Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Be fabulous, oh college student!

Roommate style
Photo by Eliza Eaton

    Hello, my name is Eliza E. and I still have yet to go to class dressed in the I-don’t-give-a-shit-uniform.  (Ok so a couple times I’ve had to wear my practice clothes to my 8:00am after a workout but you have to understand that in the limited amount of time I had, my boyfriend, food, was much more important than showering.). Anyway. I’m writing today to commend the people on campus who show off their original style every day and don’t settle for ratty high school track sweat pants and old tee shirts from adventure club. I am also hoping to not offend, but inspire those who prefer to role out of bed and go to class like that. Most of the people I discuss this with tend to all look and me with the why-do-you-even-care look on their face and for a moment I consider that question. Then I remember that it’s good to care! Its good to care, I tell you! Some people want to improve morale around here, and others want to pick up trash to keep the campus green. I just want everyone to dress pretty.

     So anyway, I remember being told before I moved to college that it wouldn’t be long before I started wearing sweat pants all the time and going days without showering. Well lemme just say first of all that A) I never go days without showering because (#RunnerProblems) that would be extremely unpleasant for all involved. And B) I don’t even own sweat pants. But all the talk about not wearing my pretty clothes all the time was starting to get to me. Was I really going to join the stereotype of the ever apathetic college student who hides under layers of cotton and elastic bands, only to emerge in something half tolerable to go out on a Saturday night? No. No. No. NOOOOOOOOOO! I would never want that to happen! Dressing is so important for showing off who I am, as I hope it is for most people.   This made me dispirited when it came to packing, for I thought that the wardrobe that I stuffed into bags would sit in my closet collecting dust during my time at CNU.  These were dark days.

    And now for the turning point of the story!  My first world problems are problems no more! In my first few weeks of being on campus I have not only seen people who flaunt their personal style to their greatest ability, but I have also been subjected to styles that are somewhat new to me (they got a nautical theme). While I still see the pajama clad students ambling around throughout campus, there is enough originality here for me to be content. I’m so thrilled that I have been able to walk around campus wearing my bright orange H&M dress and not stick out (too much) like a sore thumb.

      I guess one of my missions here at CNU is to always influence as well as be inspired.  I’ve made a ton of friends already who seem to like my quirky style and have also even met some who give some excellent advice (Chloe helps me dress more like an adult. #ThatsMyRoommate). For those who will attend college in the future, whatever you style may be, don’t settle for the typical lazy-day look. Flaunt your originality, and give yourself something to be a little excited about everyday whether its your cute flats, a button down shirt with little ships on it, or that Goodwill sweatshirt that makes your roommate roll her eyes. Just have fun with it y’all! Dress Happy!


Friday, September 7, 2012

My Top Five Favorites

Roomate fun
Photo by Eliza Eaton 
In celebrating my three-week anniversary of living on the CNU campus, I have decided to write about my top five favorite experiences I’ve had/ things I love about Christopher Newport University. That being said, let it be known that the list is much longer than five simple things, and will continue to grow seeing as I’ve barely completed my second week of classes. But in any case, that just goes to show you how awesome it is to be going to this school, and how much more there is to experience.

1.     Lets go to da beach.   One of the perks of going to school in Newport News? -Living a mere 45 minutes from VA Beach (or if there’s traffic, 2 ½ hours). Either way it makes for great day trip. While I’ve talked to several alumni friends who said that they maybe went to the beach “Once or twice their junior year”, my lovely upper-classmen teammates made sure that we got to get our beach on within the first week of classes. Ideally, it was a great way to recuperate from the crazy week of our first college classes ever and also an excellent bonding experience… in that I was jammed in a car with four other guys who all got see a small sample of my weirdness, I successfully learned how to skimmed board (just kidding I flipped over and fell on my face in front of all the beach-goers four times in a row), and they tried to teach me how to throw a football without looking like a disabled zebra. Surprisingly that was more successful than the skim boarding. 

Photo by some random lady but on Lydia C's Camera
2.     Hanging out in Einstein’s.  When I first came to school, one of the first things I was worried about was losing my almost daily routine of going to Barnes & Noble and cozying up with my computer or a cooking magazine and sipping a cup of Starbucks coffee (insert eye roll…. Typical girl). Anyway! To my luck, located in the Trible Library is a quant little hot spot for all those who come to CNU’s campus: Einstein’s CafĂ©. To put it simply, it’s PERFECT. Not only does it sell my beloved Starbucks Coffee, but its cozy, a mere two-minute walk from my residence hall, and in the freaking library! What more could a female college freshman want? …. Oh yeah. Free Starbucks coffee.

3.     Running in my first college cross-country meet. And now for the #RunnerProblems portion of my blog. Except for this isn’t a problem, quite the opposite in fact! After some of the hardest practices I have ever experienced and getting used to this different world of Newport News (flat and humid compared to the mountainous air I’m used to in the Blue Ridge area) I, along with my teammates, ran in our first XC meet of the year. Leading up to the meet, I was nervous and felt in the dark about what to expect. Once we got there, it was game time. Granted my racing time wasn’t great, the rest of the meet was amazing. CNU parents were everywhere cheering us on, I was excited and pumped to race, and once I was racing I felt like I had found home again.  I felt energized and I actually enjoyed getting back out on the XC course. That being said, it’s only fair to admit that the photos of me racing tell a different story.  Bring on the comic relief.
Photo by Barbara Corts
4.     My Classical Roots of American Culture class. I have been thoroughly enjoying all of my classes thus far. However, this class, which I have lovingly acronymed (not a real word) my “CRAC” class, has provided the most enjoyment. In other words, I actually look forward to reading this textbook. Weird? Probably. Shame? None.  Essentially the class is about how the founding fathers of America framed our government with inspiration from many Greek and Roman political ideologies and also applies the relationship between Greco-Roman art/ architecture then and American art/architecture now.  Does it sound boring to you? Probably. Regardless, classical history is my favorite and in the words of Magistra Bronaugh “Latin Lives Today!”.

5.     The Dessert Reception at President Trible’s house. Probably my most favorite experience thus far, the dessert reception is a memory I will carry with me forever. The whole experience felt like an episode of Gossip Girl except with less drama, drinking, and dirty deeds. And a whole lot more dessert for sure. I can’t choose my favorite moment of the night. Was it pulling up to the front of the house in fancy vans, shaking hands and talking directly to Prezzy Tribs himself, or standing in the gorgeously decorated back yard and watching the sun disappear over the James River? Hard to pick. What I do know is that along with offering me a way to connect with some of the higher up faculty at CNU and also finally granting me the opportunity to try that MUCH talked-about peanut butter pie, I had an amazing time and knew in that moment that I had surely chosen the best school to attend for the next four years.
Taken with my phone
Photo by Eliza Eaton
     As I said before, this is only the beginning of brilliant experiences, people, and such. I mean I didn’t even mention doing a slip n’ slide in my street clothes (such a college thing to do). But these last few weeks have been both gratifying and a learning experience. I’m pumped; I’m ready to go.