Did I mention there was also an epic fireworks show on the Washington College campus to kick off the new academic year? Well, there was no better way to end the night than being reunited with friends underneath the lit nighttime sky! It’s good to finally be back!

Oh, what a day! All moved-in on campus and celebrating the start of the fall semester at the all-campus picnic! The Freshmen Class of 2018 were cheered on as the exited from the Gibson Center for the Arts and entered into Martha Washington Square! Great food, great people, and having a blast! Let’s get to it! College life at WAC is sweet!

What to bring (and not to bring) to campus!

random words of wisdom to those incoming students who are scared

  • Everyone is in the same boat.
  • the first week of school, everyone is clamoring for some new  friends. The friends you make in the first week will, most likely, not be the friends you end up keeping. that’s okay. keep meeting new people and talk to people in your classes. 
  • don’t start dating someone until you’re settled. 
  • It’s okay to get food by yourself. The first time you go to the dining hall alone, you’ll feel like everyone thinks you’re a loser and feel really awkward, but eventually you will begin to LOVE sitting down with your laptop and a bowl of cocoa puffs with nobody to bother you.
  • you can go to the gym alone, too.
  • if someone asks you to do something or hang out, DO IT! I don’t care if you have social anxiety or don’t feel like going out. it’ll be fun. you’ll be glad you did.
  • you are going to be over packed. when you go to Target to get all your dorm stuff, they’re gonna give you a list. You need about 1/6th of those things. 
  • There is nothing wrong with having tons of blankets and pillows! 
  • freshman 15 is a very real thing. Even if you make it the whole semester without gaining a pound, you will lock yourself in your room and eat costco-sized boxes of bagel bites during finals. but its ok, you’ll work it off and look even better than before.
  • At orientation, you’re going to hear people tell you to join clubs CONSTANTLY. That’s because you should. You’ll meet awesome people who share the same interests as you, and even if you don’t become besties, its great to have a network.
  • School spirit is cool.
  • Don’t be afraid to go to parties, but use your common sense. Dont go to get drunk, go to have fun with friends!
  • Can’t decide if you want to join a sorority/fraternity? Go to a few recruitment events and see if you’re a fit. I went, decided it was right for me, now I am pledging to a Fraternity to be a part of a great group of guys. 
  • When you get your syllabi at the beginning of the year, most of your classes will have all the assignment dates listed. Invest in a planner and WRITE them down!
  • College is going to feel like summer camp for the first couple weeks, but eventually it’s going to just feel like home. Your friends become your family. Also, it may not always seem like it, but you’re responsible for your choices now. Know when to marry the night and when to go to bed early. Both are okay.
  • Your mom is going to cry when she drops you off. She will be okay. 
  • And I’ll say it again: everyone is in the same boat. You’re all freaked out, and you don’t have any reason to be. College IS NOT  like high school. People are, in general, kind and helpful. You will be okay.
  • Good luck!

ashesphe-nl asked:

Hey!!!! So, your blog literally speaks to me considering the fact that I am a soon to be Washington College Freshman... I guess I am now! I signed up for the whole themed dorm stuff. Queen Anne's to be specific. I have one question. Are they worth it? I know you went Greek but you would possibly know from friends who decided to try out themed housing. Thanks!


Hey, ashesphe-nl!

Firstly, CONGRATS on your acceptance to WAC!! I hope you sure are gearing down to arrive on campus in a few weeks! I know I am hahaha!

Great question! Themed Housing at Washington College is awe-inspiring and quite the educational experience! It pretty much allows you to be associated with other students who have common interests and living styles as you. So when you arrive on campus, you will already have something in common with all the other residents! As you are probably already aware, QA housing is WAC’s Wellness Living. Meaning it is a community designed to serve students who are interested and committed in living well. This includes making positive life choices and abstaining from substance use in the residence hall. From what my friends told me, living in QA really did come in handy because of its location on campus being so close to the Health Center. Whenever you get sick, you can literally just roll out of bed and get medicine right next door. QA also has carpeted Common Rooms on Each Floor, plus an exercise room made exclusive to only QA residents! So it certainly does have its perks! 

I am actually able to reveal to you my first-hand experience with WC’s themed housing last year when I lived in Chester Hall for my freshmen year. Chester is a three-floor coed building housing students of all years. It contains both full suites (with common room) and partial suites (with out common room). Chester Hall is also home to language suites for advanced students of French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. So I was totally immersed around culture my first year at college! It was a really good experience because I was able to become really good friends with some of the International students who were just studying at WAC for the semester/year. I even learned a few bits of their languages! I met someone from France, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom! In our suite, my roommate was actually from Pakistan and my other two suite-mates were from Israel and 

For further information check out this video from the washcoll.edu website:


Hope this helps!

Please let me know if you have any other questions! See you around campus in a few weeks!

OH my goodness! Look at how good that sandwich looks! I was going through the albums in my phone and I came across these old pics of when I grabbed lunch at Play It Again Sam! The sandwich you see above is my favorite to order known as “da’ bad ass”!! I usually order that along with an Alaskan! YUM! Looking forward to the new academic year!