Print on satin or semi-gloss paper, A4, leave about a half inch white border, mount onto stiff card (mounting board or foam board), best to use spray mount, prit-stick would also do; then trim the white border, this will make sure the edges will not lift, be careful of bubbles. Alternatively, print smaller, between A5 and A4 on an A3 or A2 page, leaving large white border, but A3 and A2 photopaper are expensive.
The greatest virtue of Richview is that it is so far from main campus.
500 words is not an essay, its a glorified paragraph, you don't need to say much. You don't learn "about" this stuff in college, you only learn about other stuff that has been done before; architectural education is about expanding your frame of reference so that you can compare what you see and do, to other things like it, that were prehaps done better, in talking about the "built and unbuilt" architecture, campare it with what you know, it does not have to be "cool, new stuff', in fact its better if its not, but rather someplace you know and enjoy, and why.