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Hey all!

I’m Lauren, one of the seven new freshman on the team! I’m from Rochester, New York (for everyone who doesn’t know, that’s practically Canada.) It’s safe to say that Washington and Lee will be a little bit of a culture shock for me. If what the girls told me at Marietta camp was any indication, going South is gonna be quite the change. I don’t own any Lily Pulitzer, I’ve never eaten at Chick-fil-a and I didn’t know what Rainbows are (when I hear leather sandals, I think Birkenstocks.) Still, after last week’s camp with Kenzie and the other new Generals, I cannot wait to head down to Lexington, (I leave in 18 days!), and get to work.

Speaking of work, that’s pretty much all I’ve done this summer! I only had six weeks home; my school didn’t graduate until June 28th! Most of my time has been taken up with volleyball workouts, my job at a retirement home, nannying for a family in my neighborhood and my internship at our local hospital. It’s my second summer at the hospital, and I’m working in the observation unit connected to the emergency department. I’ve had the opportunity to work hands-on with patients, and even observe a few doctors in surgery.

I’ve been working hard, but keeping busy has helped the time leading up to my departure fly by! It’s good, because every day I get more anxious to move down. My roommate and I have been talking a lot, and I may have gone a little crazy in planning and decorating for my dorm. (Pinterest: it’s a bad thing.)

The one break in my summer is coming up this week! Thursday I fly down to Orlando to spend four days at Disney with my sister, who works as a Marine Researcher at Epcot. We’re going to all the parks, and she even scheduled us a princess breakfast. We’re both huge Disney nerds, so I’m unashamed to say I couldn’t be more excited. I plan on spending the one day my sister has to work at Universal, checking out the new Harry Potter park! Mary, the Freshman who lives in Orlando, might even be joining me!

I hope this wasn’t too boring! I’ll see you all later!

-Lauren

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Some of my friends and I went to a paint rave, hands down one of the weirdest experiences of my life. And the paint was really painful, it stung!

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Me, my mom and my sister at our combined grad party! My sister graduated from Syracuse University in May.

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The first half of my summer seemed like an endless circuit of grad parties!

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My friends and I have gone to the beach a few times, but our beach is small and gross and on Lake Ontario.

OMG! I realized I forgot to include the best pic of all!! 

Say hi to the freshman + Kenzie!!

Say hi to the freshman + Kenzie!!

Hi Friends

Hi friends! (Kenzie told me that phrase is a saying at W&L, so I am embracing it). Happy last couple weeks of summer from the inferno down here that we call Florida. Seriously, I can not wait to get up to Lexington to escape the heat and more importantly to meet everyone/start preseason! My summer has been very exciting, but pretty exhausting to be honest! The week after graduation my whole family (grandparents, cousins, aunt, uncle etc) went to France for two weeks! We spent the first couple days in Paris doing the typical things that American tourists would do (Eiffel Tower, segway tour, museums etc), and then we met up with a bunch of other American families and some guides for a 10 day biking excursion through the Loire Valley! This part of the trip was so beautiful; we biked about 40 miles a day through massive fields of wheat and sunflowers, stopping occasionally for lunch at a vineyard or to tour a historic chateau. We had to conquer a lot of hills which my cousin and I renamed “upHELL,” but it was totally worth it because I got to eat all the french bread and macaroons I wanted to.

 
Pretty soon after that, I went up to visit my grandmother in Highlands, NC for a week full of croquet, tennis, hiking, and hanging with the fam. It was a great time, and I am very proud to say that my friend and I almost beat the club champions in croquet (we were up 3-1), but the game got rained out and we could not finish. We also went on this awesome 6 mile hike to a place called “the potholes,” which are basically giant natural swimming pools that were created by waterfalls. We got to jump into the potholes off of big boulders, which was slightly frightening but fun.
 
Last weekend was definitely one of the most exciting weekends of the summer because I finally got to meet all the other volleyball freshman (and Kenzie) at Marietta camp! We had a great time getting to know each other and of course playing lots of volleyball! I can already tell this is going to be such a fun group, and it makes me more anxious than I already am to get up to Lexington! Exactly three weeks from today we will be moving in!
 
See you all soon!  :) 
 
-Mary
 
PS it took me about 30 minutes to figure out how, but I managed to add some pictures
 
Here I am with my sister, Anne snapping pics of the Eiffel Tower

Here I am with my sister, Anne snapping pics of the Eiffel Tower

My mom, cousin, and I in front of the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty

My mom, cousin, and I (sporting our super cute padded bike shorts) in front of the chateau that inspired Sleeping Beauty

my cousin and I trying to get a cute picture in the poppies, but it turned out to look more like a life alert commercial... "help I've fallen and I can't get up"

my cousin and I trying to get a cute picture in the poppies, but it turned out to look more like a life alert commercial… “help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”

family croquet match

family croquet match

pls excuse my awkward body position, but here I am jumping into the potholes

pls excuse my awkward body position, but here I am with my bff  jumping into the potholes 

This is Anne and me today on the beach!  I had to add it because she has been at summer camp for 5 weeks and finally came home this morning!

This is Anne and me today on the beach…I had to add it because she has been at summer camp for 5 weeks and finally came home this morning!

 

[Colorado to Virginia]^2

Hello from Colorado Springs!

This summer, I’ve been in Colorado Springs interning/taking classes at the Focus Leadership Institute at Focus on the Family. Yall, I’ve done more reading and more intense self-examination in the last seven weeks then I’ve done in the past two years at W&L combined. Okay, not so much with the reading (we do a lot of that at school), but pretty close. While I’ve been here I’ve managed to drag myself out of bed pretty early (read: 4:45 AM. Should not be a thing) on some Saturdays for some awesome days exploring Colorado… check out some of the pics at the bottom of this post to get a glimpse of how awesome this place is!

