This past weekend Washington and Lee hosted Parents and Family Weekend. During this weekend the family members of students come to visit. Although many other schools have such weekends, W&L’s Parents and Family Weekend is a unique experience. Parents attend classes with students, meet with Professors, attend Fraternity and Sorority events, and go out with their kids and friends afterwards to celebrate. This weekend truly offers parents an inside look as to what W&L is like. For those parents who are not alumni, being able to see what makes W&L; W&L is a very enlightening experience. After my first Parents and Family Weekend my parents left feeling amazed at how close the community was. The professors know the students, everyone says hello to one another (thank you speaking tradition), and the overall atmosphere is one of warmth and relaxation. Although the small town of Lexington can feel a bit crowded with the influx of people, the energy is high and everyone is smiling. To me, the best part of Parents and Family Weekend is not only being able to see my family, but also showing them what I am experiencing day in and day out as a student at Washington and Lee.
It was such a blast watching the General’s beat Hampden-Sydney in the 4th overtime this past Saturday. The football game was just one part of an amazing Parent’s Weekend that was busy and tiring but totally worth it. I don’t think any studens will be hungry for the next few days after a weekend of dining out with the family (or a friends family) and filling up on hors d’oeuvres at cocktail parties.
This Parents’ Weekend, my friend Margaret invited our friends’ families to her parents’ cabin for dinner. Margaret’s dad is a W&L alum and her two older brothers are recent W&L grads, so Parents’ Weekend has been a family tradition for them for the past 8 years. The five of us girls will be living in an off-campus house together junior and senior years, so we were so excited for our parents to meet each other. We dined on Lexington specialties- Salerno’s pasta and Sweet Treats cupcakes. Yum! Three of our moms, mine included, knew each other at Hollins College, and we listened to their stories from when W&L was all-male. I feel very fortunate to go to a university where we get to know our friends’ families.
W&L’s Contact Committee and the Outing Club will be cosponsoring a talk by Aron Ralston on November 1! Mr. Ralston was the real life inspiration for the movie ’127 Hours’ with James Franco. The Contact Committee is a student organization that brings prominent speakers on campus. Last year, Frank Abagnale, Rudy Giuliani, and Adrian Grenier came to speak. This is just one of the many reasons why W&L is so great. It is a small school with big resources. There is so much going on in our little town in Virginia. Did I mention that all of these speakers are free for the students? Plus, that weekend is Parents Weekend so it is going to be one great week!
80 degrees and then snow? We couldn’t believe it when we got to enjoy the beautiful 80 degree weather in the middle of October last week! Now, as hurricane Sandy gets closer to Virginia, snow is in the forecast for this beginning of this week! As our parents pack their bags for this coming Parents’ Weekend they better prepare for all kinds of crazy Lexington weather!
Parent’s Weekend is here again, and this year mother nature has given us a surprise…IT’S SNOWING! It started late last night and is still going strong this morning. Although it hasn’t been cold enough for it to be really sticking, there is just enough on the ground for me to make a snowball, and as a South Carolina girl, this is perfect! Thankfully it won’t get in the way of my weekend plans with my mom, which include dinner at bistro, hors de’oeuvres at a friend’s house, and a brunch at the sorority house. And of course, the Palmetto Party, which is a party thrown by the SC alumni for all students from SC and their families. Its a perfect Parent’s Weekend!
It’s finally here! Parents’ Weekend 2011. I can’t wait for my parents to get here. Hopefully, like many other parents, they will attend class with me. They’ll get to see what my life at Washington and Lee is like and meet my friends and my professors. This weekend will be filled with Walmart trips, nice dinners, and tons of dancing. And of course there’s a big football game tonight! Go Gennies!!!
Parent’s Weekend is almost here! I’m excited to have my family come down and get a glimpse of life here at W&L. There’s a bunch of things to do this weekend! Friday night the reigning ODAC champion Generals take on Catholic in Football. This is the first time in a long time that a football game will be on a Friday. There’s tailgating before the game on the field near the Law School. On Saturday there are concerts and open houses to go to, or you could just make your own schedule! There’s always a band party in Red Square on Saturday night. It’s so funny to see parents at a college party.
The weekend of Oct 28-30 my parents will be joining me in Lexington for Parents Weekend! This is one of my absolute favorite weekends of the year. Parents come to Lexington to be with their kids and experience life on W&L’s campus. My dad is a W&L graduate and he absolutely loves coming back to W&L. And I love having him here too! My mom and dad’s favorite part of the weekend is the annual TexLex party. All of the Texans of W&L gather together in the midst of Mexican food, cowboy hats, and Texas pride. I can’t wait y’all!