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9 Things No One Tells You at the College

January 23, 2014 by

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The Sunken Garden

 

To my incredibly talented and inspiring Tribe Family:

1. You’re not going to get straight A’s anymore. It’s a terrible thing to realize, as many of you are used to being the top in your class. However, the courses at the College are downright challenging, so there’s no surprise there. But guess what? You don’t have to be perfect, because no one is. Just keep in mind that grades do not define you or your character. Do your best and put in the effort, because that’s all that is asked of you.

2. Pick a few extracurriculars to join, but don’t go overboard. Like many of your peers, you’re probably used to doing a million things at once — and excelling at all of them. However, it’s important to know how to balance your classes, work and student activities. When I was a student at the College, everyone I knew seemed to be taking 18+ credits, holding down one (or two) on-campus jobs, and serving on the executive board for almost every organization they were involved in. And while many were able to juggle it all, a majority of them sacrificed sleep, healthy habits, and just plain time to themselves. Be passionate about what you do, but don’t forsake your personal well-being.

3. The trek between Morton and Wren will always take you the full 10 minutes between classes. That’s just how it is. Even if you’re on a bike, it’s still going to take you a while to weave through and dodge pedestrians.

4. Don’t go to Swem during midterms/finals. Trust me. Swem is crowded with other students who are constantly on edge, or haven’t showered, or worse, actually packed all their meals with them for that day and refuse to give up their computer on the second floor (yes, I will admit to doing the latter once or twice…). No shame. Still, there’s no sense in stressing yourself out searching for a study spot, unless you don’t mind camping out on the carpet. There are other places to study, so feel free to change it up every now and then. Empty classrooms, computer labs (my favorite was the one in the ISC), dorm lounges, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, and more, await you! Plus, it’s nice to get a change of scenery.

5. Do go to Swem during other times of the semester. It’s actually a really nice environment to do work in, and for some, to socialize. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on a crucial part of the W&M experience. Plus, you’ll always find a study table that meets your standards and is adjacent to an electrical outlet.

6. If you find someone’s lost ID, go to the Directory. You can type in their last name and email them directly to notify them of your discovery. It just makes their search so much easier – they won’t have to search all of the front desks on campus, nor retrace their steps from the past couple of days. Plus, you’ll have to meet up with them to return their card to them, and there is nothing wrong with making new friends!

7. Take advantage of the Rec Center (and running trails if you’re the outdoorsy type). Students need only present their student ID to gain access to the facilities at the Rec! Looking back, I wish I had gone much more frequently (3x a week would have been a good goal), because I would have established much healthier habits for myself sooner. After you leave college, you actually have to pay for a gym membership, unless you live in an apartment complex with its very own gym.

8. Purchase a CW cider mug at the beginning of the year (since it’s January, do it now!). You’ll get free refills for the remainder of the year! And if you’re 21 and up, invest in a Green Leafe mug. You’ll thank me later.

9. Are you, or is someone you know, going through a tough time? Go to the Counseling Center. I can’t emphasize enough just how underutilized this resource is. Can you believe it took me until my sophomore year to realize that such a place existed? It wasn’t until I was in crisis mode that a kind language professor suggested I make an appointment there; I’m happy to share that I ended up attending sessions there until my senior year. I participated in individual counseling and later transitioned into group therapy (the latter being my most memorable experience at the College). There are other services there, as well, including couples and family counseling, outreach programs, and resources for helping a friend in need. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help. You won’t be penalized, you won’t be judged, and you won’t regret it. After all, when you break a bone or catch a nasty virus, do people tell you to not go to the hospital or clinic? Of course they don’t. They tell you to seek medical attention immediately, if not take you there themselves. The same is true for your mind. If you have mental health concerns, address them! Take care of that beautiful mind of yours. 

Hope these were helpful. I know I wish I learned them sooner. If you have any additions or rejections of any of the above, feel free to share your thoughts by commenting below or emailing me at rmtanap@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Ryann

Homecoming

October 22, 2012 by

Hey there! I’m one of the interns with the Undergraduate Admission Office and a new student blogger for W&M. I thought I would use my first entry to talk about Homecoming week at W&M, and why it is arguably the best week of the year.

Every fall, the College has a Homecoming football game and along with it, a week’s worth of celebratory festivities before hand, just to get really pumped up. This year, the Tribe will take on University of Maine, which will undoubtedly be a thrilling game (that we will win, of course). But, at W&M, the Homecoming experience is much, much more than a football game. There are a ton of activities that take place during the week leading up to the game (aka Homecoming week) that are just as fun as the game itself. From Greek social events to parade float building to free concerts on campus, there seem to be about a hundred things going on in preparation (or should we call it celebration?) of Saturday’s game, and yet, there’s always that one teacher that thinks it a good idea to schedule a midterm.

