Let me say a BIG Tribe welcome to all incoming students-freshmen and
transfers!! It’s so exciting to look out of the office today and see
minivans packed to the brim, estatic yellow tshirts, and blue move-in
crew groups sweatin for you!
Freshmen and transfer move-in day is one of the most exciting times
at the College. We love welcoming our incoming students and I know I
can’t wait to meet them! Don’t worry during orientation-your
orientaiton aides will take care of EVERYTHING from meals to academic
advising to room set up.
The president of the College and groups of eager students are out
helping new members unload cars and move into their dorms. Every office
is full of maps and directions, and William & Mary PD is out in
full force helping with parking and unloading. We can’t wait for the
freshmen and transfers to get settled in and start experiencing the
W&M Community.
Today’s blog is short and sweet: WELCOME new students-we can’t wait to meet you!!!

cary street's getting busy!

It’s two days until freshmen move-in and the semester begins! After
spending the entire summer here with the interns living on Cary Street,
it’s crazy to see new people walking around campus.
Orientation aides and resident assistants are back in full swing
waiting for students to come back and start the semester. Minivans are
packed full with futons, sheets, pillows, bookcases, and dishes as
students struggle to get that one full load up the steps without losing
anything. As someone who has been here all summer I can’t wait to see
friends who have been abroad or gone for the summer! Just last night an
old roomie of mine Allison was in town. We grabbed dinner at Retro’s
and talked about her internship in Palestine, her DC program she’s
starting this fall, and teaching English in Morocco during winter
break. I hadn’t seen Allison since May and it was great to talk with
her on something other than facebook.
I don’t think anything’s more exciting than knowing all the people
you care about and miss over the summer are coming back within the next
week!  I can’t wait to continue to run into old friends and faces I
haven’t seen for such a long time and hear about their amazing summer
adventures.  Freshmen get excited about forming these relationship with
your new freshman hallmates and other members of the community!  We’re
excited to have you!  And to all my friends coming back-I can’t wait to
see you!

i can't believe it's over!

4:43pm on Friday, August 15, 2008 and interviews are over. Only five of
us are coming back next week. I just wanted to tell everyone who
interviewed this summer that you all made our summer! It was SOO much
fun getting to know each of you and learning about your amazing talents
like sketching and drawing to hearing your fun stories about roommates
and travels.
Most of all I’ll miss getting to spend 40 hours a week with some of
the most AMAZING people on this campus. When the internship started I
didn’t know if we would all mesh since we all have different interests,
but I can honestly say these 10 people are some of my closest friends
at the College. Each one has their own talent and gift that brings a
smile to my face every day!
To all the summer interns, I love each and every one of you and I’ll
listen to our mix cd of the summer every day!  Keep talking about
Greece, a cappella, Greek life, biology, UCAB, transfering, 7th grade,
relationships, Green and Gold, and writing resources!  Love love from
summer 08 interns-I’m looking forward to our first HI email!

Top 10: W&M move-in day

First I would like to clear the water and say I definitely finished
the kickball domination blog on Friday so technically I have blogged
since July…I know there are just so many people out there reading
this so I didn’t want to disappoint…please hear the sarcasm in that
With move-in a little over a week away, I figured a little advice
from an experienced student would be helpful. In an attempt to make
this readable, aka skim through it in 30 seconds because no one likes
to read long blogs, I’m going to make a top 10 list for move-in.
Top 10: W&M move-in day
10. Have it out with your parents before you show up so you’re not the awkward kid fighting with the overbearing parent(s)
9. Go inside to get your key and RCR (room check sheet) by YOURSELF so mom/dad/whoever has to deal with parking
8. Grab some lemonade and cookies from the Wesley Foundation
7. Ask your OA for help calming down mom as she leaves her baby
6. Set up the bed first-then you can stack stuff on it-it’s the only thing you’ll absolutely need to use the first night
5. Pack hang-up clothes just on the hangers and carry them in directly to the closet
4. Lots of small trips are better than a couple of back-breaking potential face-plants into the stairs
3. If you have an A/C unit put it in the window and plug it in ASAP, even if it hasn’t been properly installed
2. Let the ‘sweatin for you’ move-in crew get
the stuff out of your car-trust me you’ll be doing enough getting the
stuff up to your room
1. You’ve got all year to organize and
reorganize the room so chill, wait til the parentals leave, then make
it the way you REALLY want it with your roomie
Above anything else HAVE FUN!!! You’re moving
into college so enjoy the day, and no matter what happens you’ll be
laughing about it by the end of the week!

