Recently, I had an interview with the Office of Residence Life. In this interview we had to prepare a presentation that encompassed a problem in higher education and solutions for said problem. Where did I even begin?
For one, Google Drive is a life-changer. I had never learned how to use Google Drive prior to college, but considering our student email accounts are through Gmail it has been inevitable that I would become Google Drive fluent. This has proven helpful for times like group projects and presentations. It is much safer than emailing the file or carrying a flash drive. Both of those options could result in losing the file. However, Google Drive is strictly through WiFi so all you need is internet access and you can edit or view your document. Multiple people can work on it at the same time too.
However, this is not an advertisement for Gmail or a blog post about the helpfulness CNU provides with their student email accounts. Instead, it is an appreciation for how simple Christopher Newport makes it to build and execute a presentation. With Google Drive it was so simple to create a presentation in my dorm and just log in to my account in the interview room for viewing. It is also an appreciation post about how Christopher Newport is passionate about constant improvement. So much so that they value student feedback and find it admirable when a student can articulate and provide solutions for a problem that students sees from their perspective.
With the opening of the new and improved Regattas dining hall a couple of weeks behind us I wanted to reflect on the change it has brought to campus. For starters the new addition to the back half of our dining hall is beautiful. I wouldn’t expect anything else from the architecture of Christopher Newport. It matches perfectly with the red brick and columns on campus. I have also enjoyed having the famous Francis of Assisi statue back on campus.
The expansion was long-awaited and the talk of the town. With a performance from our pep band and a speech from our student assembly president, the opening ceremony was short and sweet. It ended with an open tour of the new facility. It was unique to be one of the first to set foot on the new tile.
After experiencing the addition for the last couple weeks I have enjoyed having a bigger and better Mongolian grill. I now plan my days in order to get to Regattas before the lunch rush just to get the Mongolian grill special. I have also enjoyed the open space with new seating. Before, I would often get to-go because of Regattas seating. Problem solved! There are many more features to come and explore including a whole second floor of seating and a flavor machine for drinks.
At many universities, the food can get old pretty quick. At CNU, the food is still just as good as when the fall semester started. This is not only because of the quality of the food, but also because of the variety. Whether it’s Commons or Regattas, the dining halls have something different everyday. You’ll find a favorite at every meal!
Though, variety isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, you want to be able to rely on a dish. As for me, I can always rely on a grilled cheese and fries from Regattas, but there are plenty more dishes that can be relied on. A sub from Commons, cereal from either, a salad from Regattas, and, of course, the newly reconstructed Mongolian grill. At the grill, you have your choice of noodles, meat and just about any kind of ingredient you could imagine, plus a wide array of spices and sauces.
Waiting in line is a rather unpleasant experience, and it’s hard to avoid. Just like anywhere else, it’s a part of everyday life at Christopher Newport. Although we’re a small school, lines still form and things still get backed up. Though, the things you will be waiting in line for are well worth the wait and here a few examples:
- The newly renovated Mongolian grill: This is the most recent addition to the Regattas dining hall, and it’s a delicious one. With your choice of meat, vegetable/fruit, noodles, spice and sauce you can create your very own bowl of delicious Mongolian-style food. The food is cooked right in front of you, and it’s a sight to behold. The line can be pretty long, but you’ll do your taste buds a favor by waiting for it.
- Ferguson Center ticket office: The Ferguson Box Office can sometimes hold a pretty long line. Students get free tickets to every Department of Theater and Dance production. So, of course, plenty of students take advantage of this. The productions at Christopher Newport are top-notch, and you won’t regret spending a part of your day waiting in line in order to see one.
- The mailroom: You’ll be happy to learn that the Mailroom processes packages and letters rather speedily. For the most part, the day a piece of mail arrives is the day you’ll be notified that it arrived. Bigger schools can’t offer this speed because of the sheer amount of packages received on a daily basis. You might have to wait in line for a few minutes to get your package, but it’s totally worth it!
Christopher Newport has so many opportunities for its students, and so many of us are chomping at the bit to get in line for them. The student body here is passionate and eager, so come be a part of it! Even the most mundane moments of your day, like waiting in line, will always be worth your wait.
Christopher Newport University recently gave me the opportunity to attend a leadership conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Through the Leadership and American Studies Department my professor told me about the conference that the department attends every year. She encouraged me to apply and so I did. The encouragement I received led to an amazing experience in Annapolis. As a leadership studies minor it was insightful to hear from leaders throughout or military, government and country.
We left Sunday afternoon and returned on Wednesday. We spent two full days in back-to-back speeches and group sessions where we got to network and discuss with students from around the world. Our group consisted of us four students and a leadership professor. I have now made four more connections at CNU that I didn’t have before.
Being a leadership minor separate from the President’s Leadership Program does not limit my opportunities. CNU is constantly providing opportunities to its students. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities I have gotten since attending this university.
Christopher Newport has a Facebook page for every class. It’s a great page to be a part of because you get to network with other prospective students and committed students who are in the same boat as you. This is where you’ll get to meet some of the people who will shape not only the next four years, but also the rest of your life.
Some older students are also in the page. These students offer advice to the incoming freshmen, as well as post pertinent things. These include selling old books, or simply advertising for their club on campus. Many students also give away their books for free, so be sure to always check the page so you don’t miss out!
Once room assignments are posted, the page is a great place for you to meet all the amazing people who will be on your hall with you. You’ll form group chats, and maybe even try to meet up over the summer. And this is all just the beginning. Your class page will remain a resource for you over the course of the next four years. Offers, clubs and other opportunities will continue to be posted in there, so be sure to keep checking!
Christopher Newport is a small university. There are many benefits to this fact. Class sizes are generally smaller allowing for class discussion and engagement. You get to know everyone in your class, leading to more relationships and bigger study groups. With class sizes ranging around 19, CNU sets forth an engaging class experience. Your professor gets a chance to learn your name and you get to know the class.
However, this means they know when you are absent and they care when you are gone. Many professors set forth attendance policies to encourage class participation. I enjoy the motivation and the caring that comes from the professors here. Christopher Newport University values academic success.
The other day I missed classes for a conference I attended. I provided documentation for my absence, but one of my professors still took my absence as an opportunity to email me and ask how I was doing due to my absence. I appreciated the time my professor took to reach out and check on my because I was not in class. You wouldn’t get that attention in a big lecture class.