Let’s Ask Students: What Do You Do with Your Spare Time?

Pie GraphAs college students we value our free time because we seldom have any. Between classes, work, sports, and whatever other crazy things you have going on it is hard to find a moment to do anything else. If you do manage to find some free time, campus offers some great ways to spend it. If you want to catch up on class work the Millar Library is a great place to go. It has three floors, complete with study rooms, computers, and a quantitative skills center. The library is open late on weeknights so you can get done what ever you need before class the next day. There are many other places around campus for your studying needs and even around Chestertown. If you rather spend your free time working on your fitness, head over to the JFC or take a run through town. You can even catch up on sleep in your free time! Whether it just is a catnap or a five-hour deep sleep, I believe afternoon naps help one feel revitalized and ready to go! And of course you can always hangout with your friends in you free time. You can grab your friends and walk into town to a local coffee shop or sit by the waterfront. The Chester Five movie theater is a great place to go with a large group of friends because there is room for everyone, or hit up a one of town’s fabulous restaurants and have a fun night out with friends. No matter what you do to hang out with friends, just being together is a great way to spend your time!

I asked fellow students how they preferred to spend their free time and I was surprised by the results. I thought a lot more people would like to sleep during their free time, however, it appears students are more active than I had assumed.  36.4% of people I asked said that they did work during their free time, and another 36.4% said that they chose to hangout with fiends. Of those I asked 18.2% said they went to the gym and only 9% took naps. So it does not matter what you do with your free time as long as it makes you happy. You have earned your free time and can spend it anyway you wish!

How Do You Feel About Your Dorm?

Minta Martin dorm  By Brooke Harig

Minta Martin dorm
By Brooke Harig

The Washington College campus is home to about 1500 students. For the students living on campus, there are several different living situations to choose from. Each dorm is unique in its own way. I talked to students and gathered information to see what the pros and cons are of some of the residence halls on campus. Here is what I found out:

Minta Martin – This dorm is great for meeting new people, whether you are in the hall or walking down the Cater Walk to cross the street. This is where many girls find their closest friends. The biggest complaints of living here are having communal bathrooms and having to cross the street to get to classes and the dinning hall.

Kent – Kent is known for its stellar location on campus, which is only a few steps away from the dining hall! Marie Wrenn ’17 added, “It’s a rather small building so you aren’t sharing a bathroom with a ton of people. Sometimes the hot water doesn’t work, the heat only works sometimes, and the walls are thin.”

The Quad – Home to the three on-campus fraternities, the quad is very centrally located. Ian Moore ’17, who lives in Talbot House, said he enjoys it because he lives with his closest friends. Ian said he doesn’t like that, “some rooms are small and there is mold.”

Western Shore – The Western Shore dorms are great because they allow students to feel more independent. These dorms have suites with four single rooms, a living room, and a kitchenette. Maddie Zins ’15, a member of Habitat for Humanity, said she does not like, “that walk to class when you are just not about attending an 8:30, and the river-sized puddles that accrue in the Western Shore brick pathways.”

Chester – Gabby Leach ’18 was very lucky for living in Chester as a freshman. She said, “It has really nice bathrooms and rooms, a lot of extra space in the common room, and the elevators are nice.” Her only complaint is that it is really far away from the other side of campus so it’s difficult to see friends.

Sierra Montuori

Staff Photographer

Gym Etiquette

DSC_0029Going to the gym is a great way to stay fit, take a study break, and even hang out with friends. The JFC has so many amenities that allow you to get the most out of your workout. From treadmills, to bench presses, and even a Jacobs Ladder, the gym has it all. With 25% of the student body involved in varsity sports and an average size gym, it can feel a little cramped at times. When the gym is packed you may find it intimidating to workout; but if you know what you’re doing and respect the “gym etiquette” everyone can exercise in peace. As a frequent gym goer I have picked up on some of the most common dos and don’ts. It is always important to wipe down your equipment when you are finished because it helps keep everything sanitary. Also it is just a courtesy to others who use the equipment after you. Make sure to put things back where you got them so medicine balls, weights, and other equipment are not just lying around. And finally just try to be polite and considerate to others and you should have a pleasant gym experience.

Laura King’ 17 is an avid gym goer and knows a lot about gym etiquette. I asked her what some of her major pet peeves were and she said, “I don’t like when people stare at me while I’m working out, or when they try to talk to me when I have headphones on.” Laura mentioned that she also dislikes when other people at the gym take the weights she is using. It is all about sharing the gym with everyone and working together to workout! Laura suggests trying some of her favorite workouts, which are lifting weights and doing bar squats. And for those you us that prefer to hit the gym when there are not many other people present, Laura says to “Go between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. because many people are in class and the athletes have finished by then so the gym should be less crowded.”

Hopefully these tips will improve your gym experience and make you feel more comfortable. And if you want to learn more workouts and techniques WAC offers many different workout classes and you can even get a trainer. So head on down to the JFC and have a great workout!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Juno: The Storm that Never Came

A view of the storm from Harford Hall

A view of the storm from Harford Hall

Winter Storm Juno is here…and it is quite the disappointment. Monday night, it seemed that the student body of WAC was preparing to hunker down for a few days. Even the professors we’re sending out emails in anticipation of a snow day, or at least a delay. Weather stations reported expectations of up to eight inches of snow. Then, this morning when students awoke with hopes of a WAC Alert, we instead found no such message. Students glanced outside their windows expecting snow but saw nothing but a flurry. Much to our dismay, Juno did not provide us the much needed snow day we were all hoping for.

