St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


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The end is near....

May 1, 2013

I can't believe that I am already done with my first year of college. People warned me that it would go quickly but I didn't realize how right they were. I have learned so much his year and while I'm excited to have a beak from classes this summer, I'm going to miss UR while I'm gone.

I think it's appropriate to write my last Spider Diary entry to be a reflection of the best (and worst) things I've discovered my freshman year. Enjoy...


1. Not having to wake up early if you don't want to (usually)

2. Meeting new friends'

3. Having more free time than in high school

4. Having your friends around whenever you want

5. Naps

6. Getting to study the things you want

7. Never having to do the dishes

8. Getting to know your professors

8. Lots of *free* coffee


1. Learning to live with a roommate

2. Not having your own bathroom/ Having to share your bathroom with sixteen other people

3. Fighting over washing machines

4. Realizing that procrastinating is more fun than actually doing work

5. Realizing that you have horrible money management skills when your dining dollars are gone six weeks into the semester

6. Becoming a coffee addict

There wee times this year when I had a difficult time adjusting to the new expectations and routines of college life but honestly I wouldn't change a thing. I've had the chance to meet and befriend some amazing people and learn a lot from the classes I've taken. For all of you incoming freshmen, goodluck! You'll have a great time at UR. Some parts o your transition may be difficult but the year will go by so quickly, you won't know what to do. See you next semester!

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.