What are Intramural Sports?

I got a request to write an article about intramural sports, so I’m going to try and answer some questions that people might have about intramural sports.

How are intramural sports different from regular sports?

Intramural Sports are mostly free, anyone can join, and less of a time commitment than team sports at Monmouth College. They also take place on the Monmouth College campus for the most part. You still get to meet people, work together, and compete in intramural sports, but you don’t have practice all week or worry about away games.

What intramural sports are offered?

Here are some of the sports that were offered last year:

  • Flag Football
  • 4-on-4 Sand Volleyball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton (Singles and Doubles)
  • Basketball
  • Floor Hockey
  • Wrestling
  • Ping Pong
  • Co-ed Volleyball

There were also some one day/night tournaments in these sports:

  • Frisbee Golf
  • Bowling
  • 3-on-3 Basketball
  • 4-on-4 Co-ed Volleyball
  • 4 on 4 Indoor Soccer
  • 3 Point Shoot-Out
  • Bags Tournament
  • Scot’s Day Co-ed Softball

What if I want to play a sport that isn’t offered currently in intramurals?

You can request that an intramural group be formed for the sport. Badminton is relatively new to intramural sports at Monmouth College, so it will be interesting to see what new sports crop up this year!

Who do I contact for more information on intramural sports?

Email John Goddard, Director of Intramurals, at JGODDARD@monmouthcollege.edu

 

Do you have unanswered questions about college? If you have a topic that you want me to write about, let me know in a comment!

How to Deal with Homesickness

I remember being really homesick that first semester of freshman year at Monmouth College. I missed my parents, my sister, and my high school friends. I felt awkward in the cafeteria and didn’t know where to sit at lunch since I’d sat with the same people at same lunch table for the last four years of high school. I missed my step-mom’s cooking, and I wanted to watch “That 70′s Show” with my dad again. It got easier to deal with as time passed, but it really helped me to have reminders that I still had people at home who love and support me and that I had a strong group of friends at college.

1. Display pictures of your friends and family in your room. Having photos of your friends and family either in frames or on a ribbon board or cork board can help you to feel less overwhelmed in a new place, and it will make your dorm seem more like your home. I took my favorite pictures from graduation with me to college to put in a ribbon board by my bed. Seeing myself with my friends and family at such a big point in my life made me feel more comfortable in a new environment. Whenever I felt alone, I would look at those pictures and recall what it was like to become friends with them in high school, and I knew that I could do the same thing in college.
2. Stay in touch with your friends and family by phone and online. My high school friends and I keep in contact mostly through Facebook. We Facebook chat or post on each others’ walls. It’s a great way to keep up with friends even when they are far away from where you are. You could even make a video message for your friends back home and then post it to Facebook for them to watch. Also, texting or calling your friends and family can help you to keep up to date with what they are doing. My mom and I are very close, so we call each other once a week for an update on how we’re both doing. It helps to know that she’s just a phone call away if I need any advice or just want to tell her about what has been going on in my life.
3. Build a strong group of friends at college. I made the majority of my college friends in my freshman year of college. Most of my friends were from my floor in Liedman Hall or from my ILA class, but I also had friends in Cleland and Grier. I met them in halls, classes, the cafeteria, or in clubs. They are all great people who make me laugh and support me no matter what. They helped me to calm down when I was freaking out over a paper or a speech, and it was great to have someone to hang out with on weekends. Don’t be afraid to talk to new people and make friends! The close-knit community in a small college is one of the best parts of Monmouth College!
4. Stay on campus for the weekend. So many freshmen go home every weekend and miss out on all that the campus has to offer on weekends. The weekend is when I get to relax, study, and hang out with friends. Also, there are weekend events that are fun to attend, like the ASAP movies in Dahl Chapel. If you go home every weekend, you are not really experiencing college as much as you could be.
5. Talk to the college counselor if you are feeling really depressed or stressed about homesickness. Going to a counselor for help sometimes gets a bad rap, but everyone needs someone to talk to sometimes. Cindy Beadles is the college counselor, and she’s a great listener. If you ever have a problem or are feeling overly stressed, talking to her can help you get a new perspective on a problem and feel better about your situation. Her email address is cbeadles@monmouthcollege.edu

