Freshman year is almost over. Once that last final is over, we will be moved out of our dorms and ready for what this summer brings to us. Then it will be time to come back as sophomore and it will be time to get busy with school again.
Before the year is over, let me take you on a little time capsule of my freshman year’s events.
Orientation Week was so much fun because we met our Flex groups and we attended various events. I went to Soakfest and won a LeoFM shirt that I wear frequently.
The Flex Experience was a great thing to do because we create relationships that could last us a lifetime and we get to go on different adventures as a group. My flex had a field trip to Beverly Hills for a visit at the Paley Center.
Living in the dorms also help in creating relationships with people. From the programs to the adventures and fun, we get to know one another and bond. I can say that I will be friends with some of the people in my dorm for the next three years.
Being involved in school clubs and organizations also helps in our relationships. Our experiences are made by how many activities we attend and the people that we surround ourselves with. I was excited to be a Spotlight Host, attend LaVernaPalooza, and to be involved in clubs or in the residents’ halls.
This experience in being a Student Blogger has been awesome. Sharing my experiences with you all has been fun as well. I see areas that I can grow in with writing and this will help me in my major of Journalism. This has been a fun year and I can’t wait to come back to see what sophomore year has in store.
The end of the school year is approaching rapidly, as the last week of May is finals and the week before that is “dead week.” With half of the month already planned out for us, CAB attempts to make the first two weeks of May full of events. The last event for May and the entire school year is always Destination Procrastination, a cavalcade of activities and events to celebrate another year gone by.
The doors to the Campus Center opened at 8, leading you to the massive crowd of people in line for free food and gifts. Above was a giant list of all the events scheduled for the night and what they had to offer. You were then free to explore and hangout until 2 in the morning.
I had attended every event offered, getting the most of my tuition money. Unfortunately, events like getting massaged and playing laser tag did not provide adequate pictures. However, I got a nice picture of the pot I painted. It was relaxing to make new friends and get creative, a feeling that will soon disappear with finals. It was also great to run into friends, as all three floors of the Campus Center were packed with students.
Whenever a line was too long or an event dying down, the safe bet was always the arcade. A new machine would be free when you came, or you could watch your friends be weird. It also served as the prime location for all the free food, whether it was the taco lady and funnel cake truck in the parking lot or the row of breakfast food next to Barbs. This was an all-out event that provided enough fun and memories to fill the rest of May. The best part is it served what it promised, procrastination.
Random Fact I Paid Thousands of Dollars to Learn:
It is normal to pass gas an average of 13 times a day. Anything more is excessive.
Hello, my lovely readers! It’s crazy to think that in two weeks, my first year of college will have come to an end. So, I figured for my final blog post, I would reflect on my growth as a student here at the university.
I remember my first visit to the campus back in June of last summer; I attended the Summer/Student Opportunity for Advising and Registration (SOAR) day with my father, and that really solidified my love for the university. I met a lot of great people, students, and faculty members (I feel I should mention Mr. Rinehart here; he helped me transition into student life when I first arrived, and he’s kept in touch with me even after leaving the undergraduate admissions office). Being part of a FLEX group was also a great experience my first semester (shout out to my fellow blogger Megan who was part of my FLEX group: FLEX 8). It was nice having familiar faces for multiple classes. Being able to spend a lot of time with the same group of people created somewhat of a bond, which served as a great support system for all of us during our first semester. I also found myself bonding with a lot of honors students; I think living on an honors floor helped a lot with creating strong ties with people I now consider to be great friends. I’ve made so many memories, all of which I’ll remember as part of my La Verne experience.
I’ve also extended my efforts through different organizations this year. I found comfort in being a delegate for the Residence Hall Association, as well as becoming a student blogger. I made some strong connections within the Anthropology department here on campus, and I plan to further my connections by joining Lambda Alpha once I meet the prerequisites. Working closely with Gloria sensei, who is part of the Japanese department, and helping her reinstate the Japan club has also given me connections with people who share the same interests as I do.
