Every Spring, Wentworth hosts the annual Beaux Arts Ball, a semi-formal night of dinner and dancing that’s been a favorite tradition for the past 25 years. Past venues have included the Top of the Hub, the Odyssey Cruise ship in Boston Harbor, the Hard Rock Cafe, and the Alden Castle. This year’s party spot was the ballroom at the Omni Parker House, one of downtown Boston’s premier hotels! As a member of the Wentworth Events Board, I joined the Ball Committee, because I wanted to play a key role in planning this year’s celebration. Committee members were responsible for picking the DJ, advertising the Ball, and decorating the venue for the big night. This year’s theme was The Great Gatsby—a throwback to the roaring twenties! The event, held on April 4th, was a huge success! Doors opened at 8PM and soon the place was full of people dancing the night away. A good time was had by all. The photo booth (below) was definitely the place to see and be seen.
Yes, you read that right: a pig and a leopard. For those of you who do not know the Wentworth mascot is a Leopard. Now, the Leopard is most often found on campus in the form of a statue, but at some campus events he can be found wondering around in the form a mascot. When he does though, he is shy and must walk with a human. During this year’s Accepted Students Day I was privileged enough to be that human. It was fun to be able to walk around campus with him and greet prospective students and their families.
On the last Accepted Student Day the leopard and I found ourselves greeting someone we didn’t exactly expect to meet, a pig. Yes, a real live pig. A current Wentworth student lives off campus and has a pet pig. He sometimes brings the pig for a walk through campus and around Boston. The pig, named Bobby, has become pretty popular around the city and he even has his own Facebook fan page. The leopard enjoyed his time with Bobby the Pig as you can see from this picture.
The Leopard and Bobby the Pig
Every spring, campus clubs hold elections for their executive boards (E-Boards) for the upcoming year. At the beginning of March, right before Spring Break, the Wentworth Events Board (WEB) had their election. During my time at Wentworth, I have voted and run in many of these elections. Each year, WEB members vote for the following positions:
President: Runs general meetings
Vice President: Runs general meetings when the president is absent, also runs weekly E-board meetings and is in charge of group bonding activities.
Organization Manager: Treasure and Secretary.
Performing Arts Coordinator: Organizes concerts, comedians, and other performing arts related events.
Daytime Coordinator: Organizes daytime events.
Beaux Arts Ball Coordinator: Organizes and runs the campus’ yearly ball.
Public Relations Coordinator: Advertises the club, purchases promotional items, helps other members of the E-Board advertise their events, in charge of the club’s e-mail account and social networking pages.
Members can nominate themselves or another member to run for a WEB leadership position. Once the nominees have been selected they can choose to accept or reject their nomination. Then candidates give a speech and members cast their ballots. At the end of the meeting the winners are announced. I am graduating next year, so I decided to run for President of the club. I have been a member of WEB since my first week on campus and was ready to take my experience to the next level.
At the end of this year’s election I was shocked to find that I won! I am President Elect! Right after Spring Break I ran my first general meeting as President of WEB.
This Summer I will be going on my first Co-op. A Co-op is a semester long internship, where students (usually) don’t take classes but instead have a job related to their major.
My search for a Co-op started in February and I quickly learned that finding a job is a job in and of itself. To search for positions I was interested in I used Wentworth’s job searching site WITWorks as well as other online job search engines. I spent hours combing these sites looking for jobs. Once I found positions that I wanted to apply for I updated my resume and cover letters. Creating the perfect cover letter for each position took time as I needed to match the letter to the job description highlighting my relevant experiences. As for the interview, I had to dress up, travel to the interview and of course have the interview (some of my interviews have taken an hour or more)!
I also attended Wentworth’s Annual Career Fair which over 140 companies attended, 22 of which were looking to hire Computer Networking students. The fair was held in March in the campus gymnasium where there were rows of tables lining the basketball courts as current student’s networked with their possible future employees. I spoke with approximately 15 companies, and after I sent each of them a thank you email for speaking with me. This process was just as time consuming as the online search!
From my job search process I have realized that the best job for me right now is one that is within walking distance to campus in Information Technology. Since I started this process I’ve applied to 20 jobs, have had 5 in-person interviews, 2 over the phone interviews, and got a job offer! I haven’t decided if I will take the job, but I will make up my mind in the next few days.
Student Leadership Positions
Some student jobs on campus are considered leadership positions, which can be hard for a student to get, as it is a selective process. At Wentworth this selection process begins in January, even if the position would not start until September.
