Independence in CW

Independence in CW

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.
Live Strong,
JB



Week #1 Down

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.
Live strong,
JB
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…



TOURS!!!

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.
Signing Off,
JB



First time for everything

Hey all,
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).
Signing off,
JB