I have been a full time student at Rosemont for just over two weeks now and I am learning something new everyday! Whether it is in the classroom or in the dorm room down the hall, there is always new information, both helpful and surprising, floating through my ears. There was almost too much information being thrown at me during the freshman orientation weekend.
Thanks to Coach Gordy (what a wonderful man...) I was late arriving to the kick-off ceremony on Friday morning. As I sat in McShain Auditorium, I was looking around at my new classmates. I realized they all had brightly colored t-shirts and maroon tote bags- neither of which I had (that problem was easily corrected) but I also did not have my roommate who was coming from the good old state of Texas. Well, technically I knew of her but I had yet to meet her in person. Her belongings were in my room and her text messages were saying she was actually in the same state but I was not going to believe it until I saw it. After visually searching the class of 2017 without any luck, we all headed over to lunch then began our group time. My favorite part of orientation occurred that afternoon when Fair Play came and we participated in many fast paced and high energy icebreakers. They were so different from the cliché icebreakers everyone is forced to participate in on the first day of school! I met so many people that I quickly forgot their names but their faces stuck. We were constantly switching into different groups of people during Fair Play so I figured I would turn around and there would be my elusive roommate... I was wrong.
The rest my first Friday as a college student consisted of talks with our Raven Peer Leaders (or RPLs) who deserve a tremendous shout-out because they spent a lot of time with freshmen- a job that not many people would want, and some volleyball. I began to think that I imagined all those virtual conversations with my “roommate” and that I would be living alone for my first year but as I headed back to my dorm after making friends with the girls down the hall who would be getting air conditioning (I am glad we have the ability to pick our friends) there she was! In the flesh! She wasn’t in Texas anymore! I like to say I am lucky because my roommate is perfect (even if she has a tendency to think she will drown when it rains).
Saturday was filled with informative presentations and a trip to Dorney Park and on Sunday we had the Convocation Ceremony, which is a tradition that definitely sets Rosemont College apart. Overall, orientation weekend introduced me to many new friends and made me feel like I was finally a real student at Rosemont. Next week? The third floor of Kaul Hall...
My entire life has been filled with firsts. As the oldest, I was the first to start school, the first licensed driver and the first varsity tennis player. I am the experimental child - the guinea pig. Normally, I found a way to manage the unknown that accompanied each new experience; however, no amount of preparation prepared me for one of the most daunting adventures in life: college. Tips from older cousins, advice from teachers, and warnings from my parents created expectations but I had very little to go on when I arrived at Rosemont College. My name is Emily Javitt and I am a first year student. My experiences as a Raven, both good and bad, are about to be written down for everyone to see, starting with my first night... alone.
Since I was 17 months old, I have shared a room with at least one of my three younger sisters. Well, my college roommate decided to stay in Texas for as long as she possibly could so I spent two nights with my third floor dorm room all to myself. It was the strangest experience of my life! There were no late night chats, shared Oreos, or a need to put on matching pajamas. I do not think I will ever have the ability to live alone. Those first two days are a blur and no amount of preparation would have made them any easier (my sisters should be so grateful that they have me around...).
To be honest, I am excited for all the new firsts that will arise during my years at Rosemont. I cannot wait to walk into the unknowns and create memories throughout these so called "best years of my life." The first night may have been daunting but the firsts that are yet to come aren't so scary anymore. With the help of the awesome upperclassmen I have met (who have provided fantastic guidance) and knowing that the entire class of 2017 will be making mistakes and hitting their strides beside me, I now give Rosemont College permission to throw whatever challenges it chooses at me. What's next? Freshman Orientation...