Posts Tagged ‘summer orientation’

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

The Days I Will Never Forget

Posted By on May 18th, 2012

As my freshman year came to a close I found myself looking forward to the excitement of this summer and the adventures that next year has in store. Though at the same time leaving a place that I learned to call home was bittersweet. However, before I get to that let’s talk about CEN’s Spring Weekend… because it was awesome.

I like how it is called Spring Weekend, because whenever I heard “weekend” I used to think there would just be events on the weekend… but no. They start on Tuesday and end on Saturday which makes it that much more interesting when you discover that you have a whole week to look forward to.

That Tuesday night CEN played Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. I wanted to go and see it, but somehow I managed to fall asleep right before I was going to leave. I’m not sure if I would consider that talent or simply a sign that I should go to bed before 3:00am? Either way, I’m sure the movie was great and I’m bound to see it eventually…

Wednesday was probably my favorite event of the entire year (both the afternoon and the evening event). We had set up a table in the Commons with warm pretzels and lemonade, and in order to get a pretzel and lemonade everyone had to write us one secret. Later we posted the secrets onto poster boards and displayed them in GHH along with secrets from past years. While reading the secrets, everyone could enjoy delicious New York Cheesecake and coffee while listening to Dominic Camany. If you haven’t heard of him, then you should check him out. He was great.

Dominic Camany

Dominic Camany

Thursday, April 26th, was our spring concert!!! I had been running off of about 4.5 hours of sleep since I once again succeeded in putting off a paper until the night before it was due. And not just any night, a night where I wasn’t back into my dorm room until 11:30pm…some day I will learn. Anyway, though I was exhausted I trudged across campus through the rain (okay… through the mist maybe…) with all of my friends to see New Boyz, The White Panda and Gym Class Heroes. Somehow we managed to be some of the first students in the recreation center and were standing in the front row right up against the barriers. I didn’t think it would be that bad, until I was so squished I couldn’t move and I was constantly getting elbows to the head… I learned the hard way that standing in the spot that everyone else wants to be in as well is not going to work so well unless you’re willing to stand your ground. That being said, I somehow managed to get out of the mob of people and to a place where I could breathe. Then the concert became fun :) Unfortunately, I was that person who forgot to take any pictures, so I apologize that I don’t have any. Just please take my word for it… it was awesome.

Friday we went to Boston after the Quad Fest. My friend and I took the green line from Quincy Market to Newbury Street AND DIDN’T GET LOST. I don’t care how weird this sounds, but being a girl from a place with no cell phone service, navigating cities can be slightly overwhelming. The fact that we got on a T going the right way, and got off where we were supposed to is a pretty big accomplishment in my book. That’s one thing I can check off of my bucket list…

Quincy Market

Quincy Market

Finally after a long week was The Block Party, which I also forgot to take pictures of. I didn’t really know what to expect however I didn’t think it was going to be as big as it was. There were two big rides, a bunch of inflatables and the typical carnival games with prizes. It was basically our own carnival, cotton candy and fried dough included. I spent the day learning about my new CEN position for next year and eating way too much cotton candy. Finally, to top off Spring Weekend there were fireworks behind GHH.

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

Fast forward two weeks to the last week of my freshman year!

Tuesday, May 9th was the Student Involvement Recognition Banquet (SIRB). It was long, but still exciting to see everyone’s accomplishments this year. I even won an award- which I was completely surprised about and excited. Though, I wish I had brought a different pair of shoes because I was more concentrated on not tripping in front of everyone than anything else. For those that don’t know me, I’m not always the most graceful person in the world. To the Campus Entertainment Network- you all are the greatest and most hard working individuals and I’m SUPER excited to work with everyone next year :)

My Award :)

My Award :)

Wednesday was our second Late Night Breakfast. As always, it was delicious. Then again, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I think it’s good whenever! This year there were iced lattes with bendy straws. After drinking three iced lattes at 10:00pm, I decided to cut myself off from the caffeine. I now have a nice collection of bendy straws, too!

My parents were coming on Friday, May 11th to pick me up. Honestly, I was looking forward to being able to go home and have no more school work to worry about for a while, however at the same time I met some amazing people that I was going to have to say goodbye to. Some were transferring, some graduating, some pursuing other opportunities and then there were those who I will see in again in August. Some of the hardest goodbyes were to those who I lived with this year, especially because when we all move back at the end of summer we won’t be living together again. People called our unit a cult, but that’s okay with me. I couldn’t have asked for better people to live with.

Maple 12!

Maple 12!

Also, the person in the picture with me wearing the Mickey Mouse ears is Amber. She started off as my RA, then became the person who got me involved in CEN, and now is the best “she bff”. She got me through my first year in college during the times when I was acting like a “lost puppy” who couldn’t quite find my way through the ways of college, and for that I thought she needed to be mentioned in my last blog (of my freshman year that is). To Amber- You’re the best and have a great time during your internship at DISNEY WORLD!! <3

SIRB with Ambe

SIRB with Amber

In the end, my freshman year at Roger Williams University will be one that I never forget. It was a year full of crazy events, great professors and other faculty/staff (who know my name! Positive of a small school..) and friends that I know will be around for quite a while.

Also, to everyone that traveled through the twists and turns of my freshman year. Thank you!! I hope you’ll tune in for this summer as well :)

See you in two weeks for Orientation 2012!! Until then, I’m going to turn my wheels off, not depend on my calendar being updated and accurate and just breathe!