“Home is where the heart is.” We’ve all heard this before, and have probably rolled our eyes at it. Although it’s cheesy and cliché, it still has an element of truth to it. For many of you, “home” has been the same house, family, friends, pets, and maybe even house for almost 18 years and that’s all about to change. When you’re picking where to go to college you’re not only picking a school, you’re also deciding where you’re going to make your home for the next four years. This can be overwhelming and intimidating, maybe even a bit scary. It’s completely natural to feel this way, but I’m here to tell you that you have nothing to worry about.
One of the questions that is often asked by prospective students is: “What is there to do on campus?” In case you didn’t know, Gonzaga currently has over 100 active and recognized student clubs that cover a wide range of interests. These clubs don’t only have weekly meetings, but they also organize and plan events, coordinate service projects, have food sales, put on dances, plan trips, and do fund raisers, among many other things.
GEL Weekend 2012 was definitely an experience that will never be forgotten. It was my first time visiting Gonzaga and I knew for sure that it would not be my last because I had already committed to GU just a few days before.
As many of you probably know the Zags are number one in the nation! If you didn’t know that then you really need to step up your fandom. With that said, basketball, though not the only thing on campus, is certainly something to be excited about. If you’re as big of a basketball fan as I am you have probably read all the articles about whether we deserve the ranking or not. Even though I have some strong opinions about those critics this article is to show you guys the kind of spirit this school really has.
This is the second in a series of blogs done by students outside of our Student Blogging Team. Meghan is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California and she is excited to share with you her experience in the Gonzaga community.
The cold, wet snow continues to fall as hundreds of students huddle together, counting down the minutes until they can escape into the warm building. Finally, after about two or three hours, these soaked-through, screaming students are free to rush the open doors. What on earth could be the source of such madness? Only a Gonzaga men’s basketball game.
What do you do when there’s nothing to do? I know it sounds like a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s the question we were asking ourselves that Friday afternoon as we had just finished finals and were getting ready for Christmas Break. Ever since we came back from Thanksgiving Break everyone was in “finals mode” and it seemed like every available study spot around campus was full. Once those tests were over and there were no more tests to study for and no more classes to do homework for, we weren’t sure what to do. One thing that we were all really excited about was the fact that we wouldn’t have to do any homework for a whole month. With this in mind, all we wanted to do was just hang out with friends and finally relax. I think that one of the best memories I’ll have of freshman year is playing Frisbee at 1 a.m. in the snow with my friends right before we all left for break and I’ll remember the carefree feeling that we had.
Food, family, and new clothes definitely characterized Fall Family Weekend 2012 for most people. This weekend was an opportunity for people to take a break from midterms and enjoy the company of their family. This also seemed to be the time of the year when parents stock their kids up on food and warm clothes for winter and take them out to dinner. I am happy to say that I was one of those kids. Before this weekend, all I had was my paper-thin hoodie and some licorice and now let’s just say I have much warmer clothing and a drawer full of snacks. Even though getting spoiled for the weekend was fun, the real enjoyment of the weekend was having family over.
Back home in Phoenix, fall always meant it had finally dropped below 100 and we could break out our jeans and shirts with sleeves. Its arrival was marked more by Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced latte than by the changing color of leaves. In Spokane, on the other hand, fall is a real thing. A wonderful thing. People begin to break out the scarves, sweaters and boots, drink orders go from iced to hot, and the leaves turn that glorious gold and red.
Applying to college was a long process, especially with Egypt being 10 hours ahead of the United States. The good thing was that essays were easy because I had so much to tell. However, Gonzaga’s admissions process hands down was one of the most interesting.