“When you leave a place for the first time, your whole scope of the world is cracked. It’s bigger than you thought.”
– Ewing White, student
I like the idea of being whoever you want to be. I thought I was going to play football, but then I found theater. I guess that makes sense, because mom is a painter and I have five younger siblings who are all artists, musicians or actors. Look around — at murals on the walls, art hanging in coffee shops, bikes in the street. There’s inspiration everywhere.
“When you leave a place for the first time, your whole scope of the world is cracked. It’s bigger than you thought.”

Ewing White, student

I like the idea of being whoever you want to be. I thought I was going to play football, but then I found theater. I guess that makes sense, because mom is a painter and I have five younger siblings who are all artists, musicians or actors. Look around — at murals on the walls, art hanging in coffee shops, bikes in the street. There’s inspiration everywhere.

Calling all wanderlusters! Don’t forget to vote in @studyabroadvcu ‘s annual photo contest featuring all the incredible travels of our students. You have until Sunday 9/28 to vote on their Facebook page and Instagram (@studyabroadvcu) simply by liking your favorite shots. Shown is student Robert Scott enjoying a mountaintop lunch with friends near the tiny village of Tsdo in #Georgia. #goexplore #vcu #studyabroad #VCUreal #wanderlust #travel (at facebook.com/studyabroadvcu)

Calling all wanderlusters! Don’t forget to vote in @studyabroadvcu ‘s annual photo contest featuring all the incredible travels of our students. You have until Sunday 9/28 to vote on their Facebook page and Instagram (@studyabroadvcu) simply by liking your favorite shots. Shown is student Robert Scott enjoying a mountaintop lunch with friends near the tiny village of Tsdo in #Georgia. #goexplore #vcu #studyabroad #VCUreal #wanderlust #travel (at facebook.com/studyabroadvcu)

“My community is a bunch of communities smashed together and that’s how I like it.”
– Austin Higgs, student
I’m a first-generation college student who came out to my parents when I was 7. I gave up a full ride to a top private college to transfer here. My first day on campus, I was just amazed by the people I saw walking through Shafer Court. The clothes and colors — I just felt this must be a tolerant place and I knew I’d made the right decision. There’s a mural near campus that says ‘Go for it all’ — that really sums up my story.
Read more #VCUReal moments here.
“My community is a bunch of communities smashed together and that’s how I like it.”

– Austin Higgs, student

I’m a first-generation college student who came out to my parents when I was 7. I gave up a full ride to a top private college to transfer here. My first day on campus, I was just amazed by the people I saw walking through Shafer Court. The clothes and colors — I just felt this must be a tolerant place and I knew I’d made the right decision. There’s a mural near campus that says ‘Go for it all’ — that really sums up my story.

Read more #VCUReal moments here.

“Not only do you learn something new, but you find how to make it better.”
– Faith Ajayi, student and alumni
"I wanted to be an obstetrician before I really even knew what that was. In Nigeria, pregnancy procedures used to mean life or death. If you couldn’t deliver the baby, you died. I still remember being amazed holding my aunt’s baby after her C-section. That moment is why I am here and why I’m applying to med school."
Read more #VCUreal moments here.
“Not only do you learn something new, but you find how to make it better.”

– Faith Ajayi, student and alumni

"I wanted to be an obstetrician before I really even knew what that was. In Nigeria, pregnancy procedures used to mean life or death. If you couldn’t deliver the baby, you died. I still remember being amazed holding my aunt’s baby after her C-section. That moment is why I am here and why I’m applying to med school."

Read more #VCUreal moments here.

"You can do a lot with them pedagogically because they’re such well-known stories. But mostly American students know the Disney versions which are very different from the original," he said. "So when they read, for example, in ‘The Frog Prince,’ that the princess actually doesn’t kiss the frog, she throws him against the wall and tries to kill him, and then he turns into a prince and he crawls into bed with her. That’s the original Grimm Brothers’ version. There’s a lot there you can talk about."  - Robert Godwin-Jones, Ph.D., a professor of German and international studies in the College of Humanities and Sciences' School of World Studies, is taking a deeper look at the Grimm’s Brothers fairy tales

“I think art is a great way to express yourself. You don’t have to be straightforward with it, and it can be interesting and beautiful and different. I don’t know. I just connect with it.” - Sydney Vick, a member of Art 180’s Teen Leadership Group.

This week we talked to members of the Richmond creative community to get their take on the forthcoming Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and the impact it will have on our city and university.

[Lead photo of Sydney Vick c/o Art 180]