By Friday, after successfully juggling schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and social events for 5 days straight, you get to reward yourself with a flurry of Homecoming Weekend festivities. Friday is marked by the Homecoming parade, followed by a Pep Rally, and wrapped up with a Block Party right in the middle of Williamsburg. And then after all of that, you still have Saturday to look forward to.

Homecoming Day has tons of great events, including a cappella shows, tailgates, brunches, concerts, pig roasts, and BBQs (yes, I realize that most of them are centered around food), not to mention the actual football game. It’s even crazier than the rest of the week because alumni of all ages flood back into Williamsburg to revisit campus, watch the game, and catch up with old friends. On top of all that, the day usually ends with a free concert on campus (this year it’s Ra Ra Riot!). While it is definitely as exhausting to partake in as it probably just was for you to read about, the fact is that Homecoming is one of the most fun weeks of the school year and one of my favorite W&M traditions. It is truly a celebration of every element of the College in one single event. It incorporates current students, alumni, Greek organizations, student clubs, and of course, athletics, and in doing so, it really captures the W&M experience.  As a senior, I am a little sad to be going into this Homecoming season for the last time as a student, but am comforted by the fact that I know I’ll be coming back for years to come.

Olympic Fever

July 31, 2012 by

My friends can tell you that though I am borderline obsessive about going to the Rec and working out, I know absolutely nothing about sports.  They’re just not my passion.  And it’s not as if I won’t play a game of X in the Sunken Garden or on Yates Field; I just don’t find any interest in watching sports on TV or online.  But every four years I am struck with what I like to call Olympic Fever.

Whether swimming, fencing, archery, gymnastics, rowing or badminton, if it is the Olympics then I’m all about it.  I found myself sitting on the couch two nights ago with a bowl of grapes cringing and cursing under my breath about women’s volleyball.  “Why did you do that?” I shouted.  “You’re in her way—move, move, mooooove!”  And Michael Phelps—what happened to you?  Why don’t the gods favor you anymore?

About an hour ago, I was erging at Crunch and I was watching a bit of women’s swimming on one of the TVs that hang from the ceiling.  I nearly shouted when Germany took the lead, followed by China.  But Italy’s Federica Pellegrini came in first in the end.  Take that.

I was even shouting during the opening ceremonies.  Did anyone see all of the Lord of the Ring allusions in the beginning?  And how creepy was the giga-baby?  During the Parade of Nations I felt like I was watching the hunger games and that everyone was submitting themselves to the jaws of Queen Elizabeth II.  But the parade made me wish that I too could strut into that arena, decked out in Ralph Lauren’s GI Joe-esque uniform.  I texted a friend of mine, “Why couldn’t I have been an athlete?  I want to be there.”  He replied, “Good question.”

Even if I’m not an Olympian, what’s wrong with being the American mascot?  I can just march with the land of the free’s team every four years while waving and dancing and throwing around American stars, or something.  Very much like a Paris of Troy kind of show.  And every year the broadcasters will ask each other, “And what sport does Justin compete in, again?”

I’ll just keep shouting from this side of the pond for now.

A Balanced and Healthy Lifestyle

July 19, 2012 by

This morning, the Muscarelle Museum interns took a field trip to the Office of Health Promotion in the W&M Campus Center to talk to Ms. Sarah Menefee about Public Health, stress, and a well balanced lifestyle here at the College. As one of our weekly “Campus Enrichment Programs,” it was a perfect moment to step back and look at the ways that I, as well as the Tribe community, view public health. The health office on campus is here for us to provide educational, referral, and outreach services about wellness, disease prevention, and other health-related issues. They can help with anything from sexual assault and alcoholEDU to nutrition and stress.

And let me tell you: William & Mary can be a stressful environment! The work & students are very competitive. For me, stress comes not always from the work alone—but I tend to stress about stress! I see all the work others are doing, and think to myself, “Do I need to do more? Am I not working hard enough?” Isn’t your automatic response when someone says, “these are all the things I have to do…” to think of- or reply with- all of your own tasks for the week? Stress snowballs, and when one midterm leads to another, it is hard to know when it is OK to stop, take a break, and relax.

Ms. Menefee was right this morning, though, in explaining that stress affects everyone differently. Every individual combats stress in a different way. As a group we talked about some ways to relax or have fun away from the rigorous workload and academics. I wanted to share with you all some ideas and opportunities to relieve stress around campus and Williamsburg. So when you, a friend, or a classmate is stressed, remember that your time at W&M should be balanced. Take some time for fun and relaxation!

