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Getting ready for dinner at Mary Karen’s loft!

November 17th, 2009

So, I am sitting in my room right now, waiting for Kaitlyn to drive us to Mary Karen’s (Vice President of Enrollment) loft in downtown Wooster. I am so excited! It has been a very long time since I have wrote anything on my blog…and A LOT has happened! However, I do not have too much time to write before I leave.

This week is International Education Week on campus and there are a lot of fun activities going on around campus. Tomorrow is the “Flavors of the World” dinner, which celebrates the five Ambassador’s countries and their food in a 15 course meal! Last Saturday was the kick-off for this week; a bunch of us went to the international culture show. There is so much stuff going on leading up to Thanksgiving Break.

On Saturday, I leave for Chicago for a Model UN Conference. This year, we are representing Zimbabwe and Jordan; I am representing Zimbabwe in the World Food Programme. I cannot wait to leave; we are staying on Michigan Avenue in a historic hotel. It will be so nice to get off campus for a few days. Furthermore, my friend Lindsay just got back from France, where she used Copeland Funding to do research for her IS. My friend Stephani leaves at 5AM tomorrow to head for Russia. We all love COPELAND FUNDING!

Well, that is all for now. I am clearly rambling with no purpose! ūüôā

Weekend Festivities…

September 13th, 2009

I am so bad at keeping this blog updated! I feel like I did such a better job last year…I hope they do not fire me! Anyways, this weekend was a lot of fun! There was a lot going on, and my friends and I discovered a fun, new place close to campus (The Wooster Inn Pub)! Friday night, we all went to the Wooster Inn Pub, to hang out and celebrate getting through our third week of Independent Study!

Enjoying each others company...SURPRISE!

The Wooster Inn Pub

Friday was also Party On The Green (a campus wide event that featured Black Violin and other live music on the residential quad). It was a pretty low key night for me Friday because I had a cross country race the next morning. The cross country team got together for a hydration party on Friday night and drank lots of gatorade and water to get pumped up for the next day.

I had to wake up at 6:15AM on Saturday to get breakfast so that I would be able to get on the bus on time for our meet at Walsh University. It was a great day to run, with perfect weather and a relatively flat course. Both the women’s and men’s teams did well, coming in 2nd and 3rd respectively; I think Coach Rice was pleased with our performance as a group. When we got back to campus, we had the entire afternoon to get homework done and relax. Personally, I went home for a few hours, before returning for the evening.

Saturday night was great! We all had so much fun running around on campus, going from house to house and dorm to dorm. There were a handful of fun things going on, and we were all up in to the early morning!

Well, that’s enough for now. I have to go eat and get working on so IS.

What a WONDERFUL day in Wooster!

September 5th, 2009

I have not written on my blog in forever! I have been so busy with getting started with my Senior Independent Project, staying on track with all my meetings that I have, and catching up with all of my friends. Today has been an amazing day in Wooster! I woke up around 9AM and went and got breakfast with some friends at a restaurant called Farmer Boy; I got pancakes! After breakfast I came back to campus and just relaxed for a bit; it is gorgeous here. It is about 80* and full sun today.

Today was also the first football game. We played Waynesburg, and we debuted our brand new turf field. Unfortunately, we lost 42-39, but the weather was perfect and it was great to hang out with my friends. All of us were saying how today felt more like a summer day than a weekend. It really has been wonderful. A group of us also headed off campus to the prime outlets and did some shopping (i.e. Tess got a new winter coat at 75% off)!

Later today I am going to head to my friend’s house for a Labor Day party, and then I will be back on campus for some fun!

Why the College of Wooster?

June 1st, 2009

It seems like it was forever ago that my mom and I started the¬†infamous¬†“college search” (which many of you that are reading this blog might be on). At times I was bored, but I knew when I liked something about a school. I had physically looked at what seems like 40 schools during high school, from larger universities to smaller liberal arts colleges. I was exposed to the perks of going to a huge school, but found everything I wanted, and more, at the smaller liberal arts institutions, like The College of Wooster.

