As part of the Student Alumni Society on campus, I get to volunteer for different alumni events. The Alumni office arranges different events that us students help to staff throughout the semester. This semester I was able to take part in the Holiday Pops event at Symphony Hall. After helping to get all of the alumni their tickets and get to the event, myself and the other volunteers were able to enjoy the concert as well. This was one of the most fun volunteer experiences I have taken part in. Seeing the Boston Pops was amazing and a lot more fun than I expected. The event really got me excited for Christmas and it was great to volunteer with other students that I probably would not have known if it wasn’t for the alumni society. I would recommend this event to anyone who will be in the Boston are during Christmas time and for students on campus to get involved in volunteer activities.
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During the spring of this year I decided to sign up for Wentworth’s Leadership Institute classes. I took what is called Phase I of the leadership classes which was an eight week seminar focused on developing good leadership skills and how to be an ethical leader. Taking this class led me to apply for various student leadership positions on campus. Because of this class I was able to come back during the summer and be part of the orientation team.
This semester I signed up to take Leadership Phase II with Chris Scanlon. Chris works in the Student Engagement office at Wentworth and develops these leadership classes for the students. I thought that I loved Phase I, but Phase II has been even better. Throughout the week, it gets very tiring to sit at a desk all day and listen to lectures even if they are on topics you are interested in. Taking a class like Phase II is a refreshing way to end the day because while you are learning new information, there is no homework, no wrong answers, and the structure of the class is a lively discussion that you actually want to partake in. The thing that I like most about this class is that Chris asked us what we wanted to learn and formed our class around us. The leadership classes have made such a positive impact on my experience here at Wentworth and I would encourage other people to take these classes to get a little more out of your time here at Wentworth.
After taking part in Wentworth’s Leadership Institute, I decided to to apply to help out with New Student Orientation during the summer. I came back in June for two and a half weeks and got to work with the staff of Student Engagement / Student affairs, the Office of Wellness, and the office of Diversity and Social Justice Programs. Helping out with orientation led me to join the staff for Wentworth’s Opening Week (WOW). The entire incoming class of new students goes through WOW programs to ensure that they become well acquainted with the school. As a new student going through WOW, the days are long and a lot of information is thrown at you, but being a WOW Team Leader is an entirely different experience. The WOW staff quickly became a group of friends that I can consider part of my family here at Wentworth and they made the week fun for me. I was actually sad when the WOW events were over and classes started because I knew that I would not be able to see these friends that I made every day anymore. Joining the student leadership programs at Wentworth was one of the best decisions I could have made. I am so glad to have met all of these amazing people.
This Sunday I worked at the open house here at Wentworth to represent the Schumann Fitness Center. While I was sitting at the table lots of prospective students were coming up to me to ask questions about the fitness center, but my favorite questions were the ones about Wentworth in general. There were two students in particular that caught my attention who were just concerned about what life is like here. I had to think for a few minutes about what to say because all the information they here at open house could make or break there decision. I ended up just going on about how I like how small the school is and how there is a good community here. I talked about how walking to class I usually am able to say hi to at least a few of my friends. That’s the nice thing about having a small campus: you see lots of people that you know walking to class, in class, or hanging around the campus center. Being part of the open house reminded me of how I felt walking through all of the information booths trying to figure out if this is the right school for me. I hope that the students that I talked to were able to get some perspective on what life living at Wentworth is like. Being part of a small school community is so beneficial because you are able to feel at home on campus. Hopefully I will be able to participate in more open houses in the future because getting to talk to prospective students is a great experience which reminds me why I chose Wentworth.
So last weekend at Wentworth was the family and alumni weekend. I initially thought, “no way, I am not going to be that freshman who brings their parents to family weekend and looks like a complete nerd”. My mom thought otherwise and decided that they were going to come and check it out. They couldn’t stay the whole weekend so we all decided that if they were going to come it would have to be Friday night. When they arrived on Friday I was a little unsure of what I wanted to show them or what we should do. We decided that we would head to the North End and find a great place to eat dinner and then go to the casino night in Waston Auditorium if there was time when we got back. We had a really great Italian dinner and I was thankful to get some food that was not from the same place I had been eating for over a month. We arrived back on campus around 7 and I thought “great, now my parents will want to embarrass me at the casino night event.” It ended up being a ton of fun and at the end of the night we got to trade our chips in for raffle prizes. I was hoping all night that we might win something but my ticket number had not been called yet. Finally they were announcing the last prize and I heard my ticket number being called off. I actually won something! I found out that my prize was an Amazon Echo which is a really cool speaker that almost acts like a Siri. I was really excited and definitely did not regret going to the casino night now.
After all of this I was actually really glad that my parents came to visit because I hadn’t realized how much I missed just eating dinner with them and doing silly things like going to casino night. After this event I would give advice to all students to let their parents come to campus and visit and thank them for all the support they have given to help us come to Wentworth and make the most of our time here.