As the year wraps up, I want to take time to reflect on my first year as a Scot. Some experiences came and went in the blink of an eye while others spanned the entire year. This top 10 list is not any particular order or ranking, but each experience stood out to me as a highlight:
1. Having so many similarities with my roommate.
My roommate and I did not know each other before coming to Alma, but we were paired up due to similar interests and sleep routines. As it turns out, we had many other things in common that the housing coordinators would have never known: We both are the oldest of two siblings. We have the same noise set for our alarm clocks. We enjoy watching The Food Network to fall asleep at night. It goes on and on. For those of you that do not know, we were born less than 12 hours apart, so we love to joke that June 10th is the reason that we have so many things in common.
2. Making so many new friends.
I have met so many amazing people since coming to Alma College. In my hallway alone, I have met girls from all over Michigan, each with a different story to tell. Although we all came from different backgrounds, we meshed together into a great group of friends. Next year, we will live together in the same hall again.
3. Working for Marketing and Communications.
No, I am not just saying this because they pay me… This really truly has been one of the main highlights of my year. I have gotten the opportunity to work with some amazingly creative people who do things that I am interested in and do them very well. I have made friends with many of the other interns, and I will be sad to see the seniors leave Alma, though I know they are ready to move on to bigger and better things.
4. Going on ACUB trips.
ACUB trips are seriously so great! For a price tag much smaller than going alone, you get to travel, meet new people, and do something super fun! I personally took part in the Cedar Point trip in September and the Red Wings game trip in February. Take advantage of the things ACUB plans!!!!
5. Getting the 210-block meal plan.
After realizing I had almost 100 meals left at the end of fall semester, I switched to the 210-block plan. The day that I converted meals and realized I had almost $300 dollars in Munch Money is up there on the “Exciting Days I had at Alma” list.
6. Living in Newberry Hall.
I know I am biased, but I think living in Newberry Hall this year was a blessing. I did not know much about the halls before coming to Alma. I knew Newberry was close to the cafeteria and library, though, so I made it my number one preference. That was the greatest number one decision I’ve ever made. I love being in a hall of all girls. It’s nice walking to the showers in just a robe and (usually) not having to worry about guys being in the hallway.
7. Taking the Contemporary German Cultures First Year Seminar.
The day I selected my classes, I did not know much about first-year seminars. I selected this one because I was an exchange student in Germany, and I thought German culture was interesting. What a great choice! First of all, who doesn’t like Mr. Richter? He is a great teacher and very relatable person who really helped me in my first few weeks at Alma. Also, most FYS classes have a heavy workload related to a very specific topic. This FYS taught us things that I have related to many other classes.
8. Joining Alpha Phi Omega.
When I joined Alpha Phi Omega, I instantly found a group that I belonged with. The members of Alpha Phi Omega not only value the same things I do, they have similar goals. They all want to help, lead and make a difference. I am so glad I made the decision to rush.
9. Finding The Wooden Spoon.
Even though it is a little bit of a walk, The Wooden Spoon is one of my favorite places in Alma to visit. It’s a small, family-owned bakery with sandwiches and soups. They aren’t open very late, so you have to get there early. They have some of the best baked goods I have ever had. “Stuffed” cookies, doughnuts, yummy breads… Be sure to check it out!
10. Choosing to become a Scot.
I know this sounds clichéd, but really, choosing to be a Scot was one of the best things that has happened to me this year. I had the choice to be a Laker, a Spartan, a Chippewa or a Bronco, among many others, and I always think about what a great decision I made. Alma was the right fit for me and the best location to house the next part of my story. After Alma, I will always be thankful for the things I learned here and the experiences I gained. Go Scots!