Late night thoughts..

The 3am stroll from the library to the dorm is a lonely one. A roughly 7-minute walk that all students here must have done at some point. The wind howls louder than ever while the moon is noticeably lit. It’s just me and a giant red statue, staring at the each other, lost in thought. Most sane students have been long asleep by now, though on this particular Monday night…or Tuesday morning I guess, the college grind has inflicted it’s will on me more harshly then usual.

Interestingly, however, I am wide awake and extremely contemplative (as the title suggest).

My thoughts are flowing something like this-

“Maybe this is like a “second wind” that my mind is going through right now, like a marathon runner on mile 20…why else would I have any form of energy at this ungodly hour.. I wonder if GQ is still open, I’m hungry… That’s a no…hmmm.. This is pretty cool being the only one around right now…Is college really about the work, or about the work habits that can be later applied to a job.. That would give me a good reason not to be as sad if I bombed that Econ test… Oh god, Is there a person over there…nope just a tree…”

Okay.. It’s clear to me now I really need to sleep. Until next time, Jake

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Monday Night Football

Tonight, the Jets play on Monday Night Football, and yes, I will be going to the game. As I get ready to leave, there are a few things that I begin to realize. The biggest thing is that I am not nearly as excited for this type of game as I would be when I was younger. As a kid there is no better feeling then getting to go to a night game and watch your team play. The excitement of staying up late and having this awesome activity for a Monday night is the best.

Now it has hit me that I would be so much happier going to watch a normal Sunday afternoon game at 1. The first reason is that I lose an entire Monday. Being that it is the first day of the week it is key for getting a lot of work done. I have to leave school early and I won’t get back until after midnight. All of this means one thing: I can’t get any work done on Monday. The thrill of getting home late and not sleeping that much just isn’t as good as it once was.

After thinking about all of this, I realize that it is important to just enjoy this day. People love the chance to get to go to a football game, let alone a prime time game like this. It may not have the same thrill as when I was a kid, but this is my favorite team and one of my favorite places to be. That’s why even though I would rather the team play on a Sunday, I will enjoy every second of this awesome day.

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Bye Muhlenberg, I’m joining the circus

This past week was our first full week since we have started classes here in Arezzo, and it has been both exhausting and exhilarating. Our four main courses while we are here at the Accademia are Movement, Italian, Voice, and Philosophy, but these past two weeks we have actually had a few more classes with guest teachers.  We took a Tarentella class with a guest artist from town, and then had the opportunity to take a couple of juggling classes.  I have always wanted to know how to juggle but haven’t had the materials, or the time for a class before, but here there are juggling balls galore and our teacher Sam is awesome, really passionate about what he does, and loves to share his knowledge! It’s only been two classes and about a week and a half of practice time, but I am already obsessed and am in a studio whenever I have a free moment throwing and dropping and throwing (but mostly dropping) those three balls that seem to escape me now, but I am DETERMINED to get it before I leave here. I have actually gotten better and cannot wait for our third class next week.

Besides juggling, Sam also taught us some cool acro

Besides juggling, Sam also taught us some cool lifts

Going along with the circus theme, I have also officially attended my first ever aerial acrobatics class. One of the MFA students (the Accademia has a masters program) Rihanna and I were chatting sometime in the first couple of days and aerial came up and I told her how we have classes at Muhlenberg, but I haven’t been able to take one yet. She immediately got super excited and told me that she has been taking aerial forever and even takes classes in town. Well of course after I found that out I knew that I had to give it a go and I finally did this past Friday!

There is a studio in town that has everything from trampolines to the trapeze. The studio offers a free aerial class to beginners every  so often, and this weekend was one of those times! I gathered a few friends from the program, and we all headed into town excited and a little nervous to have our first experience climbing up the silks and spinning in the air.

We got to class, and as soon as we walked into the building, we were overwhelmed by the amount of gymnastic equipment and super talented gymnasts using it all.  There were two guys practicing their gymnastics, and we found out that they are actually a part of the Joustra (the joust I talked about a little while ago) and that they train all year to be able to perform. After a very brief and barely coherent conversation (there was a little bit of a language barrier), we finally got to start our class!

