I can’t believe the summer has gone by so fast! Believe it or not, many of you incoming freshman will start moving in tomorrow. How awesome is that?! As soon as you step on campus, you are taking your first steps into your home for the next four years; and we cannot wait to welcome you! Welcome Week is one of the best weeks of the year and it is where you can meet some of your best friends. With that, here is some advice for you as you enter your first week of college here at SLU:
1. Go to EVERY Welcome Week event. They are all so fun and provide a perfect opportunity to meet new people!
2. Get to know your RA’s and Oriflamme leaders. These people are some of the best on campus. If you need help with anything just ask! All of them want to not only be your mentors, but also your friends! So make sure they know you!
3. Go to the Activity Fair and Sign Up for any and everything that remotely sparks your interest. You are not committing yourself to an organization just by putting your name down. So sign up for as many things as you want and don’t worry about your schedule right now because you can always decide later not to do it. Who knows, these could be your best friends for the next four years.
4. Leave your door open! Believe it or not, this is a great way to meet people on your floor! A doorstop is great thing to put to use throughout the year.
5. Don’t worry about making friends. Once you’ve finished worrying about it you’ll realize that your telling your new friends you’re worried about making friends. Everyone is in the same boat. Just be yourself and put yourself out there!
6. It is okay to eat by yourself. Believe it or not, it is not necessary to have ten friends with you to eat lunch. Yeah it makes it more fun, but don’t sweat it if your starving and all your friends have class at the same time. Just eat the sandwich, enjoy your me-time, and move on with your day.
7. Go to class. As silly as this might sound to some of you, you are in college for a reason: to get an education. Do not blow off your first week of classes.
8. Don’t go to class. I know, confusing right? Yes I know it is super important to go to class as much as possible. But your entire floor is going to the Cardinals game on Friday the same time as your psychology class. Go to the game. As long as this doesn’t happen very often and your aware of your professors attendance policy, you should be ok missing one class.
9. Call your family. I know you just got dropped off and your embracing your new-found independence, but do yourself a favor and call your family. They are just as worried as you are about your first week of college and I’m sure it would make their (and your’s) to hear from you.
10. Have fun! Yes college can be extremely stressful at times, but don’t forget that there is so much more to college than just your studies. College is all about doing new things, meeting new people, and having a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So take advantage of all that SLU has to offer!
Can’t wait to see you all on campus! If you have any questions about SLU please don’t hesitate to ask.
Back to School!
Wow, summer went by fast! In just 4 days I move back to my second home, and classes start exactly a week from today. I’ve enjoyed my time off, but I’m definitely ready to get back to my beloved SLU!
My summer has been pretty decent, to say the least. After I completed my internship with Dardis, I went to another favorite city of mine, NYC, with my mom and brother during a trip to the East Coast to visit art colleges for Matthew. I got to hang out in Strawberry Fields while local musicians played Beatles songs, see the John Lennon memorial, and visit the Dakota - where Mr. Lennon lived and died - so the Beatlemaniac in me was pretty happy.
John Lennon Memorial
Couldn’t go to NYC without seeing Times Square!
I’m also super excited to have tried something new this summer - aerial silks! I’ve had a fascination with silks since I first saw Cirque du Soleil, and have been wanting to try it myself since I saw cast members of the Cincinnati Circus climb and wrap themselves in them when I took trapeze lessons last summer. So I’m extremely happy to have found Circus Mojo in northern KY, where I took lessons this summer. My instructor Sharon was an amazing teacher, and a ton of fun to work with! I’ll definitely be going back again when I go back to Cincinnati over winter break, but I’m hoping to find a silks instructor in St. Louis too!
It’s been an awesome summer, but I’m definitely ready to start an even more awesome semester at SLU. I’ve dearly missed my dance family, and I’m super pumped to perform with XQ again on Friday. I can’t wait to get back to serving St. Louis with my APO brothers and living with my best friends, too! And as weird as it may sound, I’m definitely looking forward to starting up classes again, so I can truly immerse myself in all the opportunities for educational growth at SLU.
To an awesome summer & an even better fall semester,
I apologize that it’s been so long since I updated you all; my life as a Billiken has been extremely busy lately!
Since we last talked, XQuizit went to Skokie IL (near Chicago) for Prelude Midwest, an urban dance competition. We may not have placed, but we competed with some of the nation’s best dance crews and held our own. It was definitely a weekend full of team bonding as well, and it was amazing to see the different styles and talents of other dance teams in the Midwest!
My dance life didn’t slow down after the competition, though, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. XQuizit had their showcase, titled #XQuizit, two weekends ago. I had the opportunity to choreograph a solo and a duet as well as a group routine for the show, and the audience seemed to enjoy it all! It was amazing to have one last big performance with my dance family and show off all the hard work we put in over the year.
More exciting news: I’m actually writing this blog from a hotel room in Chicagoland. I was recruited by Dardis, Inc. to be a part of their Academy this summer, and after I go through training this week I will be doing a 9 week long internship! I’m so thankful that one of my professors was flexible enough to allow me to take my final early so that I could grasp this opportunity. :)
I’ll be sure to upload videos from Showcase as soon as I get home (Mother Dearest recorded everything on her phone), so be on the lookout for those!
Until then, wish me luck, and I hope you have an awesome summer!