The College of Wooster is a unique place; it has so much to offer, and I am extremely happy that I chose to come to this institution of higher learning. I remember my tour, not everything about it, but most of it. I remember saying that I “play cross country” as I entered (what I consider the epitome of a collegiate library) Timken Science Library; seeing all of the friendly people around, who appeared to genuinely love their school; enjoying the beautiful campus, which appeared to be manicured perfectly in many places; talking about how Wooster was the right fit for me (even if it was only an hour and twenty minutes from home); and experiencing a place that I could call home for the next four years.

I was drawn to the Senior Independent Study (IS) Project that Wooster had to offer and the opportunity to do a masters-like thesis at the undergraduate level. I wasn’t thinking about graduate school or a master’s degree in high school, but I knew that this “IS Project” was something that Wooster did well and perfected. I was excited to work one-on-one with a faculty advisor during the¬†entirety of my senior year; to choose a topic that was not going to be assigned to me, but one that I could pick on my own; and to build the many important¬†intangible¬†skills, like effective time management, organization, and¬†communication. The IS was the main reason I decided to come to Wooster; it made me reconsider the distance of Wooster from my home and it made me realize that I wanted to attend an institution that just focused on undergraduate study.

Wooster has so many incredible things to offer, and over the next few weeks, I am going to highlight the main reasons why I decided to come to Wooster. I absolute love this place, and would not want to be anywhere else. 

Cheers from DC! ALEX

Two weeks notice for the class of 2009!

April 26th, 2009

I have not written in a while because I have been extremely busy with JUNIOR IS and two GROUP PROJECTS!!! It is crunch time at The College of Wooster. So, since the last time that I wrote, a lot has happened. On Friday (4/24), classes were cancelled for the IS Symposium (an event that gave the seniors an opportunity to talk about and present their IS presentations around campus), there was a BBQ at The Office of Admissions, and I threw a party for the Model United Nations Team. On Saturday (4/25), I had the last orientation training session and did lots of work, work, work in the library till 9:30PM. There was a big event on Saturday, sponsored by the Wooster Activities Crew (WAC) called Springfest (a campus wide event with live music, food, games, and FUN!!). 

In addition, the weather here has been AMAZING! It has been between 80-85* the past few days, and it is supposed to be just as nice tomorrow too! The weather is not helping me with getting all my homework done, so I have to lock myself in the library till it closes. 

Here are some pictures of the past couple of days and weeks! Enjoy and I will write more (after my French Junior IS is DONE!):

Sagely...I am going to MISS YOU!!

Sagely...I am going to MISS YOU!!

Don't we clean up nicely!

Don't we clean up nicely!

Hanging out on Lowry Patio

Hanging out on Lowry Patio

Late night fun in WOO-DIGGITY!

Late night fun in WOO-DIGGITY!

Oh ASIANS and their "peace signs" 

Global Engagement Summit 2009

April 18th, 2009

I just got out of The College of Wooster’s first annual Global Engagement Summit. The Global Engagement Summit (GES) at The College of Wooster gave students the opportunity to explore global¬†engagement¬†and develop skills for working in the non-profit sector. The day consisted of an opening speech by Patrick Sciarratta (the creator and director of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations), three workshop sessions, a keynote speaker (President Grant Cornwell), and a closing panel with all of the participants.

The overall mission of the Global Engagement Network (GEN) at The College of Wooster is to enable students to think as global citizens and act as global change agents.

I attended three workshops today (there were a total of nine offered). My first session was with Dave Welbourn, a gentleman who has¬†focused¬†his career in developing resources for the growth of nonprofit institutions and teaches philanthropy and¬†strategic¬†planning as a consultant and volunteer for a¬†variety¬†of non-profit organizations. The workshop was titled “Major Gifts and¬†Sustainability” and it focused on answering questions about how to sustain an endeavor in the non-profit sector. He discussed how to¬†determine¬†which responsibilities can be accomplished¬†efficiently¬†and lastingly, and offered information about the “gift pyramid”.

