New Hats and New Staff!

 

IMG_4050.JPG

New and previous editors meet for the last time this semester!

 

Tonight, the editors of The Elm got together to discuss the final copy of The Elm. We have very exciting articles going out in the next issue. We also have the senior sendoffs. This year, we were blessed to have four seniors on the staff who have done a remarkable job of bringing creativity and their excellent writing skills to The Elm. Be sure to look out for those articles and read all about the seniors of this year’s staff!

With Brooke Schultz as the new Editor In Chief, The Elm welcomes Amy Rudolph, Amy Rohn, Savannah Masterson, Tori Zieminski, Rosie Alger, and Joanna Sperapani all to the editor’s staff. At tonight’s meeting, we had a special final goodbye gift with new hats designed by seniors Brooke Harig and Hailey Craig designed. Check them out in the photo! They’re super adorable!

 

Savannah Masterson

Social Media Editor

 

End of the Semester Struggles

the struggle.jpeg   We all have hit the point in the semester where we are very much so on the verge of going home and starting off our summers before we even take our final exams. With April getting ready to come to a close, finals week is drawing closer and closer as the days go by. Many students have been struggling to find motivation to finish papers, reply to emails, and even get up to go to classes. Not to mention the lack of excitement to get out of bed to go to dining hall when instead you can easily order Dominos right to your dorm door. With just under a week of lectures and labs left, many student are left wondering if they will have that last bit of strength to finish the semester strong. Have no fear!

    Next week is not a full week because we have Friday off for Reading Day! In reality, we only have six days of classes left. Plus we have many exciting events happening on campus. The Jesse McCarntney concert is this Friday and next week is Shorefest. Both events are being hosted by SEB and are sure to be a lot of fun, energetic, and exciting! If you have any motivation left in you, these two exciting events are worth waiting for!

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

Photo source: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-struggling-college-student

Rainy Day Blues

IMG_6568.jpgToday is a rather gross and gloomy day. Classes are nearly over, many of us are burnt out, and I’m sure this chilly day is making moods pretty sour. All I want to do is cuddle up in my bed and put off doing my responsibilities, which I can because I am done all my work for the week (yay being a senior)! If you have caught the rainy day blues and feel unmotivated to finish out the semester strong here are some ideas that may make your day better.

  1. Go get an ice cream cone- it may be cold but ice cream can help cheer you up.
  2. Watch a funny movie with friends- humor can turn any gloomy day around
  3. Jump in some puddles- what better way to have some fun than making the most of the rain and acting like a kid again
  4. Seeing a dog – while you may not see one out in the rain you can always look up puppy videos online
  5. Knowing that it’s gonna be warm the rest of the week- you can sit outside and do your work with friends.
  6. Having a cup of tea – embrace the cold with a nice warm beverage!

Hopefully, you can do some of these things to help make your day a little better!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Brooke Harig

Why I Hate Group Projects

If you are like me then you hate group projects. Most of the time working in groups is tedious, annoying, and does not help with the project at hand. I like to be in control when working on group things because I am a perfectionist and a little bossy, so thins usually leaves me doing a lot of the work. Currently I am working on a group project for one of my classes and I find that I could do the assignment on my own and be much better off. I am done with my thesis, the semester is winding down, and the last thing I want to do is put in extra effort for a tedious group project.

Group projects can be very stressful and can sometimes lead to an undesirable grade that may not be your fault. Everyone might not pull their own weight or have different expectations for the project at hand. I know group projects are supposed to teach team work skills, but I believe they are only necessary in some classes. If you find yourself in a group project you don’t want to be in here is some advice.

