Richmonds Veggie Fest

Richmond’s Annual Veggie Fest will be this Saturday, June 24, 2017, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park. There will be all sorts of vegetarian cuisine, entertainment, and vendors attending! It’s a great way to get involved in the community and meet people with similar interests, or learn how to go veggie if you’ve been wanting too. Come and join in on the activities!

Activities ;

  • Food from local veg-friendly restaurants such as 821 Cafe, Sticky Rice, Goatacado and much more!
  • Multiple speakers talking about supercharging your life, veganism, and transforming to a meatless diet.

Check out their website for more information! veggiefest.org

The VCU Common Book

Dear Incoming Freshman,

Every year Virginia Commonwealth University asks incoming students to participate in our summer reading Common Book Program. This year the Common Book for incoming 2021 students is “Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones. You will discuss this book in your Focus Inquiry classes and will need to read the book to keep up. In previous years the author has even visited the university at some point in the year to discuss the book with students. You will receive this book during your orientation, so make sure to read it before classes start in the fall to stay ahead of the game.

Click here for more information!

Parents Role in the Admissions Process

Dear Parents of Prospective Students,

Your involvement in the admissions process of your student is important to them and the admissions process in general. Your support may mean the difference between them having an exciting application process or an overwhelming experience. Most likely they will want and need your input into their college choices, and the decisions that follow. This being said, everyone is different and while one may outright beg you for help, another may barricade you from their bedroom. Because of this, it is important to strike a fine balance in how much assistance you offer.

Ideas of where you could help;

A student that is dealing with deadlines, essays, high school exams, and everyday drama in their life might feel very overwhelmed with everything that’s due. They may be wondering how they are going to keep track of everything, and this is where you could maybe offer some assistance. If applicable help them keep track of dates and deadlines, and offer gentle reminders or even just having the dates in the back of your mind when they may need them.

  • help keep track of deadlines, dates, papers, and appointments
  • go along with them to visit campuses and offer your input
  • offer gentle reminders of deadlines if the time comes to do so
  • encourage them to not limit themselves when applying
  • let them lead the process

Let them take the reins; 

Your student’s admissions requirements are not your new part-time job, as it is the job of the students to be responsible for their admission. It is important for them to take on this responsibility and start their college experience off on the right foot.  If you take on too much of the responsibility you may, in the end, be hurting your student’s ability to succeed by themselves in the future.

Now the Ball is in Your Court

You’ve completed the Common Application and applied to your favorite schools, toured campuses and now you’re an accepted student. So what’s next? How do you make the all important decision of what college you will be attending in the fall?

Decide on Your Top Priorities

It’s important to figure out what factors in a university are most important to you. Are you looking for a top of the notch gym or active Greek community? Does each college have certain academic programs important to your the major your may want to pursue? Are there certain clubs on campus that you would be interested in? Do the dining options meet your culinary standards? What are your housing options at each potential college? Revisiting these questions can help you rule out any deal breakers and highlight the pros and cons of different colleges and universities. Overall this process could make your decision more clear.

Weigh the Different Degree Programs and their Prestige 

Just as not all colleges are made equal, not all degrees are earned equally. A degree at one college in a certain field may be worth more than another, and this could make a huge difference once you apply for jobs in the future. You can compare different degrees programs and how they measure up through College Board. Make sure to also consider what programs the university may have in place to help students get jobs and internships in the future. Do they offer an on-campus service with advisors to help you figure out your career path? Do they have a connected alumni network? Both of these can help immensely to ensure that you get headed in the direction that you want to go.

Location, Location, Location

There are many things that you should consider when thinking about the location of your college. Do you want to stay in your home state, or are you willing to go out of state? Are you open to a campus in a rural area, or are you more interested in an urban campus? You should also think about how far away the campus would be from your hometown and how that could affect your decision. Make sure that the environment that you choose also suits you, and your lifestyle. For example, if you thrive in nature you might benefit from a campus with many surrounding parks and trails.

Here at VCU, we are committed to cultivating a diverse welcoming environment and are confident that you can find your home here as a VCU Ram. If you haven’t already done so, take a minute to explore our Accepted Students website. Still have questions about your offer of admission? Call our office to speak with an admissions counselor: (800) 841-3638. You can also e-mail us at ugrad@vcu.edu. I hope to see you around campus this fall!

