yeah I know that’s not a popular opinion but some of the best classes I took at UR at nothing to do with my degree, and I only had room for them in my schedule because I had one major or minor.

7) Take an FYS that has nothing to do with your degree – they all count as an FYS credit so there’s no reason not to branch out

8) If you’re unhappy with your degree, change it. It’s not worth the effort if you hate it

9) Keep in touch with the people back home who matter to you

10) Try EVERYTHING you’re interested in first year and then narrow things down as you go along. That way you’ll find what you really like and won’t get bogged down in things that you’re just not interested in

11) Wear your pjs to class at least once

12) Hide ice cream in the various department freezers around campus and eat it when you’re doing homework

13) Accept that you will not leave the same person you arrived as (and realize that that’s a good thing)

14) Take lots of pictures

15) Rent a movie from the MRC

16) Loft your bed – assuming you don’t move in your sleep

17) Hang shower curtains in your room as DIY and no-mess wallpaper

18) Order the curly fries from Tyler’s

19) Say at least ONE thing in your classes every time they meet

20) Enjoy it. It goes by crazy fast.

Hi my name is Maren and I'm a freshman at the University of Richmond. I was born and raised right outside of Dallas, Texas and have consequently heard every Texas stereotype you can think of. I'll go ahead and put on record that I don't wear cowboy boots nor have I ever ridden a horse to school. I love to travel and have to date been to over twelve different countries, including Israel, Peru, and Hungary. I'm a huge history buff and collect random history trivia like old ladies collect cats. I also enjoy reading and watching movies/tv equally, although the subject matter and depth of each fluctuates often. Toss in the fact that I'm a Sagittarius and fluent in three different types of sarcasm and you'll have more than enough information to navigate my diary entries for the rest of the year.

Why UR?

Why UR? It was the summer of 2011 and I was just wrapping up an internship in DC. When I mentioned how much I loved the area, my boss recommended that I look at the University of Richmond for college. Fast forward about two years and you have me on my first tour of the campus thinking, "If inanimate objects had souls, the University of Richmond would be my soulmate." While visiting UR I became smitten with its red brick architecture, awed by its dedicated faculty, and enticed by its massive dessert bar in the main dining hall. Richmond's location in a metropolitan area with world-class museums, theaters, and other cultural necessities (like Target) all while having a true separate campus community was a dream come true. All this and more is why I applied Early Decision, and I haven't looked back since.