junior at Washington College sharing my triumphs, adventures, and derps of college life. ~ written by me, Emma Way
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Spring Break in Photos

Hey guys! I’m back from my crazy long road-trip to Alabama, then to Florida, then back to Alabama, and now home :). I wrote quite a bit while I was in each place, so much so it would bore you to tears if I wrote it all here, but I’ve linked to the stories bellow in case you want to check them out. Primarily though I’m just going to tell the story of my spring break in photos! Enjoy :)

Samoa donut from Sugar Shack in Richmond, VA - read more here

Giant peach water tower called The Peachoid in Gaffney, SC - read more here

Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA - read more here

Kayla’s cat chillin’

The Aquarium Restaurant in Nashville, TN

Cathedral Caverns in Huntsville, AL

Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama - read more here

Sweet tea from Urban Cookhouse in Birmingham, AL

Enjoying the sun at our private beach in Pensacola, FL

#lemerselfie - read more here

Downtown Pensacola during Gallery Night - read more here

Top 10 Things I miss from WAC

It’s only a few days into Spring break but there are already some things I find myself missing from campus! Here is my top 10 things that I always end up missing.

1. Being busy - I’m one of those people that can’t not be busy. I flourish on having a busy schedule. If I lay around too long I literally feel sick! Spring break is a great time to relax but I just end up feeling more tense when I’m lying around! A few hours here and there are great but I don’t know how I’m going to go the whole week without a packed schedule..

2. My residents - I really like being an RA so whenever I leave campus for an extended period of time I do start to miss them! It’s so great to walk down the hall and always have at least one person that’s also around to talk to.

3. Java George smoothies - nuff said

4. WACappella - My a Cappella family is probably what made me love WAC so much when I was still adjusting last year during my first semester of college. There’s so many awesome people in WACappella and singing with them is an awesome stress reliever.

5. TV marathons - Marathons of some of favorite shows (Scandal, The Office, New Girl, House of Cards, etc) are great at any time but they are SO much more fun with my friends. Just last week I watched 43 episodes of Scandal in 5 days - impressed?

6. The Chester River

7. Maryland sunsets - I don’t know why but the sunsets in Chestertown are some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen

8. My classes - ok yeah I’m a little bit of a nerd. I really love my classes and feel a little empty without some sort of learning on the daily.

9. Weekends - Since I’m not 21 there’s not really much to do outside of my campus so I really miss having so much to do on weekends as far as parties and get togethers go.

10. The Elm - One day I’m going to run my favorite newspaper. The Elm is WAC’s only newspaper and I have been writing for it for almost two years now. I absolutely love the whole staff and feel really valued which is an awesome feeling. Can’t wait to get back into the swing of things after break.

Miss you WAC! See you in less than a week.

WAC is Back.

Washington College is not for everyone and I won’t pretend that it is. It’s small, tight-knit community, involved professors, endless opportunities, grant money galore, and the beauty of Chestertown isn’t for everyone, I guess. But in all seriousness – it’s important to find out what kind of college is best for you.

First, above all else, you need to figure out what’s most important to you. Is it small class sizes or is it location? For example if you want to major in Political Science being near Washington D.C. will probably come in handy (although not necessary at all). Or if you’re really interested in performing on Broadway one day, go to college in New York City. Or say you want to skip class a lot… WAC is not your school. Our professors care and they will not accept a student who cares less than them. College is a personal decision so make sure you know what you want before you decide to attend anywhere.

The cliché for college life is that it’s just one big party. If that’s your philosophy, WAC is also not your school. Don’t get me wrong us shoremen still get down, but that’s not most students’ number one priority. If you want to party non-stop just don’t go to college and live near a college. Then you’ll have way fewer papers to write leaving yourself more time to party it up. Saying this I am NOT trying to say that WAC isn’t fun – because trust me I’ve had more fun here than I’ve had in my entire life, but it is a different kind of lifestyle than partying every night in a big city.

Chestertown is a small town and the nightlife reflects that. If you’re looking for a Project X kind of party every weekend I wouldn’t come to WAC (there are some… but they are few and far between). Instead a typical weekend could consist of going to a party where the lights are actually on so you can talk and get to know people! There’s fun music where people dance with each other not on each other. And most importantly everyone’s welcome! There are people who chose to drink and people who chose not to, but everyone is still very much partying together. We may not be as much of a party school as UMD, but we do party like no other on May Day, Birthday Ball, and War on the Shore.

Another thing you have to consider when deciding what college is best is the academic program. Go talk to the professors and the students in any and all major/minor you’re interested in. Make sure they have what you’re looking for!

Last and definitely not least – don’t make any snap judgments. College is an adjustment. I’ve seen way to many people transfer after one semester and that’s just not the way to do it. You can’t possibly get a good enough look at a college in one semester let alone one tour. Do you research, ask questions (my email is eway2@washcoll.edu), go on more tours, discuss with friends!! Don’t make any quick judgments, but also don’t settle.

To recap….

  1.  What’s most important to you? Size, closeness to home, location, friends, academic program? Once you know this do not settle for anything less than what’s really important for you.
  2. College is not a big party (all the time). Parties is not what’s most important for getting your education.
  3. WAC has an awesome night-life, just don’t expect Project X type parties every night. Look forward to May Day, Birthday Ball, and War on the Shore.
  4. Know the academic programs of whatever school your considering. Talk to the professors and talk to the students.
  5. Take the chance to get to know the school. Don’t make snap judgments without knowing all the facts. Talk to your possible future shoremen and ask a lot of questions. 

