#5 Dude, This Class I’m In…

really makes me reevaluate how I have been living my entire life. This class is the BOMB, literally, it blows my mind. The class is called African Diaspora and the World, but me and my fellow Spelmanites simply call it ADW. It’s a year-long course and for some, ADW sucks because readings are assigned every week and they range from videos to short reading excerpts from 4 different books we bought this semester. For me, though, this class comes quite easily since I already read so much as it is. My lecture class only meets once a week on Mondays for an hour and fifteen minutes, but everyone also has to take the lab for the class as well and mine meets on Wednesdays for the same amount of time. My teacher is really chill. He doesn’t try to be extra, he just gives us the assignment and basically let’s me live. I’m doing really well in the class because I actually do the homework and I haven’t missed all semester.

Oops, okay, so I still haven’t actually explained what the class is. Technically, in ADW, we’re supposed to learn about the migrations of Africans to all parts of the world and their effect on the modern world. We’re supposed to learn about different diasporas (which is basically people migrating and moving to different places whether by force or by choice).

Outside of the technicalities, I have learned so much about myself in ADW. Before I came to Spelman, I thought I had a good sense of myself and clear knowledge of my identity. But ADW forced me to learn not only about all of these people, but to question all the beliefs and ideas that I thought I knew all about. This semester, I have learned that being black, and being a black woman, COMPLETELY BLOWS! Now don’t get your panties in a bunch. I hold feminism and black pride dear to my heart, but ADW has forced me to view how women, and especially women of the minority races have been treated in different societies.

This semester I have been involved in lots of heated discussions with my classmates where I have to remember to breathe. I have learned that it is important to say exactly what you mean because there are at least 50 other girls who are ready to pounce at any moment. I tell you sometimes it gets so crazy that our teacher has to stop the discussion because people cannot get a word in. Lastly, I have learned how to hear; not just listen to people and have their words go completely over my head, but to actually try to comprehend what people are saying because everyone has a different opinion.

My favorite ADW moment this semester has to be our Performance Project. Our teacher assigned the class into groups at the beginning of the semester. They are small groups only 5 people. Basically, any group activity we do, we do it with our group. So when teachers started assigning the Performance Project after midterms, I started hearing really terrible stories about how groups weren’t working out and people weren’t pulling weight.

Sidenote: I got to witness this scary story first hand. So two of my roommates were in the same group: Let’s call them Player 1 and Player 2. I dislike Player 2, soooooooooooo much and she’s in a group with Player 1. Player 2 is rude and decides she does not want to go to the planning meetings even though Player 1 was the one to organize them. Instead she decided to sleep in the bed, while the rest of her group does all the work. Almost every day Player 1 came back to the room angry after she realized that Player 2 had skipped out on yet another meeting. So they get to the project deadline and Player 1 tells the teacher that Player 2 hardly did anything for the group. Player 2 then went to the teacher and lied and said that she was working all those times she was sleeping in the bed. *insert pissed face* So I was super angry for Player 1. The moral is, I didn’t want to be Player 1 and Player 2.

Back to the story: My group was really chill. We decided that we would do skits, and someone sang, and we read a poem. Even though everything was pretty last minute, we did really well in my opinion. Our teacher really liked it too.

But overall, ADW has been the best class I have ever enrolled in. It has so many interesting facets and I’m so excited for next semester.

Adieu,

Kennn 🙂

 

Also, I don’t know when this is getting posted, but Happy Birthdayy to my mommy!

……..oh and Happy Thanksgiving. *smooches*

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Get to Know Anissa and Marisol

1. What three things would you bring to a deserted island with you?

Anissa: I’d bring my guitar so I could be infinitely better and actually write a song or two. I’d bring the Harry Potter series because I could read that over and over and over again and it’s very long so I’d take me a while. I’m imaging that this island is a tropical island so I don’t need socks or a blanket, but I’d definitely bring a pillow; I’m not down with sleeping on like plants.

