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A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted By lindsey on November 12th, 2013

Every year the middle to end of October always seems to be the busiest. And every year I tell myself that if I plan ahead everything will fall into place nicely, but that never seems to happen. I suppose I could blame my professors for all assigning the same due dates, but I have had all of my syllabi since the first day of classes so it is no one else’s fault but mine for waiting. Undoubtedly, the past month has been grueling, but I think the worst is behind me. It’s an amazing feeling being able to take a breath again!

October finished off with our annual Wicked Weekend. Because of it actually falling on Halloween weekend, CEN wanted to make it scarier than in years past, leading the committee to create the weekend’s tagline, “Roger Beware, You’re in for A Scare.” Attempting to make it as scary as possible, we showed The Conjuring twice to gear up for Saturday night’s speaker, Lorraine Warren. Lorraine Warren is a paranormal investigator who has been a part of extremely well known cases involving the paranormal, specifically the Amityville Horror and The Conjuring. The hype surrounding her arrival was amazing and the event successful thanks to the Where’s The Fun? committee. Wicked Weekend was most definitely one for the books. My co-chair and I are extremely fortunate to have such active committee members. Whether they’re willing to jump out of trap doors, hang from ceilings, arrive three hours prior to an event to set up, Wicked Weekend would be incomplete without them. With Halloween behind us, improvements noted and things to continue with written down, my co-chair, committee and I are on to my favorite week of the year, March Meltdown!

Also! I just finished paying off my trip with the university to Jamaica in January! Along with about ten other students and a faculty advisor, the university has given us an opportunity to fly to Montego Bay, Jamaica for ten days and travel inland to work with children with mental disabilities. A service-learning trip, we will be staying in homestays and immersing ourselves fully in Jamaican culture, while providing assistance to a rural community wherever needed while earning course credit. I am unbelievably excited to escape the winter and work within the community of Petersfield, but nervous because I’m not 100% sure what to expect. I have heard that I may not want to return! I’ll be sure to share every detail of what I’m sure is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. (Cliché I know…)

With everything that has been going on recently, I am sure I will have more updates soon!

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Junior Mints

Posted By lindsey on September 12th, 2013

Somehow I have managed to hit two milestones in the past month. One being that I can no longer say I’m a teenager, which didn’t feel all that odd until someone told me I was halfway to 40. The second milestone being I am also starting my third year of college…crazy! Before entering college a couple of years ago the major piece of advice I got was to not blink or I would miss it. I am pretty sure I shrugged everyone off thinking it was rather lame advice and that four years was still four years. Except now four years is two years, and actually having to prepare for the “real world” seems closer and closer.

The past few weeks have been full of RA training, staff bonding and CEN’s 1,2,3 weekend. At times training was exhausting, but also has me excited for the upcoming year. I’m fortunate to work with a staff that even after spending every waking moment with the past few weeks we still are a strong, cohesive team. And I have a roommate again!

Check out our Bayside welcome video!

welcome

And of course, what is a blog without CEN in it? We recently wrapped up 1,2,3 Weekend: All Ways Point to Roger. Our navigational themed weekend kicked off the school year with Gordon Baker-Bone, The Great Gatsby and our annual fall concert: Carolina Liar with opener Todd Carey. Unfortunately due to weather, the concert had to get moved inside the field house but still went off without a hitch! My co-chair and I could not have asked for better performers to work with or even a board to help us make the event and weekend a success. With a great 1,2,3 Weekend behind us…. on to the next one!

CEN

I don’t have all that much to say about my courses so far, as last week was basically syllabus week. I do, however, love the fact that my earliest class is at 10:00am. I’ve finally moved out of the world of 8:00ams…woo! All of my general education courses, COREs, etc. are all completed which is great because every single course I am taking this semester I hand picked, and I think even the ones that are not Anthropoloy/Sociology courses still relate to my major somehow. But I think I hand picked the classes with the most textbooks… time to get reading!

Since moving in around a month ago it seems as if I haven’t had time to blink until today simply because of opening residence halls and putting together 1,2,3 weekend simultaneously. However, now that both are over my hope is that I’ll finally be able to put myself back into some sort of routine. I think this year has already been starting off on the right foot! Until next time!

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Here We Go Back, This Is the Moment

Posted By lindsey on June 27th, 2013
My 45 new Facebook (and real life) friends!

My 45 new Facebook (and real life) friends!

Four weeks ago, I packed up my white Toyota and went on my way to orientation for the second time. (Secretly paraphrasing our awesome motivational speaker right there) Pulling onto campus, I found myself heading into a place different than what I had left a week prior. The entire student body had left, leaving 45 students behind in Willow eager to train and prepare to introduce around 1,200 students and their families to their new home away from home. Not knowing what to expect, and wondering if this summer could live up to the experience I had prior, I was quick to sit back and observe the new staff dynamic. Immediately I noticed that our staff had done a 180-degree shift from the year before to this one, and honestly I was a little overwhelmed. Though people rarely believe me when I say this, I am naturally introverted. Walking into a room with 45 peers, many of whom I had never met prior made me nervous, even as a returning orientation advisor who was expected to know what they were doing.

