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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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Why Hello There, Sophomore Year. Nice to Finally Meet You.

Posted By lindsey on September 4th, 2012

Even though a small part of me wonders where summer went and how it’s possible that I am already back in Rhode Island, I am thrilled to be back in my home away from home.

Two weeks ago I filled every last inch of my car with stuff that I insisted I needed for my first apartment. My car is not that big, so luckily my parents were kind enough to drive down with everything else a week later. I, of course, still had to make a few Target runs because there was no way my roommate and I were about to let our apartment look bland. Though there are still bags that need to be unpacked I love coming home to something other than just a normal dorm room. Even though I am a couple of miles of campus, I absolutely love living in Almeida and we even have a walk in closet!

Next mission, though… find a job that could somehow fit in my crazy schedule.

The reason I came back to campus two weeks ago is because of Late and International Orientation. There was quite a large number of incoming students at this orientation, in fact way more than I had ever anticipated. Everything more or less went off without a hitch, but now I am pretty sure the true test of my abilities will come in to play. Can I remember all of my orientees names? No probably not. Can I at least remember their faces? I can sure try. The challenge starts now. (Actually, a week ago as I was moving one of my student’s futons up to the 5th floor of the residence hall…)

The Fun Kids

The Fun Kids

Classes began last Wednesday, which basically means that reality set in. Sometimes it feels like I am on campus so much doing other things not related to academics that I forget what I am here for. I was reminded over the summer though when I had to purchase ten textbooks… Anyway, I started off my first sociology class well by arriving 20 minutes late after thinking I could get from my apartment, down Metacom Ave., find a parking spot in J-Lot, and walk to CAS within 20 minutes. For future reference, it’s not possible.  After finally making it to CAS I then walked into the wrong classroom (late…) which was extremely awkward. Eventually, I found my class in a completely different building and made the walk of shame into the CORRECT classroom. Good first impression, huh? Other than that, I am hoping that I will enjoy all of my classes this semester especially considering I took on a sixth course. It’s always go go go in my world!

Back to the fun stuff. CEN!

1,2,3 Weekend finished up yesterday with an amazing performance by Stephanie Coplan and We The Kings. The weather couldn’t have been better and there was a great turn out- I wish I knew the final count! The only downside is now I have the line “Check Yes Juliet” stuck in my head and am driving everyone crazy because I can’t stop humming the tune. But hey, I don’t have a problem with it. :) CEN’s Arts & Culture chair played The Avengers on Saturday night, and even though it unfortunately had to be moved into the field house due to weather approximately 220 students showed up to watch the action film. I really don’t like movies, and yet I only got up once and didn’t fall asleep! That is basically a new record for me. Oh! And of course we had Arden Myrin on campus on Friday night! Did you know that she is from Rhode Island?!

We The Kings

We The Kings

That is all I have for now. Have a good week everyone and happy fall!

PS- HI CAROL!!!

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It’s Not “Goodbye”… Just “See You Later”

Posted By lindsey on July 12th, 2012

First, please accept my apologies for not writing as soon as orientation was over. The last week of orientation was without a doubt a memorable one, and since I have been home I have found myself missing 45 of my new best friends or trying to catch up on my lack of sleep. I haven’t been 100% sure about what I want to write about, but the more I wait the more I forget the little details of that week, so here it goes!

On June 24th, six OAs and two professional staff members ventured with Swoop to Fenway Park! It was Rhode Island appreciation day and Swoop, along with the Salve Regina mascot were invited to go to the Red Sox game and also go onto the field with Wally the Green Monster. Even though I have lived in New England my entire life, I had never been to a Red Sox get let alone gone on the actual field! Without a doubt, that was the best first Red Sox game at Fenway that I could have possibly experienced. Go Sox!

Me & Swoop at Fenway Park

Me & Swoop at Fenway Park

RWU at Fenway

RWU at Fenway

Thursday of that week was our last themed dinner. The last dinner we all have together is formal, and this year we were lucky enough to have it at Leo’s. The evening was full of harmless mischief (if you ever meet Sean Thompson, ask what we did to him when he gave a speech… here’s a hint “#swag”), laughter, tears and an OA version of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.

