Posts Tagged ‘Newport’

Think BIG!

Posted By 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

Faaaaaammmmmmmiiiiilllllllllllly!

Posted By on November 9th, 2011

On Friday the 21st (yes I know I am a week behind) I got to see my FAMILY! Well, my Mom and Grandparents at least. They picked me up and we went down to Newport for the day to tour the mansions and explore downtown. Let me just say, I knew they were big, but I was still surprised as to how big. Also, who would have such a big place that they only lived in for the summer to entertain? It must be nice to have that kind of money…

Which one is your favorite? I liked The Breakers the best, but the Rosecliff had the prettiest yard.

Rosecliff

Rosecliff

The Breakers

The Breakers

The Elms

The Elms

Marble House

Marble House

After we explored the Newport Mansions we went out to dinner at Flo’s Clam Shack. The food there was really good, which is saying something considering I don’t enjoy seafood much. Then again, I loaded my fish with tartar sauce that way I couldn’t really taste the haddock. My whole entire family loves seafood, so sometimes I wonder if I’m adopted and they just haven’t told me yet. Just kidding. My favorite part about the restaurant was the buzzer we got to inform us when our food was ready. It was a lobster!!! Sometimes the smallest things fascinate me the most. Who cares if I am an adult, that doesn’t mean I always have to act like one, right??

lobster

Flo’s Clam Shack Buzzer

MIDNIGHT MADNESS 2011!!!!

Everyday I’m Hollerin’

I learned a very valuable lesson during Midnight Madness. Our sports teams are absolutely full of spirit! And two girls, no matter how hard they try, are not capable of holding back the rest of the girls at RWU from wanting to run across the gym and visit the Wrestling Team. I did in fact have some forewarning, but it’s one of those things that just can’t be understood until you experience it for yourself. Needless to say, it was hectic.

Overall, though, Midnight Madness was a lot of fun. Everyone was full of school spirit, and like at every major event there were free t-shirts. I think I have mentioned it before, but our student body goes crazy for free t-shirts. Want to hear what I think the best part of the night was??

MY GRANDFATHER CAUGHT A T-SHIRT!! I was so proud. Go Grandpa!

The next morning my mother, grandparents and I explored Bristol before going to the Homecoming Luncheon and Autumn Festival. It was during our exploration that I finally experienced Sip-N-Dip coffee. I finally understand what everyone on campus is raving about. Sip-N-Dip coffee is delicious!

Goal: Try every flavor of Sip-N-Dip coffee.

Afterward, I wasn’t very hungry, but many people told me that the Homecoming Luncheon is one of the best that we have. I’m not so sure I agree with them, but I did have some amazing pumpkin ravioli! It was extremely rich and tasted like dessert, and was so good that I kept eating more. Yummmmmm!

At the Autumn Festival I made sand art for my brother inside of a plastic dinosaur bottle. Once again, just because I’m adult doesn’t mean I always have to act like one. :)

We went shopping in the university bookstore because my grandparents wanted some RWU apparel to show off. It also ended up being a good time to give my family Christmas ideas. After all, I am a “poor college student”…

~~~~~Fast forward to Sunday brunch~~~~~

My mom had to go back home on Saturday night, so it was just my grandparents and me at Sunday brunch. All of the Bon Appétit staff looked very formal, but I had to convince my grandparents that no, they don’t always wear button down shirts, vests and bow ties. In fact, that was the first time I had ever seen them dressed up like that. Though, I suppose since it was considered the President’s Luncheon, that’s a pretty good reason to look snazzy.

Just as we were about to set down our plates, the strangest thing happened. Do you remember my burnt popcorn story? Well, this time the fire alarm was because of an omelet pan. An omelet pan set off the fire alarm causing everyone in The Commons at the time to evacuate and wait for Bristol Fire Department to come shut off the alarm. Sometimes I wonder if they receive a bonus in their paycheck for every time they have to come to RWU because of something like a burned omelet pan or burned popcorn?? I promised my grandparents that I would blog about this incident so here I am…blogging about it. :)

Burned popcorn, a burned omelet, and Hurricane Irene. What’s next?