Start of a New Year!

Elm Staff

Photo taken by Editor In Chief, Brooke Schultz.


Today was the first day of Bootcamp for our newest editors of The Elm this year and we couldn’t have had a better start! Starting off at the Rose O’Neill Literary House, editors gathered to catch up over donuts and coffee about their summer adventures, internships, and the up coming year. Many of our editors this year also have various job positions around campus such as being RAs, holding positions in the Media Relations Office as well as the Campus Events office, and The Collegian. While many of them juggle different training sessions this week, editors at The Elm are having workshops with speakers such as Jerry Roderick, Sue Golinski, Professor Eanes, Dan Divilio from The Kent County News, alum Emma Way ’16, Allison Billmire, Professor Hall, and Professor McIntire. All of our editors are so excited to bring new stories to campus after learning new tips and receiving great advice. We even had the chance to walk out on the Campus Green to watch the solar eclipse unfold which was so much fun!



This is also a week of introductions for the newest staff members so today will be kicked off by me! My name is Savannah Masterson and I am the Social Media Editor! I am a sophomore studying English and Political Science and I also work in the Campus Events office. Last year I was a staff blogger and loved it so much that I knew I wanted to continue blogging for The Leaf! This year I have so many fun ideas for the blog that I cannot wait to share. There is even a very big surprise that will be revealed very shortly! I can’t wait to bring fun, creative posts as the newest Social Media Editor. Be on the lookout for exciting themes, announcements, recaps, and much more!


Savannah Masterson

Social Media Editor

“May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor”

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It’s that time of year, finals week. The week in which every college student dreads. How do we do it you ask? I swear sometimes it’s magic but it’s also the numerous amounts of caffeine, stacks and stacks of review sheets, and various highlighted texts. For those who are stuck, here are a few tips that I have found to help me get through the week of struggles.


  1. Call your mom. It’s never a bad idea to vent to her how you’re feeling.
  2. Caffeine. Caffeine is great and all but sometimes you have to trade it out for water. Water helps keep you focus and hydrated so you don’t get sick from all the caffeine.
  3. Food. Food is love, food is life. It’s important to eat right during finals week because it can be so tempting not to.
  4. Study breaks. It’s proven that if you study consistently for too long than you won’t retain any of the information that you just tried to memorize. Take a break and read an article you enjoy or color one of the anti-stress pages.
  5. Sleep and power naps. Getting the proper amount of sleep is super important but power naps are too. Take a 15 minute power nap and then go out and conquer your exam.

May your grades stay up, motivation be steady, and do the best that you can this week.

Savannah Masterson

Social Media Editor

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Happy End of the Semester!

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Congratulations! We’ve finally hit the end of the semester! With today being a reading day as well as Shorefest, take the time to relax and clear your mind before diving in the library to prepare for finals and finish papers. Even though the semester was a long one, there were so many enjoyable events. If you’re having a hard time, think about the fun events like Birthday Ball, War on the Shore, and the Jesse McCartney concert that were a great turn out they all were. Finals week is never easy but it is something we can all get through with a positive view and determination.

Don’t be afraid to email your professors with questions, they’re here to help you. The library is also such a great resource. Even though it will probably be packed, sign up for sessions in the OAS office. That is one of the best resources on campus as well as the writing center. Book an appointment with the writing center before submitting your paper. It’s a great way to get a different perspective and insight before you turn it in.

And of course always remember to drink lots of water and get at least 8 hours of sleep. We all have the urge to drink insane amounts of coffee or tea but it only makes us more tired. Drinking water helps keep you hydrated and has been known to help people focus more.

As finals approach, may you get great grades and pass your finals!

Savannah Masterson

Social Media Editor

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To My Wonderful Editors




To my senior editors,

I have loved working with each and every one of you even if I wasn’t able to write under your section. Watching each of you grow has been so amazing. Being a freshman, each of you showed me that with incredible hard work and dedication, a story that you pour you heart and soul can be successful. Being nervous about starting my own journey in journalism, I was welcomed with open arms to The Elm. With such an encouraging atmosphere, I made every second of my first year count by learning and working to grow stronger in my writing. There wasn’t a time where I struggled with my writing or ideas because I had the best support system I could ask for.

To anyone considering writing for The Elm next year, do it! There are so many different sections to write for and find a comfort zone for yourself. Look for the last issue coming out tomorrow!

Savannah Masterson

Social Media Editor

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     Well I never thought the day would come but I am writing my goodbye to The Leaf and to the Elm. I have been a part of The Elm staff since sophomore year and I started out as a photographer and staff blogger. Then I quickly became the Social Media Editor and now I’m ready to pass it on to Savannah’20. Savannah has great ideas and so much passion that I am proud to be handing the reins over to her!

It has been a joy working with the other members of The Elm staff and I am going to miss layout nights, our staff meetings, and always knowing what’s going on around campus before anyone else. I will also miss getting to come back to WAC a week early in the summer for Elm Boot Camp, which is one of my favorite things about working for The Elm.

Thanks to Kayla Kyle’16 for making the social media section and the blog part of The Elm. She is the one who taught me all I know about The Leaf and why it’s such a great part of our student newspaper. Without Kayla, a Social Media Editor position may have never existed!

I would also like to give a shout out to our advisor Melissa McIntire. She does so much for The Elm and is one of the reasons I love coming to meetings every week. Melissa works hard to make sure the staff is putting out the best paper possible and she also enjoys being at meeting just as much as everyone else, and I am going to miss her very much.

Thanks again to the whole Elm staff for a great 3 years. I cannot imagine my college experience without you! And thanks to all our readers, especially my grandfather, who visit The Leaf every week.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Brooke Harig

Farewell To Mayday!


Tonight, is the last day of the infamous May Day celebration that many partake in here at WAC. Tonight, is also my last time being able to celebrate May Day because I am about to graduate. I am a firm believer in a safe May Day celebration and I think it is a great way to commemorate the end of another academic year. No matter how you choose to celebrate May Day, it is important to be safe and create a safe environment for others. So, make sure to watch out for your friends and others around you while also staying safe and staying on campus.

I have really enjoyed partaking in May Day and I would encourage everyone to at least give it a try before they graduate. It is such a liberating and self-confidence boosting experience, and anyway you choose to celebrate is the right way!

So, as the seniors’ last May Day approaches, give it a try if you have not done so, enjoy the celebration and be safe, and have a great last week of classes!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Jesse McCartney Comes to WC


Today’s the day! Jesse McCartney is officially coming to Washington College for the annual spring concert. So many students have been anxiously waiting for this concert and it has finally arrived! Tonight in the JFC, students are gathering to see their favorite artist from their younger days. Growing up, they listened to songs like “Beautiful Soul”, “Leavin'” and “She’s No You”. This concert is the perfect way to finish of the last few week of classes. Doors open at 7:30 tonight and you can bet there will be a long line of excited fans!


With the seniors about to graduate, finals right around the corner, and summer close enough to see, many students needed this fun, pick me up organized by the SEB. A special shoutout to them and all the wonderful and hard working students who helped make this event possible! Everyone who is attending, have fun! I will most definitely see you there!

Savannah Masterson

Social Media Editor

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