Marisol: My dog, my smartphone, and the Harry Potter series

2. If you were a box of cereal what would you be and why?

Anissa: I’d be Frosted Flakes because you can never get enough of me. No, but seriously, I’d be Frosted Flakes because I’m kind of weird (In what world is miscellaneous shaped ‘grain’ not strange?) but also sweet.

Marisol: Lucky Charms-They’re not anything extraordinary, but the little bits of marshmallow makes the spoonful taste so much better. I’m the same way. I’m not special, but I offer the best of me.

3. What’s your favorite thing about being human?

Anissa: My favorite thing about being human is just being able to appreciate the world around me. I remember sitting on a bench in the middle of campus and feeling so grateful to be where I am in my life. It’s just the simple things like being able to appreciate the warm sun and a good song.

Marisol: We get to eat a variety of foods. Think about it. Every other species has a certain limited diet.

4. Who is your role model and why?

Anissa: My role model is Sue Reidy, our Anatomy/Physiology teacher. ¾ of us had her. I can honestly say both her life and death have been a very influential part of my life. She loved what she did and lived her life to the fullest, despite her illness, for as long as she physically could. She didn’t show that she was suffering and was still committed to her students until the very last day that she was able to work. She’s inspired me to do what I love so that I might impact someone else’s life positively like she did for me.

Marisol: I don’t have one role model in particular. My role models are those who are humbler than I am, because I can let my pride get in the way sometimes. Mostly though, I see admirable qualities in many of the people in my life—which is why I keep them in my life.

5. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. He says…

Anissa: Excuse me, ma’am, I don’t mean to frighten you, but at any moment, the bomb underneath my sombrero will go off, causing all non-penguins to become penguins. Welcome to the family.

Marisol: “Hey mis amigos! Que pasa?”

6. What kitchen utensil are you most like?

Anissa: I’d say I’m most like a can opener because I like to ‘open’ people up and find out all of the things about them that wouldn’t be obvious at face value.

Marisol: I’m the strainer. I filter out that which I don’t need.

7. What is the most played song on your iPod?

Anissa: Jackie and Wilson by Hozier. The album is amazing and so is this song. I highly recommend them both.

Marisol: At the moment, “Travelin Man” by Ricki Nelson

8. If you were a boy for a day you would…

Anissa: You know, I can’t think of anything I’d want to do that I can’t do right now.

Marisol: I would be the best dressed gentlemen out there.

9. If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

Anissa: Probably play piano, violin, and cello. I took piano lessons when I was little for a while. I think violin looks rad and cello sounds fantastic when Yo-Yo Ma plays it. Side note: Yo-Yo Ma came to Dartmouth once and tickets for a Dartmouth student to go and see him were $10.

Marisol: I would love to learn how to dance ballet. It’s such a rich dance and with so much historical background to it. The dance itself is so graceful and poised and just beautiful.

10. If you could date any fictional character who would you date?

Anissa: Oh. That’s tricky. I’d actually want to be the woman in my favorite book The History of Love because the guy is so in love with her that he writes a book about her. Not that I’d necessarily want to date him but just listen to this line ““The first woman may have been Eve, but the first girl will always be Alma.” Like that’s literally so romantic. Okay. Anyway.

Marisol: Captain Jake Ballard from Scandal.

11. What is the best gift you ever received?

Anissa: Probably my car. It’s a fantastic, 14 year old, well-loved hunk of metal. I keep it a mess but it literally made my senior year and summer so much easier.

Marisol: Marc Jacobs’ “Daisy: Eau So Fresh” perfume.

12. Give your 10 year-old self some advice.

Anissa: Hang in there, pal. It’s gonna get rough for a while, but you’ve got to hold on. We’re almost on the other side because there is, in fact, another side. I believe in you. Or rather, us.

Marisol: Don’t let your mom convince you to get the hair cut. JUST DON’T.

13. Where’s Waldo?

Anissa: Waldo is a metaphysical concept. Therefore, the real question is: Where isn’t Waldo?

