By: Jaide Hinds-Clarke, Freshman, Women’s Basketball
Rather than fear spiders, I have always been known for respecting them. In fact, spiders have always been a part of me. During my freshman year of high school, I was bitten by a Spider on my right arm during a hiking workout with my trainer. I still have the scar to prove it. I think it was a sign – I was meant to be a Spider.
My goal for my future is to leave my footprint: a landmark for people to come, just as that spider left a scar on me. Through my research, I have learned that there are over 300 species of spiders and not even a quarter of them are poisonous. There is something a little more feared about poisonous spiders than other spiders – they are different. They were born with characteristics that not many have.
As spiders are poisonous, a person’s work ethic is contagious. People are afraid of spiders for the wrong reasons. I agree that the bite hurts – the journey to becoming a spider is intense. Sometimes you might cry, maybe even question why you were “chosen”. If you allow yourself to be infected, you realize that this stamp is one that no one can take from you. You will find that you have the power that you need to complete any journey.
The Spider that verified my infection was Ginny Doyle, Richmond alumna and former Women’s Basketball Associate Head Coach. During the recruiting process she chose to impart some of her wisdom to me, “You will know where you belong, when you step on a campus that feels like home”. Little did she know, that was exactly how I felt about Richmond. Such a statement was my certificate of official poisoning that I needed in order to completely surrender.
Being a freshman in college, it’s time to adapt all over again – it’s time to expand your knowledge, learn, live. I have realized that I have always been a Spider. A Richmond Spider – formidable, hardworking, and most importantly clever. With the approximately 3,000 undergraduates that study at the University of Richmond – I plan to be a unique Spider in my time here. During my career I want to make a difference, leave my mark. Becoming a Spider was my first step to poisoning others in the best way possible. To my fellow Spiders: Challenge yourself to stand out – make a difference on our campus. Open your eyes and mind to new people and experiences, as you can never be sure what may come out of it.