I went through this very process to become a Commuter Assistant and a Wentworth Opening Week program assistant. Wentworth Opening Week (WOW) is a program for first year students, which includes their orientation and move in day.
Any student who wishes to apply to any of these jobs must go through the following steps in the application process.
Application: This consists of the submission of your resume and an essay for each position you are applying to.
Group Process Interview: This year this process occurred on a Thursday evening. All applicants were divided into small groups, were they had to complete two projects as a group (all while being evaluated). This year our projects included a Lego design and a commercial skit. In Lego design project, applicants had to build the tallest structure they could with only the Legos they were given. They could talk and open the bag at first, but once they started building students could not speak. My group organized and became familiar with the Legos, then we assigned each person a job before we started to build. In the end, we had a leaning structure, but it was still fun!
In the commercial skit project, each group had to perform a skit that represented one of six different departments or places on campus. Each group was told to divide into two smaller groups at this point. In my group, we chose to divide by boys vs girls. The girls in our group chose to do a skit on the Campus Center. A few things we showcased were how students can play pool in the campus center and purchase tickets to local venues in Boston. A funny thing that happen was that I messed up at the end of the skit, but luckily one of the members helped me recover. We had originally thought of doing the skit to “Girls Just Want to have Fun” but decided not to.
Individual interview: Applicants have to schedule an individual meeting with the department(s) they are applying to.
Sometime in February, each applicant will receive a letter that will state if they got the position, were waitlisted, or denied.
The following is a list of specific positions where all applicants must going through this application process.
Resident Assistant: Students in charge of a floor in a residence hall. They are also assigned certain nights and weekends where they are on call in case of any emergencies in the building.
Commuter Assistant: Students who run commuter events and are the main resource to commuter students.
Orientation Leader: Lead a group of new students during New Student Orientation in June.
Orientation Assistant: Organizes evening events and assists the Orientation Leaders during New Student Orientation.
WOW Team Leader: Leads a group of new students during Wentworth Opening Week.
WOW Program Assistant: Organizes evening events and assists the Team Leaders during Wentworth Opening Week.
Community Standards Board: A peer group that decides what disciplinary actions can be taken when issues arise.
Student Admission Ambassador: Gives tours of the campus to perspective families and students.
Student Wellness Education and Empowerment Team (SWEET): This student serves as a health and wellness advocate.
Student Leadership Positions
Often during the year, campus clubs at Wentworth have retreats. They can take place either on or off campus. They usually consist of fun and educational activities. One of the clubs I am part of, the Wentworth Events Board (WEB) has a retreat every year around February. This year’s was Saturday February, 2. Our retreat was on campus and had a series of workshops. I have been a part of WEB for a while, so I was given the role of creating and facilitating a workshop about how to plan a successful event.
During the workshop I shared a PowerPoint presentation that outlined how to plan an event for WEB in the following steps:
1. Come up with an event
2. Bring it to the proper Committee
WEB has four event planning committees:
- The Daytime Committee who plans events that are grab-and-go like make-your-own lucky bamboo plant or make-your-own license plate.
-The Performing Arts Committee who plan events like concerts and comedians shows, (and once a year bring a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show to campus).
-The Beaux Arts Ball Committee who plans our Annual semi-formal off campus
-The Travel/Special Committee who plans off-campus trips to places like Six Flags and also any other events that do not go under the other categories.
In between workshops we played getting-to –know-you games. A good time was had by all.
As a change from talking about specific campus events, today I will tell you about a special election that I am currently running in. In late spring, all of the clubs at Wentworth have an election for their executive board. In these elections only the members of the club can vote.
These elections differ from student government elections because all students can vote for student government positions. For those of you who may not be familiar, I will define what each member of the student government does:
President: runs both general body meetings and executive board meetings and meets with the President of the school
Vice President: runs a meeting if the president is not able to and meets with the President of the school as well
Secretary: takes notes at general meetings and the meetings of elective officials
Student Affairs Coordinator: acts as a liaison between the student government and the Dean of Students
Treasure: keeps track of the budget that student government has
Academic Affairs: acts as a liaison between the student government and the Provost
Public Relations Coordinator: promotes the Student Government
Whenever one of these officers steps down before their term is over the position becomes open and a special election is held. Currently the positions of Secretary, Academic Affairs Coordinator, and Public Relations Coordinator are open and students are applying to run for these positions.