Marisol: Waldo is in the Cave of Wonders.

14. What’s your best trait?

Anissa: Ummm…who knows?

Marisol: I am a very good listener. I’m more than happy to sit down and listen to anyone who needs it.

15. What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

Anissa: I want to do something to impact other people’s lives in a positive way. The reason I want to go into medicine is so I can help people do something that they can’t do for themselves.

Marisol: I want to adopt a child from a developing country, or at least financially provide for it.

16. Quick, tell us the first name that comes into your mind.

Anissa: Jason. Which is lame. I don’t even know anyone named Jason.

Marisol: Lucienne.

17. What’s your biggest fear?

Anissa: My biggest fear is walking by myself into a room of people that I know who are all talking about me and then they turn to me and tell me all of the things they hate about me.

Marisol: Being alone.

18. Besides the necessities, what is one thing you could not live a day without?

Anissa: I couldn’t function properly without a little down time. Sometimes my brain works a little too hard and I’m prone to burn out if I don’t take a break.

Marisol: “I love you.”

19. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever done/seen/eaten?

Anissa: Oh I’ve eaten sea snails once! They were really good. Also, a little bit ago, I grabbed an unknown piece of fruit off of the tree on the way to the dining hall and tried it. In retrospect, that’s probably not the safest thing to do. But alas.

Marisol: I tried escargots. They were very chewy.

20. Say something interesting.

Anissa: To whoever is reading this: I think you’re awesome no matter who you are. Keep doing you, in whatever weird, cool, awesome, quirky, or normal way that is.

Marisol: Did you know that the Mall of America does not use heating? The body heat from all of its shoppers is enough to keep the place warm.

#HolidayCardProject

Even though Thanksgiving has yet to come, we can all start spreading holiday cheer to brighten up someone’s day!  For those of you creative deviants, you might already know about this but non-deviants can participate, too.  The Holiday Card Project is an event where people all over the world create holiday cards for people in hospitals over the festive season.  The recipients of these cards range from young to old with mild to terminal illnesses and injuries.  We want to share our holiday spirit with them and because of this wide range of patients, it is asked that messages stay away from things like “get well soon” or “hope you feel better” since it might not be applicable to the recipient.  You can either make a card yourself (8.5″x11″ paper folded twice, grade school style) or purchase a card and embellish it with your flare. You can totally send more than one card but keep in mind quality vs quantity.  There’s an amazing feeling that comes with receiving a well thought out gift.  When you’re ready to send your cards, send them to this address:

deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028
U.S.A.

All cards must be postmarked by DECEMBER 17TH.

Take pictures and use #HolidayCardProject to show the world all of your holiday joy!  Now, get crafty!

Dear DSHA: An Overdue Thank-You Note to My High School

As you guys know we all went to high school together. This is one of our fellow classmate’s stellar descriptions of what it was like.

The Little Things are Big

Dear DSHA,

Ever since I was little, my parents taught me to write a thank-you note for every gift I receive. Therefore, I figure that since I’ve received four years worth of gifts from you, it’s about time you receive a thank you from me. I have so much to be grateful for, after all.

Thank you for the handshake. As weird as that may sound to anyone unfamiliar with the unofficial 5th quality of a DSHA graduate, it really has come in handy (pun intended). From my first day on campus, I was taught that a firm handshake was the first step to achieving that confident and capable status for which we all strived. In fact, that handshake has helped to make many memorable first impressions since starting college and I have gotten an innumerable amount of comments from people about how firm my handshake is. Obviously, I…

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Baby, it’s Cold Outside…

On Monday, November 10th, Minnesota had its first snowfall! Everything is now covered in white and winter has officially begun. Cue the Northface jackets, hats, gloves, the Timberlands and the UGGs…I kid you not, they are everywhere. Anyway, the entire campus looks beautiful, making it easier to bear the bitter temperatures and the slippery pavement (please say a little prayer for me…ice and clumsiness don’t go well together).