I took a whole bunch of embarrassing pictures and a few videos:

Just hanging around

Just hanging around

Jillian doing some Aerial

Jillian doing some Aerial

Asia being a star

Asia being a star

After aerial, we were exhausted. I’m still sore, but we had to get ourselves together because the next day was the Accademia Dell’arte’s tenth birthday and there was a huge celebration at the villa.  A bunch of the faculty and staff and even a few alumni came back.  It was an evening of songs, dance, and a lot of food!  We even sent out ten paper lanterns into the night sky to represent each year the accademia has been around.  It was a really special moment and made me think about how lucky I am to be here and have this experience.  Until next time, ciao!

 

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Whipping Pediatric Cancer!

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and today one of the Resident Advisor’s here at Muhlenberg College set up an event to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (check out some of the information and how you can support at http://www.alexslemonade.org)! Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, my friend took it upon herself to set up the Whipping Pediatric Cancer Challenge to raise money and awareness for a cause that really hits home for her, as her younger brother is one of the many, many, many children in the world fighting the battle against Pediatric Cancer.

Motivated by her kind heart, I got myself up at a reasonable time and took to the field to show my support. We lined up in a semicircle and took turns pie-ing the person to our left as the event was recorded. I don’t know if taking a pie to the face was my original idea of wrapping up the week nicely, but it turned out to be a sweet time!

The student who set up the event has both her hands up in a shrug with whip cream on her face.

The girl behind the stand!

Happy Birthday!

Drew

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Happy Birthday Robin!!!

September 21st was Robin Riley-Casey’s birthday! 

Robin is the director of Multicultural Life here at Muhlenberg, but she’s so much more than that to those who have gotten to know her personally. She’s giving, caring and such an inspiration to those around her. I first got to know Robin through the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP; a pre-orientation program geared towards those who have an interest in expanding diversity and multicultural life at Muhlenberg). Because of her desire to create a welcoming space that students consider “home,” I instantly felt comfortable.

St. Thomas is a diverse community; the majority of people living there are African-Americans, and then you have Indians, Arabs, Hispanics, the French and whites and those from other Caribbean islands… any culture you are looking for, St. Thomas will probably have. At Muhlenberg however, the majority of people are white, and there is an incredibly small community of those from different backgrounds. Though the high school I went to on island was predominantly white, I was still shocked at how different the overall culture of the college was compared to home. Robin and the Emerging Leaders Program gave me a sense of relief knowing that I had a place to go to when I felt lost amongst the rest of peers… when the overwhelming “whiteness” of the student body made me feel like an outsider.

Being apart of the ELP enabled me to meet and befriend other students of color. The program prepared me for the rest of my college career and if I was not a part of it, I do not think I would be who I am today. From the moment I stepped onto this campus, I felt as though I was a part of something, and in addition to becoming my on campus family, the program and those involved assisted in the transition from high school to college. On the first day of the program we had homework to turn in and lessons on how to adapt to the college life-style.

So in honor of Robin and all that she has done, Jasmine Anderson (one of the interns at the Multicultual Center) put together a surprise birthday party! In attendance we had Emerging Leaders from the Class of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. We also had faculty, the Dean of Students, and those who were not even a part of the Emerging Leaders but just love Robin! Jasmine put together such a wonderful event. There was food, music, dancing and you can tell that everyone had a wonderful time.

So thank you Jasmine for putting together this surprise party for Robin, thank you Robin for everything you have done for us, and I hope you had an amazing time. It’s important for us to recognize those who have made a difference in our lives, and Robin you have touched the hearts of us all.

Robin and Dean Green!

Robin and Dean Green!

Robin and I! #ELPClassof2016

Robin and I! #ELPClassof2016

Robin and J! #ELPClassof2018

Robin and J! #ELPClassof2018

Robin and Jasmine!

Robin and Jasmine!

Emerging Leaders

Some Emerging Leaders and non-EL’s.

We love you so much, Robin!

Until next time,

Felisa

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