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Healthy living

1 Mar
Prof. Knapp encourages everyone to get a Flu Buddy for Flu Season

Prof. Knapp encourages everyone to get a Flu Buddy for Flu Season

From the little things like the coat hooks to the big deals like our Honor System, I find something I love about Washington and Lee every day. There are seemingly endless resources on campus whether you need to find an internship, mail a package, and update your computer software, but the one that never ceases to amaze me is our Health Center.

Open 24/7 the Student Health Center is always there for undergrads and law students alike who come down with a cold, sprain an ankle, or need a flu shot. Completely included in your tuition, you can go to the Health Center as much as necessary when you are enrolled at W&L, and I certainly take full advantage of this (essentially) free health care while I still have access to it. Yesterday in class I felt a small bump under my neck and, being a hypochondriac and chronic worrier, I began to freak out. I ran out to “go to the bathroom” (Sorry, Professor!) and made a quick call to the Student Health Center. And then, just 15  minutes after class ended I walked in the door to my appointment where I was instantly assured that it was entirely normal for a lymph node to get a little inflamed and that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I left feeling relieved not only from the knowledge that I was fine, but also the security in knowing I have a resource like the Health Center to calm all of my nerves and treat all of my ailments.

While the neck-bump was a non-issue, many students must visit the Health Center under less convenient circumstances. If a student happens to have, let’s say, consumed too much of a liquid substance, the Health Center will gladly take them in with open arms and an open cot for the evening, only to be released after they have seen a doctor and had a healthy breakfast the next morning. This resource comes with a guarantee that no student will get in trouble for seeking assistance when needed and ensures that all W&L students have a safe place to go at all times.

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How to survive exams!

6 Dec

As we finish up the last two days of classes, students at Washington and Lee enter the most grueling part of the semester: Finals. Although we are lucky enough to have the ability to schedule our exams (thank you, Honor System), exams are still the most stressful time of the year for most students. Some students take all their finals in the first few days of exam week and get home as soon as possible, while others spread out their exams as much as possible for study time and stay until the very last day. No matter your personal strategy for exam taking, there are a few undisputed ways to survive exams at W&L. In my opinion, there are two ways to survive exams at W&L:

1. Utilize the free coffee in the Co-op and in Leyburn: Since Lexington Coffee Shop is my favorite place in Lexington; you might understand why I appreciate free coffee. My roommate and I started the LexCo tradition early in the semester. It wasn’t long before our weekly trip turned into an addiction satisfied several times a week. The free coffee during exams reduced my expensive trips to LexCo and allowed me to have at least three or four cups of coffee a day, which is only truly acceptable during finals.

2Go to the midnight breakfast in D-hall: There are some dinners, which usually include grilled chicken, broccoli, and macaroni and cheese, which go above and beyond expectations. Thanksgiving dinner is the most delectable meal at d-hall, second to the Harvest Dinner before Thanksgiving. Still, the midnight breakfast was by far the best meal of the entire semester. The dining hall was full of upperclassmen and freshmen all using this study break to stress eat. It’s so worth it.

On the positive side, there are a few things about exams that make them almost fun, in the slightest ways. For me, these things include the excuse to use highlighters, legal pads, post-it notes, and staplers excessively. My appreciation for office supplies and organization thrives during exams. After a few sleepless nights and dozens of cups of coffee, I will be sure to survive another set of exams at Washington and Lee.

Washington Hall is Almost Done!

5 Dec

I’ve been dying to get into Washington Hall since I got to W&L last fall. The middle hall on the Colonnade, it houses the President’s office as well as parts of a few academic departments. It had been undergoing renovation for about two years and has just recently been opened, although there are a few finishing touches to be added in the entryway. I had almost gotten used to the maroon construction walls, but I’m really interested in our history and I’m excited that part of our architectural history is with us again.

