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Introducing: Spider Diaries!

By Beth Anne Spacht

September 9, 2014

It’s been a great, whirlwind start to the year here at Richmond. The Class of 2018 is quickly settling into campus, and professors and students alike are eager to begin new adventures to last over the next four years. Of course, no fresh start is complete without some new faces!

Therefore, with great excitement, I introduce you to the latest and greatest group of Spider Diaries. Spider Diaries is a wonderful place to follow in the footsteps of current Richmond Spiders as they share what it’s like to be a student; from class time to after hours to everything in between. Through their blogs, you’ll have the opportunity to share in the ups and the downs, laugh through the quirky and the candid moments, and follow cool campus happenings coming their way throughout the year. It’s my hope that you’ll use these as a gateway to learn about student life at UR – beyond admission facts and figures.  

To help you get to know each other better, here’s a bit about the writers:

  • Danny is a sophomore from Bedford Hills, NY studying Marketing and Journalism. He’s a die-hard New York sports fan with a self-described affinity for talking and delicious food. When not smashing watermelons, you’ll likely find him involved with his fraternity, Theta Chi, or in his dorm room watching Game of Thrones with friends.  
  • David is a freshman from Pittsburgh, PA studying Biology (Pre-Health) and Mathematics. He left the Steel City (including his cat, Tucker) for the small class sizes, southern hospitality, and red-brick architecture of Richmond – and of course, to watch Division 1 baseball here at UR.
  • Ha An, a junior, hails from Pakistan. She came to UR for the sciences (Chemistry and Computer Science), but credits her college choice to sitting in on a “mind-blowing” Intro to Philosophy class that she never expected to love. Here on campus she’s part of the Asian Student Union, Residence Life, and even conducts original Summer Research.
  • Izzy is just your regular “kid from the swamp,” as she affectionately refers to her hometown in South Florida. She graduated from Dreyfoos School of the Arts and came to Richmond with the singular goal to explore the downtown art scene with only a bike and a backpack. She’s excited to invite you to follow her adventures – from the James River to The Tyler Haynes Commons and beyond.
  • Joe is a freshman from Park Ridge, IL with an intended major in Business and minor in Creative Writing. He finds college basketball just as enjoyable as classics by Frank Sinatra, is a serious movie buff, and believes that UR must be “experienced firsthand to truly understand.” To him, its indefinable appeal is the ultimate reason to attend.
  • Maddie, a sophomore from San Bernardino, CA holds three true loves: family, food, and the Pacific Ocean. Known for her epic hashtags, a scholarship brought her to Richmond, but the people have kept her firmly rooted on the East Coast where she’s stoked to be studying Psychology. When not in class, you can often find her running outdoors or fan-girling over Ryan Gosling and the music of the 50’s.
  • Maren, a freshman at UR, was born and raised right outside of Dallas, TX but has never worn cowboy boots or ridden a horse to school. She’s a travel enthusiast and history buff, fluent in “three different types of sarcasm,” and found her calling at the Jepson School of Leadership after wrapping up a high school summer internship in Washington, D.C.
  • Natishkah, a sophomore from Nassau, Bahamas, is a Division 1 hurdler on the UR track and field team. In addition to studying Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, she keeps ties with her culture through involvement in the West Indian Lynk (WIL) Caribbean Student Association on campus. Her love of music is second only to her love of track; she’s especially proud to share a birthday with six-time Olympic sprinting champ, Usain Bolt.
  • Shiv traveled 35 hours (8177 miles, to be precise) across the world from Calcutta, India to start his international journey as a freshman studying Mathematics and Computer Science at UR. He says that his classmates “transform his train of thought” and cater to his thirst for knowledge; a few of the many reasons why liberal arts schools are, in his mind, the only way to go.
  • Thamine, a sophomore studying English, was born in Bangladesh but has spent her whole life right here in Richmond, VA. Oil painting and family top her list of important things in life, and though small in stature, “Little T” packs a punch when it comes to experiencing all that UR has to offer. She’s excited to have you to follow her journey as she paints and writes her way through her second year at Richmond.
Follow, read, share, and enjoy more at spiderdiaries.richmond.edu!

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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