St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

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April 9, 2013

Acceptance letters are finally out! Congrats to all of you that were accepted. I know you're all very busy visiting campuses and trying to figure out which school is the best fit for you. I know that all of you potential Spiders have a lot of questions, so I took the liberty of finding them and answering them for you. Below are a list of questions I found on sites such as College Confidential and College Prowler. Though I would be more than happy to answer these questions for you, I figured that you're probably tired of hearing only my opinion week after week, so I asked three other Richmond students for their opinions. Below are the questions and their answers. Just keep in mind that these are opinions and do not represent the thoughts of the University as a whole. I hope this helps!

1. Have you ever found the size of UR to be too small?

-"UR is just small enough that you recognize people on the way to class but not so small that everybody knows everything about everyone. But you do see the poeple you meet more than once, so be careful on the weekends..."

-"Most times I don't realize how small the school is but it can become evident socially when you continually see the same faces at different events. When I walk through campus the school seems large but if you go to the sames parties it becomes a community that you see."

-No, its the perfect size! I really enjoy seeing the same people around campus. Familiar faces are comforting. Also, the class size is great because everyone has the opportunity to ask questions and add to the discussion."

2. Do you have opportunities to explore the city of Richmond?

-"Affirmative. As a Bonner Scholar I have had a lot of opportunities to explore the city. UR has a great Center for Civic Engagement whose mission is to provide every student a chance to get off campus and get to know the city. The 'Richmond bubble' can be overwhelming but there are always opportunities to get off campus if you want to."

-"Usually there are options to get off campus even if you do not have a car since the city is close. Personally, I like going places with my car and since I did not have it this year (since I'm also very busy) I do not go off campus to explore as much as I would like. I will in the upcoming months though..."

-"Through Bonner, I have no choice but to leave campus often...which I love. It gives me the opportunity to get away and serve and get to know some of the outside community."

3.Which first year women's residence is the best?

-"Lora Robins Court is the place to be."

-"I live in Moore, but Loro is probably the better dorm. Being able to text your door to open has got to be pretty sweet."

-"Lora Robins Court. It has more spacious rooms, easy access into rooms by swiping the SpiderCard, and if you lose your card you can text your door open"

*As someone who lives in Moore, I can say that Loro has the nicer dorms, but Moore is definitely closer to everything! The point is, all the dorms have benefits so it doesn't really matter where you live as a freshman.

4. On a scale from 1-5, how stressful is U of R? (1= easy and 5= frequent all nighters and working really hard to get mediocre grades)

- "3. When i pull all nighters its usually my fault from trying to do too much. The work is difficult but manageable."

-"Depends on the classes you take. For me its about a 33/4 out of 5, but I take classes in my strength areas. The main reason I pull all nighters is because of shennanigans and trolling in the library with friends."

-"2. Richmond is challenging but the professors really want you to see you succeed and have your best interest at heart."

5. How difficult is class registration and are academic advisors actually helpful?

-"My advisor is 'da-bomb.com'. He never pushes me too hard to take more units because he realizes that college is about more than just academics. Also, as a Bonner Scholar, I get pre-registration so it really isn't that stressful, but I've heard its pretty cut-throat for those poor unfortunate souls who have to fight to the death in the arena known as Bannerweb."

-"My academic advisor is very helpful and friendly. Soon, my advising group is going out to dinner. For me, registration istn't too bad but I get early registration. My friends outside the scholars program sometimes struggle to get their optimal schedule, but they find a way to make it work."

-"Being a Richmond Scholar makes registration a lot more stress-free because of early registration. Having an academic advisor in the sciences is good to make sure I am on the correct track for medical school, but as I've decided to be an Economics major, I seek out advice from professors in the business school as well."

And...for those of you interested in the sciences: What has been your experiences both as a Pre-med student and doing research?

-"Being at U of R has been a unique opportunity because it has big research opportunities but a small student body. Having access to undergraduate research is very rare, and in my experience, doing research before my freshman year is nearly unheard of. As a UR student, you are doing work right along with professors and if they publish an article, you get published as well (something that makes you highly competitive for most elite graduate programs and medical schools)."

I hope this has been helpful and given you some insight into the life of a student at UR. This weekend is both Pig Roast (a UR tradition) and the visiting weekend for Richmond Scholars, so hopefully I'll have some fun updates to share. Good luck with your college decision process and don't hesitate to contact the Admissions office if you have more questions.

*Thank you to Katie, Catherine and Leslie for providing detailed and amusing answers!

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.