However, I quickly learned that there was nothing wrong with the experience being different, in fact the opportunity given to us as a team to motivate, challenge and form connections with 45 diverse individuals was extremely valuable!! Slowly I got to know each orientation advisor, and it was one of the best decisions ever. So I sit here a month later, becoming less shy day by day and realizing that I will walk away from this experience next week with 45 more students on campus that are more than just Facebook friends. Orientation is hands down one of the best, most rewarding experiences I have had at RWU!!

Rockin' our new Orientation gear

Rockin’ our new Orientation gear

 

I say all of this because I think it is important to know that college is an opportunity to encounter differences, learn from them and step out of your comfort zone. Without obstacles to overcome it seems impossible to gain enough experience to grow. Your time at RWU will rapidly become the most challenging, exciting and best four years of your educational career — and I can comfortably say that after just two. The challenges end up being the best experiences without a doubt. The university not only gives you endless opportunities to challenge yourself, but to do absolutely anything you want to do before graduating. It’s amazing.

 

Though orientation definitely keeps us going, even after we have welcomed all of the members of the class of 2017, our o-team is still busy. With just one week until Bristol’s infamous 4th of July parade (and their celebrations are already underway!) we are busily working on the float, ready to defend our Best in Parade title for the third year. *Fingers Crossed* Though, I am not at liberty to discuss what our theme is, come check it out next week when it is unveiled to the public! I know I can speak for our entire team when I say we are thrilled at how it has come out, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Third time’s a charm!
As if orientation isn’t busy enough, my CEN co-chair and I are busily working on opening weekend. It’s difficult because she is experiencing an amazing opportunity in Africa, so contact is limited, but we are both preparing to make this one of the best 1,2,3 weekends the campus has seen. Shoot for the stars, right?! This new position is difficult, and I still have a lot to learn, but I have been working towards this since I was a freshman, so to finally have this opportunity is amazing. And, I hear I have an amazing committee to help create extraordinary events for us every step of the way.

Sneak peek at our float...

Sneak peek at our float…

Happy summer!!!!!!!!

Posted in Summer 2013
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3, 2, 1 Blast Off!

Posted By lindsey on May 3rd, 2013

This time of the year makes me happy that I am not a senior, specifically because I am not ready, nor will I probably ever be ready, to leave Bristol. Granted, I cannot afford to be a lifetime college student nor do I enjoy late night study sessions, but this time of the year tends to leave me nostalgic, looking back and wondering why this all is going by so fast. With that said, how is it May already?! Did we skip over April by accident? Aside from spring weekend, I am pretty sure the month of April is a complete blur. Clearly it must have never happened.

Spring Weekend (aka Rogerfest) undoubtedly kept me on my toes. But then again, maybe it was my 30-page paper in one class, and two papers in another class due that same week that kept me running?

Obviously I can very rarely go a blog without talking about what CEN has been up to, so why change that now?

Rogerfest began with a showing of “Across the Universe,” followed by a trip to Fenway Park where the Sox unfortunately not only played in miserable weather, but also lost 13-0. The game itself was fun, although it did make me question whether or not moving to Florida was in my near future. I’ll get back to you on that one. Next was one of my favorite events of the year, Hidden Truth, followed by our sold-out B.o.B and Super Mash Bros concert!!

Hanging with B.o.B--no big deal!

Hanging with B.o.B–no big deal!

And that point, the weekend had basically just started so on Friday we had quad fest, Nick Kroll and then ended the week on Saturday with the block party and fireworks! Fun fact, you can see the fireworks from the giant rock in front of Stonewall (which made duty so much better)! The fireworks basically wrapped up CEN for the year, meaning it’s time to say goodbye to old and hello to the new. See a pattern forming here?

CEN

CEN

I wish I had more to talk about, but my academic life has been engulfed in writing paper after paper, group presentations and studying for exams. Even though I like what I am studying, there is nothing fun about finals time.

Anyway, I can sum up this entire blog in two points:

First, to the incoming students, I promise you that within a blink of an eye you will be over the hump, halfway to graduation. Don’t let a single second slip away.

Second, to the graduating class of 2013, from the wise words of Dr. Seuss from my favorite childhood book, “kid, you’ll move mountains!” Or in our case, maybe you can just move an entire bay? Good luck and we’ll all miss you!

Just like that, another academic year came and went. Orientation 2013… here I come! See ya on the flip side, Roger!

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Beginning 2013 with a BANG!

Posted By lindsey on February 1st, 2013

As the title may suggest, this semester hasn’t started off on the quiet side. Somehow, I have managed to be here for two weeks and my clothes are still in a pile in my closet, I haven’t put anything up in my new room and my to-do lists get longer instead of shorter. For the most part I would rather be busy instead of just sitting around and not doing anything worth while, but I really just want one day to do absolutely nothing besides finally settling in and getting ahead of the game before the semester really kicks into full swing.

