junior at Washington College sharing my triumphs, adventures, and derps of college life. ~ written by me, Emma Way
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For me having a campus job was one of those necessities, because of my finances and travel plans, but I consider myself lucky for having the opportunity to work so many jobs. I presently have six campus jobs - this, Safe Ride, RA, Phonathon, tour guide at Customs House and writing for The Elm plus my off-campus job as an assistant manager at A Storage Depot.

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What’s great about having so many jobs is that’s six times the connections. I have gotten to know so many people and they have gotten to know me - they’ve all seen my excellent work ethic and now I have at least six new references. Having seven part time jobs (six on campus), although, takes a lot of planning and it’s pretty much impossible if you’re disorganized. The first thing to remember is that with more jobs means the less involved you can be in clubs so that is a downside. The second thing to remember is not to stretch yourself too thin, make sure you still have one day to relax a week because you’ll need that time to get caught up. Finally chose your jobs wisely. Say one job requires you more or less to sit there waiting for customers that rarely come - DO THAT. That provides you a paid study hall where you gain connections and get your homework done at the same time. 

I’ve really enjoyed most of my jobs, but remember to quit if they’re really not working out. People are really understanding about college student’s crazy schedule with homework, clubs, eating, sleeping, other jobs, etc. They know it can be a lot and they are understanding. 

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Something I highly recommend is becoming an RA and/or working for Safe Ride because both of them the work you do on the weekends at night. Although it means I have to give up a couple nights a month of when I could be going to a party, it’s worth it. Safe Ride pays $10 an hour and it’s a generally fun job! With my RA position it doesn’t pay spectacularly, but I have made some of the most awesome friends through it.

Even if you really don’t have to work, work anyway! You’ll make awesome connections, have some nice spending money, and maybe even get paid to do your homework!

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Getting Back Into The Swing of Things

Coming back after a long break is a struggle. My brain feels like silly putty after a day of classes - four in a row as a matter of fact. I walked into my class of the day, Statistics, and usually I nail it in there thanks to high school AP Stat, but today I instantly wanted to run back out.

It could also have to do with the fact that my other blog - my travel blog that I’m developing to hopefully have an income through by the time I study abroad in a year - is really taking off. It feels like a full-time job with all the things I’m doing for it: creating a twitter, a different tumblr, a new gmail email address, Facebook page, everything… it’s a lot to handle on a full class schedule. 

Anyways back to math. It sucks. Although statistics is my favorite math thus far it’s still rough especially when I haven’t done it in so long. Usually I’m one to raise my hand often and confidently for all the answers, today I was raising it for all the questions. Derp.

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.

There was a chalk board in the bathroom of the Sugar Shack (a donut shop I just stopped at) so I decided to represent WAC!

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.”

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.

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