Erica Riesbeck

Associate Director of Admission
Erica Riesbeck

Hometown: Newport News, Virginia

Education: B.A. in European History, Washington and Lee University

Favorite TV show to binge watch? Insecure, Marvelous Mrs. Maisal, Holey Moley

Favorite D-Hall dessert? Anything chocolate or cheesecake

Favorite RVA restaurant? Lunch. Supper!

Biggest travel-related phobia? Forgetting to pack replacement contact lenses. (Yes, I still wear monthlies.)

Favorite music genre? Rock, indie, pop, hip hop, doo wop, dance

Favorite person/celebrity to follow on social media? Chelsea Handler

Favorite part of the application? Essays

Who would play you in a movie? Sandra Bullock

What is the coolest feature or piece of architecture on campus? Why?

Ryland Hall. I adore historical buildings and the Great Hall is a perfect place to soak up the past.

If you could go back to college and major in a different subject, what would you pick? Why?

Do I have to pick one? Your major is only one-third of your required courses for your undergraduate degree. I think the more important question is what classes I would explore outside of my major. If I had to choose a major, I would probably select Interdisciplinary Studies and design my own major, combining courses from many different majors.

What is one piece of advice you’d give students for the college search/application process?

Don’t add a school to your college list simply because you feel like you should apply to a specific number of colleges. There is no magic number of applications. You will just add more work and more stress. Apply to schools where you want to attend and remember to seek advice from your school counselor on crafting the best list for you.

Let’s talk about RVA. What do you like about living here? What are your favorite things to do in the city/region? What should visitors be sure to check out?

I love everything about Richmond including the diversity of neighborhoods. Church Hill, Oregon Hill, downtown, the Fan, Jackson Ward, Northside, rural Goochland County, Forest Hill, Manchester. You can learn so much about Richmond’s history by studying our neighborhoods. We are fiercely proud of where we live – a common trait among Virginians.

It’s important for me to discover something new about the city as often as possible. My goal is one cultural excursion each month. I encourage visitors to take in the city skyline and river at Libby Hill Park in the Church Hill neighborhood. Grab a cup of coffee – or better yet, a coffee milkshake – at Riverbend Coffee Company before you stroll to the park.