If you come to college and feel out of place or homesick, talk to people about it. Monmouth College has been my second home and family for three years, and it should be like that for you, too! There are so many people at the college who want to help you to make your experience at Monmouth College the best that it can possibly be. Give yourself time to settle and adjust, and give us a chance to help you if you need it!

-Katie Struck

kstruck@monm.edu

 

Be Bold! Try Something New at Monmouth College!

What clubs are you joining at Monmouth College? With over 70 clubs and organizations to choose from, you might want to join clubs that you were a part of in high school, but take a risk! Try something new at MC!

When I first started at Monmouth College, I thought that I might join clubs similar to what I was involved with in high school, but I never expected to join Venture Crew, Table Top Gaming Club, Anime Club, or the WMCR College Radio. I am so happy that I tried something new and joined these clubs! Not only did I make great friends, but also I got a chance to learn more about myself and the world around me through these clubs.

Prior to joining Venture Crew, I had a love/ hate relationship with the outdoors. I liked looking at nature, but I didn’t like getting sun burnt or bug bitten. I liked the idea of rock climbing, but I was afraid of heights. I decided to join because it was something that I had never done before, and it might be worth a try. While in Venture Crew, I made some great friends, learned skills (like knot tying), and attempted the rock wall in the Huff Center. I would say that I got some of the best team building from that club and got a chance to meet people that I might not have gotten to meet otherwise.

Table Top Gaming Club and Anime Club were clubs that I joined for the people in the clubs, but I ended up liking them for more than the company in the club. I had always like playing board games like Apples to Apples and Risk, and Table Top Gaming Club connected me with people who shared my love of games. While I had some experience with games from Table Top Gaming Club, Anime Club was a totally new experience. I had never seen anime series even though I owned Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle, Miyazaki films. Watching shows like Trigun and Gurren Lagann with people who shared a love of Japanese animation and culture was so fun! Now, I can say that I really enjoy anime, manga, and Japanese cuisine.

WMCR college radio was one of the best clubs for me! Even though I have acted on stage multiple times, I still get extremely nervous when I know people are watching me. With radio, I did not have to worry about people looking at me when I spoke, so it took away some of the stress. I could just be a voice. Plus, I could play whatever music that I wanted on the day that I hosted. It was really great to have that freedom and the choice of what to play next. It did wonders for my confidence, and my radio show gave me something to look forward to each week.

I challenge you to try one new thing this year that you have never done before. You’ll be surprised with who you meet and what you learn from it!

 

8 Survival Tips for Living with a Roommate

This is my senior year of college, and I have had four different roommates at college. I enjoyed living with them though they were all very different, and I’m happy to say that I am still friends with all of them. Along the way, I learned some ways to happily live with a roommate.

1. Talk to them before you live with them. Talking to your roommate through email, text, call, Facebook, or Skype is a good way to learn about them before you live with them. With most everyone, there is common ground somewhere. Finding those things that you have in common with your roommate can help you to feel better about sharing a room with that person. It could be big things in common like you both play the same sport or you are the same major, or it could be small things in common like watching the same TV show, sharing a love of a certain band, or reading the same kinds of books. You won’t know unless you talk to your roommate! When I first learned who my roommate was, I chatted with her on Facebook, and we learned that we are both huge Harry Potter fans. It helped for us not to have that awkward silence when we got to meet each other in person.

2. Figure out who is bringing what. This is also a part of talking to them before you meet them. In the dorm rooms, you probably will only need one small fridge, one microwave, one television, and one rug. Comparing stuff with your roommate before you both move in will help to prevent that moment when you have two of everything and nowhere to put things.

