Archive for February, 2009

Calmer Waters (and Pacific waters ahead)

February 28th, 2009

The busiest days have come to an end for now. I have some more time to relax. I just have to wait now until I hear if I am selected for the different positions that I applied for.

I had an interview for the Ambassadors Program on Tuesday. If I get selected to be an ambassador for next year, I will have the honor of representing the Netherlands in the Wooster community for two semesters. I really hope I will get it, but I know I am facing some tough competition from aspiring ambassadors from other countries. Each year, five students get selected to represent their countries. This year, we have ambassadors from Egypt, China, India, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. Next year’s list will hopefully include the Netherlands!

I am also awaiting the outcome of the interviews I did for the Resident Assistant position. A Resident Assistant (RA) has to make sure students are happy living in their room and that they get the right help if they are having problems. I like to see the RA as the host of the floor. He or she has to make sure all guests are content (preferably more than just content). In order to apply for this position, I had to go through two rounds of interviews. The first round was a group interview. In this round, all the applicants worked together in three different (fun) activities while  we were being observed by current RAs and staff members. In most cases (as long as you don’t hurt anyone during the group interview), you get invited for an individual interview. During this interview, the current staff gets to know you on a more personal basis and can decide if they think you are ready for the job. I think being a RA would be a great learning experience and a lot of fun to do. An extra advantage of being a RA is that you get a discount on your room and board, but if that is the only reason you want to do it, you’d better refrain from applying.

A third position that I am applying for, is that of Orientation Committee member. In my last post, I told you about the group interview for this position. Next week, I will have my individual interview. If I get selected to be a RA, I will not be able to do Orientation Committee because the training and duties for the different positions overlap. Still, I would be very excited to be an Orientation Committee member if I don’t get selected to be a RA. I remember my first days at the College of Wooster. It was great to meet so many people from different places around the world in such a short period of time. Orientation really helps you with starting your bond with the college. You will know your way around campus and have your first new college friends. After my orientation, I felt very at home at the college already. It was a weird feeling that after one week, I felt like I had been at the college for at least a month, but I also felt like I had just arrived.

I will be awaiting the outcome of all my applications this coming week.

Tonight is the winter Gala and being a new member of WAC (Wooster Activites Crew), I will be helping setting things up. After this week, it will be Spring break already. The first half of the semester has gone by so incredibly fast. For me Spring break means two weeks of divine beaches on Hawaii! I will keep you guys updated.

Busy Days

February 21st, 2009

These days are amongst the busiest of my life. I am applying for many positions, I have a lot of work to do for my classes, and I am trying to enjoy college life as well. It feels like I am managing well combining both fun and duty. There is only one thing that seems to be left out in the package: sleep. Some people might argue that sleeping is a waste of living time anyways, but I tend to disagree. The quality of my days improves to such a degree after sleeping well, that I deem it worth it to give up some living time to get a few hours of good sleep.

Anyway, let me tell you what I have been up to the past week.

The past week began with a Logic and Philosophy exam on Monday. I felt really well prepared and the exam went well. After my exam, I had to work in the library. I am still learning about being a reference assistant, because I only started working three weeks ago. Me being new resulted in an euphoric feeling after I had answered my first reference questions successfully.
After my last class of the day, I decided to fill out an application for the position of Director of Travel and Recreation  for the Wooster Activities Crew (WAC).
After I filled out my application, I went to the African dinner that was organized by Ujamma, the African Student organization on campus. It was Africa Week on campus this last week, so there was a week long program of Africa related events. Last Saturday I had already watched a performance by the South African dance troop Juxta Power, which was very spectacular. And on Sunday there was a showing of the movie Bowling for Zimbabwe which stars Itai, a Wooster student from Zimbabwe.

Tuesday, I had a day of doing labs. I had a lab for my math class and a lab for my computer science class. It meant that I spent five hours in front of a computer screen. It made me a little dizzy, but after a good weight lifting session in the gym I felt a lot better.
I also had a Model United Nations meeting on Tuesday. After the two try-outs, I had only made it to number eight on the alternates list. I was not very happy with that, but Tuesday I was lucky. Only one other person from the alternates list showed up to the meeting, so that means that now I am the number two on the alternates list. If two people decide to drop out of the team, I will be traveling to New York in April with the model UN team. I believe that would be an amazing experience. Besides, the college pays for the bus and the hotel.

Wednesday, I had an interview for the WAC director position. It went really well.  I also  played Ultimate Frisbee with the college’s team  for the first time of my life. It was a muddy experience, but a lot of fun. In the evening, I had a rehearsal for the theater production of this semester. I play Steven, a waiter who thinks he is a ladies man.

Thursday, I got the green light to start blogging for the college.  I also talked to Dr. Ramsay, the chair of the math & computer science department. I got his signature for declaring my major.  In the evening, I had a group interview for Orientation Committee. We had to do fun activities while we were being observed. We had to build a structure out of newspapers and tape and transport marbles from one side of the room to the other by using plastic tubes.

Friday, I heard that they picked me to be the Director of Travel and Recreation for WAC. That means that I will be responsible for planning great trips for the student body. For example, the yearly trip to Cedar Point. After this good news, I got to talk to my parents over Skype. In the evening, I went to the closing event of Africa week: the Aya-Masaai Dance Party. There was African music and food and a lot of dancing. After this party, I also went to the Rave against the Machine party for a while. After that, it was time for some good sleep.

Welcome

February 21st, 2009

Welcome to my blog. From now on, I will be writing about my life at the College of Wooster at least biweekly (in the meaning of twice per week). I encourage all my readers to respond to my blog in the form of comments or by email. If you have questions about what I write or if you want to kn0w more about something specific, please let me know. I will try to make this blog as exciting to read as possible. So, if you think something is extremely boring or indeed exciting to read, please let me know as well! I love feedback.

Bastiaan

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