523438_10150952959061785_813397572_nLater that week, after all of our orientations were over, we took the trolley (yes…. I do mean the trolley) and a shuttle up to the Wrentham outlets and then continued on to our vice presidents house for a pool party. I am happy to say that 45 of us got in and out of there without breaking anything (or stealing the adorable dog…)! To top off an eventful day, everyone piled back in the trolley and shuttle and started the drive back to RWU, with a much needed pit stop at Eskimo King. :)

We spent our last weekend on campus working on our Fourth of July float. In 2011 it won Best in Parade and considering Bristol has the oldest Fourth of July celebrations in the country, there was no pressure to win it again. Ha. Though sometimes working on the float seemed tedious, and there was always a desire to do everything perfectly, the end result was phenomenal.

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The float outside of Cedar Hall

What do I mean by phenomenal? I mean that we were all outside the float and ready to go by 5:45 in the morning that way we could get to Colt State Park in time to be considered for judging. Even though that didn’t start for another couple of hours, we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of the judges and most importantly the results. And then the time came…

The judges finished analyzing every float and came to decisions on awards. At this point we were all standing around our float watching to see what everyone else was winning since the judges just “skipped” over us making it seem like we didn’t win anything. Rumor has it they just happened to “skip” over the float last year as well. We didn’t want to get our hopes up, but after hours of working on the float all we wanted to do was bring back Best in Parade to the university for a second year. And guess what….? WE DID IT!!!! I am pretty convinced that our excitement was so loud that we woke up anyone in the area who wasn’t awake yet, and made every one around us think we were crazy… but that’s okay, right?! :)

BEST IN PARADE!

BEST IN PARADE!

522152_10151257380694689_194582530_nAfter that we walked in the parade with 125,000 people lining the streets, which is one of the coolest things that I have ever done. 3.1 miles later and it was over, which meant that orientation was also over and once we took apart the float we were “free to move about the cabin…” All that there was left to do was pack…

However, we needed to get one last adventure in before going our separate ways. I don’t actually know exactly where the nine of us went, so I suppose it’s a good thing that I trusted who we were following. All I do know is that it involved wandering through the woods at night and cliffs. Yes, I know none of what I just said sounded like a good idea, but it turned into one of the best nights of my summer. These cliffs had at least a 180 degree view of the bay, but probably even more than that. It was pretty warm out on the fourth, so as we sat on the cliffs we saw so many beautiful sights. On one side of the bay was heat lightning that was so intense you could see more than just flashes, but streaks of lightning that reflected onto the bay. Across from the heat lightning on the other side of the bay was an orange rising moon that was moving at such a fast pace that it almost seemed like you could actually see it in motion. Between Tiverton, RI and the power plant in Fall River, MA (so all around the bay) were multiple fireworks shows. At one point we could pinpoint at least seven different shows going on at once in different towns, along with random fireworks here and there. Heat lightning, fireworks and an orange moon all reflecting on the bay at once… there is no other way I could have imagined ending the Fourth of July and my five weeks in Rhode Island. It’s times like these that I wish I had a camera that took pictures of exactly what I saw, that way I could show just how unbelievable it really was.

Overall, yes I was at school because it was my job. And yes my job was to make incoming freshmen and their families feel welcome and comfortable coming to our university. That itself was rewarding, but I didn’t originally expect my summer to be so much more than that. Everyday was a new adventure, and there were always surprises hidden around every corner. I finally understood what every past Orientation Advisor had told me about what it was like being an OA. It meant that I was going to have the best summer of my life, and that I was going to leave the experience with 45 best friends and more connections to the university than ever before. And you know what, being an OA was just that… the time of my life.

Have an amazing summer and I’ll be back soon!

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Think BIG!

Posted By lindsey on July 2nd, 2012

Hello again!