You have not lived until you have experienced a true Midwestern winter. It’s not just about how much better the taste of coffee and hot cocoa is. Nor is it only about numb fingers, pink faces and visible exhales. It’s that and more. It’s also about all the things you get to do because of winter. Suddenly, baking becomes a ritual, snowmen and sledding are the joys of life, the feeling of Christmas strengthens everyday (I saw some workers starting to put up lights already!), and the possibility of a snow day (or a cold day) is never too farfetched of an idea. Don’t get me wrong, the cold isn’t always the best, but we Midwesterners take pride in our ability to withstand the low temperatures.

It’s funny really, I’m not usually so in love with winter. Maybe I’m liking it so much because he does too…

To Meat or Not To Meat.

Once upon a time, I was, like most people and the rest of my family, an omnivore. As of the day I’m writing this, I have been a vegetarian for 3 years, 6 months, and 20 days. But who’s counting. (I used a website to figure that out btw.) When I decided to become a vegetarian, it was a cold, rainy night in Valparaiso, Indiana. My family and I went out to dinner, and I decided to get a steak at a semi-sketchy restaurant. Which was mistake number one. I was casually eating said steak when I cut into a piece and saw a vein that was literally as thick as a pencil. It was very gnarly and as a 15 year old, it was quite traumatizing. In that very moment, I thought to myself “nope. Never again, Anissa.” And, henceforth, I have not eaten meat.

A lot of people told me that it would be difficult to be a vegetarian in the dining halls and that I would probably start eating meat again. Honestly, I think they were just trying to scare me. Although, okay, I must admit, I’m a pescetarian. Which really just means that I eat seafood too. I do happen to be very picky about my seafood, and the idea of mass-produced dining hall seafood is pretty much the opposite of appealing. I just say I’m a vegetarian because I never feel like explaining myself. More often than not, I pick the vegetarian option anyway. Eventually I’ll probably just be a vegetarian, but for right now, while other people cook for me, I’ll concede with occasional seafood.

And really, there are tons of vegetarian options. I can’t tell you how much tofu I’ve consumed here. Which is definitely not a bad thing. A girl’s gotta get her protein somehow. Plus, if you’ve already committed to not eating burgers, it’s not going to be too hard not to have them. Especially since you don’t have to cook anything. Just pick from the many choices that your dining hall most definitely has. For example, for lunch I usually have a salad of some sort with tons of different veggies, balsamic vinegar, and spices, and if I feel like I need some protein, I’ll toss a bit of salmon in there, too. Tofu and beans are also always an option for a protein boost if I don’t want seafood.

I’m sure there are cons to not eating meat. But I really haven’t run into many. Maybe 1 time out of 10 there isn’t something that I really want to eat at a restaurant. Those instances are few and far between though.

Not that I’m trying to push the vegetarian/pescetarian “agenda” but it’s much easier to be healthy when a lot of the greasy stuff isn’t an option. Besides pizza. You can never go wrong with a slice of cheese pizza, honestly. And animals! Have you ever seen a baby pig or a baby cow? If not, you’re missing out. They don’t want to be eaten! Granted, fish probably don’t want to be eaten either, but I’m working on that.

So try vegetarianism or pescetarianism for a week. Or maybe two. Or maybe forever. At any rate as Sir Paul McCartney once said “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.”

