Counting down and moving in

Brittany L. Strachota
 

 


Hey there, Class of 2014! Wow, these last few weeks of summer seem to be slipping by in a hurry! A fellow 2013er, Kat Brookshier, asked me a while ago if I could get this up on the blog. I'm a terrible slacker, so just replace the word "month" with "couple weeks". Oops. Without further ado, Kat(!):


The Last Month

Congratulations! You've successfully lasted up to the last month of summer. For some, this can be an excruciatingly long wait (orientation seems soooo far away; how can summer really only be half over?!) - and for others it's the inevitable countdown to saying goodbye to friends, family and significant others. Whichever category you may fall into, here are a few suggestions to make the last month of summer exciting:

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Make a short bucket list for your hometown or city area. Try being a tourist in your own city (for example, I would go to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California). I promise you will not regret this!

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Plan a late-night celebration with friends to commemorate your time together. Bonfires, movie marathons, themed sleepovers and bike rides are all fantastically fun!

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Go to an Olin party. Meeting people you will go to school with is an excellent way to feel comfortable when you first arrive on campus.

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Update your iPod and check the radio for new songs that you might like. Make sure you have a good soundtrack for your life set up, because it's easy to get lost in music.

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Tell your parents you love them, often. Cheesy as this may sound, they will not see you for several months once Olin starts. This is as difficult for them to see you leave as it is exciting for you to be starting college.

The only other piece of advice I have for you? Update your packing list for the 8th time (how many pairs of underwear will I really need? [Two week's worth at least.]), read Cat's Cradle again, plan four years' worth of classes at Olin (a schedule you will most certainly not take), and stalk the Olin website and 2014 Facebook page. Orientation is almost here, so get excited Class of 2014!

 

/End Kat

 

I have a few fun things to add to my own orientation downtime (almost an oxymoron, but whatever) to-do list. Those first few days are, in general, scheduled to the minute and rather chaotic, but you'll have plenty of time to get to know your classmates. Do that! Also:

 

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Find the tree swing. It is by far one of my favorite places on campus.

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Explore the Wellesley Aqueduct trail. Find a castle. And a painted rose.

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Go into Needham. To Friendly's. Or Abbott's (my choice...the only pseudocustard you'll find in the state). Or the yarn shop. Or the strange bronze statues.

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Go into Wellesley. To Qdoba (my very first Qdoba experience was in Wellesley, thanks to the Lizzes). Or the library (you'll cherish a library card). Or Lemon Thai. Or the "lake".

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Stay up past 10:30 whenever you can. Talk to Elizabeth Poindexter about this one.

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Visit your neighbors! I didn't really meet some of mine until weeks after arriving. Kinda strange... On a related note, keep your door open as often as you can.

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Try to get from the first floor lounge of West Hall to the fourth without touching the ground (not so sure OSL would endorse this one, so keep it down).

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Stroll around Babson's campus.

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Hang out in lounges.

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Ask one of your classmates to teach you something new.

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Poke around in your room's ceiling. You never know what you might find...

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Find a playground. Play!

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Make something cool out of dining hall food. I suggest using peanut butter and orange-guava-passionfruit juice.

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Talk to the dining hall staff! They're beyond awesome. Also, somebody please send Stefania my love. I've missed her. (I'm dead serious. My first hug at Olin was from Stefania.)

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Oh yeah. You should probably check in with your parents. They'll be worrying that you're miserable/ready to leave/suffering from an exotic disease.

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Eat meals with somebody new every day.

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Skype your friends (once you have a computer) and give them a tour of their room. Be sure you can see their mouths drop.

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For that matter, shun all computers until you receive your new laptops. People > computers (at least for the first week at Olin).

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Find some abandoned train tracks and jump into the Charles. Just be CERTAIN they're abandoned, okay? It should be fairly obvious if you've found the right ones.

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Take a little bit of alone time.

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Start a rousing game of sardines in whatever building you find suitable.

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Try to figure out the K'nex calculator in the library.

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Come approximately 6:00pm on August 31, find me! I'll give you candy (or something) if you manage to converse with me. Seriously.

Make some stories. Have adventures. Talk with people. Enjoy the time before classes. And one word of advice: Give everybody a fair chance. Even if you get off on the wrong foot with somebody, you might find a good friend in them eventually.

 

I'm so looking forward to meeting everybody! Safe travels to all.

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