My Overflowing Planner

It feels like once I cross one thing off my to do list, I add three things (rinse and repeat). Week after week I’m insanely busy and I am just longing for May 9th when everything can be done. As much as I love it here, this time of year is simply horrible and you can tell. Seniors, trying to finish their thesis, don’t shower and show up to dinner with a disheveled look that says “I’ve been in the library for the past 34 hours.” First year students, during this last couple week push of assignments, finally understand the meaning of being busy. And me? Well I don’t even have time to eat, let alone sleep. It also doesn’t help that it’s allergy season and I’m coming down with a cold. Fun stuff! <— complete sarcasm

I do have some things to look forward to, which are really helping me make it through this week.

One, for my Journalism Practicum class we’re going out to eat on Thursday all fo’ free. Hollaaa

Two, WACappella is performing at Apollo Night on Thursday right after the dinner with my class. Then we’re going to have our last rehearsal before our dress rehearsal! Eeeek!

Three, Flock Out and prospective students that are 10th and 11th graders have their open house on Saturday. 

Four, Going to the beach on Sunday with my best friend Zee, then the WACappella dress rehearsal.

ALSO… I’M LEAVING FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN 18 DAYS.

Can’t wait to see this handsome fellow :)

Advice to Future Elm Reporters

As a rising junior I have been selected as the new Student Life editor for next fall! Unfortunately I can’t remain an editor for the following spring because I’ll be studying abroad in Italy. From my two years as being a report for The Elm, I’ve learned a lot. Not just about AP Style, but also about getting a story to be a fair, informative, and catching brief of what happened. Here are some tips I have for any aspiring reporter for The Elm (and beyond):

  1. Be honest - I tend to write a lot of the crime pieces for The Elm, which requires a writer that is trustworthy. My sources know me as an honest writer that is not going to blow the story out of proportion and this is key. Over the two years I’ve been on staff I’ve developed a list of people I can always go to for griping quotes and accurate information and in turn they come to me with the stories. Jerry Roderick, director of Public Safety, is always emailing me ideas for what the Elm should cover and I have a close working relationship with the Chief of Chestertown Police Department, because he knows I won’t butcher the story. 
  2. There is no such thing as using the word “alleged” too much. In these crime pieces I often feel as though I overuse the word alleged, but in reality there’s no such thing. With the sensitive topic of all of these pieces it’s important that you never ever accuse someone when they haven’t been formally charged. It’s not fair to assume that the person reporting the crime is always telling the truth. All of this comes back to making sure that you’re just telling the hard facts, not adding any of your own bias.
  3. Make yourself known as a reporter. When your friends know you write for the Elm they will tell you all the woes and joys about WC and in turn you’ll find some awesome stories. Always keep your ears and eyes open.
  4. Do not piss off Melissa. The Elm advisor, Melissa, is a little scary when she’s mad. Although she’s never been mad at me, I’ve seen her get quite furious at other writers and let me tell you, you don’t want to be in their shoes. That being said, follow the rules and you’ll be fine.
  5. Follow “the rules”. I say this, but yet there’s not a lot of rules. Basically honesty is key. This and turn in your article on time. Don’t make up stuff and submit it to your editors on time. Do this and you will be ok.
  6. Always say yes! Sometimes I end up writing three stories in one week, but that’s ok because I am getting the experience I need to be successful one day. When some one asks me to do a really high-profile piece (for WAC’s standards) about mold making people sick, of course I said yes! If you do need a week off, however, give your editors at least one weeks notice. 

My Favorite Part of the Week - Scandal

It’s really sad because my favorite part of the week, watching Scandal every Thursday @10 is now over :(. It wasn’t just the tv show that made this part of my week the best, it was my two great friends that I’d always watch it with (sometimes more). We’d laugh and cry and cringe over every episode. It was our time to relax. Now I’m just sad because last night was the season finale and they both won’t be around next fall (one is graduating, one is studying abroad). :( So sad. But watching Scandal will always be a fond memory I have here at WAC, we did watch 40 episodes in four days one time so that’s something to be proud of.

(my hero- Olivia Pope)

Questions to ask on your college tour!

  1. Where is the best place to study on campus? - You are here to learn so there’s gotta be a good place to study… duh! My favorite place to study is kind of boring.. it’s my room. I actually love my desk. When it’s warm outside though, I love hanging out and doing my work on the Green.
  2. What does a typical weekend look like? - In addition to classwork you have to know how to have fun on the weekends. My typical weekend usually starts with an episode of Scandal or the Office and then slowly transitions to a night of dancing with my good friendimage
  3. What is your least favorite thing about WAC? - This one is important because nothing is perfect and in order to effectively balance your pros and cons this is necessary. My least favorite thing about WAC is that there’s a lot of people who don’t go to any of the events. I do wish that campus was more involved, for example we bring awesome bands to campus and only 100 (or less) people will go.
  4. What’s your major? - Get to know your tour guide and the students around you! The best way to get a grasp of whatever school you’re touring is to figure out what students are like. Do they have similar interests than you and can you see yourself fitting in on campus? My major is political science as I’ve mentioned many times before (I have a concentration in African Studies and a minor in Anthropology and English).
  5. What’s your favorite thing about WAC? - This kind of goes along with the one above. My favorite thing at WAC are my friends and the people. I have made such great friends and there’s never a dull moment.image
  6. What’s your favorite place downtown? - When going to college it’s not just about the campus, the downtown is also vitally important. Check out Chestertown downtown because it has so much to offer than you would ever imagine in such a small town. My personal favorite is Empty Hangers, a thrift shop on Cannon St.
  7. Who’s your favorite professor and why? - It’s always good to know that professors don’t suck to be blunt. It’s also important to know which professors to take and which not to take. My favorite is probably Dr. Shad or Dr. Lampman, but Dr. Schindler, Dale, and Dubrow are also awesome. 
  8. What are you involved in? - Ask this question not so much because you’re super interested in what your tour guide does, but to know what is offered on campus. Odds are your tour guide is very involved because it kind of comes with the job. My answer to that question? - What am I not involved in?!
  9. How can I write for a school newspaper and get paid? - Shameless plug to check out the campus newspaper, The Elm.
Relay for Life is only 4 days away! You know it&#8217;s coming up when everything is purple. The whole dining hall is decked out purple not to mention the little flags outside of Hodson which are also purple. Purple is the color for relay and I just love seeing the whole campus rally together for the same cause. Around relay time it&#8217;s really clear how much everyone supports each other by just the pure amount of people that participate in relay. We have a small campus but we have so many people that participate and it&#8217;s not just students, faculty and staff are all there too! Dining services even has it&#8217;s own team! I just can&#8217;t wait!!

Relay for Life is only 4 days away! You know it’s coming up when everything is purple. The whole dining hall is decked out purple not to mention the little flags outside of Hodson which are also purple. Purple is the color for relay and I just love seeing the whole campus rally together for the same cause. Around relay time it’s really clear how much everyone supports each other by just the pure amount of people that participate in relay. We have a small campus but we have so many people that participate and it’s not just students, faculty and staff are all there too! Dining services even has it’s own team! I just can’t wait!!

Beautiful day on campus yesterday :). I was finally able to do my work outside on the green. I also took a nice walk down to the water :). I wish the weather could stay like this forever, but it’s already back to being gross and rainy!