#4 Dude This Class I’m In…

…makes me ponder about life choices.  I always thought I wanted to work with animals.  Ever since I was little, I’ve had a passion for all living creatures.  I still want to incorporate saving those critters but I might not do it the way I intended.  My biology courses—lecture and lab—are the most difficult courses I have ever taken.  I know that’s expected of a college level course but I find myself complaining about it the most and it’s a chore to actually learn the content.  That should not be the case for a subject you plan to work with for the rest of your life.  We do get homework in the lecture course but they aren’t worth much and they are graded on correctness.  If your answer is incorrect the first time, you get points deducted and five more tries to enter the correct answer (It’s completed online).  Since it’s difficult to stay awake while reading our 1, 100 plus paged textbook, I have a habit of diving right in and taking a few tries to answer the questions correctly.  My logic is, I’ve taken biology twice already (three times if you count 8th grade) so I should already know this.  The problem is each course had its own focus and every teacher has his or her version of what’s important so what I need to know is constantly evolving.  I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t quite figured out my professor or how to study or I really have lost interest in the topic.  I do, however, enjoy going to my introduction to renewable resources lecture.  I think maybe this is what I was meant to do: manage and conserve and create a sustainable world for animals.  I can always volunteer at humane societies and rescue centers for more hands on experiences.  Biology is the basis for understanding all forms of life but this course is more annoying than intriguing.  Questioning the sciences; I’m not sure quite how I feel about that.

Getting to Know Michelé and Mia

1. What three things would you bring to a deserted island with you?

Michelé: A five subject notebook, a pack of pencils, and my favorite book, Jellicoe Road.

Mia: My phone, my boyfriend, and a Bible.

2. If you were a box of cereal what would you be and why?

Michelé: Honey Bunches of Oats because I don’t look very tasty but if you pour milk on me I’m the greatest.

Mia: I would be Apple Jacks because that’s my favorite cereal.

3. What’s your favorite thing about being human?

Michelé: Being able to appreciate things like hugs, the smell of fall, and those rare moments in life where everything is going right and you just need to put your hands up and spin around to your favorite song.

Mia: Being intelligent! I love that I have the ability to think critically and make decisions.

4. Who is your role model and why?

Michelé: My mom because she didn’t really get to be a kid when she was younger and now as an adult she lets herself have the fun she didn’t get to. I want to always be able to find joy in the simple things.

Mia: Beyonce because she’s flawless. *Flips weave* Lol no but seriously, Beyonce. She empowers young women and stands on her own two feet. She has such a feminist mindset, and I can realate.

5. A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. He says…

Michelé: Todo, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore

Mia: I’m still drunk from Halloween and don’t know where my clothes are.

6. What kitchen utensil are you most like?

Michelé: A whisk because I like the way whisk sounds.

Mia: A knife. But I don’t know why.

7. What is the most played song on your iPod?

Michelé: Halleluiah by Jeff Buckley

Mia: Flawless (Remix) – Beyonce ft. Nicki Minaj

8. I you were a boy for a day you would…

Michelé: Run around without a shirt because they don’t have to wear shirts and they don’t have to wear bras.

Mia: Pee outside on a tree. Just because it’s socially acceptable for guys to do that.

9. If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

Michelé: I want to become fluent in sign language.

Mia: I would learn how to play the piano. I took lessons for 8 years but wish I wouldn’t have stopped.

10. If you could date any fictional character who would you date?

Michelé: The hard thing is that it changes with each book I read.  Right now, Bellamy Blake.

Mia: Can I pick a celebrity instead?

11. What is the best gift you ever received?

Michelé: My 1950’s typewriter!!

Mia: My car, Even though it’s a piece of crap.

12. Give your 10 year-old self some advice.

Michelé: Stop thinking your fat.

Mia: Don’t rush to grow up! Be a kid for as LONG as humanly possible.

13. Where’s Waldo?

Michelé: Lost in a dream within a dream, within a dream, within a dream.

Mia: He was on State Street during FreakFest in Madison. Now probably in class.

14. What’s your best trait?

Michelé: I think probably my ability to be happy.  It doesn’t take a whole lot.

Mia: My personality. I’m crazy, but it’s a good crazy (usually).

15. What do you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

Michelé: I want to be a published author, learn how to fly a plane, and make a difference is someone’s life

Mia: I just want to be successful. Marry my boyfriend. Make some pretty babies. And be an inspiration to kids who look up to me.

16. Quick, tell us the first name that comes into your mind.

Michelé: Jack. Which I’m really disappointed in because I thought for sure I’d be able to come up with something more original.  The second was Gaylord.

