July 7, 2009 by JB Myers
Independence Day in CW-Colonial Williamsburg for long.
My family has always had a tradition on July 4th back home in Northern Virginia, where we would have a nice BBQ with ribs, burgers, steaks, corn on the cob, etc. Basically just delicious. After that we would then go to a baseball game-I think it’s minor league-and then watch the firework show afterwards. This show has always been phenomenal, and I always love hearing the car alarms go off from the noise the fireworks make.
Truthfully we haven’t done the BBQ and baseball game for a couple years now, so I didn’t think I was missing anything by not being home-well my family actually decided to “do what we used to do” and called me on the Fourth to wish me a Happy Fourth, and they mentioned how excited they were to be going. Safe to say I was a little bitter-they could have let me know earlier in the week, and I could have gone up there.
However, I had a great Fourth this year despite not joining my family. Over the summer, a lot of tourists trip down to this beautiful area, stopping here, Jamestown, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA; but over the fourth, there weren’t that many. My only guess is that people wanted to be home with their families and not visiting some other place. So on the Fourth the streets were not too crowded, and it was just a beautiful day.
At night, the streets became jam-packed with people; families, tourists, students- everyone was lining DOG Street (Duke of Gloucester). The mile stretch of the street itself (from the Christopher Wren building down to the Capital building) was entirely stuffed full of people all waiting for something…something big.
Then all of a sudden the fireworks started. These fireworks were surely better than any backyard launching, and definitely bested the fireworks my family was watching. I leaned against the Bruton Parish Church and was simply captivated-I couldn’t tell you how long they lasted, but I know that it felt too short a time.
All in all it was truly an experience, being in a place steeped with so much history-undoubtedly the best 4th yet. My only regret from being here, and not getting to go home, was not seeing my dogs.
June 27, 2009 by JB Myers
Week #1 Down!!!
So the first official week of doing interviews is done! It was so much fun-every week there is one intern responsible for doing interviews everyday, and this first week, that was me.
I cannot begin to describe how much fun it was! I pretty much interviewed six students a day and just had a great time really getting to know them and talk with them. I love seeing how different everyone is-sure they might be from Northern Virginia, like I am, but we are totally different! It is just really a fun experience getting to talk with people and really experience the diverse backgrounds that people bring to the table.
You may think that interviewing people would get a little redundant, after you ask the same questions over and over again, but it never does because there are such a wide range of responses. Every time I expected a certain answer, I got something that was totally ‘off-the-wall’ and not what I was anticipating.
It’s funny because the students who get interviewed are really nervous without realizing that I am just as nervous. It’s not my job just to be the interviewer, but I am also a representative for the College, and I’m nervous because I think; “Oh no, what’s going to happen if they ask me a question about…? Or about…?” I find myself before my interviews researching facts about the College that I might be asked, researching just anything that pops into my head. I also really want everyone to love the College as much as I do, and just hope that I am presenting the best face of the College to enable that to happen.
The nerves however totally fade away when I walk upstairs and see my interviewee-I know that the interview is going to be great, and I’m going to have an amazing conversation. I wonder if these nerves will totally fade in time, or if I will be nervous before every interview from now until the end of the summer. Either way, I know I’m going to have a blast-getting to meet so many who potentially will be part of the Class of 2012.
PS. I helped lead my first information session with one of the Deans, and I ended with ‘Live Strong’-that is going to be my new closing line…
June 24, 2009 by JB Myers
My FIRST tour!
So today I gave my first tour. Now don’t get me wrong, I have given a few tours with other tour guides, but for the first time there was no one there if I stumbled or lost my train of thought.
Tours truly make an impact on prospective students, and what if I did a bad job? These students wouldn’t want to come here and it would be ALL MY FAULT! What would I do if I couldn’t think of anything to talk about??? Silence on a tour is like a death sentence, but who would be there to save me???
These were the thoughts I had in my head right before leaving the admission office with my group. When I started, my legs felt like lead, and my abilities at walking backwards were not their best. After one or two (three to be exact) stumbles before getting to the Wren Building (a mere minute walk from the Admissions Office), I finally was ‘in-the-zone’-no more worrying, no anxiety, nothing; nothing but me, my group, and the College.
I had no problems whatsoever. I realized on this tour, that it wasn’t a big deal at all. A tour is not a big ceremony or event, but simply a conversation. My role is only to talk with prospective students about the College, as well as my own perceptions and experiences here. Convey not only the facts and figures of this college, but also the College that I have come to know throughout my time here. I have had this conversation so many times, so why should a tour be any different.
After this realization, and this first tour, I no longer have any anxiety or nerves when even thinking about tours (a sharp contrast from what I felt before). I am now very much excited about the prospect of giving tours, and cannot wait to show prospective students the College that I love so dearly.
Sorry if my blogs are not ‘up to par’ with other student bloggers, I’m still getting used to it.
June 22, 2009 by JB Myers
I find that when doing something for the first time, I usually preface that it is my first time, so that people aren’t too critical, why should a blog be any different?
So before I begin, I will preface that this is my first blog ever.
I guess an introduction of who I am is in order… but who am I really? Because that question is a very intellectually and philosophically deep one, I will stick with listing a few characteristics and facts about myself:
A senior at the College of William and Mary, a Linguistics major (after being practically ever other major here that the College), a NoVa-ite (a person from Northern Virginia, and yes, I did make that up), an avid animal lover especially dogs, and someone who values people above all else. Also, I love coffee!!! Dunkin Donuts is by far the best thing that I have ever experienced in my life (okay slightly over-exaggerating), but much better than Starbucks for sure.
On campus I spend most of my time at the Daily Grind (a coffeehouse on campus), interacting with students (socializing), involved in the Orientation Program as well as doing an Internship at the Admissions Office this summer.
So pretty much that’s all I can think to talk about in terms of myself. So now I guess I’ll just talk about what’s going on right now, the Internship.
The Internship just started last week, but I can already tell its going to be an amazing experience. The people that I’m working with are amazing, fun, and really great to spend time with. Williamsburg in the summer is totally different from the normal school year, but these ‘co-workers’ of mine are going to make this summer definitely memorable. Pretty much the internship has consisted of giving tours, entering data on the computer, and answering phones.
One of the best quotes from this summer was when I commented on how we will leave this internship with phone skills too and a fellow intern, Ryan, responded with “Great, so when we graduate from here, we can be secretaries.”
This quote is only a prelude of what is to come this summer.
As I already stated, this was my first blog, so don’t be too harsh a critic. I promise they “will all get better in time” (Leona Lewis reference).