St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

About Me

Pig Roast and Other UR Traditions

April 10, 2013

You've probably heard rumors about different UR traditions like Pig Roast and Ring Dance. Before attending UR, I didn't realize how important these traditions are and how they help to build the community that makes Richmond so lively. Pig Roast was this past weekend and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I heard that all the girls wore dresses and the food was a big deal, but to me this sounded like a normal BBQ/picnic. 

To some degree, Pig Roast is just a really big BBQ, but the atmosphere of friendliness and camaraderie it creates among the student body is great. Not only was the food delicious, but the ability to take day away from school work to laugh, eat, and enjoy the spring weather makes campus a much happier place. Also just knowing that Pig Roast is a tradition that has been going on for decades and that I get to continue it makes me appreciate the history and culture that Richmond students experience. 

My friends and I in our pigroast dresses

When I first visited Richmond, the emphasis placed on University traditions didn't mean very much to me. However, now as I student I realize that these traditions are not only a lot of fun, but they are what shape the campus culture and leave an impact on your college experience.

*Thank you to Vivian for the picture!

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.