St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

About Me

Awkward Freshmen

March 24, 2013

Sadly, spring break wasn't a lot of fun for me this year. I had a chance to go home and see my family, which I truly enjoyed, but spent a lot of the week sick. Regardless, spring break was a really important time for me to reflect on my life at UR. I guess that's the one good thing about being sick; you have plenty of time for thinking. Anyway, after a semester and a half at UR, I finally feel like I have adjusted to college life and am a part of the campus community.

Several times during break I found myself referring to Richmond as "home". The first couple times I realized this, I was shocked. Since I've moved so much in my life, "home" has always been where my family is. The fact that I see Richmond as somewhat of a "home" even though my family is not there scares me a little. I guess that's what happens when you move out of your family's house, but the realization that I'm growing up is not something that I am sure that I'm ready for. 

I'm only a freshman, but I can already see how quickly the four years of college will pass. Already, the weeks fly by in a blur. I only have five more weeks of class left this semester and then I am a sophomore. I've been arguing a little bit with my parents about becoming more self-sufficient and taking responsibility for my life as I get older. I guess this point in my college career that I have to reconcile still feeling like I'm just away at camp and actually realizing that before long I'll be living on my own. 

During break I also realized that I truly enjoy my group of friends at UR. First semester I met a lot of really great people, but second semester is the time where you start to realize who you really get along with. Spring break allowed me to step back and evaluate these friendships. I realize that each semester friendships will evolve and change, but I am grateful that I have been able to finally make meaningful connections here on campus.

As you can tell, my break may not have been a lot of "fun", but it was beneficial as it allowed me to think about these issues. Upperclassmen tease freshman for being awkward, but freshman have a right to be awkward as they deal with these life changes and adjustments. So, to all of you incoming freshman, this is what you have to look forward to. Are you excited?

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.