I have decided that the second semester of the school year is the harder semester. The weather starts to get nicer and nicer, and all you want to do is soak in the sun. Also the spring semester flies by at an incredible rate. It seemed like I just came back from winter break, or I just went on my spring break adventure, but that was a while ago. Before I knew it, I had my last 3 tests to take and a final paper to turn in.
April was a super exciting month on campus. We started April off with E-Days. “What is E-Days?” you may ask. If you were to ask that to some of the upper classmen, they might be insulted by your innocent question. Well E-Days is a three-day celebration of engineering that definitely surpassed anything I had dreamed it would be. The weekend started early Friday morning with the Ore Cart Pull. It was the most exciting walk I had ever experience. We walked about 8 miles down Colfax Avenue to the capital building pulling an ore cart, with our mascot Blaster the burrow parading along with us. We owned the street for those few hours, which was super exhilarating. Matt and I raced from the back of the pack, to the front where we helped pull the ore cart and back again to find our friends. It was quite the experience, and even though we had to wake up at 6:30, it was totally worth it. Later that day, my floor competed in a field day, which had the themes of mining and drilling incorporated into them. We raced with Emma on a mattress, learned to pan for gold, and thawed a frozen t-shirt in record time. We competed hard, but ended up just barely missing first place. By barely missing first place, I mean we didn’t place in any of the events. That night there was a concert for Sound Remedy at which I decided that techno music isn’t really my style. I did however very much enjoy the small line to get into the concert that the women had the privilege of using.
The next day, I woke up a bit later to find that I had missed the cardboard boat race. I heard it was a great event hosted on Clear Creek, where students put their cardboard boat building to the test. However, I went to the car show on campus that morning with Amy, Rachel and JP. JP taught us three gals what different parts of a car were. Amy and I giggled when we found a minivan in the show, saying that it was the most impressive car there. After the brief tour around the show, we headed to the carnival. As soon as we entered the gates, we found ourselves surrounded by food, music, and lots of excitement. We quickly came across henna, and jumped in line to mark the momentous occasion. We proceeded to the bounce obstacle courses in which we raced each other and our friends. I tried the tug-a-war basketball arena where I battled Matt to the basket on the opposite side. I’m sure it was super entertaining to watch Matt pull me back every time I thought I was making progress. We then moseyed on over to the human bowling experience, where we made Allen sit in a human sized bowling ball and rolled him into 8 huge pins. Matt, Amy and I felt accomplished as soon as we rolled him into them for a successful strike!
Unfortunately, I had to leave the excitement behind to set up for the trouser trot/color run. Undergraduate Student Government puts on the event every year, and since I’m a member of the council, I volunteered to throw color. It was very thrilling running the event (haha running—that’s punny because it was a run) except I felt bad for accidentally throwing the chalk in a few runners’ faces. After the race, we collected the leftover chalk and headed for Kafadar, where the chalk was being used for a huge color fight! Matt chased me around trying to make me more colorful since my clothes were spotless. I found Dilan and Billy (an RA that I will be working with next year as PA, and one of his friends) soon after. The events that occurred next left me a bit scared of colored chalk. They trapped me in a bear hug and had a friend from USG dump green chalk all over me. Weeks later I could still see the green tint on my head from the chalk. I am planning on pranking them back in some way, but the creative process for that is currently at a halt with the end of the year coming.
The weekend concluded with a 3OH!3 concert. I didn’t go to the beginning part of the concert, due to a headache, but as the headache faded, I joined my friends and enjoyed it quite a bit. After the concert, I experienced the most incredible firework show I have ever seen. I can’t even begin to describe how awesome it was. I was in awe the whole time, and I have seen some pretty great firework displays. That’s all I am going to tell you about them. If you want to see just how great they are, you will just have to come to Mines.
Before the festivities for E-days, I found out via twitter that the US Women’s Soccer team was practicing at Mines. After rounding up some friends we headed for the soccer fields. As soon as we arrived, I was amazed by the quality of play before my eyes. My little brother is a soccer player, so I had spent quite a bit of time watching the girls play on tv. After the practice, we recognized and waved to players like Rapinoe, Solo, and Wambach. Heather (the other RA I will be working for next semester) and I ended up snagging a picture with Rapinoe and we chatted for a minute with Heather O’Reilly.
The last weekend of the month, my hall participated in Relay for Life. In case you don’t know, Relay for Life is an all night even where the team takes turns sleeping and walking through the night in an effort to support cancer treatment. I was very proud of the fact that I went into the event with over 500 dollars raised from my family. My Grandma actually showed up on campus one day before the event to present me with 200 dollars worth of donations from herself and her bridge club. It was incredible how much my family supported me with the walk. As for the actual event, it was a night I will never forget. I participated in the minute to win it competition (during which I won the hula hooping contest…I went for 4 minutes 45 seconds…no big), midnight zumba, and willPower and grace fitness routines throughout the night. I also found myself quite touched at one point when the whole group did a silent walk around the track in honor of those who lost the battle to cancer. I took a moment after to honor my own losses: my Aunt and Grandpa. When the sun finally rose again, I was awake, and enjoyed the famous voodoo donuts.
It freaks me out that my freshman year is almost over. It has been a year of learning for sure, but not only academically. I learned how strong I am, what I am interested in, what kind of a person I am, how I deal with situations, what I want from the next four years, and for the rest of my life. It sounds very cliché but I truly have learned things about myself that I never would have thought of before this year. I have tried so many new things and enjoyed a lot of them. I have experienced struggle, which wasn’t super fun, but I’ve realized that overcoming those struggles is one of the best feelings in the world.
Best Food Creation- I didn’t really try anything new this month.
Biggest Accomplishments- GETTING AN A ON ONE OF MY TESTS!!! WOOOO! Raising $500 for Relay for Life, first all nighter at Relay for Life, being reelected for USG, receiving two packages full of cookies in one week (not really an accomplishment but I really enjoyed those cookies), finishing my last chemistry lab