Rachel Ristow

Associate Director of Admission
Rachel Ristow

Hometown: Newport News, VA

Education: B.A. in Political Science and History, Radford University

Superhero movie or rom-com? Princess Bride — the perfect combination of both!

Favorite D-Hall dessert? Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake.

Folk Festival or RiverRock? Folk Festival.

Biggest travel-related phobia? Hotel TV remotes.

Who would play you in a movie? Amy Poehler.

If you could take any class at UR, what would it be?

"The Rhetorical Lives of Maps (Cartography and America's Rise to International Power)": At first sounded like a pretty tedious First-Year Seminar course, but after reading the description I was pretty bummed to not be a first-year student at Richmond!

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

Visit campuses, but for more than just a tour. Check out other individualized visit experiences such as class visits, but also plan some time to explore on your own. We have a lot of great information to share (and we will), but sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. So take time to synthesize it all on your own or with your parents. Soak it all in and ENJOY your time visiting colleges. It is such a fun and unique time in your life.

Do you have any favorite restaurants or local cuisine within your travel region? What do you do with your scant free time when you're on the road?

When I am in Kansas City: BBQ at Joe's; St. Louis: custard at Ted Drewes (they really need to get on the sprinkles bandwagon though); Southwest VA: Macado's "Betty Boop" sandwich. I am currently taking suggestions for Texas and Louisiana folks! Please email me with your favorite foods!