I have been on the Student Government as Commuter Representative since I started at Wentworth and was Public Relations Coordinator last year. This year I am running for PR Coordinator again and just submitted my application! Cannot wait for the election!
Whether you are a baseball fan or not, the World Series is a big deal. What if you were within a 15 minute walk from the big game? That is a possibility for all Wentworth students to experience and one that this semester, we did. For those of you who do not know, the Boston Red Sox were in the World Series this year and won for the first time at home since 1918.
Wentworth students got to experience the excitement of the game like few others did. Each of the World Series games were shown on large projectors in two of the dorms. This was a safe and fun option for all those who wanted to watch the game. After all, would you rather watch the World Series alone or as a community? We were so close to the game that some side streets around the dorm buildings closed after the seventh inning of the last game.
The following days were fun in Boston as well. The morning after the game, less than a mile away at Fenway, the 2013 World Series Banner was hung outside of the ball park. This was just the beginning though, as the big celebration was set to take place on November 2.
On November 2, 2013 we celebrated our World Series Champions with a rolling rally. For those of you who are not familiar with rolling rallies, they celebrate our city’s championship teams. Players from the Red Sox road on floats through the city. Each float had a microphone on it so you could hear the player’s speeches. Here in Boston, instead of the traditional floats of other cities, we use Duck Boats. These are boats that can go in the water in addition to riding on the road. Although there have been a number of Boston Sports Championships, this was the first time that I was able to attend one of these rallies.
The parade started at 10 and I drove into the city and arrived before 9. To my surprise the streets were empty and so were the trains. I ended up walking over to the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. I stood there on the top step where I could see the parade come by in person as well as on a big screen that was set up in a park in front of me. It was a great and memorable experience being able to be so close to the players.
The days leading up to Halloween (and of course the day itself) are always an eventful time for WIT students. There are always a number of events on campus to celebrate the holiday and some people even wear their costumes to school. My favorite event, is a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show!!!! For those of you who never heard of Rocky Horror, do not feel bad, I had not either before I came to Wentworth. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a movie that came out in 1975 but it is still a sensation to this day.
While some people just watch the movie in the traditional way, some places also have actors who act out parts from the movie while it is playing. This happens once a year at Wentworth when a company comes to our school for a performance. The movie is on behind the actors where the audience can see it and in front of the movie people literally act out scenes and the audience gets involved. For example, there is a wedding scene where people in the movie throw bread at the bride and groom. During the live performance, the audience does too. Another example is when songs that have a dance to them are played as part of the movie/performance, such as the Time Warp, the audience does the dance too. I have been to this event every year that I have been at Wentworth. It is, in my opinion, the best event on campus all year even though all of the events are great. Everyone should see a performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at least once in their life time, and their first one will definitely be a memorable one!
Most people are familiar with Back-To-School nights, when parents or guardians visit their student’s school at night to give them an opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and see what they have been doing in school. In college, things are a bit different. In some cases, parents travel a great distance to visit their student’s school (and their student) because they’ve moved far away from home. As a result, colleges have Family Weekends where families and friends can visit for the entire weekend.
This past weekend was Family and Alumni Weekend at Wentworth. Family and Alumni Weekend included the opportunity for families to participate in fun and free events on campus including; Casino Night, Leopard fun room (where families had a chance to pay to build a leopard), and a free magic show. The school also provided discounted tickets and transportation to events around Boston and opportunities to see the city. Families could go see Blue Man Group, Share Madness, or take a tour on a Duck Boat, for example. They could also sit in on a handful of sample classes which gave families an opportunity to learn about what their student does in class. For the second year, alumni of WIT were also invited to this event.
This year I worked for some of the events. Prior-to the start of the weekend I blew up balloons. Once it began, I signed people in until Casino Night started. Casino Night had a variety of typical Casino related games but no real money was bet. Instead, Wentworth gave each guest poker style chips that they could play at any of the games. When guests ran out of chips they could simply get more and at the end of the night they could trade them in for raffle tickets to win a variety of prizes. These prizes ranged from Wentworth apparel, to a Kindle Fire HD, to a DVD player. Two years ago, someone in my family won a Play Station 3! This year at Casino Night I volunteered to give out the chips, count them, hand out raffle tickets, and clean up after the event.
I spent Saturday afternoon with all my friends, their parents, and mine. At the end of the day I helped out with set up for the magic show. An enjoyable weekend was had by all.