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’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!!

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!!

Sophomore Year Bucket List

With only one more month of school it’s really hit me that I’m almost halfway through my college career. This time next year I’ll be in Italy and be a rising senior. That’s just crazy talk.. To really enjoy this end of the year fully I’ve created a bucket list of things I want to do before the end of my sophomore year (I’m making it a little flexible to include somethings in the summer).

  1. Layout my very own section in the Elm
  2. Go kayaking
  3. Take a trip to DC
  4. Donate my hair to Relay for Life
  5. Have a picnic down by the water
  6. Do all my homework for the week the weekend before and just enjoy a stress-free week
  7. Study for all my finals starting at least a week in advance
  8. Give someone a tour around campus (I’m not a tour guide so I don’t know how this would work, but I’ve always wanted to give someone a tour!)
  9. Recruit new writers to my section on the newspaper 
  10. Talk to a prospective student and help them with their college search
  11. Hold an event for the Anti-Human Trafficking Club, which I am now in charge of.
  12. Get a 4.0 this semester
  13. Secure a summer job in California
  14. Write three times a week for my travel blog
  15. May day
  16. Go to more SEB events because they’re free and awesome, but for some reason I don’t make it to the majority of them
  17. The Office Marathon
  18. Read a pleasure book
  19. Find the time to relax
  20. Sing and dance in front of a large audience during my solo of “Happy” at our WACappella concert.
  21. Not get locked out of my room anymore
  22. Do my homework on the green at least once a week
  23. Spend lots of quality time with my friends who are graduating :’(
  24. Have my work published in Smart Girls Group magazine
  25. Travel out of the country
  26. Eat sushi
  27. Enjoy every second!

I hope you enjoyed my random list as much as I’ve enjoyed my sophomore year :).

Weekend Festivities

So excited for tomorrow! First off, Saturdays are always awesome no matter what the weekend because I can actually get a break. Although my definition of a break is getting time to catch up on homework… but hey it does relieve stress for me to actually sit down and get caught up on all my work and maybe even get ahead!

Secondly, all the admitted students are coming tomorrow which is super exciting! I’m not just saying that because I work for admissions, I am genuinely excited to see all the new faces that I could be in classes or clubs with next year! Also I’m ready to recruit some writers for the student newspaper, The Elm, so be ready! I’ve heard that the class of 2018 has the potential to be one of the largest classes yet, which makes me really excited for a multitude of reasons. One, because budgets got seriously slashed and tuition got seriously increased this year primarily because of the low enrollment. There was simply too many empty rooms and not enough income. Two, because I love Washington College and this new class, because of how big it’s expected to be, is the future driving force in maintaining this place that I call my second home.

The third reason I’m so excited for this weekend is the Andy Grammer concert! I love Andy Grammer and I even convinced my friend from home to come down and see it with me. I went out and bought an air mattress even! I’m so excited to see my good friend and Andy Grammer. The concert is going to be awesome because they’re doing everything in their power to pack the audience, which is great because a lot of times concerts are disappointingly empty. It sucks when our school spends so much money on a concert that no one goes to. So this year they’re giving admitted students free tickets to see the concert along with whatever student is hosting them. What a great idea - it’s going to make the concert that much better. Plus I can’t wait to party with all the new students! Yay!

Ok overly-energetic rant over. :)

15 College Tips

  1. Don’t be afraid to go to the dining hall even if you’re not going with someone. Make new friends! It’s really easy at WAC :).
  2. Get to know your professors. They are experts in their field and they know A LOT of people. People that could possibly get you internships or jobs in the future. Or flat out money…
  3. Don’t half ass your work. I don’t we’re all pressed for time, but you will get so much more out of your college experience if you really put 100% into every assignment. Ok maybe not every assignment, but the big ones. Be proud of the work you put out.
  4. Skipping a reading here and there is ok. When it comes down to you want to make memories in college not just get to know the library. Although you may be thinking #3 and 4 contradict, they don’t. I’m talking about little reading assignments here, which yes are great if you have the time to read them, but sometimes professors’ expectations are a little ridiculous so you shouldn’t stress yourself out over a chapter here or there.
  5. Never settle for anything less than you deserve. This can be applied to some many parts of the college experience, so I’m just going to leave this up for interpretation.
  6. Limit how often you go home. For some this isn’t a problem because you live so far away, but for me at least I really had to be careful with how much I went home. If you go home every weekend you’re really missing a huge chunk of college - in fact you’re missing the fun part!
  7. Take advantage of free stuff - WAC has so much free stuff to offer whether it’s kayaking on the Chester River or a shuttle to the Annapolis mall or just a concert! Participate in these things so that the college will continue offering them.
  8. Go downtown. Washington College is not all that Chestertown has to offer. There’s some great shops and restaurants, not to mention the waterfront. Whenever I go downtown I’m instantly in a better mood - I highly recommend it.
  9. Finish your distribution classes first. Learn from my mistakes and get those out of the way. I’m struggling to get into some honor societies, like Cater Society, now because I’m still finishing up my distribution. Your major classes can wait, get those horrible math classes out of the way first.
  10. Travel abroad. At least once, preferably more. Experiences abroad have changed my life for the better and now I just never want to stop traveling.
  11. Reach out to younger students or even prospective students. It feels really great to help my residents in whatever they may need around campus as well as reaching out prospective students and helping them guide their college search. It’s just a great way to help WAC stay wonderful.
  12. Do your homework in Hodson instead of the library. As long as you have nothing pressing try doing your homework in a more public place! I’ve found that it’s a great way to just say a quick hello to passing by people and you’ll be more involved with your friends’ lives by doing this. For example if you were hiding away in a library cubicle you probably wouldn’t see anyone, but if you’re in Hodson someone walks by and sees you and then invites you to come to a party that weekend or to DC. It’s just a great way to be more involved with minimal effort. Plus it’s a great location - near all the food.
  13. Go to sports games! I wish a did this more because a lot of the teams have being doing really well and it’s a great way to hang out with people. Plus it’s free!
  14. Join a gazillion clubs.
  15. Have fun and make your own list of rules to live by. These are just my experiences but everyone is going to feel different so remember that.

10-19madridista asked:

Hi, I saw that you helped create a club for raising awareness about human trafficking. I am a sophomore at St. John's university in New York and have been looking to start a club like this since last semester. I was hoping you could give me some pointers on how to go about starting this. Thanks!!

Definitely!! Well I was actually originally the treasurer and then our president quit so I took over sooooo I’d say be ready to devote A LOT of time into the group to get it started. Put flyers up everywhere about meetings and send out millions of email blasts to the campus. Finally what I’m doing with my group is offering an internship in probably Thailand (not certain yet) next January for two weeks to volunteer at an NGO related to Human Trafficking. Also I did the same thing you’re doing, spoke to other groups. That’s always helpful. Hope that helps and maybe our groups could do something together one day!