I am excited to write this blog as we have been keeping busy and having a lot of fun since training commenced. I recently went home for the weekend for a graduation, and it’s still really weird to think that this time last year that I was in those shoes. So many things have happened in my life since then whether expected or not, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

On the weekends when we are not working on the float, we are free to do whatever we please… like sleep… on the beach. Last Sunday a group of us went down to Newport and relaxed on the beach, in the ocean and walked the cliff walk. Though there was a red tide, that didn’t stop us from diving into the water to cool off, and surprisingly enough it wasn’t that cold. There is really nothing better than spending the day on a sandy beach with some of your closest friends, especially in Newport.

Newport

Newport

The Saturday before that we decided to go up to WaterFire Providence. There was also a Portuguese festival going on the same night with a concert and dancing. WaterFire was really neat, and attracted a huge crowd. We discovered that you can rent a gondola and roast marshmallows by the fire as long as you bring your own equipment, but we’re college students and didn’t have $160 to do so… Instead we took crazy pictures, sat on the edge of the water and listened to people yell at us to not fall in, and danced at the Portuguese festival even though none of us were Portuguese. That night still sticks out in my mind as one of my favorite nights of orientation.

Concert

Concert

Two weeks ago our Traditions committee decorated the commons for our jungle themed dinner. There were many of us who dressed up in cheetah print, and those who went all out by actually wearing a costume that looked as if they were riding on top of a stuffed tiger. Even though we probably looked ridiculous, motivational dinners are one of the most fun activities that we do.

Jungle Dinner!

Jungle Dinner!

Tuesday began our orientations, starting with transfer. I will admit I was really nervous to work with students for the first time, especially knowing that most of them were probably the same age as me if not older than I was. And on top of that, they have all already had some sort of college experience. Luckily it went well and I felt prepared to work with a larger group of incoming students the next day. However, I was assigned to family staff the next day and my nerves resurfaced. I was so worried about working my first orientation ever and having to interact with parents, and I was nervous that I may have an answer that a family member didn’t want to hear. Every returner told me that it wasn’t as bad as I was making it out to be, and in the end it was actually a of fun. If anything, the parents seemed to be just as nervous about college as I was when I was an incoming freshman, and all they wanted to hear about were my experiences and how my family and I got through. In the end I just had to trust in my training and understand that I was in fact capable of representing the university. After session 1, I would gladly work with families any day. They all seemed truly understanding and grateful to have students to help put their minds at ease.

Session 1 was tiring and I was so happy to be able to get some rest before going home for a graduation. Last week was a busy one as we had 4 days full of orientation. I had the opportunity to work with students both sessions, all of whom were enthusiastic about being here at RWU. It’s kind of a cool feeling to think that the first glimpse of life at school is at orientations, and we as OAs are responsible for making the incoming freshmen feel welcome.

Tomorrow I am going to a Red Sox game to represent RWU with some fellow OAs, and Monday/Tuesday is our last orientation. Where did the time go?!

Hanging around

Hanging around

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“On Your Own But Not Alone”- Orientation 2012

Posted By lindsey on June 14th, 2012

Hi everyone!!

I am sorry that it has been a month since I wrote my last blog. I took a couple of weeks off for summer, I had a little bump in the road and orientation training has been keeping me busy. But I’m back now!

Like I said, orientation training has been keeping me on my toes whether we’re in sessions learning about every last inch of the University or working on our float for the Bristol 4th of July parade. Apparently our float won “Best in Parade” last year, but no pressure for this year, right?! For the past two weeks we have been busily preparing for the first arrival of the incoming class of 2016. It’s exciting being on the other side of a place where I was just a year ago. What’s interesting is that when I was at orientation last year I didn’t enjoy myself much, and now I am an Orientation Advisor myself. But here’s my reasoning…

As an incoming freshman who had only graduated high school 24 hours prior to the first day of orientation, I was still extremely shy and perfectly content not playing icebreakers with fellow freshmen that I hadn’t met before. My OAs were great, however I was still completely out of my comfort zone. Orientation was all about meeting new people and having fun, and I basically shut myself out of that. However, somehow within a year I stopped being so shy, and now in fact when I tell people that I was always really shy no one believes me which is sort of amusing. That being said, one of the things that I am looking forward to the most in being an Orientation Advisor is to be able to work with those students who were just like me because I hope that I will understand where they are coming from and be able to use my past experience to help them adjust.

