Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of the Third Year

So today was my first day of my junior year in college! I cannot believe that I only have two more years until I am done with my undergrad. I am not ready for this time to just fly by.

Overall as a first day it was great. I had only one class today and that was at noon so I got to sleep in and take my time getting ready. The weather was pretty good up until this afternoon. We had a big thunderstorm roll through town. It came and went pretty fast but man oh man was there a lot of rain. I unfortunately got caught in it so I was unable to take a photo of my first day of school outfit. I am hoping the weather is better tomorrow so I can at least get a picture of that. 

Overall the transition from camp to school has been a little weird but really good. I really miss everyone from camp and all the crazy things that happened. I am super glad to be back on campus though so there are some trade offs. My roommates and I have settled into our new apartment very nicely. It is a bit small but we aren't complaining because we have air conditioning. I will be sure to put up a post of our apartment as soon as everything is unpacked but until then here is a picture of our front door.

This past weekend I was an orientation assistant which meant I helped show incoming freshmen the campus and everything that we offered. My orientation partner and I had a great group of students and made some new budding relationships with them. We also helped with the transfer student program which was incredible. I made some new friends and helped the students feel more comfortable about being in a new place part of the way through their education. 
My orientation partner, Alex, and I on freshmen move-in day.

Overall the start to this school year has been awesome and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for my friends and myself. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer Loving

           So let me apologize in advanced for not blogging at all this summer. I knew I would be super busy at camp but I thought I would have had a little time to keep you all updated. Unfortunately that was very wrong. But now I am back and will try to fill you in with everything I learned and experienced this summer.

            I worked as a camp counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts camp up in Twin Lake, MI. I was there from early June until just a couple days ago. I was there for two whole months but I definitely did not feel that long. My summer sped by in a blink of the eye. I am so sad that it is done but I cannot wait to come back for next summer!

            Blue Lake has four twelve-day sessions for kids to come and explore their art, band, orchestra, dance, theater, or singing. The first two sessions were high schoolers and the last two sessions were middle schoolers. Every kid I interacted with changed me in some way or I helped him or her find out more about themselves.

            I was in a cluster of cabins called West Point. At Blue Lake all the cabins are named after some sort of artist and the cabins are clumped into units with a total theme. Our unit was called West Point because when West Point was built it was the western most point of camp. All of our cabins were named after famous male authors, why didn’t they name this GIRLS unit after famous women authors you got me. Our cabins were Sandburg, Michener, Hemmingway, Frost, Baldwin, and Faulkner.
            Now my unit’s staff was the best ever. I bonded with those girls and formed friendships that will hopefully last for a very long time. We all loved each other so much and lets just say Niagara Falls was present on the last day of camp in our unit. I can’t believe that I don’t get to see those lovely ladies everyday for the rest of the year. It is the saddest thing.

            So that kind of gives you a brief over view of camp this summer. Down below are some photos of my fellow staff members and I.I hope to write a few more blog posts about camp as the days go on. I just have so much to share that if I were to include it all in one post it would be twenty pages long.



The lovely Blue Lake beach.

Staff Dance Ensamble

Meg and I 

This picture perfectly describes Claire and I's relationship.

All the lovely counselors of West Point minus our unit director.