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Spring Term

30 Mar

The nice weather finally coming around is a constant reminder of Spring Term. Taking one course for four weeks is not only a good way to become very knowledgeable about that one topic, but also offers a time to get to know Lexington, VA. With time to spend out in the nice weather people often explore the local mountain trails and rivers. Floating down the river is a very common activity during the Spring. With many off campus houses right on the river this is no hard task.

Although many schools have similar short class terms, they are usually in the Winter. W&L offers this short term in the Spring. In my opinion, this is the ideal time to offer such term. It not only allows students to focus on a topic they want, but also gets students to learn more about the surrounding Lexington area. Students take full advantage of this time and Spring Term is many students most favorite thing about their time here. With such a beautiful surrounding landscape, Spring Term is certainly something that makes W&L an enjoyable school for a student to attend.

Something Random

29 Jan

In the 60s in January!

Virginia weather is random. Last week we had snow. However, today we have blue skies and 60 degree weather…in January. The random surprises like this truly make one appreciate the beautiful surrounding scenery. Although there will surely be more cold days to come, weather like this makes one look forward to Spring term. Spring term at Washington and Lee is something many schools simply do not offer. During this term we take one class for four weeks. Some students take this opportunity to go study abroad, while others decide to focus  their interests on campus. Regardless of what class you take, Spring term gives students the opportunity to not only focus on just one class, but also to explore the surrounding Lexington area. With many off campus houses right on the river, which flows right outside of town, the Spring weather is greatly appreciated by all students. This experience is something that seems to be very unique to W&L. It is one of the many things about Washington and Lee that makes one’s time spent here different then from anywhere else.

The Flurries Begin!

25 Jan

It’s another Friday at W&L, and another chance for a snow storm! It’s a brisk 21 degrees and the flurries have started.  Everyone around campus is bundled up and bracing for another round of winter weather.  If you are visiting campus today, be on the lookout for some impromptu snowman building along Canaan Green. Campus sure looks beautiful in the snow, but I for one am ready for warm weather again.  Maybe with registration for Spring Term next week, things will start to heat up!

Washington Term

24 Sep

It may only be the first full week of fall, but believe it or not, it’s already time to start considering Spring Term opportunities. This Thursday evening, Professor Connelly will host an information session for his six-week Spring Term program, Washington Term (also known as “Wash Term”). During their six weeks in our nation’s capital, sixteen W&L students will work full-time Mondays through Thursdays at their internships, which can range from Capitol Hill to think tanks to publications like Politico. On Fridays, Professor Connelly travels to the District to lead class in the morning, followed by a special guest lecture or tour in the afternoon. The workload is demanding as you learn to balance your internship with the reading and term paper writing required for this six-credit Politics course. I participated in the Washington Term Program my sophomore year and loved it! It was hands down one of my most enriching experiences at W&L thus far, and I hope plenty of students will attend Thursday night’s session to learn more about this incredible opportunity!

Alumni Weekend

13 May

This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Alumni weekend has been filled with pictures, band parties and seeing old friends who have graduated and even parents. Many of my friends’ parents are alumni of W&L and come back frequently. Canaan Green has been filled with music, food and alumni all weekend and I could not have loved it more!

You Know It’s Spring Term When…

24 Apr

Spring Term officially began yesterday, but I already know exactly what every upperclassmen has tried to describe to me since I first looked at W&L as a college option.

I do not spend my lunch hour in D-Hall like Fall and Winter Term, but instead in spin class with an amazing teacher, Rob. I do not sit in a classroom during my afternoons, but instead sit on a mat in the meditation room at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center just outside of town. And my evenings hours do not tick by in Leyburn Library, but instead I get to experience yoga with Don (which, trust me, is no easy feat). I am actively participating in something, instead of sitting in a classroom, passively learning. It is kind of like riding on a motorcycle while on the highway.

“On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it’s right there, so blurred you can’t focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness.” -Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Spring Term is one of the most appealing and interesting things about W&L. Whether you are in Lexington with me or studying economics in Ghana, you are doing something special and unique. You are actively a part of the learning experience, you make the class what it is.

So, if you want a little piece of MY Spring Term experience then pick up a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig at your local bookstore.

Winter Term Ending

12 Apr

I can’t believe winter term is almost over.  It seems like only yesterday I was walking to my first spanish class of 2012 and now I am about to take the exam. This was my first winter at W&L and I loved every bit of it (though I wish we had more snow). Spring break is coming fast but that only means spring term is around the corner!  This has been an amazing first year and I am so glad I made the choice to be a General.