While it seemed as though getting out of bed for class was even more agonizing than usual, the day didn’t have to be all that bad. There are some things you can do next time Mother Nature decides to change her mind, to help make the day a little less depressing. Bringing a thermos of hot chocolate to class will keep you warm and cheery. Taking time in between classes to play in the snow will help keep the snow day spirit alive. Finally, my favorite way of celebrating a non-snow day is by putting off my homework for a little while and watching a movie.

Hopefully your day was just another Tuesday. Juno may have been a massive letdown but we have plenty of future winter storms to look forward to and snow days to be had. Perhaps the next one will come before we know it.

Sierra Montuori

Staff Photographer

Winter Weather Essentials

IMG_7413Adjusting to college life can be a long process. And just when you think you have got it all down, winter hits and you realize all the things you still need to learn. Maryland is full of tricky weather; one day it is sunny and warm and then the next day it is snowing. This makes it hard to know what to wear to class and what to expect the weather to be like throughout the day. If you are not from Maryland you may not be used to such fickle weather, and if this is your first winter at college you may not have some very important winter items. After my first year at Washington College I realized that I was missing some very essential items that I had overlooked. Now they seem so obvious and I could not imagine getting through winter with out them. As you prepare for a cold winter you may want to invest some of these useful items.

 

  1. Boots- rain boots and snow boots are a must when attempting to walk to class
  2. Rain Coat- class does not get cancelled because of the rain and a rain coat will keep you dry
  3. Scarf- on a long walk to class keeping your neck warm makes a big difference
  4. Hat- a hood on a coat is no way to keep your ears warm
  5. Gloves- will keep your hands warm when you have something to carry across campus
  6. Thick Socks- help insulate your feet in your rain or snow boots
  7. Snow Scraper – if you have a car at school you be very thankful to have a scraper to get all the snow off your windshield
  8. Sunglasses – the sun can make the snow every bright and hard to see unless you have some eye protection
  9. Hot Coco- this drink and make any cold day a little less miserable

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Chestertown’s Coffee Hot Spots

Caffeine-Can-Boost-MemoryAs hardworking students, we certainly know that coffee is essential to our success here at Washington College. Luckily, Chestertown has more than enough options when it comes to satisfying your caffeine cravings. If you’re wondering where to get your next cup of joe, you won’t have to look any further. I ventured to all the coffee spots, hot or not, to find Chestertown’s best cup of coffee.

First stop on my list was Dunkin Donuts. We all know that “America runs on Dunkin” but does it live up to the hype? I know I find myself at this popular shop several times a week. It’s central location, large variety of menu items, and low prices make it the most common choice for college students. Play it Again Sam’s is another well-known Chestertown spot. The coffee is often overlooked because of the sandwiches and other food. I don’t see many people stopping in regularly just for a cup of joe but it is always a nice compliment to a meal. Next, I stopped at Evergrain. This is a great place for students to come in, enjoy a cup of coffee, and maybe even get some homework done. Evergrain has several options of delicious food and drinks, however they can be somewhat expensive. Finally on my search, I went to 7-11. This may not be the first location that comes to mind but I was pleasantly surprised! There are several roast options and the employee even offered to make fresh pot of coffee. If you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and delightfully well-brewed cup of coffee, 7-11 is definitely at the top of my list.

Whether it is finals week or just another Monday, a caffeine boost is both helpful and satisfying. When going for your next cup, perhaps you’ll try a new place to get your java fix.

Sierra Montuori

Staff Photographer

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Are You Ready for Recruitment?

Rachel Petrie shows her sorority's hand sign

Rachel Petrie shows her sorority’s hand sign

The spring semester is underway and that means it is almost time for Panhellenic Recruitment to begin! This is a great way to meet new friends and possibly find your new family on campus. As if school isn’t already stressful enough, recruitment week can feel hectic and nerve-wracking at times. However, it can all be worth it in the end. Joining a sorority lets you to make lifelong friendships, tons of memories, and allows you to be a part of a fantastic group of individuals. Each sorority is unique in their own way but you are sure to find your fit.

 

To help ease the pre-rush butterflies, I asked some girls about their recruitment experiences and what tips they have for anyone considering rushing. Rachel Petrie ’15, a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, said, “Recruitment is a great way to meet new people, even girls in the sororities I didn’t join. I thought it was really fun and I loved dressing up.” Rachel’s tips for having a good experience are to talk to as many people as you can and be sure to dress presentable. Brooke Burghardt ’17, also a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha, added, “Don’t text or look bored and eat the food!” Anna Nazario ’16, a sister of Alpha Chi Omega, said, “My recruitment experience was really good. Don’t be nervous and just have fun!” Jada Lee ’17, sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, said she loved formal night of recruitment and her number one tip would be, “Do it for yourself. Don’t choose a sorority just because that’s what all your friends are doing. Make sure that you find the right fit for you.”

 

If you aren’t too sure if sorority life is for you, I still would suggest giving it a try. You never know what may come and you might just find your new home!

 

Recruitment week begins Sunday, February 1st with Panhellenic Tea at 11 am. You can register for recruitment at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/washington-college-panhellenic-recruitment-tickets-14921129500

Sierra Montuori

Staff Photographer