Brian Wiora

Admission Counselor
Brian Wiora

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Education: B.A. in Creative Writing and Philosophy, Emory University; M.F.A. in Creating Writing, Columbia University

Favorite D-Hall dessert? Jersey Dirt

Favorite RVA restaurant? Tazza Kitchen

Who would play you in a movie? Nev Schulman

Favorite person/celebrity to follow on social media? Jon Bois

Favorite part of the application? The Personal Essay

If you could take any class at UR, what would it be? HIST 361: Madness and Society in the Modern Era

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

History. I have always been interested in American history, and the interaction that historical analysis has with philosophical, psychological, and creative modes of thought.

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

When deciding what you are looking for in a college, consider the things you can’t change about it: location, weather, size, etc. Many colleges offer good academic, athletic, and social programs in a myriad of fields and disciplines. But you will be living in one place for, most likely, four years of your life. Make sure it’s somewhere you love!

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?

One of the best parts of working at UR is living in Richmond, Virginia. It is a perfect blend of a small town atmosphere with big city resources. Having come from New York City, I had developed high standards for food and entertainment. But with a large variety of restaurants and nightlife options, Richmond has been an incredible place to call home.

Some things to check out: The shops in Carytown, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, River City Roll, and of course, the University of Richmond!