Due to some funky scheduling, we celebrated Christmas this weekend at W&L! Even though it’s technically not even Thanksgiving yet, I didn’t hear any complaints. Everyone got in the Christmas spirit for cocktail parties and nice dinners. It seems like there’s a big event going on just about every weekend, and Christmas is definitely one of my favorites. It definitely helps to have exciting weekends to keep us motivated and on the study grind during the week. Most fraternity houses do it big with the decorations–there’s a picture of mine.
Christmas Weekend came early to W&L, so some of my friends and I decided to celebrate the closer upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving! Everyone brought a dish or an appetizer and we got to stuff ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner #1. My friend Audrey (left in the photo) cooked TWO turkeys and they were both delicious. Everything else was awesome too but I was very proud of my mac and cheese. It was fun to get dressed up, hang out with some friends in different sororities, and have a glass of wine or two. This was one instance where it’s really great to have off-campus houses for baking and party purposes! After Friendsgiving we got to go out and enjoy Christmas weekend too, so it was really a win-win situation and a fun way to start the week before we have to buckle down and start studying for finals!
(Audrey and I being festive!)
-Taylor McPherson ’14
At many points during this semester, my mind has wandered to a faraway place where I studied abroad last year this time: ROME. It was the most amazing experience and if I could do it all over again, I would. I’d describe my study abroad experience as one big adventure. My weekends were spent traveling across Italy and to other countries in Europe as my weekdays consisted of classes and exploring all the amazing spots Rome has to offer! As an art history minor, I was able to fully embrace the art center that Rome is in two art history classes that I took during my time at John Cabot University. These classes were not your typical class, either-they were “on site” classes meaning the class would be conducted either at a monument, church, or museum in order to learn about the art while being surrounded by it. I am currently taking two art history classes now, and it really just isn’t the same learning about art pieces while they are projected onto a giant screen in the classroom. This was one of the many highlights of my abroad life that I miss so much! Along with the amazing food, of course…
This is a picture I took standing on top of Gianicolo Hill, one of my favorite spots in Rome. A little off the beaten track, this hill was about a ten minute walk from where I lived. Up a steep hill and about 100 steps takes you to this hill overlooking all of Roma. Bella, no?
As the fall term of my senior year comes to an end, the reality of entering the next phase in life is starting to hit me. The Career Center at W&L has been a useful resource in helping me figure out what to do after I graduate. We receive weekly emails with various job and internship opportunities available.
Additionally, W&L has its own version of LinkedIn called Colonnade Connections where current students and alumni can network. Students also have lots of chances to meet with alumni in person through events on campus, such as the Journalism and Mass Communications Ethics Institutes in the fall and winter terms.
Even though it all seems a bit overwhelming to think about going into “the real world,” I’m grateful for the resources I have at W&L to make the transition smoother along every step of the way.
- Olivia Davis ’14
This weekend was Christmas weekend! Usually, this is the weekend right after Thanksgiving break, and it is filled with cocktail parties. Last night, we had a red square cocktail and there was a DJ! The fraternity house we went to has a roast of all their members. It was hilarious! Also, it was my two of my friends 21st birthdays! So, we went to a local brewery and grabbed a drink from Macados! We also decorated our house while listening to Christmas music! Here is a picture of our Christmas tree!
People at W&L and outside of it (cough cough a lot of college ranking websites cough cough) tout W&L’s alumni connections as one way in which it is a unique and great school. Though I am a senior and probably should be using this alumni network to aid my job search, I haven’t gotten there yet. That doesn’t mean as a student I have not yet benefited from an alumi connection, however. In my Communication Theory class with Professor Artwick in the J-school, we had the opportunity to skype today with an alumnus, Austin Stair Calhoun, a PhD candid at the University of Minnesota. She had some really interesting things to say about the representation of women in sports media. She discussed her specific research about women coaches’ bios and how often same-sex or non-traditonal family narratives are left out, something that was not a problem in the bios of male coaches. This is something I had never thought of before and I am really grateful that W&L has alumni who are still willing to take time out of their busy schedule to talk to undergrads in class. I know that if one day I have a job that pertains to either of my majors I would be happy to talk to current W&L students and I love that we can do this at such a small school!
Unrelated: here’s a gorgeous picture I took of campus.
-Taylor McPherson ’14
Community service opportunities seem to be everywhere at W&L. Students can be found tabling by the Commons any day of the week promoting various events and charities. My sorority ran two philanthropy events this semester. We delivered buffalo wings to students on a Friday night for one event. We hosted a “pie war” with a fraternity for our other event, where students got to pay to throw pies at each other. My sorority donated the proceeds from these two events to our national philanthropy which focuses on literacy. Even outside of Greek life, W&L gives students many options for community service activities, like working with local public schools as tutors and mentors or walking dogs at the Rockbridge SPCA. Helping out the local area is a fun and productive way for me to spend some of my free time in Lexington. I’m glad that W&L does such a good job of facilitating these chances to volunteer.
- Olivia Davis ’14