Mia: Konnen (my boyfriend). I’m crazy about him. Can’t you tell?

17. What’s your biggest fear?

Michelé: Being told by everyone I love that they hate me.

Mia: Dying! No doubt. Well I guess it would be dying a tragic death.

18. Besides the necessities, what is one thing you could not live a day without?

Michelé: Music.

Mia: My phone. I go crazy if it’s not near me.

19. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever done/seen/eaten?

Michelé: This guy that rides a unicycle around campus wearing a jester hat.

Mia: Well I love my life. So I try not to do or eat anything foreign. But the craziest thing I’ve seen… All the drunkenness at FreakFest. It was wild.

20. Say something interesting.

Michelé: Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid

Mia: Last weekend (Halloween weekend) My night ended with me dialing 9-1-1 for my friend. Fun night.

Pros and Cons of Being a Commuter

Disclaimer: When I chose Marquette as the college I would be attending, I was intending to live on campus.  However, due to unforeseen financial circumstances, the only way I could still attend Marquette would be to commute.  Obviously, if I had chosen a college farther away, I wouldn’t have had any choice in staying at home.

“Oh, you live at home?”

“How do you make friends?”

“Why don’t you live on campus?”

“Are you still getting the college experience?”

These are all questions that I, as a commuter at Marquette University, get asked.  Sometimes I can hear a twinge of pity in the person’s voice, sometimes they really are just curious.  They are all valid questions, though, questions that I had to answer for myself before I made the decision to withdraw from my residence hall and commute.  So in this blog post, I’m going to clear up for everyone what it means to “commute” to college.

I’ll address the first question.  Yes, I live at home.  However, you don’t have to live at home with your parents in order to be considered a commuter.  If you live anywhere that isn’t university owned, you’re a commuter.  In a few years, this may mean that I live in an apartment only a few blocks away from campus, but for now, I live in West Allis with my Mom and adorable dog for roommates.

Just because I commute doesn’t mean that all I do is go to class and study all the time.  While some days I do go home right after class is over, there are some days I stay later, whether it be for a club meeting or just to hang out.  Marquette has a Commuters’ Lounge just for commuters to hang in, which is where I spend most of my time and where I’ve met most of my friends.  I also do have a few friends who live on campus, and I’ve actually spent time inside an actual dorm room!  So to everyone who asks me this question, just because I commute does not mean that I’m a hermit!

As for the college experience, I really think that the stereotypical college experience is just something that is sold way too hard by movies and television shows.  Even if I were living in the dorms, my ‘college experience’ would still be different from Anissa’s, which is different than Mia’s, which is different from Sabrina’s, and so on and so forth.  College is probably the most unique experience of your life.  You get to choose who you hang out with, where you go and at what times, and what you prioritize.  I’m still joining clubs, I’m taking classes that I want to take, and I’m making friends.  College is definitely an experience that will give you what you put into it, so just because I’m living at home doesn’t mean I’m any different than any other person attending.

That said, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some drawbacks.  I don’t have a car, which means I either rely on public transportation or my family to drive me to and from school.  If I had my own car, I’d definitely be on campus more often, but since I don’t, I don’t have the luxury of being down at school as much as I would like to be.  But a perk to this is that my commuter friends who have cars and live close can pick me up when we decide to do stuff like go to the movies or other things around town.

Either way, I’m really happy that at the least, I get to attend Marquette, which is an awesome university! If you’re considering being a commuter, or maybe even dreading it, don’t because college is what you make it.

 

Megs and Freinds oct 2014

Me and my friends! (I’m the girl in the bottom right corner).  Photo cred to Joshua.

Homecoming Like No Other

Homecoming at an HBCU is unlike any other experience I have had in my life. This year’s SpelHouse (Spelman and Morehouse) Homecoming was a week full of different fun events. Homecoming started during Fall Break, but there were still a lot of events even though the school was closed.

On Monday, there was no school, so it was just the kick off at Spelman’s oval. There was food and people got really hype about Homecoming week.