3. Have times when you hang out with your roommate. In freshmen year, I was a fairly solitary person who mostly studied in the library or hung out in my friend’s room in Grier Hall, so I did not spend much time with my roommate. I feel like my roommate and I would have gotten along better if I had spent more time with her. My current roommate and I have  Disney nights sometimes where we watch Disney movies and do homework. It’s really great to just chill out with my roommate and know that if I need someone to talk to, she’s there. It doesn’t have to be Disney movies that you and your roommate bond over. It could be a game of Frisbee or sand volleyball. You could get bagels together at Einstein Bagels, or you could play video games together. Having that shared activity that you both enjoy will make living together a better experience.

4. Give yourself alone time when you need it. Sometimes people need time to themselves to think. Going on a walk can be a great way to have alone time and get exercise. I like to walk to one of the parks in town when I need some “me” time. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, getting out and moving can help to improve your mood.

5. Talk to your roommate if you have a problem. Many people who come to college have never shared a room with someone else, so there are bound to be some changes in people’s routines. If something is bothering you, talk to your roommate about it. Chances are they will be understanding if you phrase it in a respectful way. My freshman roommate and I had those discussions several times during the year. She asked me if I could keep the area around my bed neater, and I asked her if she could have her small lamp on for late night homework instead of the big overhead lamp. We worked out both of those issues because we were honest with each other and listened to the other person.

6. Be patient and give it time. Every relationship needs time to develop. If things are awkward around your roommate at first, don’t worry about it! Usually, when I feel like I am not as close as I would like to be to a potential friend or roommate, I try to bond over a movie or a game that gets us talking without making us come up with topics off the top of our heads. Also, if you’re both busy and need to study, you could go to the library together and study. Studying together can be a way to get to know someone with less stress. You might end up giving it time and seeing that your roommate is not a good fit for you or you might grow to be really great friends with your roommate, but giving it time is essential part of knowing if it will work.

7. Be respectful of sleeping times. Getting enough sleep is an important part of college. It can be hard to do this if you and your roommate are on different schedules. If your roommate is sleeping or napping, be respectful of this and try to be quiet if you are in the room. Also, having a sleep blindfold for the dorm can be a good idea in case your roommate is in the room with the lights on and you want to sleep.

8. Talk to your RA if you and your roommate are having issues. If you have a problem with your roommate and you have already tried talking to your roommate about the issue, then, you can ask your RA for help. Your RA can help to moderate an argument  if needed. Your dorm should somewhere that feels like home where you are safe and happy, and the dorm staff is there to help settle disagreements or brainstorm compromises to issues.

The 411 on Orientation

When I was a freshman at Orientation, I was overwhelmed by everything. There were so many people to meet and things to do. It seemed like a lot, but everything that I did ended up being fun. I made new friends, got free stuff on the freshmen walk out, got to know my ILA class, signed up for clubs, and played games. It was an experience that I liked so much that I wanted to repeat it by being an Orientation Leader. I really think that future students should be excited about orientation because it’s a few days where you get to meet people and start your college experience! Here’s a preview of what you should look forward to at orientation!

1. Matriculation. Outside of Wallace Hall will be where you begin and end your experience at Monmouth College. You may not think that it means too much now, but I cannot believe that time has gone by so fast and that at the end of the year I will be standing out front of Wallace Hall for graduation. Appreciate Matriculation for what it is, the official start to your time at college where you will learn lessons and make friends that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

2. Spending Time with Your ILA Class. At Orientation, you get to know your ILA class before you have class with them. I met three of my closest friends at college through ILA. We always sat together and walked to and from class together. It was such a great class because of the people that I befriended. Plus, it always helps to get to know people in your class because you never know if you’ll need to study with or get notes from someone. It really helped me having friends in my ILA class that could study for tests and peer review papers with me.

