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Going Back To Hogwarts

March 27, 2018

“I gotta get myself to Hogwarts”

Goin’ Back To Hogwarts, Team StarKid

Back during my first year of college, my friends and I had a dream.

A beautiful, seemingly impossible dream of the four of us going to Harry Potter World together.

Part of the Universal Studios theme park, Harry Potter World is THE place to go if you’re an HP fan.

And we were (and still are) MAJOR fans.

But as first years who could barely find the dining hall, we always assumed that this dream trip of ours would stay just that – a dream.

But then the years went by and suddenly we were all seniors, poised on the edge of what very well may be our last Spring Break, and I thought “hey, why not? Let’s try and go.”

And after months of planning, a little scheming, and a whole lot of luck, we did it.

I got to spend my Spring Break on an unforgettable roadtrip to Orlando that included spooky small towns, a kick-ass playlist, and, of course, a truly wonderful trip to the Harry Potter parks at Universal Studios, all with four of my closest friends.

So yeah, senior year has a lot of ups and downs, but a major up is getting to look back and see how far you’ve come since your first year.

I never in a million years would have guessed that I would be going on this trip when I first moved in to my first year dorm and met my new neighbors, aka the three people who I would eventually befriend and go on this trip with.

But I suppose that’s just the magic of the University of Richmond.

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.