My second workshop was titled “Proposal Writing and Global Philanthropy”, and was also with Mr. Dave Welbourn. This session offered insight on how to write proposals, as well as learning techniques for maximizing impact and finding funding to achieve our dreams.

My third workshop was led by Andrew Baird, a 1984 College of Wooster graduate who is a senior associate for Making Cents International. He is an enterprise development specialist with more than twenty years of international youth entrepreneurship and micro development experience. His session was titled, “Cultural Literacy: Women in Developing Countries”, and looked into discussing the importance of cultural literacy and provide relevant insight on working with women in developing countries.

So, that has been my day so far. The summit was from 9:30AM-4PM, and now it is time to work on my Junior Independent Study Project (the final draft is due on Tuesday!!!). I want to get as much done before the swim team formal tonight!

Sincerely your globally engaged blogger, ALEXANDER

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY:

The current view outside my window!!!

IT'S 73* and full sun in Wooster!!!!

I’m in NYC till Sunday for a Model United Nations Conference

April 7th, 2009

I just got to New York City for a Model United Nations Conference. We left at 2AM this morning and arrived around 12PM. Model United Nations Club is a group on campus that is dedicated to multicultural understanding and is interested in global issues. We meet once a week and go to two conferences a year (Chicago in the Fall, New York City in the Spring). This year in NYC we are representing Germany, and my partner Esther and I are on the Commission on Sustainable Development. I will write more later, but for now, here is the view from our hotel room:

New York Marriott Marquis on Times Square

The view from the New York Marriott Marquis on Times Square, though our room view has no view of Times Square. ūüôĀ

Well, signing off from NYC for now. More to come later, hopefully including lots of fun pictures! The Honorable Delegate from Germany, ALEX

BUSY, BUSY, FUN, BUSY weekend!

April 5th, 2009

Well, I just turned in my Junior IS Research Design & Methods Section; it was due today at 4:00pm, and I turned it in at 3:58pm…too close if you ask me! Anyways, this weekend has been so much fun, and I am so excited about tonight. It is/was truly a BUSY, BUSY, FUN, BUSY weekend!

Here is what I have done in just the past 24-hours, and here’s what I will be doing in the next 24-hours!

(1) RELAY FOR LIFE: Relay for Life was on campus this weekend. Relay for Life is a national event that is used to raise money to promote cancer¬†awareness¬†and to fight cancer. It is a 24-hour event where people walk laps around a track (in most cases) for the entire time. Unfortunately, this year, the event was held indoors because of weather conditions; it is usually held outdoors on our track. It was a lot of fun still, and a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be. Our team the “Hippo Heroes” did a spa day to raise money for the event, while other teams sold grilled cheese sandwiches, drinks, and cookies, or asked for money to pie a Resident Assistant (RA) in the face, to play¬†root-beer¬†pong, and to tie-dye shirts. I stayed at Relay for Life till about 12:30pm before heading back for the night.¬†

(2)¬†JAMAICAN¬†JERK COOK-OFF: The International Students’ Association (ISA) put on a Jamaican Jerk Cook-Off in Kittredge Dining Hall on Friday night. It was so much fun! President Grant Cornwell, the Senior Associate Dean of Students Carolyn Buxton, professor of economics Amyaz Moledina, and others each cooked their version of jerk chicken. There was a group of five judges that than decided who the winner was going to be. The event was filled with trivia, great music, and lots of food. ¬†

(3)¬†“LETTING GO” PLAY: The play¬†“Letting Go” focuses on the idea of letting go of one’s fears, anxieties, stereotypes, assumptions, people we love, people who harm us, etc.¬†The play also focused on inter-generational acting through the Boomerang Intergenerational Theatre Company. I went on Friday night with my friend Lindsay, so that we could take a break from Relay for Life. One of the other bloggers, Bastiaan was in the play, so it was really great to get to watch him act.