The Colonnade renovation is now 60% complete: Robinson (math) and Tucker (languages) Halls have yet to go under the knife. This is such an important project because it increases accessibility and brings out the functional characteristics as well as the beauty of some of our major classroom buildings. I spoke to one of my advisors, Professor DeLaney, about the earlier renovations to Newcomb and Payne Halls, and he felt that they preserved the buildings’ character as well as made them more usable.

Having spent much time in Robinson and Tucker, I am so excited to see those buildings renovated in the coming years. Altogether I’m glad W&L is willing to put time, effort, and money into our historic buildings and I hope they, like our school, continue to last far into the future.

Sorority Dining

30 Oct

Sorority Row…on a sunnier day!

It seems like the Sorority chefs know when it’s going to be a rainy day out because we always seem to have an awesome soup/hummus/bread bar out at least one of the houses. With a minimum of four different soups to chose from, five different types of yummy bread and plenty of dips and spread, the sorority chefs know what’s up when it’s getting cold and drizzly. We’re lucky because with sorority dining, you get to go to any one of the six houses for lunch. That means you could get a little bit of everything as you make your way down the row with a plate….

With Sandy rolling into Lex, my fingers are crossed that one of the houses will be offering my favorite chicken noodle soup and spinach artichoke dip today!!

Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane

29 Oct

It started out as an inside joke among my fellow Resident Advisers: could there be any bigger, better, or crazier hall program than skydiving?  On our slim budgets the most exciting hall programs most of us had hosted were pizza parties and fitness classes. The idea of taking our halls of freshmen and upperclassmen skydiving seemed hilariously impossible. But somehow over the last year word of our joke had trickled up to the Student Affairs office, and they decided to make it happen! Four of my upperclassmen residents had the chance to go skydiving in nearby Orange, VA for half price this Saturday, subsidized by the school.

Despite Hurricane Sandy sweeping up the coast, in Orange the skies were clear, with no sign of the storm besides a cool breeze. As the plane climbed one of the guides asked me if I was nervous. When I answered “not yet,” he told me to check my wrist altimeter for how high we were. When I answered him, “About 4,000 feet,” he laughed and said, “Well we’re only about half way.” That’s when the nerves kicked in. As we shuffled to the open door and stood looking over the edge it seemed impossibly surreal: that patchwork blanket of fields dotted with tiny cotton clouds certainly couldn’t be the ground. That feeling was lost in a sudden rush of air as my tandem partner and I stepped into the open sky. Free-falling I felt too much adrenaline to be scared at all, and my exhilarated yells were lost in the roar of air that pulled at my hands and face. All too soon there was a sudden yank on my shoulders, and the parachute billowed open above us. Hanging almost still in midair after such a rush was scarier than jumping out of the plane to begin with, and I suddenly wanted to get to the ground as soon as possible. The guide took my mind off things with a series of acrobatic spins, and the slow descent became a dizzying flurry of tricks as he maneuvered the chute over our heads. With a gentle thump we reached the ground again, where my residents and I giggled for the next hour as the adrenaline wore off. We’ve been talking about the experience non-stop for the last few days.

It was amazing! Thank you W&L for giving me yet another unforgettable college experience. (And we can even say we skydived in a hurricane!…at least the  very edge of one.)

Living Off Campus

27 Sep

I absolutely love that students are encouraged to live off campus their Junior and Senior years.  This may mean that if on that sleepy day I don’t wake up to my alarm, I can’t spring to class and make it on time, but the short drive from my house to school is scenic and just long enough to listen to an upbeat song to start the day right. Since the beginning of this school year, my housemates and I have had 3 successful and delicious dinner parties, and plan on having many more.  Living in a house we call our own provides a place for friends to come over and cook delicious meals, watch new hysterical TV episodes, and just catch up about life.  I love coming home from a long day of classes and chatting with friends on my porch that overlooks the Maury River.  There are different benefits of the living arrangements every year at W&L, but having my own beautiful house in lovely Lexington might be my favorite living arrangement yet.

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Another Beautiful Day

26 Sep

Another Beautiful Day

Soaking up the beautiful 85 degree day by studying on the sorority house porch.