Gettysburg College, junior
The last two weeks haven’t been as eventful as the beginning, but of course a break from college craziness is always good. Classes are the same, with still more reading that I care for but no tests or anything (the benefits of being an English major). The real fun was when the hurricane arrived and we all prepared for the apocalypse. During lunchtime the Saturday it came, everyone went to the dining center and took as much food as they could to make sure no one had to come out mid-storm to eat. Although we weren’t hit as hard as other places (condolences out to those who were badly hit and their families), one of the transformers across the street caught fire and set the trees around it on fire as well, which consequently took out our power. We spent the night in the dark house, but the next day we were told that because there were no generators connected to life safety devices, our house (along with 2 other fraternity houses) had to be moved to the Gettysburg Hotel until the power came back. It was probably the greatest room I have ever slept in in my life. I did not mind having to spend multiple nights away from my own bed, as we were told we would be. But then, the power was fixed that night. The most heartbreaking moment in my life was looking at the super comfy bed, the clean bathroom and towels I didn’t have to clean myself, and luxury I could very well never see again, and leaving them all behind. Excuse me while I go cry in a corner now…
Gettysburg College, junior
The last few weeks have been filled with many exciting things. I’m still working hard at my schoolwork and volunteer things, but at times I lose focus on my schoolwork from putting in so much time with the volunteering. I guess after 2+ years I still have trouble with my time management skills, but I’m working on it.
Recently, my fraternity held a big philanthropy event on campus for the LIU Migrant Education Program that I volunteer for. We titled the event Rocky SevSN. The event was a night of inflatables, which included inflatable boxing, sumo wrestling, 3D twister, and human foosball. We ended up raising $400 in donations, and we are going to donate $500. It was a great success and possibly will become a new, annual philanthropy event for our fraternity. As philanthropy chair for our fraternity, I felt really good at the end of the event.
There was also a showcase of photos of migrant workers here in the Adams County community. The event was led by a prominent member of the LIU Migrant Ed program who was once a migrant worker himself. It was great to see how beautifully a usually ignored community is portrayed, and how many people came out to indulge in the art as well.
That’s all I have for this check-in, but I’ll keep everyone posted on any other exciting things that come up!
In the second installment of our year-long series of college Scholar check-ins, Mauricio Novoa (CDI Class of ’10; Gettysburg College Class of ’14) discusses his workload and some of his extracurricular activities.
The start of the school year went pretty well: reuniting with my friends after the summer, getting mass amounts of readings the first week, and giving my word to volunteer at 20,000 different things before getting used to my course load. I’m currently enrolled in 17th Century English Drama, Literary Foundations of Western Culture, Critical Methods for English, and a Poetry class. My grades may not look so hot this semester, since reading isn’t really my strongest attribute and these classes are basically all reading. But who knows, I might pull off some miracles.
For volunteer work, I’ve been asked to help out with the Migrant Education after school program again, which helps children of migrant families bridge the education gap with help on homework, English, and anything else they might need. This time, though, instead of just being a tutor, I’ve been asked to take on more of a staff role and be on hand to help the tutors if need be. I’m not quite sure exactly how this will work, but I’m helping to train the new tutors. I’m also helping with adult ESL classes for Migrant Ed, which I did over the summer during my internship in Gettysburg. I’m really excited to get back to working with the families, especially the Lopez-Espinozas, who sort of adopted me while I stayed in town over the summer. I’m hoping they invite me over to their house again for some nice home-cooked Hispanic food, as I am severely lacking it in school. In addition, I have a work-study job at Vida Charter School as a classroom aid, which is an amazing experience. Working with the little kids is so much fun, and how can it not be when they’re so adorable and trying to learn Spanish. This group of kids looks to be a bit more challenging behavior-wise than my group last year, but I’m sure Mr. Victor (the head teacher) and I can handle it.
With my fraternity, we’re working on getting a big philanthropy event set up for October. The event will essentially be a night of inflatables; people will come and play on them for 4 hours. They will then purchase raffle tickets for prizes and that would be where we get money to donate. This would be a collaboration between the Latin American Student Association (I’m Vice President) and the Campus Activities Board. Since I’m the philanthropy chair for the fraternity, I have to run around talking to people to try and get this going, but other people have been handling the bulk of that so far, so now I’m just trying to tie up the loose ends.
Read Scholar Julie Kwong’s first check-in from Princeton.