 

10 Must-See’s When Visiting VCU

Spring is finally officially here, and with it brings a great opportunity for prospective students to visit their favorite colleges. However, not everyone knows what sights they need to see to get a good feel for their future home. Here at Virginia Commonwealth University, we have a lot to see and its easy to get overwhelmed. While certain activities may be specific to your interests some are must-sees that you have to check out to get to know VCU. Make sure to register online if you plan to visit VCU during your high school spring break.

10. TAKE A TOUR

Probably the easiest way to to get the lay of the land is taking a tour of the whole campus. The tour guides are normally students and can answer many questions you may have about campus. This tour will take you to all of the biggest must see’s on campus; the gym, the dining hall and VCU library.

9. EAT AT THE SHAFER DINING COURT

Students generally don’t have the time or space to prepare their own meals, so most eat their meals at the Shafer Dining Court. The average college student eats at the cafeteria twice a day; it’s possible you’ll go less often, but it’s likely you’ll go even more than that, whether for a snack or late-night meal. Check out the main dining hall and taste test our food! However, don’t forget that meal plans at VCU allow you meals at much more than just the dining court. Check out VCU dining services to see what kind of culinary options would be at your disposal.

 

8. TOUR THE CARY ST GYM 

Most colleges offer some sort of athletic facilities. In fact, sometimes those facilities are just as good as, if not better than, professional gyms! And we like to think the Cary St Gym fits that criteria. So if you’re interested in getting into or staying in shape, make sure to check out all that our gym has to offer including a rock climbing wall, an aquatic center, and a variety of group exercise classes. And if you’re into college athletics, the school’s on-campus fields and other facilities are also something you should visit. Remember that basketball games on campus can be a pretty big draw, and even if you’re not a huge sports fan, they double as a popular social event.

7. VISIT AND MEET WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR MAJOR

If you have any inkling whatsoever about what your major in college might be, you should try to make an appointment to meet briefly with a representative in your major’s department during your campus visit. The representative will be thrilled to meet a potential major, and you’ll get some valuable insight into the courses you’d take, professors you’d study under, and academic opportunities that your school and potential major will offer. Don’t hesitate to schedule several of these visits, especially if you’re unsure about your potential major.

6. VISIT THE VCU BARNES AND NOBLE

A big must-see on campus is the VCU Barnes and Noble on Broad St. Stop by and pick up some gear as it’s filled to the brim with lots of VCU merchandise to get you in the Ram spirit! In the future, it will also be a great place to buy your textbooks so if you have any questions about that process then you could ask a sales associate while you are there. It also a quiet place to hang out on campus. With a coffee shop, comfy chairs, and lots of good books it doesn’t leave much to be desired.

5. LOCATE STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

If you’re lucky, you won’t spend much time in the campus health center. However, should you get sick or injured and are in need of anything from emergency care to DayQuil, it’s always reassuring to know you have access to medical care and technology. Health services are located on the second floor of 1300 W Broad St.

4. CHECK OUT BELLE ISLE AND MAYMONT

If you’re not familiar with the Richmond area you should definitely visit Belle Isle and Maymont when you come to visit VCU. What a better time to check the most beautiful areas in Richmond then spring time anyway? Both are common hang out spots for VCU students and offer a range of activities for the community.

3. TOUR THE LIBRARY

The Cabell Library is one of the main hangout areas at VCU. Here you can see students in their natural habitat; talking, walking, and most definitely cramming for exams. With a Starbucks, five separate floors arranged by noise level, Librarian help desk, and an IT help center it really has everything you would need in a library. Make sure to ask the librarians at the help desks to the right of the entrance if you have any questions about the facility.

2. CHECK OUT THE LOCAL EATERIES AND SHOPS

If you never been to Richmond Carytown is definitely a must-see while on campus. It’s a part of Cary St that has many shops and eateries that the locals love to enjoy, and it’s just a 6-minute drive from campus! Treat yourself to Carytown Cupcakes for one of the best cupcakes in the city, and maybe even catch a movie at the historic Byrd movie theater for just 4$! There are also lots of local eateries close to campus the students love to indulge in. Mama J’s southern comfort food and The Village Cafe of Harrison St are wonderful, just to name and few, but the list goes on!

1. TALK TO STUDENTS

This is a great opportunity to learn about what college life is really like at VCU, an opportunity that many students don’t always take advantage of. If you visit us while school is in session, you should make a point to approach a few students—in Shafer, at the library, or just while walking around campus—and ask them about their experience here at Virginia Commonwealth University. Make sure to be respectful, but most students will be more than happy to stop and chat for a few minutes. Also be sure to ask them what their must-sees at VCU might be!