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Life is Good

April 6th, 2009

Wooster, with all its opportunities, is making me happy.

After two shows, the play is really over now. It makes me sad. After the second show, we took down the set with some pain in our hearts. It was such an amazing experience to work with people from different generation on a piece of art. I enjoyed every second of it! The audience was great both nights. They responded enthusiastically and were with us the whole play. However, it was interesting for me to experience how different audiences can influence the atmosphere of the play. On Friday, the audience laughed very frequently, which made the play almost feel like a comedy. On Saturday, the audience laughed less and some people even cried, which made the play feel more like a drama. Both nights were fantastic. I want to thank everyone that participated in the play and all the people that showed up to watch it.

The play made me very happy, but apparently I could be made even happier. At the end of last week, I received a letter from Residence Life which stated that they would like to have me as a resident assistant next year. At first, I was an alternate, but it turned out that they need more people. I am very excited to join the Residence Life staff! However, there is a downside to being a RA: I will not be able to be part of the orientation committee for next fall semester. It is still going to be the best orientation ever (rumor: the theme for orientation 2009 will be Woogle Search), but I won’t be combine orientation and being a RA.

In the meantime, the semester is coming to an end. We only have one month left. I have started thinking about the coming summer already. I will be going home for a while, but I might stay a little longer in Wooster after the semester is over. I will keep you all updated.

Bastiaan

Last days

March 5th, 2009

I am writing this while I am waiting for my computer science class to start. My previous class was math, but we finished early (my professor somehow hurt her knee while teaching, she was astonished herself). My math exam went well yesterday and I am happy to say that for me there are no exams or homeworks due until after Spring break.

This past weekend was Winter Gala weekend. Because I am part of the Wooster Activities Crew (WAC) now, it was expected of me to help set up before and clean up after gala. The people in charge of the Traditions part of WAC had organized everything perfectly. We decorated the Hollywood themed Gala spectacularly. After entering the gala on the red carpet (while being victimized by the flashes of the paparazzi), people entered the dining hall which was decorated in black and gold. A big chocolate fountain paraded in the middle of the room. Dressed up people were dancing to the live music while others were enjoying the cheese cake. It was a great night, but after everyone was gone, it was time to clean up. That was easier said than done. All the tables had been cleared from the dining area and they all had to be put back in the exact right place, with the right number of chairs surrounding them. I learned a new interesting fact about our cafeteria while cleaning up. All saltcellars have to face south (salt starts with s just like south) and the peppers face north. From now on, I will always be able to orientate while I am having a meal. Who wouldn’t be grateful for that. After two hours of cleaning mess and moving tables and chairs we were finally done. It was a lot of work, but the successful gala was worth it.

Because of my excitement for my selection to the Ambassadors Program and the knowledge that I had a math exam the next day, I forgot my theater rehearsal on Monday night. Besides exposing the fact that I am a little unorganized at the moment, it also shows that it is really time for Spring break to come.

In this last week before the break, I also encountered my first major disappointment. I am not selected to be a resident assistant next year, but I am asked to be an alternate. That is neither what I expected nor what I had hoped for. I guess this will help me learn how to deal with set backs. I’ll have to keep looking on the bright side of life : ).
Because of my disappointed mood after I heard the outcome of the RA selection process, I had a hard time being the smarmy waiter Steven during the play rehearsal on Thursday night. Being smarmy is much easier when you’re actually feeling happy.

Even though I am having a small dip right now, I am confident that I will start the second half of the semester with lots of positive energy. Two weeks of Hawaiian sun can do miracles I believe. Right after Spring break, I will hear if I am selected to be an orientation committee member. I had my individual interview yesterday evening, after play rehearsal. I really hope I will be a member of orientation committee because orientation is lots of fun. If you’re coming to Wooster next year, I might be helping you finding your way around campus!

One more day of classes to go. My next post will be from an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with temperatures in the eighties. I don’t dislike Ohio, but changing it for Hawaii for a while won’t make me complain.

Bastiaan

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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