How to Apply for a Passport

passportWelcome back from break! I hope everyone had an enjoyable time with their loved ones and is ready for the rest of the semester. Winter break is fast approaching and with it comes many plans. Returning home, traveling, and even fun vacations all take time and much scheduling.   If you are planning any upcoming trips, which take you internationally, you may need to get a passport or renew yours. I am currently in the process of getting my passport and it is a simple yet complex procedure. If you are thinking about getting your passport here are some tips to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

  1. Do your research! This will make things run efficiently and make things easier on you.
  2. Start early. Make sure to apply for a passport a few months before your trip.
  3. Figure out how much everything is going to cost. It is usually about $110 but this varies depending on what you want.
  4. Get your picture taken. This will be the picture used in the passport. It should be 2×2 inches, in color, and have a white or off-white background. It must be a recent photograph so a school photo works very well. You can even go to the local Walgreens to get passport photos taken.
  5. Bring identification. You need a form of documented identification like a birth certificate or an old passport. You also need photo identification like a driver’s license or student ID.
  6. Finally, you have to complete your application. You can print it out here and take it in with the rest of your documents.

The key to getting your passport is to be prepared. Have all the documents you need and papers filled out correctly before you submit your application. For more information check out U.S Passports & International Travel .

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Thanksgiving is Almost Here!

happy-thanksgiving-1Thanksgiving is just days always! This is the perfect time to catch up with family, relax, and eat some delicious home cooked meals. This break is the same as your friends from home so there will be opportunities to catch up and spend time with them. You can tell your high school best friends about how great Washington College is and all of the fun you are having. On Thanksgiving Day you will most likely get to spend time with family you have not seen since summer while being bombarded with questions you do not want to answer, such as the common “do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend” question asked by all your relatives. Nevertheless, it is great to hang out with your family and hopefully you will have a great time. Even if you just celebrate a small Thanksgiving Holiday nothing beats the amazing food. As college students we rarely get delicious home cooked meals so when we do you better believe we take full advantage. Make sure to take as many leftovers as you can so you can bring them back to school or even just eat them all the next day.

Take time to relax during break and spend time with your friends and family. Do fun things that you normally cannot do in Chestertown like going to the mall. Eat great food and get yourself ready for the rest of the semester. Take advantage of the free laundry before you return to campus. No matter how you spend your Thanksgiving break make sure to have fun! Visit family and friends who make you happy and enjoy what time you have with them. But most importantly eat as much as you can!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Counseling Services

11215065_1209557652391316_3304472595471193206_nThe Washington College community has been greatly shaken by recent events. The passing of sophomore Jacob Marberger comes as a devastating loss to those who knew him best, those who had the opportunity to be graced by his warm presence, and the entire Washington college community. The past week has been very difficult for many students and the local community. With much confusion and heartbreaking news many students have become disorganized and deeply distraught. Being away from campus and one’s familiar schedule of school takes a toll on class work and greatly impacts class flow. Trying to regroup and focus on class work when one is away from WC while also coping with this tragic loss can be extremely difficult.

For those struggling with the loss of our fellow classmate, shoremen, and friend make sure to talk to someone. Talk to a friend or to a family member and make sure you are heard. You can schedule counseling sessions with the Health Center when we return to campus. The Health Center is a great resource with professionally trained counselors who can meet with you in a comfortable and safe environment. The health center is located on the first floor of Queen Anne House and is open Monday through Friday 8:30AM to Noon and 1:00PM to 4:30PM. To make an appointment you can call the Health Center at 410 778-7261. For more immediate counseling services call your local crisis hotline which number can be easily found here. You can also call the national hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a local trained counselor. Do not ignore your feelings and make sure to talk to someone if you need too. You are not alone and there is always someone to talk to and always someone who cares.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Campus Evacuation

At 9:30 this morning Washington College students were told that the remainder of classes have been canceled. Students were asked to go back to their dorms or houses and await further information. An hour later they were told to evacuate campus. Those who lived on campus were encouraged to go home or go home with friends. Off campus students were told to stay away from campus. Members of the Washington College community, including many professors, opened their homes to students who needed places to stay. Many off campus students left Chestertown as well, either to go home to stay with friends. A few of my friends and I left my off campus house to go to a near-by friends house for added peace of mind. We are currently cozied up in Gabby Leach’s ’18 living room eating pizza and watching movies, while keeping in touch with all of our other friends. Her parents have been very kind and hospitable to the 4 extra guests staying in their home. We all hope we can return to campus soon and resume our normal schedules. Everyone in the Washington College community has been working very hard to keep the students and staff safe. Classes for Wednesday, November 18 have been cancelled.

 

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Lockdown Update

DSC_0555As the lockdown due to a gun threat continues into the night it is important to stay safe and follow the orders of Public Safety, the Chestertown Police Department, and the Maryland State Police. It is important to shelter in place and report anything concerning to Public Safety at 410-778-7810 or the Chestertown Police Department at 410-778-1800. WAC students should continue to check their emails for updates. For more information check out “WC Gun Threat: What We Know So Far.”

 

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Brooke Harig

Alpha Chi Omega’s Casino Night

IMG_9175This week, Alpha Chi Omega painted the campus purple to bring awareness to their philanthropy, domestic violence awareness. While walking to class, you may have noticed trees and benches with purple ribbons tied to them. These ribbons were to remind everyone that domestic violence is a serious issue. I certainly learned a lot of facts this week. 1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence in their lifetime, 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime, and every 9 seconds a woman is attacked by an intimate partner. To finish off their week of awareness, Alpha Chi is hosting Casino Night.

Casino Night is a really fun time to get a little dressed up, go out with your friends, and support a very important cause. This event will be held in the Casey Academic Center this Saturday night. From 6 pm to 9 pm, you can enjoy delicious food, drinks, games, raffles, and prizes. Tickets for Casino Night are $5 for students and $10 for guests.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. Last year, the sisters raised over $4000 for the cause. The Mid-Shore Council is a social service organization that provides help to victims of domestic violence through information and assistance. With Alpha Chi’s donations every year, they are able to bring more awareness to the cause and use the money to help those in need. Alpha Chi also helps to serve individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. They also raise funds and donate their time to shelters and other service-providing organizations. Help support Alpha Chi Omega’s philanthropy and come out to Casino Night!
Sierra Montuori
Staff Writer

Which Season is Your Favorite?

Everyone has a season they favor the most. One of the perks about living in Maryland is that you get to experience all four of them. There are many different factors which make each season different. Fall is cold and brisk, and full of golden colors. Winter is freezing, snowy, and filled with holiday cheer. Spring is warm, damp, and filled with rebirth. Summer is hot, fun, and there is no school. Now all of these factors contribute for one’s love or hate of a season. I asked some people around campus which season was their favorite and here are the results.Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 10.56.08 AM

Is this your favorite season too? I think that most of us can agree that fall is pretty great, so it is no surprise it came out on top. So enjoy fall while it is still here!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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