St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

About Me
February 27, 2013
Creative ideas for Dhall

Our dining hall at the University of Richmond is better than most. We have a large dessert bar, custom made pasta bar, Mongolian Grill, Burrito station, Wing Station, panini station, and even an Indian station. On a regular basis, the food possibilities are nearly endless. Despite all these interesting choices, I still manage to (sometimes) get bored with the food...

February 12, 2013
What's the Big Deal about SSIRs?

This week has been quite stressful for many freshmen on campus. This week, the panic is not just caused by the strenuous readings and tedious problem set, though they are still a contributing factor. This week, freshmen are struggling with perfecting SSIR applications and preparing for their interviews.

I’m sure this would make a lot more sense if you know what an SSIR is. I guess I can help with that…

February 4, 2013
First Semester vs. Second Semester

Welcome back everybody! Hopefully by this point you’ve all readjusted to school and classes and waking up early (its horrible!) I’ve been back at UR for a little while now, trying to get used to my new schedule and professors. During break I was dreading going back to UR. Not because I don’t like it, because I really do. I was just stressed because I thought everything was going to be different. New professors. New classes. New friends.  That’s like starting college all over again!

December 10, 2012
Finals Week

Hello there! Its finals week and I thought all of you would be interested in an update....

November 26, 2012
The University of Richmond Wants YOU....to be a Richmond Scholar

College applications. Been there done that. I know that you have probably applied to some or most of your schools already, or that you’ve procrastinated all your applications till the very last day. I know that you all probably have finals coming up and the last thing you want to do is ANOTHER college application. And, as if that isn’t bad enough, winter break is right around the corner. Yes, I already know all of this. But, I’m here to tell you that as soon as you finish reading this post, you should start working on your application to the U of R because the Richmond Scholars deadline is in SIX DAYS!!!!!

November 26, 2012
Thanksgiving Break (Of course its awesome...but sometimes its not)

Try Googling “Freshman year college Thanksgiving Break”….just try it.  Parents will get a bunch of results on “talking to your child about college” or “dealing with your college kids changes.” College students will see links on “breaking up with your high school sweetheart” or tips on reacclimating to life at home. Stereotypically, Thanksgiving break can be a stressful time for some freshman. Here are my thoughts on the good and the bad of Thanksgiving break...

November 1, 2012
The Oldhams Conquer Chicago

Last month the Oldham Scholars took a trip to Chicago. You’re probably sitting there thinking, “Why do they get to go on fun trips?” To answer you, we are Richmond Scholars and we take trips for educational enrichment (actually I’m pretty sure the answer is that its fun and that we can). The deadline to apply to be a Richmond Scholar is rapidly approaching (Dec. 1). In my next post, I’ll tell you about the application process and some of the other perks of being a Richmond Scholar. But for right now, just enjoy the stories and pictures of my trip to Chicago...

October 28, 2012
Carytown Take-Two and other Dangerous Endeavors: Fall Break Day 3

Unfortunately this day is less exciting for all of you. I don’t have lots of great pictures or stories about new places in Richmond. However, I do think it’s important to give you a glimpse of my day for two reasons. Firstly, to show you that even if you do a program over fall break, there still is ample free time for you to do your homework or attempt to study for a midterm (if you can manage avoid the seduction of procrastination). Secondly, to boost your self-esteem as you chuckle at my failed attempt to entertain myself...

October 25, 2012
Art and Artists: Fall Break Day 2

Day 2 was just as much fun as day 1. First on the list for that day was the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). The VMFA is a lovely little free art museum that is the perfect resource for college students...

October 24, 2012
Fall Break Day 1: Farmer's Market and Folk Festival

It’s that time of year; attention spans shorten, suitcases are packed, and campus empties. If you’re thinking that it sounds like fall break, then you are right (even though the same statement could be applied to Winter break, spring break…you get the point). I faced the thought of fall break with the same mindset as every student, nervous fidgeting in classes, loss of concentration, and counting down the seconds to a few days of freedom from class. However, I was a little anxious. Instead of going home for break as many students do, I chose to stay on campus....

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.