Move in eve!
In just a few hours we’ll be welcoming the First Year students. It’s been a crazy week of RA training and my group, the Apartments RAs, are some of the best people I’ve met on campus. In fact the entire group, Administration and RAs, took what one would think to be something as boring as protocol and procedure training and turned it into an enjoyable experience. As a first time RA I was initially a little nervous but all my concerns have been eased by the fantastic training experience and I’m confident we’ll have a successful year.
Being in Industrial Design, I’m fortunate to not have to buy any books for the coming year. However, I’ll probably end up spending at least twice what a normal student spends on books but instead I need to purchase fabrication materials and tools. Yesterday I received a list from my studio professor about what tools I need to buy for the upcoming year. Some I have, most I don’t. For the ones I don’t I have a really unique connection that I’ll be using to obtain them. To make an even longer story short, a friend of the family was recently hired to sell off the tools in the woodworking shop of a deceased millionaire. Basically, I have the opportunity to get my hands on the best of the best vintage tools for a fraction of the cost. One of my goals with my design work is the repurposing/recycling/upcycling/reusing of materials. So much of society revolves around the “consume and dispose” ethos. To be able to bring new life to something that someone else thought was dead is just as exciting to me as the design process. It’s a good lesson that can and should be translated to more aspects of our lives.
And lastly, this Saturday will be the first group ride of the cycling club. Several years ago Wentworth had a pretty good team and even hosted their own race. When those guys graduated the team went on a year hiatus. Last January myself and a classmate resurrected the team. This put us in a pretty sticky situation though. In order to submit a budget to race this year we needed to prove that we actually existed. We managed to get the minimum required roster to still exist this year. Boston is at the forefront of bicycle advocacy and as proof we’ve been able to double the roster before 98% of the students have even moved in. Cyclocross season starts in early October so we only have a month left to train.
What’s cyclocross? This is cyclocross… Cyclocross World Cup Belgium
That video is from Belgium where cyclocross is bigger than the NFL and NBA combined. New England is the nation’s hot spot for cyclocross with two previous national champions residing here. Rain, snow, sleet, hail,mud, sand; no matter what comes out of the sky or what’s on the ground, we race. This weekend we’ll start our group rides and I’ll start officially training for ‘cross season. We have a beginners ride going out on Saturday and an advanced ride going out on Sunday. I can’t wait to get out and start riding with the team.
I have a few things to finish up before move in. I’ll be checking in again next week. Thanks for reading!