Spring has sprung, I'm just catching up!

Spring has sprung, I'm just catching up!

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.



"Off-campus" On-Campus Living

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.



I'm not the touchy-feely type…

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!



First tour!

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!