3. Introduction to Residence Life. In your introduction to residence life, you will get to meet your Resident Assistants and Head Resident who will be the people that you ask if you ever need help with a class, have roommate problems, get locked out of your room, or anything you need help with while you are at college. Plus, at these all hall meetings, you can meet all of the people that are living in the dorm with you. You never know who might be in your art or accounting class who might also live in your building. Also, this meeting is where they talk about who will be on Hall Council, the dorm board of students who represent their floors and help RAs decide what events to put on during the year. Being part of Hall Council is a great leadership opportunity!

4. It’s Great to Be a Scot Kickoff. This is one of the best parts of orientation! The orientation leaders pump you up about Monmouth College, and you get to meet many of the other new students. Plus, it is so fun running around and playing games with everyone!

5. What’s It All About? I have seen these skits put on two times now and every time they still give me chills. It’s great to have skits about what college situations you may encounter, and then, the chance to discuss these skits is great too. Since Monmouth College is a small college, your voice always has a chance to be heard. This is that first taste of what it means to be at a community based liberal arts college.

6. Involvement Fair. The Involvement Fair is so great for anyone who wants to get involved at college! Students who join clubs or organizations are more satisfied with their college experience and do better in classes. Also, holding leadership positions in clubs can set you apart later on a resume. Even if you think now that you do not have an interest in joining a club, Monmouth College has over 70 clubs and organizations, so chances are that there will be something that might interest you. Also, you can just put your name on all the email lists that interest you at the time and pick and choose which meetings to go to later. There are club sports, service organizations, special interest groups, college radio, college newspaper, leadership organizations, and cultural organizations.

7. You’re a Scot! What does that mean? When I came to Monmouth College, I knew little to nothing about the history of Monmouth College, but I found it really interesting when I did get a chance to learn about it. Also, it’s not a lecture but an interactive activity.

8. Freshmen Walk Out. You get free stuff! Need I say more? All the businesses in town come out and give you coupons, free food, bags, and pens. It’s also where you will get all the menus for Chinese food and pizza places that you may be ordering from in the future. Plus, you get to see many of the businesses that you will be using while you’re at Monmouth College.

 

How to Make the Most of Your College Visit

My name is Katie Struck. I am a Senior English major with a Women’s Studies minor. I have been an Orientation Leader for two years in a row. Being an Orientation Leader is what inspired me to do this blog because I love helping new and prospective students.

I remember when I was in high school thinking about what college I was going to choose. I looked for a college that I could afford, with a small student population, and a location that was close to home. I did so much Internet research, but the most helpful part of the search was the college visit.

After my first visit Monmouth College, I knew that I wanted to go to college there. I loved how nice the admissions people were, how beautiful the campus was, and how nice the student was who gave me the campus tour. I would say that no matter what college you want to attend, you should visit first so that you can get a first hand experience of where you might live and take classes for four years.

When you go on a visit, it can be a little overwhelming seeing everything on campus for the first time, so when tour leaders ask you if you have any questions, you may draw a blank. If you brainstorm a few questions beforehand, you will have general topics to discuss. When I came for a visit, I was interested in the English major, getting involved in theater, and knowing if I was going to get enough financial aid. I asked my tour leader about these topics, and she made me feel far more prepared and excited to come to college. You may have questions about sports, dorms, majors, parking, or a million other questions, but the Scots Ambassadors and Admissions Counselors are there to answer those questions or direct you to someone who can answer those questions.

There are many different ways that you can visit Monmouth College. There are open houses, individual visit days, and overnight stays. The first open house will be on August 4th. At the Open House, you will be able to get general information about majors, organizations, financial aid, and admissions. Next, you should schedule an individual visit day! These can be more tailored to your interests. You could sit in on a class and meet with coaches and professors. Finally, you should do an overnight stay where you get to stay with a student in a dorm and experience college life before coming here. For information on all of these options, check out: http://www.monmouthcollege.edu/admissions/visit

We hope to see you soon!