May 11, 2009 by Jazmine Pina
Whew! Finals have gotten the best of me and I’ve been neglectful about updating, but with one test left and a free day tomorrow…it’s update time!
Spring semesters are my favorite time on campus, particularly from late March-May. There’s a new kind of spirit that everyone seems to have in the spring semester that isn’t exactly there in the fall. Maybe its that everyone has finally settled into the year, maybe it’s the bonds that have grown over the past semester, or maybe its just the weather. The campus and everyone on it has a new brightness to it from the time that the first daffodils show up and it lasts until the very last students leave campus.
It seems like you can never spend enough time chatting with friends on the terrace, “studying” in the Sunken Gardens or getting involved in one of the events that are put on by organizations and AMP (and trust me, there is no shortage of events!)…oh and then there’s classes and psychology research too.
Over the past few weeks I’ve cheered on my roommate at her softball game, played tennis with friends, fed fish in the Governor’s Palace canal (best stress reliever ever, those fish are HUGE.), danced the night away at 3 formals and the King and Queen Ball, jumped on an inflatable castle in the Sunken Gardens, gone to the beach on a beautiful Saturday with my roommates, watched “He’s Just Not That Into You” outside at the Amphitheatre at Matoaka, figured out what I actually would enjoy doing with my life (best feeling ever), gotten to know a ton of people that I had never met before and had an endless number of horribly cheesy inside jokes and excessively nerdy conversations…basically, I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
Bad part of the semester…allergies. From experience, don’t stop taking your allergy medication just because its raining.
The last few weeks have in a sense flown by, it’s crazy to think of how much has happened and to see how the countdown to graduation for the seniors is down to single digit numbers. It still is hard to grasp that so many of the people that I’ve gotten to know really well during my last two years at the College will be leaving and starting their new lives all over the world. It’s shocking that the first person that I had ever met at William and Mary, and the person that convinced me to apply way back in December of 2006 won’t be coming back next year, but I know that I’ll see him again along with the other hundreds of graduates that I’ve met over the past two years, I’m sure of it.
April 13, 2009 by Jazmine Pina
This semester I made the big move down Jamestown Road to the Ludwell Apartments. Ludwell is the apartment complex that is owned by the College and while it’s a little bit of a walk from campus to Ludwell and my number of naps per week has definitely decreased, I would never trade the great accommodations and the sense of freedom that I enjoy here. Ludwell apartments are either double apartments, triple apartments or quad apartments. I live in a quad so there are two double rooms and we share the living room, dining room, kitchen and bathroom.
My favorite part about living in Ludwell is that I feel like I can have a separation between campus, where I am constantly moving around and busy with activities and classes and meeting friends, and home where I can work without distraction and have quiet nights with my roommates that are in stark contrast of the crazy activity of campus. My roommates’ favorite part of me moving in for this semester is that with steady access to a kitchen, I’ve become pretty “domestic” and will randomly decide to make a complete dinner that everyone reaps the benefit of.
All in all, I have to say that I’ve loved my time in Ludwell. It’s a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of campus where I can still feel connected to my friends and with the convenience of living on campus.
March 19, 2009 by Jazmine Pina
One of the most interesting things that I’ve started to do this semester has been working with my Social Psychology professor, Professor Dickter, in her research lab. She studies person perception and as someone that wants to study psychology and sociology, it was right up my alley. I never would have thought that it would be so easy to join a research lab during my sophomore year when I hadn’t even filed the papers to declare my major yet. This week I start to run students on my own and will work with one of the graduate students to study the brainwaves of students in the study using as they do a task.
What I’m sort of getting increasingly nervous about is the “touchy-feelyness” that is required to set students up for the study, not in terms of sharing emotions…actually touchy-feelyness. In order to study the brainwaves, an electrode cap has to be put on the student’s head and electrodes have to be taped to their face in order to map the brain’s response to the stimuli. That means that I have to stand over a student and essentially hope that they trust me to not hurt them as I exfoliate the bone behind their ear and the area around their eyes and tape small electrodes to their face. Yikes. While I’m sure that it’s awkward for them, I have to put aside my fears and come across as incredibly professional while attempting to stick things to a person that I’ve only met about a half hour before. Hopefully all of the practice on other students that are working with Professor Dickter will work out, we’ll see!
February 20, 2009 by Jazmine Pina
Last semester I was picked to become one of the new tour guides for the Admission Office and while the e-mails over the break and even the weeks spent shadowing veteran tour guides was cool and all, I have to say that I am so excited that I finally completed my first tour as a tour guide! On President’s Day, the Admission Office was inundated with over 250 visitors for the morning session and instead of doing my shift as a Tribe Ambassador and shadowing a veteran, I was paired with Drew (another new tour guide) and we tag-teamed our first tours together to a group of around 60 parents and students. After trying to shake away my nervousness, text my Tour Guide Big, Tom for some encouragement, and plan out routes with the other tour guides so that we didn’t bump into each other, we were off!
Drew and I managed to successfully show our visitors the campus, explain what makes William and Mary so special to each of us and keep each other from running into things as we walked backwards. All in all, our tour was a success! We had a great group that had tons of questions for us and didn’t mind the cold, windy day. I’m even more excited about being able to give tours now that I know that all of the shadowing and practice walking backwards has paid off!