(4) STUDENT ORIENTATION TRAINING SESSION: 9am-1pm…No Saturday goes by without a wonderful training session with my favorite people on this campus. At the orientation training session we worked on developing the theme for next year’s orientation program and went over logistically stuff. The Orientation Program is so much fun, and I can’t wait until Fall 2009 to help out with moving in first-year students.¬†

(5) DINNER WITH MOM AT SOUTH MARKET BISTRO: scallops, lamb, veal, and red snapper!!! Yep my mom and I went out to dinner on Saturday night. We had two appetizers, in addition to our own meals at one of the best restaurants in Wooster. South Market Bistro is an American bistro that uses local, organically-grown ingredients whenever possible and is dedicated to food craftsmanship of the highest order. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the bistro is situated in a carefully-renovated space on the ground floor of a turn-of-the-century building. 

(6) GIRL’S LACROSSE FORMAL: On Saturday night, I went to the girl’s lacrosse formal with my friend Eileen. The formal was at Kate House, one of the on-campus houses. It was probably the most fun I have had since IS Monday. We went to the formal around 10pm, hung out with the team and their dates, played some games, and just chilled. After the formal, we went to the infamous Mom’s for¬†greasy-food and hung out with some of our other friends in Douglass Hall. I really enjoyed the formal a lot because I did not know 95% of the people there; I love meeting new people! I ended up going to bed around 4am, so you can say that I am pretty tired today.¬†

Well, what a busy, busy, fun, busy weekend! Now, off to do some homework! ALEX

Relay for Life

April 3rd, 2009

Today is Relay for Life on campus, but it is so cold, rainy, and yucky out that it has been moved from the track to the physical education center. It is always a really fun, campus-wide event, so I am not worried about that, but I love when Relay for Life is outside. I will post lots of pictures later, but this is all for now.

We are the poster children for Relay for Life

We are the poster children for Relay for Life

International Students’ Association (ISA) Dinner

March 31st, 2009

“The International Student Association (ISA) is a student organization, chartered with two main goals: 1) to celebrate and support international students at The College; and 2) to promote international understanding and awareness across our campus.”

Tonight, there was an ISA dinner where three students shared their spring break experiences with the campus in Lowry Center Ballroom. Sheldon Masters (2009) went to Kenya, Anna Lemler (2010) went to Montgomery, West Virginia, and Matthew McNaughton (2010) went to Botswana. All of the trips were service trips that were sponsored by organizations on campus. While some were week long trips, others took the entire two week break. Activities in the locations included informing and educating community members about AIDS; building and constructing walls, wells, and floors; staying with host families; taking field trips into areas with wild game; talking about the importance of certain health practices; and much more!

The dinner featured food from Kenya and Botswana and was about an hour long. ISA has dinners about ever month, giving students the opportunity to hear about different international experiences from students who have traveled somewhere cool, while also giving international students the opportunity to talk about their respective culture, customs, and experiences. It is a great resource for not just the international students on campus, but is open to the entire campus to join and become involved in.

Cheers for now, ALEX

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY:

Myself, Sarah, Anne-Marie, and Anna at the Darhas de MPal (Senegal)

Myself, Sarah, Anne-Marie, and Anna at the Darhas de MPal, a Coranic school in Senegal, West Africa (note: it was not necessary for me to wear the headscarf)

IS MONDAY!!!

March 23rd, 2009

IT’S FINALLY HERE, THE DAY WHEN ALL THE SENIORS MUST HAVE THEIR INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECTS IN!!!

The first day after spring break, all the seniors must have their Independent Study (IS) Projects in by 5pm to the Registrar’s Office. IS is Wooster’s senior capstone project that all students must complete to graduate. The thesis project is done within your major on a topic that you choose and want to¬†research¬†for the¬†entirety¬†of your senior year. It is the main reason why I decided to come to Wooster, and without a doubt is going to be one of my best¬†experiences¬†at Wooster (after I finish it…)!!!

