Seeing as this is the first blog of the year, I need to set some ground rules. First of all, since we are starting a year-long (maybe more if it goes well) relationship, I would like to think of you all as PJ’s. That’s not just because it’s late and i’m tired. No it is because you are all pre-jeffs (isn’t it so much more sophisticated and intelligent than pre-frosh???). Second, I live in North Hall whose residents have been known to be called northerners. This is a common misconception. After great deliberation, we have decided upon northegians. That will henceforth be the preferred term.
Anyways, now that all that is out of the way, WELCOME TO MY BLOG! I think I’ll start with a rundown of the past three weeks. I arrived during what was hyped up to be a hurricane but ended up just being a nice mist with a breeze. The whole move-in process was easier than expected, and my parents soon left me alone in my dorm. The first piece of advice I have to offer is that, during move-in day, help other people move in. Not only is this just a nice thing to do, but it is also the best way to make a good first impression on the people you will be living with for the next year. (I quickly became an expert refrigerator mover).
After everyone moved in orientation week began, and I quickly learned the main reason people attend Amherst: to watch the orientation skits. These turn normal talks about health and wellness into comic relief. The SHE’s (Student Health Educators) had skits all about, well, yeah, student health. But the skits didn’t end there. Each dorm has RC’s (resident counselors) who are there to help with any needs and to talk to you if you have any problems. Also they’re just all around funny people- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojC6JpgnYHc . Yes, the RC’s had an entire show about life on campus and so forth and so on and it was a grand time.
My second piece of advice is to go on a CEOT trip! CEOT stands for Community Engagement Orientation Trip, and it is truly an amazing experience. Working together with the Amherst College CCE, Center for Community Engagement, I got to meet members of my class and of the community who I otherwise would have little or no chance of meeting. We visited a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, farm where they grow organic food and played games with local kids. We also helped out at the Amherst Survival Center, where they support impoverished and homeless Amherst citizens. And, yes, the TL’s, trip leaders (I know. They like acronyms up here. Who knew?) also performed skits.
When we got back from our trip, classes were about to start, and I spent lots of time with my new northegian friends. If there’s anything I’ve been pleasantly surprised by here it’s that I’ve gotten such a close group of friends so quickly. So close in fact that, at this very moment, I’m sitting in a room with six of them playing FIFA and talking at 1:30 in the morning. They are the main reason why I haven’t felt homesick yet. Friends are constantly surrounding me and every one of them has a different aspect about them that makes them not just culturally and ethnically diverse, but intellectually unique.
Well that’s about it! I should definitely be asleep because I have ultimate frisbee practice tomorrow. Oh and classes too.
Peace out PJ’s,
P.S.- I can't just give you the answer. That wouldn't be a good learning experience. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the correct answer will be posted on my next blog.