Archive for August, 2008

August 28, 2008

August 28th, 2008 by emhest09

There is no denying it now, I am definitely a Senior! I moved into my apartment Thursday and am still working at unpacking before my other three roommates arrive. It’s been great walking around campus and seeing all my friends, many of whom I have not seen in over a year because they were abroad!

The next few days will actually be devoted to Freshmen, hopefully it will take my mind off being a Senior! On Friday I am going to the Leadership Luncheon and meeting with the CAB E-board to discuss ideas for next year, our fall retreat and the upcoming concert on September 1st with Pete Francis, the drummer from the band Dispatch. Saturday is what I like to call my "7 AM to 2 AM marathon". I have to get up bright and early to help move Freshmen in. For any incoming Freshmen reading this, get ready for a fun day because you can all sit back and relax while we carry your stuff in! I still remembering pulling up to Hanselman and having students and a few professors swarm my car… my things were carried in before I even had a chance to touch them! It seems fitting that I will be stationed at Hanselman this year, it seems like I have come full circle in a way. Feel free to say "Hello!"…unless I am buried under a futon, TV, shoe rack or desk chair in which case I may not be able to reply!

After moving people in I am running over to the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the first mass on campus for Freshman, their families and the Holy Cross community. It’s a beautiful mass, a fair number of tears are shed by parents and students alike, and I always love Greeting at it. Hopefully the rain holds off so it can be outside!

After mass is a CAB dinner then our first event of the year, Freshman First Night! The Special Committee always puts on the event, complete with inflatable obstacle courses, dancing, cotton candy and a Hawaiian themed cake! It’s always a fun event and us CABbies will be there until the wee hours of the morning making sure it goes perfectly.

The next couple of days will certainly be hectic, but as more and more friends arrive I am sure I will be able to cope with anything!

August 26, 2008

August 26th, 2008 by emhest09

I figured since I just returned from my wonderful “vacation from vacation” in Disneyworld, I should probably start updating again, especially now that preparations for school are underway!

This summer has been a work-filled yet restive one. May Term was such a fast paced and exciting experience that it felt great to get into a regular routine and relax a little bit. I have been working at the library almost everyday this summer and it has been such a joy. I have started incorporating skills I learned at Holy Cross, especially in CAB, to my job and was able to help coordinate an event for a popular book release as well as talk about my travels with the patrons that saw my postcards on the wall. I really could not ask for a better job or better co-workers, it is fun to go to a job every day where you can read picture books aloud on a whim, have stamps of Curious George all over your hands, and become skilled at answering the question “My child loved Harry Potter…what do I do now?” (you wouldn’t believe how often I get that one!) I attached some pictures of the Forbes Library Children’s room to give you an idea of where I spent the majority of my summer (the big fish is named Paco, he is the mascot of the children’s room!)

I had other fun little events this summer as well. I was able to make it out to Providence to visit with fellow blogger Amy Mullen and my friend Lexie, both of whom studied abroad. I thought it might be strange, especially because I had not seen Amy since September when she visited me but it was amazing how quickly everything came back to normal…friendship transcends oceans obviously! Amy, Jen and Abby, all of whom studied in Spain last year also made it out to Northampton for the sidewalks sales and it was great to show them around even if we were interrupted by one of a the many thunderstorms we have had this summer. Disneyworld was another great part of my summer; I had not been since I was in 8th grade and believe it or not I enjoyed it even more this time! As my mom said, “It was as magical as when you were younger, only now you have stamina!” This was certainly true and I had a great time reliving my childhood with my family.

With less 3 days left before I go back to school on the 28th in preparation for Freshman move in day, First Night, and the Mass of the Holy Spirit, I am having a hard time believing this summer is almost over and an even harder time believing I am truly a senior! Excitement is the overriding emotion however and after long email exchanges and phone conversations with my roommates, I think we have the apartment planned out and I can’t wait to get back to school!