I’ll talk later about the IS process at Wooster, and how Wooster focuses on¬†individualizing¬†the¬†entire¬†process for every student, because I wanted to have this blog be mostly pictures of the IS parade. The IS parade happens at 5pm, taking the entire senior class (led by the Dean of Students and our Scot Piping Band) through the¬†academic¬†quad, past the libraries and registrar’s office, and finally into Kittredge Dining Hall. It is one of the most school spirited and high energy days on campus! WOOSTER I LOVE YOU!

“My Life at Wooster” and my weekend

March 1st, 2009

So, a while back, some of my friends had to make a video about their lives at The College of Wooster for a class, and this is what they produced!

\”My Life at Wooster\”

On another note, this weekend was so much fun! Right now I am at the library trying to study for my Research Methods & Designs Exam that I have on Thursday, but I couldn’t help to waste some time and write a short entry.

Friday Night: The night started out with a group of my friends and I going to see our stand-up comedy group on campus, “Don’t Throw Shoes” perform in one of our basement lounges. It was a lot of fun, and it was actually my first time to see the group. The group performs about once a month and follows a¬†similar¬†format to “Whose Line is it Anyways?”. The turn out was great (there were easily 200 people that showed up), and it was so nice to laugh after what had been a very long week for me. After “Don’t Throw Shoes,” a hall-mate and I had a party in our suite. It was so much fun and a lot of people came over. We were all hanging out in my room and getting ready to go see a Reggaeton group at the Underground (UG). We got to the UG around midnight, danced and then headed to Mom’s for some greasy food.

Saturday Night: I left campus to visit a friend at her school; it was her 21st birthday, so I thought she might deserve a visit. It is always so interesting to go to other campuses and see their social atmospheres compared to Wooster. It was a lot of fun…but WOOSTER IS THE BEST!¬†

Now…back to homework.

Sincerely, Studious Alexander

After 18 hours of driving…

February 25th, 2009

My sister came up this past weekend, and we had a lot of fun together! She is at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and was stressing out about her classes and how her professors don’t seem to listen to her input…oh Jackie!

Anyways, I drove down on Friday afternoon after sitting in on a prospective one-year professor candidate for the Political Science Department, getting a terrible grade on my International Political Economy exam, and going over interviews for The New Student Orientation Committee for the Class of 2013 (wow, I am getting OLD!). The drive to Miami University was long and I think I got lost about 50 times, but once I got there it was okay. So, I picked up my sister and then we went to Easton Shopping Center in Columbus, Ohio before returning to Wooster for the evening. We decided that we were going to help out the US economy by spending all our money!

We did not get back on campus until 12:15am and at 12:10am I was pulled over by the Wooster police…¬†Sergeant¬†“Joe” said that I had crossed the center line numerous times and stopped too far ahead of the line at the traffic light; he thought I was drunk, but I explained that I had been driving since 1pm and then I was off. When we got to campus, we unpacked and I called my friends to see what they were up to. I was told there was a rave party in the Douglas (residential building), so Jackie and I head over there to see what was going on.

We got to the party and it had died down, so we decided to go to the Underground or UG (an on campus bar-like dance place for students to go). The UG was a lot of fun, but we didn’t stay long. We made our way to Mom’s Truckstop¬†with my friends Tess and Eileen¬†for mozzarella sticks…where it seemed like we were waiting for hours upon hours. We had our delicous greasy food and then head back to Luce (my residential building) to go to bed.

On Saturday morning, we did absolutely nothing! We watched VH1 Top 20 music videos and didn’t eat until 12:30-1pm…it was a pretty normal Saturday morning. Saturday evening I had people over in my room and we partied until we decided that we needed to head to another party. We headed to one of the fraternity houses and then we called it a night because we needed to leave by 8:30AM the next morning!

Sunday=DRIVING, DRIVING, and DRIVING!!!! Then too much HOMEWORK that I had not started…

Well, that’s it for now, I will write again soon! PEACE! -alex