Tuesday, there was the neo-soul concert. Elle Varner came. She was really good, but like every other event, it took forever for her to take the stage. Before she came on, there were a lot of students promoting their mixtapes. Some people were good; others needed to get off the stage as soon as possible. Elle Varner was charming with all the fans. She took pictures with people on their phones and to me she was a great performer.

Next was Hump Wednesday. Hump Wednesday is every Wednesday, but this Hump was especially unique because it was Homecoming Hump. At this Hump, the freshmen stroll teams strolled. Each freshmen dorm had students audition for the stroll team and once the teams were decided, they practiced a lot to get ready for the stroll show. I remember after audititons, I could hear the stroll teams practicing the same routine over and over downstairs because my room is right above the taproom. At Hump, I think the vibe that the girls were going for was more of a sexier feel, while the guys strolled like the frats on Morehouse’s campus. Since I live in LLC1, I obviously felt like LLC1’s stroll team did the best! Chi So Fly!

After the freshmen strolled, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brought out the girls that would be competing in their pageant for Miss Black and Gold. Each of the girls introduced themselves and afterward, they strolled in the likes of Alpha Phi Alpha. During Homecoming week, pageants were also a big thing. There were pageants for Mr. Freshmen, Mr. Sophomore, etc. and Miss RHA, which was a competition between girls that represented each of Morehouse’s freshmen dorms.

Thursday was the SpelHouse Fashion Show, which had student fashions, modeled by students. That same night there was the Hip-Hop concert. 2-Chainz came. I didn’t go to the Hip-Hop concert because while I like 2-Chainz’s music, I was not in a huge uproar to see him in concert, plus the tickets were $30.

Also on Thursday, my roommates and a couple other friends went to a frat party at a club called Mansion Elan. The party was called Pretty Nasty and Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi hosted it. When we got into the party, it was already underway. The frats were continually strolling. I had a lot of fun; I danced with a LOT of Ques and a couple Kappa’s. Although we didn’t get home until really late, I think you all would be happy to know that I still got up and went to class on Friday morning.

Friday was the first day of Homecoming weekend and also Alumnae weekend. Friday’s event was Market Friday. At Market Friday, a group of vendors come to Spelman’s campus and sell clothing, food, Greek apparel, and various products that they think college students want to buy. Since it was Homecoming weekend, they had to change Market’s venue from the Lower Manley Patio to the Amphitheatre in front of the Suites, which was a bigger area. They were so many alumnae from both Morehouse and Spelman and I just remember thinking that I wanted to be these people one day. They were all just to happy to see how the school had changed and catch up with old friends.

My favorite event from Homecoming week was the tailgate. For SpelHouse’s tailgate, they blocked off all the streets surrounding Morehouse and Spelman. When walking out of the Spelman gates, I could already smell all the food cooking. Walking down the streets, there were tents for the Greeks, tents for vendors, and tents for alumnae who purchased tents, just because. They was also a ton of food, and the good part is that most of it was free. They was lots of music. Also during this time, the football game was happening between Morehouse and Albany State. Not a lot of people went to the football game, most people stayed and walked around. I met a lot of students, and I also saw alumnae that I knew from home.

That night we went to the Greek Step Show. Performing were the Deltas, the AKA’s, the Ques, the Kappa’s, and the Alpha’s. The show was fun. Each Greek organization had some creative themes. But in the end, for the fraternities, the Kappa’s won, and for the sororities, the AKA’s took the trophy.

Later that night, we went to our final party of Homecoming week. The party was called Project X, and although it would have been a lot of fun, it turned out to be a bust because we ended up waiting outside for like an hour and a half, and when we finally got in, it was too crowded to dance.

Overall, Homecoming week was bomb and I had so much fun. It took me about another week to recover from everything that we did. I’m so excited to do it all again next year.

Kennedy and more peeps Oct 2014 Kennedy and peeps Oct 2014

Yet another party with my mains!