  1. Try to get a group chat of some sort together for open communication. It makes it a lot easier when you can get immediate responses as opposed to emails.
  2. Meet at the beginning so you can all be on the same page and understand your roll.
  3. If you have a member not pulling their weight make sure to address them or talk to your professor.
  4. Be a team player and try to help out all you can, it is not fair to leave all the work to one person because you wouldn’t want that to happen to you.
  5. Just try to get through it because as much as you hate group projects, so does everyone else.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/katherinewaring/group-projects/

Happy Earth Day!

thumbnail_Earth Day.jpgToday marks the one day out of the whole year that we celebrate the earth, Earth Day! We all love our dear planet and all that inhabits it. Our planet is actually pretty spectacular if you think about it (everyone most definitely should be). It holds almost 10 billion people not even including our pets or wildlife. Not to mention it is home to many beautiful places and wonders that capture our attention. We also really need to learn to take care of our home more too. Recycling is the first place we can all start. All over campus are places where we can place plastic in recycling bins while also recycling cardboard boxes. These two products alone create so much damage to the Earth that not only does it impact humanity but also wildlife. Wildlife is dangerously affected by plastic waste which only hurts their population.

Reducing the amount of water used also helps the environment. Taking shorter showers, using a reusable water bottle helps not only the waste of plastic water bottles but also the amount of plastic. Even not using the dishwasher all the time helps reduce the use of access water which leads to the conservation of energy. Unplugging things that you don’t always use can be a huge step to help conserve energy. Also, not using the dryer in the summer and instead using a clothes line or drying rack helps too. With so many ways to help keep our planet great, everyone should be doing everything they can!

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

Photo Source:

http://qvcc.edu/earthday/

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

thumbnail_Walk A Mile.jpgThis Sunday, sisters of Alpha Chi Omega along with help from the brothers of Theta Chi are coming together to raise awareness about sexual assault. Open to the public and the school, participants will walk a whole mile to spread the word about April being Sexual Awareness Month. According to rainn.org, on average 321,500 women age 12 and older are sexually assaulted. This happens every 98 seconds in the United States. With such a strong response program here at Washington College, this fundraiser only spreads more awareness on the issue that affects so many people. The Prevention, Education, and Advocacy center provide a safe space for students affected by sexual assault.

For those of you who wish to participate, Alpha Chi will be having a table set up in Hodson in front of the egg to help students register for the event. Registration is $10 and if you can’t get to a table in Hodson, the registration link is on the Facebook page for this event. Not all men are required to wear the red shoes if they don’t want to. Even if you decide to not participate in the walk, there’s still an opportunity to make a donation. Many students who participated last year had a great time supporting a great cause. Take some time out of your Sunday and go out to support something that impacts more people than you think. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/960953820674916/

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

Photo Source:

https://www.facebook.com/events/960953820674916/

 

FOMO: Coachella Edition​

thumbnail_Coachella.jpgLast weekend in California, Coachella kicked off its first weekend of the festival and I have to say, it looked pretty amazing. Every year it seems to grow with abundant sculptures, magical lights, amazing food, and talented artists. Many blogs have already begun talking about the latest Coachella outfits and how everyday people (who don’t get to go to Coachella) can steal those looks for a reasonable price. We all just want to go listen to our favorite artists, hang out with super cool celebrities and eat really cool foods. Looking at all the Snapchat stories, Buzzfeed articles, and celebrity Instagrams makes me wish that I could take a week off from classes, hop on a plane, and miraculously not be broke by the time I get to the festival.

In light of this total fear of missing out on Coachella, I have found other ways to bring Coachella to Washington College. Here are a few tips for those of you wanting to be at Coachella this weekend but sadly can’t.

  1. Grab your friends and start a playlist of songs that will more than likely be performed by visiting artists at Coachella. Or even better, find a playlist that’s already been made.
  2. Take old t-shirts and cut them into strands to make it look like fringe.
  3. Find Pinterest posts that were inspired by hair and makeup artists at the festival.
  4. Have the night of your life thinking you’re at Coachella but really just having a mini festival in your dorm.

Savannah Masterson

Staff Blogger

Photo Source: https://www.coachella.com/lineup/