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Maren
Colleyville, TX
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500 Miles

October 3, 2017

“Well I know I'm gonna be”

500 Miles, The Proclaimers

Recently, a prospective student asked what was one of my favorite University of Richmond traditions.

Although I’ve been lucky enough to experience quite a number of Spider traditions by now, I got to participate in my favorite quite recently.

Proclamation Day

Part 2

Ok, so maybe I better explain that a little bit.

When I was a first year student, I was given the chance to come together with a portion of my class to celebrate our induction into the University of Richmond.

I was also given a chance to write a letter to myself knowing that I would not see the letter again until my senior year of college.

So I wrote my letter, a little bemused over the idea of 18 year old me writing a letter to 21 year old me, and turned it in.

And then I waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Then, before I knew it, it was my senior year of college, and I was invited to Proclamation Day once again and was finally reunited with my letter.

And it was actually a pretty sweet note.

I said a bunch of nice things about myself & had accomplished everything on the mini to-do list I had written down – a list that ranged from studying abroad to learning the school shuttle system by heart.

One of my favorite parts of my letter though was the casual mentioning of the people I’d hung out with during my first Proclamation Day – all of whom are still my nearest and dearest friends.

Although I have a lot of people rightfully encouraging me to start looking forward now that I’m a senior, it was nice to have a moment that actively encouraged me to look back and remember everything that has happened between my first Proclamation Day and my last.

I still have a couple more traditions left to experience here at UR, but Proclamation Day will always have a special place in my heart.

That being said though, I think 18 year old me & current me would agree that it can only get letter from here.

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.