St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

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Moore International: All you ever wanted to know about Freshman LLC

March 20, 2013

The wait is finally over! As promised, I'm here to tell you about freshman living learning communities, why they're important, and why you should join. Before I do that, I'd just like to let you all of you who follow my posts know that I did get accepted into the SSIR I applied for! If your scratching your head wondering what an SSIR is, you can read about why I'm so excited here.

This year I am a member of a LLC for freshman girls called Moore International. As the name suggests, the girls in Moore International are all bound together by a common international interest and a desire to explore cultural diversity and foreign cultures. Our professor and mentor created the program and is an incredible asset to the group as she is an International faculty member, who is fluent in several languages, has lived and studied in many countries. Dr. Radi brings her unique experiences coupled with a passion for international culture and academia to help create a vibrant community.

Moore International actually has two aspects to it: the classroom experience and the community building experience. As a member of the LLC, students get to experience both. Last semester I took the Moore International exclusive class titled "Women, Virtue, and Temptation in Literature". In this class we studied texts from different cultures and time periods to better understand what role women have played in society, the function of free will in a woman's life, the way culture can shape her understanding of the world, and how we can use that knowledge to become educated and principled women in today's society. 

We started the class by reading excerpts from Genesis, the Koran, and the story of Pandora to understand from some of the earliest literature what society deems makes a woman virtuous or not. We then read a series of texts including Dante's Inferno (which Dr. Radi could provide wonderful insight into as an Italian who grew up studying Dante), "The Princess of Cleve" (the first French psychological novel that just happened to be written by a woman), and "Nervous Conditions" by Tsitsi Dangarembga, an African woman concerned with the clash of Western and African cultures and the difficulty in finding a balance.

If the class sounds challenging, its because it was not necessarily because of the work load, but due to the amount of intellectual curiosity that is needed for students to truly gain something meaningful. This class is certainly for students who are truly interested in studying these texts and learning what they mean for women today. For students who are truly interested and engaged, this class will give back much more that what you put in. 

While the class was sprinkled with fun activities such as speakers, delicious cupcake snack days, and videos to enhance learning, the community bonding experiences have absolutely made my year a lot of fun. Not only have we gotten to eat dinner together (both on and off campus) but we've also visited the VMFA and attended the opera and the ballet already this year. These off-campus, University funded experiences not only allow us to bond as a group and enjoy each other's company off campus, but they complement what we learned in class. After discussing "The Pearl Fishers" in class, having the ability to see it on stage and then discuss it as a group made the experience much more meaningful. I've included pictures below of some of the activites we've done this year...

Our trip to the VMFA:

Just a lovely fall day in RichmondThe lovely ladies of Moore International 

A Reunion Dinner with last year's Moore International Group:

Yum...a delicious dinner and great companyAren't they cute? Some of the 2012/2013 Moore International Class

Our trip to the opera:

The whole gang

An 8K (run by the ambitious members of our group!):

Still smiling after a long race

As you can see, I've truly enjoyed my experience in Moore International. Not only was I surrounded by a great group of girls and a wonderful mentor, but I've also been able to experience parts of Richmond that I wouldn't otherwise. While I can only personally speak about Moore International, I know people in all of the other LLCs who have also enjoyed their experience. I encourage any incoming freshman interested in being part of a community and learning about the topics offered to apply. LLC's range in topic from leadership to literature, to hiking clubs, to outdoor adventure groups. Start looking now so you have plenty of time to apply!

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.