St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

About Me
October 4, 2012
Class in Review: FYS

Apocalypse culture, women in Renaissance Italy, “borrowed” music, genes and behavior, rap music, space, Tolkien, and water. What do all of these have in common? They are all topics that UR freshman can study in their First Year Seminars...

September 23, 2012
A Walk to Remember?

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? “A Walk to Remember”… I bet it brings images of a sunset and romantic stroll down the beach with a nice breeze blowing in your hair. Well, think again. The walk I’m talking about has no sunset (but it was almost ninety degrees outside), no romantic aspects (unless you count the irritated bickering of tired and dehydrated college students) and no breeze. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m going to tell you about my very memorable WALK to Carytown...

September 9, 2012
Zombie Apocalypse or Freshman Orientation?

Wake up early. Stay up late. No time to rest. Must keep going…..No, I’m not talking about a marathon, your late night gaming session or a Zombie Apocalypse; I’m talking about Freshman Orientation...

August 3, 2012
Spider(wo)man- How I chose UR

It happened one unassuming fall afternoon. I was in the school library, working on my common application for what felt like the thousandth time that week. As my fatigue-ridden fingers dragged over the keyboard, leaving a trail of incoherent nonsense, I felt it. The faint tingle of something crawling on my neck….a BUG! Just as I reached up to slap it, I felt its microscopic fangs pierce my skin. I brought my hand back down to eye level and saw the remnants of a tiny jet black spider, imposing even in it’s small (and squashed) state. My life was never the same again...

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.