Anyway, we moved in May 28th, spend one night on campus and then went camping. Funny story about that- I am from NH…surrounded by nature… and yet my version of camping is staying in a cabin with running water, heat, electricity, cable, etc. Our cabins however had no electricity, heat, water or anything and we had to walk to the “bath house”. Oh, and it rained and we had a tornado watch… no big deal. Basically, I was completely out of my element yet enjoying it. We spent both days outside getting sunburned, but honestly it was a great experience even if nature was all over me. We Orientation Advisors have three “families” that we are broken up into, and those families were who we spent our two days with. Through crazy activities, high ropes, and summer camp meals our OA staff bonded with each other within a matter of 48 hours. In a nutshell, it was a lot of fun.

The high ropes

The high ropes

The gang!

The gang!

The following week was our last full week of training. It was still full of sessions from different departments at RWU, that way we were more than prepared to answer questions that will be coming at us in the next few days.

That’s all for now. I know it’s short but I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that I didn’t forget to write! Stay tuned for the next one! (I promise it will be more detailed and fun)

Sneak Peek:

  • Jungle Themed Dinner
  • Newport Beach
  • Transfer Orientation and Orientation Session 1
  • Water Fire
  • Other surprises!!
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Freedom Lies in Zipcars

Posted By lindsey on February 27th, 2012

I thought that as a freshman I was going to be stuck on campus since we aren’t allowed to have cars until our sophomore year, but the University brought in this neat little company that has made traveling so much easier! Yes, there is the RIPTA which for the most part will take us anywhere we may need to go, but I didn’t grow up with public transportation so I am always that awkward person that clearly has no idea what they are doing and obviously doesn’t want to be sitting on a bus. But now, I can avoid the RIPTA by using a Zipcar! The RIPTA is more economically friendly (since freshmen receive free bus passes), but I can go anywhere I want whenever I want with Zipcar. It’s nice to know that I can just make a reservation and drive to places such as the grocery store or even out of state. Convenient, isn’t it? Yesterday I drove to my grandparents’ house in Massachusetts, had lunch with them, and came back with plenty of sweets :).

Enough about that, let’s move on to the fun and exciting news and events.

Remember how in my last blog I mentioned being at Baypoint for Orientation Advisor group process and that I was going to receive a decision soon? Well, I picked up my letter on the 17th at noon from Student Programs & Leadership and…. I GOT THE POSITION!!! I was so unbelievably excited that I had a smile on my face from ear to ear for the rest of the day. So, I’ll be spending some of my summer here at Roger Williams training, having fun, and meeting the incoming freshmen. Yayyy!!! Those nerves are gone now, but I’m still waiting until tomorrow for my RA decision. (Crossing my fingers for that one as well!)

As if I haven’t put enough on my plate already, I recently was initiated into Phi Alpha Delta- an academic/professional Pre-Law fraternity with a chapter here on campus. The membership came with a bunch of benefits that I’ll not only use now, but also when I apply to law school in a few years.

Oh, and there is also SOAR, which is a two hour class every Tuesday night that, in this stage, teaches us about ourselves and how others see us in order to help us gain leadership skills for the future.

On Friday evening Mike Super, a magician/illusionist, came to campus to perform. After sitting at a CEN table all week and watching his promotional video play everyday, I thought that maybe when I saw him in person then I would finally be able to figure out all of his tricks… but no such luck… at all. I wonder if he would tell me how he dropped a full size bowling ball out of a pad of paper? Or how he made a paper rose go up into flames and have it suddenly turn into a real rose? My mind was, and still is, blown. Seriously, he was fascinating!

Also, I wanted to apologize for not writing a blog in a couple of weeks. The amount of schoolwork I have had to do recently is absolutely insane, but then again I had such a light work load my first semester that maybe I deserved this… ?? I’ve been trying to juggle everything that I mentioned above, and finally I have a little bit of time to breathe! Knock on wood.

Until next time!!! (Preferably sooner than two weeks from now…)

-Lindsey

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