Tag Archives: Wellness

Prayer: a musical analogy

  If you have ever heard an orchestra warming up, you may have noticed that the first sound to cut the silence is a sustained note played by a lone woodwind instrument. The tone calls out above the rest of the ensemble, hanging in solitude for a moment. Then, winds and strings rise to match […]

Faith & Prayer: new horizons for the same old blog

Why did I start this blog? Well, why does anybody start a blog? My first ever post back in the misty distance of November 2015 (my goodness, 2015?!) proclaims with all the confidence a freshman can muster that this blog will be a place for me to share stories, adventures, and advice during this four […]

Meal Planning: a guide for the busy student

This time a year ago, I was twiddling my thumbs and obsessively refreshing my email inbox for the first indication of my housing assignment for the coming year at St Andrews. Unlike the rest of my W&M joint degree compatriots, I had applied for a room in Albany Park, a collection of blockish concrete, self-catered […]

“Adult-ing”: the art of growing up in college

While I was home over spring break, I asked a friend I graduated with how his first year of college was going. He said that it was going well and added offhandedly that he had been “adult-ing”. In a strange way, that “word” (I have no squabble with indictionaring it) seems to capture the transition […]

Life with a Side of Pancakes

As semester gets underway, the assignments pile up, due dates appear on the horizon,  and you might just need some pancakes.  The second half of my first year here at W&M has already proven to be a bit more demanding than the first half, which isn’t surprising since I am taking two more classes than […]

Freshman Survival Guide: Part V Coping With Homesickness

When you move away from home for the first time there is a very good chance that you will suffer some degree of homesickness. It is completely normal and not necessarily a bad thing! As Mrs. Hughes says on Downton Abbey, “There’s no shame in feeling homesick, it means you come from a happy home.” […]

Freshman Year Survival Guide: Part IV Wellness

Freshman year is a notorious threat to personal well-being: famously, the freshman fifteen, but also (as I mentioned in a previous post) the challenges presented in close living quarters and the absence of your mother to make you soup when you are under the weather. To succeed in all other areas of college life, you […]