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Spider Bites

By Garrison Weaver
AML Guest Co-Ed Columnist
Photos Courtesy of Bernadette Uzcategui

Weaver plans on majoring in economics with a minor in finance.

Weaver plans on majoring in economics with a minor in finance.

I met Garrison Weaver a month ago on Twitter. Weaver started following AroundMainLine.com and his profile photo caught my attention—which is saying a lot since we have close to 1,000 local followers with our growing Twitter group. Always in my publisher state of mind, I sent Garrison a personal message thanking him for following AML and asking about his obvious interest in photography-as his profile pictured showcased him with a camera. As it turned out, Garrison is not only a budding photo journalist but an established writer. And, as luck would have it, he was gearing up for his freshman year at one of America’s most prestigious universities (which has been a college of choice for thousands of Main Liners for decades), the great University of Richmond.

Weaver, a graduate of Devon Prep, was the chief editor and photographer for the Prep’s 2009 Yearbook—having processed thousands of photos from the high school’s sporting events and organized the content, layout and production almost singlehandedly himself. One brief phone chat and a subsequent cup of Joe with the 18-year-old Newtown Square native and I knew there was an awesome opportunity to follow the exciting journey and experience of his upcoming freshman year as a Richmond Spider.

Garrison is most excited about his role as a sports photographer for the university newspaper.  He has the exciting task of capturing Spiders athletics, most importantly the defending 1-AA Defending National Champs, The Richmond Spiders Football Team.

Garrison is most excited about his role as a sports photographer for the university newspaper. He has the exciting task of capturing Spiders athletics, most importantly the defending 1-AA Defending National Champs, The Richmond Spiders Football Team.

Weaver plans on majoring in economics with a minor in finance. And, as a paid sports photographer for the university newspaper The Collegian, he will be shooting dozens of games within the Spiders’ athletic department. Most notably on his agenda this fall: November 7th when the Villanova Wildcats come to down for quite a pigskin showdown against the defending I-AA National Champs. Look for Garrison’s reports from campus right here on AML regularly as he ‘Weav-ers a Web’ and takes us along with him for one amazing freshman foray as a Richmond Spider.

Garrison, we are very proud to be your virtual ‘home away from home’ and we will all be rooting for you from our desktops! Go get ‘em…Spider!

Sarah Lockard
AroundMainLine.com Publisher

Early August 2009

So I can safely say that I never thought I would be doing something like this, and by this I mean writing down my experiences leading up to my freshman year in college as well as the events that take place during that time. I was asked by Sarah Lockard of AroundMainLine.com, to contribute to the site as a blogger about my first year the University of Richmond. I have always been a writer of sorts, writing editorial pieces for my high school newspaper and as the editor of the yearbook, but never that was as colloquial or frequent as I might have imagined. In short, I’m what some would call a newbie blogger, but here I go.

To be honest I haven’t really thought about going off to school until this weekend. Yesterday I went to a friend’s house for a party; a bit of a mini send-off for the Devon Prep Class of 2009. I saw people that I haven’t seen since June, but that was normal during high school because I have my group of friends and see who I want to see in the summer. But as I left I found myself saying, “If I don’t see you guys before school starts, good luck at college.” It doesn’t feel any different any other school year; I’m just going away to a new place with new people. Not that I don’t think about missing my family and friends, and of course my wonderful girlfriend (who is going to be a senior at Villa Maria), but I can’t predict the feelings I will have until I actually feel them.

I left last night to go to Avalon for the week, while Lauren (afore mentioned girlfriend) is on her Kairos retreat. I got down to the house that my family rented and elected to sleep in a bedroom on the second floor with two twin beds, the other bed being a resting place for all the junk I thought I might need at the beach. My mom came to me this morning and suggested I take the room opposite the master bedroom with a king size bed, for the sole reason that “[I’ll] be sleeping on twins all school year” and I should “enjoy a large bed while [I] can.” Little things like that put the situation in perspective and makes me realize that in two weeks exactly I will move into Marsh Hall and live there until this coming May.

Garrison flanked by his proud parents, John and Caroline Weaver of Newtown Square, and family pet Harley (Davidson).

Garrison flanked by his proud parents, John and Caroline Weaver of Newtown Square, and family pet Harley (Davidson).

I’m writing this ‘virgin post’ in the living room of my shore house, watching the Phillies get romped by the Giants (ok fine it’s the top of the 8th and they have not been hitting well with runners in scoring position, but maybe there is something brewing). I envy the people in San Fran because it is 80 and sunny but in Avalon it has been a constant ride of thunderstorms and mixed clouds all day with little end in sight. The times I’ve been in Jersey this summer have all been different intolerable extremes, all of which combining to make coming down here a hit or miss. Early June was cold and rainy for a week and a couple weeks ago it was ridiculous hellish heat. Hopefully, I will have a normal beach day before this final week of freedom is over…before I have to nose-to-the-grindstone my way through my first semester at UR.

I elected to take economics, intensive French, calculus, and a CORE English class my first semester at school. I took French for three years in high school but not every day of college, not to mention twice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It definitely seems that all the time that slid by during high school French will quickly catch up with me during first semester. Other than that, Econ seems to be fun. It’s something I am interested in, but everyone I have asked has said that it is basically supply and demand on steroids. So the comparison I make, as a baseball player, is going from facing mediocre high school pitching to facing Randy Johnson during his Diamondback days.

Well, it’s time for me to take a walk down to Circle Pizza to wolf down some green pepper and onion slices in an effort to nourish myself after a day of driving to find something fun to do in the rain. More to come.

Garrison

Stay tuned for Garrison’s first report from The Richmond Campus, as he gets acquainted with his new living quarters, his roommate, class schedule and campus life. And, follow him along here on AML regularly this fall as he documents his experiences during an exciting and challenging freshman year at one of America’s most prestigious universities, The University of Richmond. Spider Bites is just getting started!

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. John Brecker Says:

    Garrison,

    Good luck at UR, I hope you enjoy yourself.

    Best,

    John Brecker UR ’02
    Philadelphia Alumni Chapter President

  2. The Quinns Says:

    We know how well prepared and ready you are for colege and life. Have a ball and know that your family are not the only people who are proud of you and who wish you well.. We’re all fans!

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