Here it is. Junior year of college. Let’s just say I have reached my mid-college crisis. Where am I gonna go after graduation? I know the majority of college students can relate when I say that I change my mind on my future everyday.
I have been leaning on my friends with my internal struggle, and one happened to mention that the Center for Career Planning had been helping them figure out their next steps. So, I went up to the third floor of Christopher Newport Hall and made an appointment – yes, it is that easy. One of our amazing career counselors sat down with me for an hour showing me the power of LinkedIn and giving me undivided attention about my concerns and interests. The conversation ended with me feeling heard and more confident.
I have been wondering if my dream lies with publishing or higher education. Again, I change my mind everyday. My career counselor suggested I meet with individuals in different offices and conduct interviews to see the paths those individuals took and to see a glimpse of what a career in that field would look like.
I left with action items and a plan which is a lot more than what I entered with. Even after I left my career counselor emailed me an article that she came across and thought I would enjoy just based off our one conversation. How lucky am I to go to a school where the faculty is so committed to helping me succeed.
Coming to college, I was unaware of what a resident assistant (RA) was. You hear those stereotypes that an RA is a babysitter or a mom. That an RA is an employee hired to watch you 24/7. Well, what no one told you is, that’s wrong. An RA is a student first. They are beneficial to the health and safety of the hall. They spend time saying hi, getting to know you and decorating your hall. Decorations may not sound important, but with some color on the walls it feels a little homier. They don’t sit outside their door and watch your every move or listen to your every word. They don’t treat you like children. This isn’t just a job for them. They care and they work hard for you.
I forgot to appreciate my RAs freshman and sophomore year. I forgot to say thank you. I forgot to stop and think about all they do for the hall even if I don’t see them everyday. I forgot that on top of this job they also have classes, and they often have other clubs and obligations. After becoming an RA myself I realized how rewarding it is in 1,000 different aspects. I don’t need a thank you to know I am appreciated, but us RAs have a big heart for our halls and this job, so make our days and stop to say thank you!
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) has an annual event called Fall Fest. It’s widely anticipated and attended on campus. I myself look forward to Fall Fest rolling around every year. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Say goodbye to summer; say hello to fall.
It is a chance to celebrate the start of fall. The start of hoodies, football games and bonfires. The start of the cold weather, blankets and pumpkins. This semester, Fall Fest just happened to occur on the first day of fall anyway. What better way to say hello to fall than surrounded by your fellow Captains and free food?
Yes, there is free food.
You get free food! You get free food! You get free food! I know as a college student the word ‘free’ has become my favorite word. No dining hall swipes or cash needed. Things like cotton candy, pretzels and more. But wait! CAB is also handing out swag for your enjoyment. As soon as you enter you are showered with pens, sticky notes, pins, cups and more. I have an ongoing collection of Fall Fest button pins on my desk.
It smells like apple cider.
Another reason it is a perfect setting to welcome fall is the apple cider. It’s a fall icon. What’s a celebration of fall without it?
Bouncy house galore, face painting and more!
CAB takes you back to your childhood with all the bouncy houses you could ask for. They even have bouncy house obstacles. Compete with your friends with a blast to the past. Take off those shoes and hop in! If bouncy houses weren’t your childhood go to maybe face painting was. At Fall Fest you can enjoy that childhood moment again. Just take a seat and tell them what you want! I rocked a rainbow butterfly for the rest of the night.
It’s a CNU tradition.
Most importantly, the best way to immerse yourself in the Christopher Newport community is through our traditions. Traditions are something that this campus holds close to their hearts. Fall Fest is just one of those.