Look Back At It

One word – parties. UW-Madison truly is the party school of America. I most definitely had a “life in the fast lane” phase throughout my freshman year; nonetheless, I managed to stay on the Dean’s List for each semester (so no need to worry about my priorities).

What sucked? Classes of course. I think that is a given, however. Freshmen aren’t at liberty to take as many interesting classes as they may want to – those pesky general college requirements are no joke. What I will say bombed the most is living so far away from my friends. Madison is a HUGE campus both physically and in terms of enrollment. While living on the Lakeshore side of campus was astoundingly serene and peaceful, I hated that seemingly long bus ride back to my dorm after a night out. Don’t get me wrong, the walks along Lakeshore Path (AKA “Rapeshore” Path after 8:00pm) were great. But walking gets boring – really fast.

There is hardly ever a dull moment on campus, which is why I loved it so much. The support and energy that my fellow Badgers had on game days was something that you have to see to believe. Even after we lost against Duke in the Final Four, we still managed to throw a huge block party on State Street where there was nothing but drunk college kids turning up because that’s what we do best.

Overall, I can say that college went as I thought it would. Classes got really hard, really fast. But aside from that, I made some lasting connections with people who are truly unforgettable. One of my small, but memorable accomplishments of the year would definitely be getting an A on a paper. Ya’ll, that has not happened since like 8th grade. DSHA’s English department was NO JOKE. The cherry on top was that not only did I get an A on a paper, I got an A on a SPANISH PAPER! One hiccup that I had along the way was deciding whether or not to change my major. I went through such a rough time of my life where nothing seemed like it would work out. Not only was I stressed about my classes, but I was also stressed about supporting myself financially (I’m sure many college kids know what this feels like). In the end, I worked it out like I always do. I ended up changing my majors from engineering and Spanish to nursing and Spanish, but now of course (because I’m Mia, the girl who loves to make things complicated) I’m changing my major back to engineering and Spanish. Hopefully this is the last of my confusion.

Needless to say, I absolutely cannot wait for what sophomore year brings. I’ll have another story to be told shortly . . .

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!