I came back a week early for RA training and even though my vacation ended sooner than most, I was actually looking forward to being back on campus. Yeah, I am not in London like I had hoped to be, but RWU is my home away from home… so everything happens for a reason right? All it means is that I am living vicariously through photographs on Facebook.

Classes have started… so far so good. I’ve already determined that my favorite class is my “Sociology of Disasters” course. Reading about disasters is so intriguing! (Nerd status.)  Although it is not good reading to do right before bed (unless of course I want to continue dreaming about disasters) in all seriousness–I willingly read for this course, which really should be an accomplishment in itself. But on the flip side, maybe the more I read about disasters the more I can be prepared for when something crazy happens, like a zombie apocalypse. Now if I can just get through my science lab this semester without blowing anything up that will be impressive.

Finally, CEN is busy preparing to make this semester even better than the last. It has definitely been keeping me on my toes this past week but there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be well worth it. Just wait and see what we all have in store for everyone!

Like always, I write blogs when I am avoiding the inevitable (homework). So on that note, I’m actually going to try and get stuff done before the sun rises. I think I’m going to like not having any morning classes!

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Zombie Status

Posted By lindsey on November 2nd, 2012

So sorry I have been neglecting the blogging world since the beginning of October. I promise I didn’t forget, in fact every time something worth writing about happened I thought to myself that I should blog about it…. so here I am! It was a rather hectic month in my world, and just when I thought I was going to turn into a walking zombie I realized that there was in fact a light at the end of the tunnel and I had a few days off. It was a minor miracle.

First, in case you were wondering–I made my decision on London. From the day I turned in my application, until two weeks later when I had my friend press send on an email because I couldn’t bring myself to do so, I am pretty sure I spent every last waking minute analyzing every little detail, making multiple pro and con lists, asking everyone’s opinions and then telling them they are wrong (my bad…) and flipping coins. I’m pretty sure Big Ben even ended up in a few of my dreams. I did receive an acceptance letter via email at 5:00 a.m. one morning, which was half of the battle. However, it took me until a week later at our first Wicked Weekend event, The Dark Knight Rises, to make up my mind. I wrote out a nicely worded email saying that I would in fact…. be staying here at RWU. I had finally figured out that what I have accomplished here meant more to me than studying abroad for entire semester. So, London just may have to wait for an intersession, summer session or vacation, but I will get there eventually.

The first couple weeks of October were filled with midterms, papers, no sleep and more. Every morning seemed like a constant battle to get out of bed, because chances are I had only slept for a couple of hours and every cup of coffee seemed more ineffective than the last. In reality, my mind was just constantly running a mile a minute and I was starting to become convinced that I could not possibly absorb anything else into that sponge in my head. The day I realized that I had finally completed every assignment and taken all of my midterms was the greatest. Like I said, I thought I was going to become a zombie, but it clearly wasn’t quite yet the apocalypse.

One of my favorite weekends of the year occurred this past month- Homecoming!! It began with Casino Night (which I never fail to do horribly at) followed by Midnight Madness (which actually lasted until midnight!), featuring Chicago’s Sky Squad. I thought the bonfire was going to be my favorite pep rally but now I think it is an even tie with this year’s Midnight Madness. (Go Dan, Go!) Then there was the always delicious Autumn Luncheon, Autumn Fest, St. Baldrick’s, sports games, etc. and apparently the kayaks were open, as well. Can you believe I still haven’t gone kayaking on the bay? It’s on my to-do list before I graduate.

Homecoming!

Homecoming!

And then there was the theme weekend that CEN has been planning for the entire semester. Wicked Weekend was just that… wicked. This themed weekend was unique because all of our events were homegrown instead of performers and activities being brought in from the outside. Everything began with a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” on Tuesday, followed by “Make Your Own Zombie Shirts” during the day on Thursday, the Common’s annual themed dinner and our getaway to the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. I may be a little bit biased by saying that the getaway was my favorite event, but it was the first event of the year that my committee and I planned so it was rewarding to see all of our hard work come together. The paths of the zoo were lined with thousands of intricately carved pumpkins, EVEN TITANIC ONES!

Titanic!

Titanic!

The creepy laughing tree

The creepy laughing tree

Wicked Weekend continued on with Roger’s Haunted Asylum which resulted in losing my voice. Isn’t it normal for someone to be held down in an operating room pretending to be murdered? Yes? No? CEN ended Wicked Weekend with WTF’s first annual Zombie Prom. 4 DJ’s, 2 stages, a photo booth, dirt cake, and more helped the week go out with a bang.

Oh, and what about that hurricane? Last year we had Hurricane Irene, and this year Hurricane Sandy. I had never experienced a hurricane before I went off to college on the coast. I’m used to snow/ice days being a common occurrence, but hurricane days? Though I was glad to finally pay catch up with sleep and work, it was definitely under unfortunate circumstances.

That’s all for now. This upcoming week CEN is going to NACA in Hartford, so I’m sure to have stories from that. Aside from NACA, I’m about to pick my schedule for next semester, which I am completely unprepared for. I refuse to admit that college is going by so quickly.

Talk to you once I play some more catch up,

Lindsey

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