Kickball Domination

If you’re following
any of the Admission deans’ or interviewers’ wepages, I’m sure you’ve
heard about the kickball challenge. Every year the summer interviewers
challenge the deans to a kickball game through some creative,
trash-talking invitation.
After our crazy challenge we played the game and lost miserably. The deans beat us 7-1 but at least we had fun trying I guess?!?
Seriously though it was a blast. We used folders for bases and walked
in with matching intern tshirts and intimidation music. There was also
some potential cheating on behalf of the deans, probably performance
enhancing drugs to improve their kickball performance at such old ages,
but at least we had the best uniforms and style. We also gave lots of intimidating stares and warm ups like boxilidies and distance gazes over the horizon.
Nevertheless after 6 innings the deans killed us. We played one more
game for fun and scored one run thanks to Asst. Provost Granger’s two
year old daughter and had fun cheering against the dean who was up to
After being slaughtered by our older counterparts we all decided to
have fun at the Green Leafe for dinner and a drink. I’m pretty sure
they hated us for walking in with a group of 25 sweaty, loud people
itching to relax and eat. For two hours we sat laughing and talking,
pretty much creating a huge scene for all the people trying to enjoy
their evenings. We talked about our jobs and the dean’s interests,
recent 21st birthdays, school, sports, politics…you name it
we discussed it or joked about it. More than likely we joked about
it-the conversation rarely was completely serious. We ordered tons of
appetizers that deans and interns devoured in minutes then ordered more
since the food still hadn’t come out yet. Basically we just had a big
party with the people who made our acceptance decisions and the guy who
signed our acceptance letter-pretty cool phenomenon/crazy fun at the
same time.
No matter what group or office you get involved in at the College
you’re going to have the same opportunity to jump into fun situations
with administration and professors. Whether it’s going out for coffee
or grabbing a bite, the faculty and administrators of the College are
going to be there chatting and hanging out with students.

setting the record straight…

This is a public service announcement for all prospective William
and Mary students. There are TONS of things to do in Williamsburg on
and off campus so quit thinking you’re going to be hanging out with
For some reason during the past week I have had at least 10 people
come up to me complaining about the lack of fun activities in the burg.
First I will refer you to one of my first blog posts
which listed the fun things the interns are planning on doing during
the summer. Not only are all these opportunities available during the
summer, but there are a bagillion more during the school year when UCAB
(University Center Activities Board) plans campus-wide events.
As a prospective student you should be excited about the new High
Street development. Just a five minute drive from campus on Richmond
Road a brand new development complete with another movie theater is
currently being built. The new movie theater, called Movie Tavern, will
not only show movies, but also have a dining option as well!
Williamsburg is getting a legitimate dinner theater with blockbuster
movies and dinner all wrapped into one! They are also planning other
shops and stores within the development.
You should also be excited about the numerous activities on campus
like comedy shows, dance parties, laser tag, cookouts, concerts, and
themed events. Your problem will be finding time to study and actually
work rather than finding something fun to do. So don’t worry about
social outlets in Williamsburg, from the new night club to the beach to
New Town and High
Street you will find numerous off campus activities. Heck you might not
even make it off campus because of all the great events going on right
outside your dorm room!

scratch that.

I know I know, my blog title is brick pathways so I should like
them.  But on days like today, when it’s raining, I hate them.  No
matter how many pairs of galoshes you buy, you will slip on the
bricks.  Today it’s raining, not the flash thunderstorm downpour
raining, but slow sprinkling sometimes large drops raining. 
One of the worst things about Williamsburg, other than parking, is
the brick pathways in the rain.  As you can imagine the bricks are
rather old, and well, dirty.  (They are outside and line the paths of
campus so it’s understandable. )  When it rains the bricks transform
into mini slip-n-slides on various inclines and uneven levels. This
equals problematic walking. 
You have to admit sitting on Barrett porch during a rainstorm is amazing.  During that time, especially sitting in a rocking
chair, you can’t help but appreciate the rain.  Trying to get to
Barrett porch from Landrum, two dorms down, is a different story. 
You’ll probably fall eight times, stub your toe, mess up your jeans,
and loose your galoshes.  Don’t worry though, you’ll finally get there
after 10 minutes of dodging puddles. 
Basically plan for the rain with galoshes and washable pants.  When
it rains in the burg, give yourself 10 extra minutes for walking, aka
dodging the muddy, slippery bricks.