  1. Jamestown & Yorktown beach. Nothing relieves stress like a beach day!
  2. The Massage Chairs. The new chairs on the first floor of Swem are awesome, but I really can’t pass up the free massages in the Read & Relax area. Though somehow I am ALWAYS there when a tour group goes by, and I look totally crazy.
  3. The Sunken Garden & Barksdale field. Great for impromptu games of Ultimate Frisbee, Picnics, and laying in the sun with friends on a beautiful day.
  4. The Gym & the Department of Campus Recreation: Whether you make use of the Rec Center’s climbing wall, Semester Fitwell passes for Body Pump and Zumba Classes, many exercise machines, or MAC court for intramural sports – the gym is a convenient and great break from class. There are so many opportunities for outdoor trips through the Dept. of Campus Rec, as well as massage sessions, a massive pool, and Racquetball courts where I love to take out all my aggression and look absolutely ridiculous.
  5. Netflix – need I say more?
  6. Running (or a nice walk/hike). Another great stress reliever, I love to jog down DOG street and through the Matoaka Fitness Trails behind the Gym. Just make sure to run with a buddy!
  7. Busch Gardens – what better way to forget work then to ride front row on the Griffin or by rocketing through the Black Forest on Verbolten? Summer & Season Passes = the best. Just like W&M Student Day each fall.
  8. This summer I went back to Waller Mill Park – off Richmond and Airport Road, 10 min from campus – and like Lake Matoaka, there are hiking trails and you can rent canoes & kayaks every day of the week. I feel like I am so far away from the real world. It’s the ultimate Williamsburg getaway.
  9. Call home! For me personally, calling my family to talk about my day helps me to calm down and put everything in perspective. My family always makes me feel so much better. So be it friends, family, a counselor, or member of your religious organization: talk it out!
  10. Campus activities! I am sure you all have clubs and groups that you are involved in and which are great distractions from stressful school! Also, organizations like AMP (Alma Mater Productions) are here for you – bringing fun activities & events to campus throughout the week.

If you have any questions about public health, staying healthy at W&M, or individual lifestyle and stress management, the Office of Health Promotion (it is changing names from Health Education) is a great resource for students. They are always open to students, or you can contact them through their website or by calling (757) 221-2195!

What are some ways that you relieve stress or relax around campus?

Sofia. – Cant wait to see you all in the fall! Continue to have an amazing summer!

But seriously…what is the Griffin?

February 14, 2012 by

I’m going to be totally honest- I had no idea what a Griffin was before I came to William and Mary. But to be fair, a mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle isn’t all that common.  At first, I struggled to figure out how exactly this odd creature had anything to do with William and Mary. It’s definitely not you’re typical kind of mascot.

So, on my quest to learn more about our mascot, I checked out the W&M website.  I found a little blurb hailing the Griffin:

The Griffin aptly symbolizes our Tribe athletes. The lion’s strength and the eagle’s vision suggest the union of strength with intelligence that characterizes more than 500 Tribe athletes, who compete on 23 Division I teams, while simultaneously thriving in a rigorous academic program that has no place to hide.

That made sense…kind of. But I still had no idea what the Griffin symbolized historically. So next, I turned to Google for an explanation. The best description (oddly enough) came from a website called KidzWorld:

Griffins are usually heroic symbols. They are well known for their speed, ability to fly and having eyes like an eagle, as well as the strength and courage of a lion. In Assyria the griffin and the dragon were symbols of wisdom.

And now it starts to make sense. Strength? Wisdom? Courage? Those are all attributes that W&M students strive for every day. Whether it’s in the classroom, on the field, or in the community, W&M students are constantly trying to succeed. At the same time, we’ve got our own little quirks, just like the Griffin.

Now, it seems strange that the mascot for W&M could be anything except the Griffin. It’s unique, and represents our campus community perfectly. Cheering with our beloved mascot at events is something you have to look forward to! Get excited!

But seriously…what is the Griffin?

February 14, 2012 by

I’m going to be totally honest- I had no idea what a Griffin was before I came to William and Mary. But to be fair, a mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of an eagle isn’t all that common.  At first, I struggled to figure out how exactly this odd creature had anything to do with William and Mary. It’s definitely not you’re typical kind of mascot.

So, on my quest to learn more about our mascot, I checked out the W&M website.  I found a little blurb hailing the Griffin:

The Griffin aptly symbolizes our Tribe athletes. The lion’s strength and the eagle’s vision suggest the union of strength with intelligence that characterizes more than 500 Tribe athletes, who compete on 23 Division I teams, while simultaneously thriving in a rigorous academic program that has no place to hide.

That made sense…kind of. But I still had no idea what the Griffin symbolized historically. So next, I turned to Google for an explanation. The best description (oddly enough) came from a website called KidzWorld:

Griffins are usually heroic symbols. They are well known for their speed, ability to fly and having eyes like an eagle, as well as the strength and courage of a lion. In Assyria the griffin and the dragon were symbols of wisdom.

