Kolkata, India
Computer Science /


Violin, Music, Reading, Politics Movies, Traveling

About Me
May 4, 2015
"Congratulations on becoming a sophomore, Shiv".

Reflections on my last night as a freshman.

April 28, 2015
All about UR Summer Fellowships

A gem of an opportunity provided by UR.

April 19, 2015
Spring Chilling

UR's campus in Spring, and events on the Westhampton Greens

April 13, 2015
Bollywood Jhatkas!

An unbiased review of the coolest dance group on campus

April 4, 2015
Noorani's - every Indian/Pakistani's dream away from home

Meals that are so good that you cannot stand once you're finished

April 1, 2015
Taking the books out of the classroom and to the grass

Chai and greek theatres - a truly sublime combination

March 28, 2015
Chinese New Year

I explore the gastronomic delights that China has showered on the world and Chinese New Year

March 22, 2015
Code humor, detachment from reality and sumptuous finds

CS jokes, Aadil and I losing our grip on reality and discoveries at 1AM

March 1, 2015
Academic Skills Center at UR

More about this very helpful resource and how it has been helping me cope with academics this semester

February 17, 2015
Bipolar Richmond Weather

Richmond's weather has a mind of its own

Hey guys! My name is Shiv, and I'm currently a freshman at the University of Richmond (UR is the popular moniker among students on campus). I intend on majoring in Math and possibly Computer Science as well.

Even though I've spent only 3 weeks at UR, I already feel as if I've made the best decision of my life by coming here. I hope to use this blog as a means to both chronicle my time at UR, and to provide my perspective on life here. Most of you reading this blog will probably be prospective freshman wondering about all the different facets of University of Richmond, and I'm here to help you out! For those of you who live too far away to visit, I can understand how frustrating it must be to decide on where you'd like to spend the next four years of your life. I'm going to be as forthright with you when writing this blog, and I hope that this blog will convince you that the University of Richmond is one of the most wonderful places that you can choose to shape your thoughts, your outlook on the world, and the person that you're going to enter the world as at the end of your senior year.
To name a few things that are very dear to me: my family, conversations with my grandmother about life, books, music, movies, playing the violin, meeting new people, traveling, learning something new everyday, and my friends. 
Happy reading!

Why UR?

I wanted to attend a university that would cater to my thirst for knowledge, one that would transform my train of thought, one where each class that I’d attend would leave me in awe, making me feel smarter because of my newly acquired knowledge and stupider for having realized that there was SO much about the world that I did not know about yet. Liberal arts schools were definitely the way to go in this regard.  I had heard about the small class sizes, immense research opportunities, not to mention the beauty of their college campuses. Having charted out a mental checklist of all the things that I sought in an academic institution, a name that kept recurring in my search was the ‘University of Richmond’. I’ll be honest with you; I didn’t know a lot about the university before this, but further research left me sure that this university was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life.