Before I start writing about my amazing weekend I feel I need to update everyone after being gone for a week.
1. the cave=awesome. must see. look at other intern blogs.
2. week away=interviews every day last week so no blogging
Okay so now that we’ve got that out of the way, I know you expected
a long explanation for each of those, I want to let you know about my
weekend in Kentucky.
How did I end up in Kentucky you ask? William and Mary. How did
William and Mary send me to Kentucky? My freshman hallmate Ashley. I
met Ashley my first day here at WM, but we didn’t start to become close
friends until a few weeks into freshman year. We bonded over ice cream
and movies and have been best friends ever since-we even lived together
last year.
Ashley has been nagging me to come to Kentucky since sophomore year
and I finally took her up on the offer. Her hometown of Jamestown,
Kentucky, population 2,000, sits on the edge of Lake Cumberland in the
western part of the state. Ashley’s family hosted a huge Fourth of July
party this past weekend I flew out to attend.
This was a big deal for me since I don’t do airplanes and I was
traveling by myself. Ashley called with encouragement and helped me
navigate my way to her house. 
Let me tell you this was the best crazy adventure of my life! 
Ashley is the oldest of four kids who all are a riot, especially when
they are together.  I had such a great time meeting people from
southern Kentucky and experiencing Lakefest, aka 10k runs and bloomin
onions, in one of the smallest towns I’ve ever experienced. 
William and Mary allowed me to meet an amazing friend and her
wonderful family!  Plus I got to visit a place I never would have seen
without her friendship!

the cave

4:05pm on Friday which means we’re 55 minutes away from the weekend!!
I’m sitting in the admission office at the lobby desk with Asst Dean
Josh Henry and we’re trying to figure out what to blog about before the
workday ends. I decided, since I’m only thinking about my weekend plans
at this point, I’ll write about it.

I’m starting off this weekend with intern bonding. In t-minus 6
hours we’ll be on our way to the cave. Wendy, our boss and one of the
assistant deans, has gotten us VIP access to one of Virginia Beach’s
premier nightclubs. I know she’s the best boss ever right? Well she is
a great boss, but we’re actually getting the VIP treatment because her
husband owns the club. I wish you could see the excitement in
the office. There have been at least 30 emails among the interns
throughout the course of the day with countdowns, food plans, and
youtube videos to get us ready. It’s going to be ridiculous…I’m sure
you’ll hear more about it on Monday-I know you’ll be watching.
After the VIP treatment at the cave tonight the intrigue of my
weekend goes down the crapshoot for the reader-I mean who can compete
with VIP club access? Saturday my friend Katie is coming to the burg
after spending a few weeks in Hawaii. We’ll probably end up roaming CW
at Stephanos or Retros and potentially making fun of the tourists-yes
WM students make fun of you freedom pass wearers, get over it. Saturday
night I’m babysitting the girls I talked about in high school musical.
Sunday night I’m going to Sunday night movies on Prince George St in
CW for a showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the
Graduate Education Association. Prince George St closes every Sunday
night to show a movie on a screen set up in the middle of the street.
The vendors like Aromas, Retros, and the Blue Talon also stay open so
you can grab food while you watch.
Basically this weekend is going to be ridiculously amazing. It’s now
4:20 so there’s only 40 minutes between me and preparation for the
cave. I’ll let you know how it goes!

best summer job ever

After having completed two full days of my actual duties as an
intern one thing has become clear: admission intern=best summer job
Monday marked our first real day of work with all 11 of us here
interviewing, answering phones, giving tours, and manning the lobby. I
don’t know if it’s legal to have this much fun on the job. The 10 other
interns are amazing to be around 8 hours a day-I never stop laughing
and having fun! Monday I was on intern duty aka tours, phones, and
lobby. My tour Monday was amazing-such a great group of people! I also
began my summer project to increase information and accessibility of
college information to rural, diverse, and low-income students within
the state of Virginia-it’s proving to be a crazy BIG task but I’m up
for the challenge.
Although Monday was great, Tuesday proved to be incredible! I
conducted my first interviews with rising seniors visiting William and
Mary. As 5:00pm rolled around I remembered I had to fill out my time
sheet because I was getting paid to sit and listen to people’s stories!
What job lets you sit and talk with all different types of people and
get paid??
Today is another intern duty day and I’m on the phones.  I just
opened the door to the interview rooms hallway because I heard a
noise-the following describes what I found.
The interviewer dungeon is having a Kelly Clarkson singing party in
between their interviews. In a few minutes everyone will walk upstairs
and meet 6 new incredible people. They will spend 20 minutes hearing
about those students’ daily lives and interests. Until then they’re
going to keep rocking out to Kelly Clarkson. I think I’ll go join them!