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History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

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Finals week...again

April 24, 2013

Finals week is quickly approaching UR. As somebody who spends a lot of time in the library, I thought it would be interesting to describe for you the changes that occur during these last few weeks of the semester. Obviously, the library becomes a lot more crowded. Many of the people who typically use the library as somewhat of a “hang out spot” are reluctantly focusing less on their friends and more on their work. 8:15 (the coffee shop) is busier than I’ve ever seen it. With so many people staying late in the library, their food supply is depleted nearly every night.

While the different floors of the library are always designated “silent study” or “collaborative study”, this becomes readily apparent during finals week. In fact, the difference between floors is almost amusing. To give you some idea of what its like to be a hard working Richmond student stressing over finals, I’ve included some pictures.

The second floor of the library is for silent study. I can't speak too much about it because I'm actually afraid to go up there. If I sneeze, I think somebody might glare at me (I'm joking, but only slightly...). Some serious studying happens here!

frighteningly quiet second floor

The first floor is much more relaxed. You can actually talk on this floor (and people do, believe me!) since its collaborative study. The first floor is actually a great place to relax with friends IF you don't have a paper due the next day...

The lively first floor

B1 is also very quiet. For some reason, it doesn't scare me as much as the second floor. Whispering is ok but just barely. This is like the "moderate" level in the game of studying.

the stillness on b1 is eerie

Yes, that is a person you see in the picture. Personally, I love b2. It's quiet and if you work hard enough, you can discover all sorts of secret studying corners.

are there people here???

As you can see, the library is a central part of student life at UR. I think these photos are also very representative of UR because while students like to have fun, they know when its time to focus and work. Next week I’ll have the chance to reflect one last time on my first year at Richmond before the end of the semester. I hope I won’t disappoint!

Hi, I'm Rebecca. I'm from Saint Louis but haven't lived there my whole life. In fact, I've actually moved thirteen times! I'm the oldest of eight kids which is pretty atypical nowadays. So, in case you were curious about what its like to live with so many small children, I made you a list.

9 ways you know you have a big family:

1. Doing laundry is definitely an all day affair

2. Buying a cow seems like an economical alternative to buying milk

3. You have two refrigerators AND two freezers

4. You refer to your family's twelve passenger van as "hot wheels"

5. You drive your siblings to a violin lesson and people think the orchestra has arrvied

6. Food just seems to disappear 

7. You see a "normal" sized family and wonder how they keep from feeling lonely

8. The number of shoes in your house rivals Imelda Marcos

9. Your family picture takes up the entire wall

Other interesting things about me? I'm planning on majoring in history and possibly leadership studies. I'm a Richmond Scholar so feel free to ask me about that. I love traveling and can't wait to spend a semester or year abroad. I play the violin and have for about ten years. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. My new favorite TV show is Vampire Diaries (don't hate me, I'm sorry!) I hope you enjoy my posts!

Why UR?

Why UR? Well, it was the small class sizes, School of Leadership Studies, reputation of good academics, and sheer curiosity that made me apply. But, seeing the dedicated faculty, sitting in a fascinating class discussion, and meeting so many friendly people was what made me commit.