George Says…

Happy birthday George Washington! Thank for securing freedom for Americans and also for giving all WAC students the best party of the year. That’s right, tonight is Birthday Ball - the most anticipated and rocking celebration of the year. This year the theme is Harry Potter, and although I’m not a fan of Harry Potter, I am a fan of everything birthday ball. In order to help celebrate George’s birthday I’m going to list some of my favorite quotes from him!

1. “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

2. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

3. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

4. “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

5. “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

6. “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

7. “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”

8. “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”

9. “Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

10. “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”

My Favorite Class #4: Acting 101

This high energy class is the perfect way to start my day. I have Dale Daigle as my professor and he is laid-back, funny dude. He’s really taught me, already this semester, that being weird and spontaneous is totally ok! I love this class because I can go in there, be myself, have fun, and not be weighed down by hours of work.

Right now in class we’ve been working on acting a scene. We had to get into groups of two - I actually had the pleasure of working with one of my residents! It was pretty awesome getting to know her much better :). Then last Tuesday we had to perform our short scene in front of the class for a grade. What I love about the grades though is he mostly just grades based on effort - it’s not about being a broadway quality performer and its just about getting out there and knowing your lines. I had a lot of fun on stage with just Ellen (my resident and partner). Plus we totally nailed our lines and killed it on the acting part as well.

Today’s class was especially fun because we got to act in the personalities of our characters from the scene we chose. Then once we figured out the little things our characters would say and do, the class interviewed you. I had so much fun acting like my character because I could be someone completely different and forget about all the things Emma has to do today and focus on just my character. It was strange! Like an out of body experience.

Bottom line: Dale rocks, take him for your distribution or just become a Drama major cause he’s a hoot.

#tbt Throwback to War on the Shore last year! #wcphotoaday

washcollforreal:

This is Maryland weather. At one point, it is a warm beautiful day. A few hours later, the temperature drops and it begins to snow. The good thing is that you could always expect change and the weather will most likely keep you on your toes.

Maryland weather is sooo unpredictable! Even in the summer one second it’s sunny and the next a thunderstorm with heavy rains will suddenly start. It’s crazy. Although the weather of Maryland is probably my least favorite part of Maryland, when I’m in warmer areas like California and Tanzania I do miss fuzzy scarfs and warm winter coats sometimes. It really is true, you always want what you can’t have.

Watch us watching ourselves in the music video for the first time!

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WC In One Word - SUPPORTIVE

I knew the second I stepped foot onto WAC’s campus that this was going to be my second home. I felt comfortable, I loved the feeling of having so much fresh air compared to my visit of George Washington University. I don’t know why I was so attracted to WAC because I do consider myself more of a city girl than one that can feel at ease in a rural community - I need more excitement than that. I think I knew WAC was for me when I walked onto campus and was instantly greeted like they were expecting me (and they were, but it certainly wasn’t like that at any other college tour). My tour was one on one and she really got the chance to get to know me. I felt like everyone around me wanted me there; I felt supported. Although some of that freshman year awe has faded, this college is just as supportive of me (and in fact the support has grown) since my first step on campus. 

A huge aspect of the support I receive is from my professors. I have a few professors in particular who are constantly looking out for my best interest. They know all I want to do is travel so they send me numerous emails every day listing various opportunities to travel around the world on a college student’s budget. Dr. Shad, my advisor and international studies professor, made it possible for me not once but twice to travel to places I could have never dreamed of before. Dr. Shad single handedly found me a dozen grants to apply to and off I went a month later to spend two months in Tanzania. It was the most amazing time of my life. Then just two months after I got home I was off to Morocco for a conference on the Muslim World. Truly amazing. Another very supportive professor is Dr. Lampman, an anthropology professor here, who actually went on the Tanzania trip and took the time to send me an email after he had left Tanzania and I was still there to ask me how things were going. He is a pro at sending emails that always make me feel very supported in my education. Just a couple weeks ago he emailed both my boyfriend and myself reminding us that the Cater Society application was due soon and that he would be happy to write us both recommendation letters. That’s an excellent professor right there. Thank you both! For any prospective students you MUST take a class with at least one of these professors - they’re both phenomenal professors and amazing advisors (more like life-coaches). 

Then there’s the friends I’ve made while I’ve been here and they are equally as supportive. Of course the people you are friends with the first week of college are probably not going to be the people you’re still friends with by your sophomore year, but I am amazed by how so many of my first friends are still so supportive of me.

My one friend Anna texted me on the morning after my boyfriend left for South Africa (for study abroad) and offered some words of encouragement assuring me that everything was going to be ok. I almost cried when I read it because it made me feel so much better and much less alone. Thanks Anna :).

Then I have my two best friends who I actually met in Tanzania - Zee and Kayla! Our support for one another is more silent, transferred through supportive glances and long hugs, but equally as meaningful and they have made my sophomore year the best year yet. These two I can always count whether it’s The Office marathons or building a fort (yes we really did build a fort). I love you guys and thank you!! 

Then there’s my boyfriend, Dom, but if I try to put into words how supportive he is of me it would be way too mushy gushy that the whole world would roll their eyes, so I’ll just keep this more to myself. But I miss you and love you so so much!

Washington College is not just a place to receive an exceptional education, its a home. It’s my second family, actually strike that it’s my extended family - they all blend together now. Thank you WAC for being so supportive, it makes this whole college thing effortless!