In which I talk to spring.
With the hectic schedules, overloads of homework and lack of sleep, it’s pretty easy to forget a lot of things in college. Here are a few things you should definitely remind yourself to do in the midst of the all the craziness:
1) Don’t forget to eat regularly.
Some of us have majors that don’t require a lot of lab hours and outside of class work, others don’t. Sometimes the dining hall schedule doesn’t fit our schedule, so remember to pack snacks and make trips to Einstein’s as much as possible throughout the day. Eating is an essential part to success in the classroom, and it’s much harder to focus with an empty stomach.
2) Don’t forget to call home.
Remember the people who got you to where you are now, because they didn’t forget you. My mom still asks me to call or text every day because she misses me. The adjustment to college life isn’t just something we have to go through, our parents and guardians do, too. Try to take some time each week to say ‘hello’ to the people who got you to your home away from home.
3) Don’t forget to enjoy the campus.
Christopher Newport’s campus is gorgeous. We all know this. You knew this when you walked onto campus for the first time. However, when you’re a student and you’re rushing from place to place, sometimes you don’t actually see all the beauty that’s around you. Remember to take the time to enjoy the beautifully designed campus and all of its wonder. There are trees to climb, places to explore and lawn to lay on as far as the eye can see.
4) Don’t forget the resources available to you!
During my tour of Christopher Newport back when I was a senior in high school, I remember my tour guide listing all the cool resources available to students. But, when I started my freshman year, I’d completely forgotten about all of them. Where is the Writing Center? I can rent DVDs from the library? The Office of Student Activities has stuff to make posters? There are so many resources available to us as students, but they’re not always advertised. Remember to find them, and make the most of them!
5) Don’t forget why you’re here.
Sometimes as students we get into slumps where we question why we’re undergrads in the first place. College intimidates you even after you’ve been accepted and have taken a semester or two’s worth of classes. As much as you can, remind yourself what your passion is. Remind yourself why you chose Christopher Newport to get your bachelor’s degree, and remember how lucky you are to receive a college education. As long as you keep all these things in mind, college will be a most memorable, productive and fulfilling time.
Spring has made an early appearance, and we Captains are definitely enjoying it. If you were to take a tour of the campus on a warm day, you could easily notice some of our favorite spots to hang out and soak up the sun.
The first (and the most obvious) is the Great Lawn. The Great Lawn is in the heart of the campus and is exactly what its name implies, a great, big, green lawn. We use it to enjoy the weather in many ways: some brought their pets to campus and let them run free and play, while some gathered blankets, snacks and books and took to the Great Lawn for peace and relaxation. Others grabbed footballs and frisbees and enjoyed tossing them around with their friends. They even welcomed other students and pets to join their games.
The next best spot is Christopher Newport Hall, our newest building, which houses services vital to student success – from admission through graduation. On its beautiful steps, you can see friends gathered talking and laughing, people reading books and eating lunch, and you can even hear the campus celeb Violin Guy playing angelic sounds that could be heard all throughout the area.
Another well populated area that Captains take to to enjoy the weather is the Whisper Wall. There you see students playing all types of instruments, like guitars and ukuleles. Students also gather there to sing together and enjoy the mysterious workings of the Whisper Wall. If you walk by, you might think you’re listening to an organized band.
Students like me weren’t the only ones who wanted to get out and enjoy the weather. Some professors chose to hold class outside behind Luter Hall where there are chalkboards on the back of the building. This made for some really fun classes because you can enjoy the sun while also learning.
All in all, you could tell that we all loved the three days of warm weather that we had. I can’t wait until it becomes consistent so that we can enjoy it more!
This week has been full of beautiful sunny days with Frisbee and picnics galore. What did I decide to do all this week when I wasn’t in class? I decided to sit on the Great Lawn with friends and enjoy the “summer” heat. I probably watched six cycles of classes go by as students walked in and out of the academic buildings. Hours and hours of sitting and doing nothing may seem like a boring activity, but it wasn’t at all. The best parts of this week where I learned most were sitting on the grass and watching the clouds roll by. Christopher Newport’s beautiful campus isn’t there just to look pleasing for tour groups, it’s there for the students to enjoy. It reminds us how wonderful it is to be alive, to feel the sun on your skin as you toss a ball back and forth with classmates, to be able to connect with like-minded individuals you otherwise never would have met. Our student body makes up a group of passionate, intelligent, talented young people, and this week many of us took the time to simply exist with each other on the grass. College offered me this opportunity, and I am so thankful for it. For those of you who haven’t taken the time yet: sit down and enjoy the beautiful weather, I highly recommend it.
Fact: warm days at Christopher Newport are better than cold days.
If you want to get a glimpse of campus in action, for sure come visit on a warmer day (if you can make it). Not only does the sunshine make it tolerable to hang out on the Great Lawn or in the Trible Plaza, but you’ll also get the opportunity to observe much of the student body in their natural, college-y habitat!
Yesterday, spring weather made an appearance once again, and the transformation that fell over campus was actually astounding. For one thing, everyone’s mood seemed brightened; students were smiling and greeting each other as they passed. Some classes were moved outside, and everywhere you looked friends were gathered in little groups sharing a lunch or dinner meal together.
Our campus is gloriously beautiful in the snow, and I love when the leaves change color in the fall … but my favorite type of Christopher Newport is a sunshine-y, warm one. Here’s to many more spring days spent outside avoiding homework!!
In which I vlogged my spring break, which wasn’t fancy in any way, shape or form but was just as enjoyable.