As for learning to adjust being on my own so far from home, I think it’s safe to say I’ve come a long way. I remember how, at the beginning, I would miss home a lot…but now, the University of La Verne has become another home for me. I know that when I return to Guam for the summer, I’ll find my mind wandering back to all of the memories I’ve made here with everyone. Overall, I’m so grateful to have experienced all that I have, and to have shared those experiences with amazing people, people I hope to stay friends with long after college. My La Verne Experience has definitely changed me for the better. I’m more independent, confident, and open to experiencing new things. I only hope to grow more as an individual over the next three years here, and hopefully you guys will get to read all about it. Thank you to everyone who has been following my blogs and that of my fellow student bloggers. Sharing our experiences with you are what make us enjoy what we do, and knowing that we can help prospective, or current, students simply by relating to them makes it all worth it in the end.
Are you guys ready for your final question of the week?
What would you like to gain out of your La Verne Experience?
Personal growth was definitely a big one for me. (: Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comment box down below!
Have a great summer!
As a sorority that is always looking for unique ways to fundraise for our chapter and philanthropy, we go out on a limb and try new events. This semester, Phi Sigma Sigma’s fundraising chair Diana worked tirelessly to put on a small music festival called Phicadelic Fest.
A week prior to the festival, we tie dyed Phicadelic t-shirts, made flower crowns and played music. The shirts, designed by Diana’s brother, were sold for $10, and people made flower crowns for $2.
Two local bands and a DJ played at the festival, which drew a relatively good crowd of students, sisters and devoted fans. DJ Rvy Spry, who is also a ULV student and in SAE fraternity, opened with mixed beats. After, Shaman Cult performed a groovy set, but before they could finish Campus Safety came to us because of a sound complaint. Obviously some people did not want to vibe with us. Once Shaman Cult finished playing, Dead Bedouin set up, but before they could finish a song (which was great by the way) Campus Safety came again. Instead of packing up and going home, though, we had an intimate acoustic set before Campus Safety came for a third time and wrote us up.
For the most part, our festival attendees had fun even though it was cold, windy and we got shut down! People from around the area showed up for the bands and we ended up making about $300 in t-shirt sales!
After helping the fundraising committee clean up the lawn, a group of us made a late night Donut Man run. It was my first time getting a strawberry doughnut, and if I’m being honest I did not really like it. The filling would have been so much better without the sugary glaze surrounding the strawberries and oozing out the sides of the overstuffed doughnut. I’ll just stick to Sidecar Doughnuts in Costa Mesa.
Have a great summer!
To celebrate the school year coming to an end, the University of La Verne hosts a concert in the Fox Theater down the street in Pomona. Tickets are free and the artist to perform is chosen by the students, picked from hundreds of write-ins and selected by a school vote. Last year, we had the chance to see Big Sean and this year’s pick was 2 Chains.
Tickets may be free, but it takes time to get one. The concert is always the first Thursday of May, and the day to pick up a ticket is one month before. However, free is a magic word in college and it has the power to summon waves of hungry and tired students. The line tends to stretch across campus, going this year from the fountain in Faushnaut Court to the end of the Campus Center. Only the first 600 or so students can be ensured pit tickets, so you need to prepare to skip class that day to get to the front of the line. It’s ok though, you also get a free T-shirt.
Doors open at 7 and the opener doesn’t start until 8, so the only rush is to get a good spot and beat the line. The University also supplies busses to take students to the event, meaning you don’t have to worry about finding rides. The bus takes a while to fill up with the students and another 20 minutes to get to the venue, but then the doors open to the neon sign and you’re ready for a good time.
My friends and I arrived late, so we had missed the opener. However, we got there right when 2 Chains started his act and were able to get close to the stage. The rest of the night was like going to the club with the entire University, as everyone was dancing and you would run into people you knew every ten minutes. What better way to say goodbye then a party with everyone and anyone you’ve ever met at school?
Random Fact I Paid Thousands of Dollars to Learn:
Most Asians and Latinos are type O blood.