Saturday, July 30, 2011

POW!

Hey guys!

So here's the deal...I went on POW 3 and had an absolutely amazing time! Even though it'll be a while before the next POW rolls around, I couldn't wait any longer to tell you all about my POW experience! For those of you who don't know what POW is, don't worry, I didn't know at first either. POW = Pre-Orientation Weekend...aka the best weekend EVER! So now that you know what POW stands for, let's cover the basics...

Who goes to POW?
First year students! It is an optional program that works on a first-come first-served basis...so sign up ASAP!

What do you do at POW?
Play games, go on a nature walk, talk about college life, and meets tons of awesome new friends!

...Ok so now that you know the general overview, I'll give you a recap of my experience at POW.

Day 1
I drove to St. Mike's for summer registration day with Ed, who I met for the first time that morning. We lived only an hour apart so we decided to carpool! (New friend #1, check!) When we arrived on campus, everyone followed their schedules to sign up for classes, etc. I'll do a blog post all about registration day later in the year...so anyways, after all of that, we boarded the bus for Stowe! I sat across from Allie on the bus, who I met about 5 minutes earlier, and we talked with all of the people around us on the way there (I still can't believe how friendly everyone is at SMC, you feel at home instantly). When we got to The Round Hearth, we all brought our bags up to the rooms (I roomed with Allie, Layne, Meg, and TJ), and then went outside to play games! This was followed by dinner...and I was SO excited to see veggie burgers, vegan friendly food...yay! Anyways, later came a meeting in the "talk room" which would be used more in the next 2 days, and then we had the rest of the night to hang out and get to know one another. Epic first day?...YES!

Day 2
We woke up, not knowing what time is was...(POW is a "timeless" experience, so no watches, phones, ipods, or electronics of any kind are allowed)...and went downstairs for breakfast. Cinnamon raisin bagel with grape jelly for me! To be honest, the rest of the day was an (awesome) blur of meetings in the talk room, walking down the bike path to the creek to swim, and hanging out and playing games...so details are kind of difficult to recall. However, I can tell you that this day was crazy fun, and everything we did made us more excited and less nervous to start college at SMC. Our meetings in the talk room were super helpful...we discussed possible issues that we might encounter during our years at St. Mike's, while hearing personal stories from each of the POW leaders. Fast forward to after our Italian pasta and salad dinner and the Super Bass rap-off...it was time for a fire! Everyone roasted marshmallows around the fire... (I ate graham crackers)...and a few, including myself, stayed up until almost sunrise talking and having an awesome time.
 
Day 3


Our last day :( After breakfast we had a few talks in the talk room, brought our bags downstairs, and then went outside to do one last "activity" I guess you would call it...at the end we were all enthusiastically welcomed to SMC!

I couldn't believe POW was over already, but on a positive note, that just meant I was that much closer to move in day! After lunch, it was time to get on the bus and head back to SMC. Let's just say, the bus ride home was 10x louder than the bus ride there! (I said a boom chicka boom, etc). POW weekend finally came to a close, we said goodbye to everyone, and Ed and I headed back to the 518...



Is it time to go back yet?! :)

So, that was POW! It was one experience that I'll never forget and if that's any sign of what's to come at SMC, then I seriously can not wait! Well, I can't wait anyways, but you get the point!

Until next time...

-Juliana


POW-related links:
The Round Hearth (Where you stay for POW!)

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