And now it starts to make sense. Strength? Wisdom? Courage? Those are all attributes that W&M students strive for every day. Whether it’s in the classroom, on the field, or in the community, W&M students are constantly trying to succeed. At the same time, we’ve got our own little quirks, just like the Griffin.

Now, it seems strange that the mascot for W&M could be anything except the Griffin. It’s unique, and represents our campus community perfectly. Cheering with our beloved mascot at events is something you have to look forward to! Get excited!

- Erin Spencer

Sweetheart Invitational

February 13, 2012 by

The Tribe just returned from the Sweetheart Invitational in Raleigh this past weekend, a quad meet that included NC State, Penn State, and George Washington.  Posting our second-best score of the season, the competition went really well! The team started the meet off solid earning a season-best on beam (47.575), where Kristin also earned her season-high of a 9.575. On floor Jess led the team with another clean set and Kristin nailed her full-in again! On vault the Tribe posted more individual season-bests with Kristin’s 9.8 and Stacia’s 9.625. Finishing up on bars, the Tribe was led by Carleigh’s solid routine that earned a career high of 9.8 and Larson, Maggie, and Kristin all also contributed to ending the day on a good note.

The Tribe will be back in the gym again this week working hard to clean up every little detail as we prepare for another quad meet this weekend at Maryland! Continually improving each day, we are all excited to keep building as a team throughout this season!

GO TRIBE!

Brandy Stover

Season High Accomplishments

February 6, 2012 by

After a great performance last week at UNC, early this week junior, Caitlyn Cook Furr, was awarded the ECAC Coaches Choice Award! With this being her first season with Tribe Gymnastics we are extremely proud of Caitlyn for all she has done for the team this year!

This past weekend the Tribe travelled to the University of Pittsburgh, competing in a quad meet against Pitt, George Washington, and Rutgers. The meet went extremely well, and the Tribe ended up finishing with our highest team score of the season so far with a 191.825! As well as a season high team score we also had our season high scores on all four events! The Tribe finished out the meet on bars with an incredible performance hitting six for six routines! The energy level of the team continuously built after each event and we were really able to pull everything together. It was great to end the meet on such a high note! As well as a great team performance, there were many individual standout performances. On vault the Tribe had four career high scores and one season high as well from our senior, Kristin Milardo with a 9.775. Freshmen Maggie Lundeen and Brandy Stover also did a great job on bars and beam! Maggie had the Tribe’s highest bar score with a 9.7 and Brandy nailed her beam routine scoring a 9.75! Also Jess Pritchard had a career high on floor with a 9.775. Be sure to check our facebook page to see all of the routines from this weekend!

This week we will be back in the gym for a full week of practice gearing up for our upcoming meet at NC State this Saturday! The team is looking better with each and every practice, and we are looking forward to building on this past meet and improving even more throughout the rest of the season!

GO TRIBE

Stacia Ruse

Season Highs

January 31, 2012 by

The Tribe just got back from a dual meet at UNC this past weekend and got our season high of 189.45! We also got our season-high scores on bars and floor. The videos from the meet are already up on our Facebook page, be sure to check them out! Jess Pritchard had an awesome meet with a 38.35 all-around score and earned third place overall. Senior Kristin Milardo also competed a full in on floor for the first time and it was so sick!

Our next competition is at Pitt this weekend. Everyone is back in the gym working hard to go out and dominate on Saturday! As the team is getting more into competition season our routines are looking better and better with each practice. Yay Tribe!

Good Luck this weekend!

GO TRIBE!

Maggie Lundeen

And we’re off…

January 20, 2012 by

The season has started and Tribe Gymnastics is off to a solid start! Our first competition took place at George Washington University with four other visiting teams: North Carolina, Cornell, Penn, and Temple. The Tribe took fifth place, missing third place by only two tenths of a point.  Be sure to check out William and Mary’s Women’s Gymnastics Facebook page for videos from the meet! Senior, and Captain, Kristin Milardo led the Tribe, winning third place in the all-around. Kristin has also received the title of ECAC Gymnast of the Week. Great work, Kristin!

The team had a great time during winter break training. We spent a lot of time together in and out of the gym bonding. However, classes are back in session this week, and the Tribe is getting back into a routine schedule and is ready for another successful semester!

Everyone is working extremely hard and cleaning up their routines to fight for those few extra tenths everywhere! We continue to have pressure sets on each event throughout the week to simulate and gear up for our next upcoming meet. This Saturday, the Tribe will be traveling to Maryland to compete against Towson and Alaska Anchorage on Sunday, January 22 at 1:00pm! One more practice to go!

GO TRIBE!

Bree Gawron