My internship program took a 10 day trip to DC over the 4th of July. Yall, I literally lived a lifetime in those ten days. We went everywhere – I honestly don’t remember if we ever slept. We toured a bunch of awesome places, visited the monuments a few times (GO SEE THE WWII MONUMENT AT NIGHT. TRUST ME), got to have a fancy schmancy dinner on the Terrace of the Newseum one night, toured the Capitol Building, got to meet Rick Santorum, and got a personal tour of the Pentagon by a three star general. I was, like, totally in my element (#politicsnerd).

The past few weeks back at FLI we have been focusing on our personalities, our strengths, the sources of our identity, and our unique leadership styles. It’s been increadibly intense, but I’ve learned so much about myself and other people and now that I understand myself, I feel both very confident in leading from my strenghts and admitting my weaknesses and asking for help in them.

I’m bummed to be leaving this awesome group of friends here in Colorado, but yall, as August gets closer I keep getting more and more impatient. It’s time to be with my team (aka my family aka my best friends aka my sisters) again. It’s time to walk into the Warner Center again and actually get to play volleyball. It’s time to once again make a statement about who the Generals are and what we are going to do. It’s time for us to step out onto the court and show the NCAA again what we already know – that our skill, our talent, and our athleticism make us good, but our culture, our heart, and our determination make us great.

See yall soon!
-Alex

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Tequila and Bacardi

Hey guys!

Okay, I’ve never blogged before, so I’m just going to wing it! I’m Elena and I’m from Roanoke, VA (45 mins from Lexington) and I am ecstatic to be at W&L in the fall!! Apart from doing our summer workouts, my summer has been pretty uneventful. I have been working at Roanoke Country Club in the pool snack shop all summer, and it has been entertaining to say the least! Between adorable little kids and creepy old men, I have been enjoying taking orders and delivering food. Not to mention I’ve learned how to cook any type of children’s food you could possibly think of (deep fried chicken tenders, grilled cheese, fries, etc.).

Also, I have been on two beach trips so far this summer, one to Hilton Head Island and one to Holden Beach. My family and I also went to Aruba over spring break, and it was, by far, the most amazing trip I have ever been on! We went on an exciting snorkeling adventure, and I was given the chance to snuba (snorkel/scuba dive) in an abandoned shipwreck. I was able to dive 20-30 ft to the ship and stay underwater for about 45 minutes without coming up for air, with the help of an oxygen mask, of course! Also, I went on a horseback riding tour through the Aruban hills and along the volcanic side of the island. I rode a horse named Tequila and my dad rode Bacardi -the Aruban’s said the horses didn’t mix well, so that’s why they chose those names. I found that to be pretty funny. Tequila was a frisky little horse who demanded to be at the front of the pack at all times. As an experienced rider, I was not intimidated by her spirit; as for the beginner riders, where do I begin…

Other than my beach trips, work, and working out, I have been enjoying my time with friends, family, and beloved pets. I have 3 cats and a chocolate lab, and they are my family’s BABIES! We are definitely animal people at the West household. I am really close to my younger sister, Jenna, as well. It will be an adjustment next year without her there, but I am looking forward to meeting many new friends at W&L.

I know my title was a little misleading, but I was hoping for something eye catching! Can’t wait for preseason and see you all soon!

-Elena

The infamous Tequila and Bacardi

The infamous Tequila and Bacardi

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This is Nookie (one of the 3 babies)

This is Nookie (one of the 3 babies)

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~~Aloha~~

Hey everyone!

My name is Ellie Petersen and I’m an upcoming freshman. I think this goes without saying, but- I CAN’T BELIEVE PRESEASON IS ONLY A MONTH AWAY! Didn’t mean to be too forward with the all-caps, but I really can’t contain my enthusiasm at this point. I’m from a pretty small town in south Florida and have gone to an even smaller school all the way from kindergarten through twelfth grade, so to say that I’m excited to meet some new people would be an understatement.

So far, this summer has been kind of uneventful for me! When I haven’t been doing our summer workouts, I’ve been working for a local real estate agent who sold our house a few years back, and let me just say, she’s hilarious. Even though I’ve just been doing basic intern stuff, it’s such a fun place to work, and compared to my past summers volunteering at the hospital, it’s a little more laidback! Other than that, my summer has basically consisted of saying a lot of sad goodbyes to old friends and some serious binge-watching of Grey’s Anatomy (anyone else a fan??). Also, I’m very excited for this coming week because I get to celebrate my 18th birthday with some friends and family, and then the next day leave for our camp in Ohio and finally get to meet all the other wonderful freshies!!!

Anyways, I hope you all have been enjoying your summer so far, and I can’t wait to see everyone in Lexington in just a few short weeks!

Here’s a pic of my wirehaired dachshund, Winnie!IMG_7002

Sidenote- I also love cats!!

-Ellie <3

Gennies take DC: Part 2

Hi all,

Like Kelly, I have had the pleasure of spending the last 5 weeks of summer in Washington DC interning for Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50). So far it has been an awesome experience! I work from 9-6 and get to do fun stuff ranging from giving tours of the capital building to responding to constituent phone mail.

However, the best part of my internship has definitely been getting to explore DC. Walking around the mall, visiting museums, doing workouts with Kelly and going to Nationals games has made this summer one I’ll never forget. To make things even better I live in the same dorm as Kelly and Al Pal!  For the fourth of July, Mansie came up stayed with me. As you can imagine the 4th in D.C. is a very exciting time! Activities ranged from watching the annual Parade on Constitution Ave, watching fireworks and exploring Georgetown.

This Friday my internship ends and I will return to sunny San Diego for a few weeks. I go back to Lexington on August 10, where I get to move into my new house!

Hope everyone is having an awesome summer!

Jenna

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