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Hello pals!

After spending this past semester abroad in Scotland, I am now interning in about the most opposite city I could possibly choose: Miami. I’m interning at FIU’s Summer Treatment Program for children with behavioral disorders and more specifically, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder. This program, run by Dr. William Pelham, is the leading research center for ADHD and I am so blessed to be able to work for him and gain experience with these children since this is the area of research I am interested in continuing long term. As a counselor, we are basically administering behavioral modification treatment to the children and, as part of the study that is being conducted, their medication is altered daily which makes each day exciting to say the least. Day to day, we are with the children all day and take them through various activities which consists of 2 class periods, an art class, and 2 sports games. To prepare for the internship, we had to memorize a 400 page manual of all the rules the children have to follow and definitions of behaviors that we track for each child. To say the least, it has easily been the most challenging and exhausting job I have ever had. I absolutely love all of my children (and obvi have my favorites) but they are such a handful and I have gained an entire new outlook on ADHD as a disorder and the deficits that these children face.

One of my favorites parts about the internship though is that it is based right in Miami! Even though I’m from Orlando, Miami isn’t a place that I visit often so living down here for 2 months has been such a fun time! There’s so much to do every weekend; the beaches are beautiful, and The Keys are only an hour away! However, it is a lot different than I expected and is never a place I would want to live full time. But it is definitely a summer I will remember and I have made pals that I will for sure keep in touch with long term! Look below for some pics of me and the crew*~*~* MORE IMPORTANTLY: T-Minus 19 days until I’m back in Lex for preseason aka the happiest place and the happiest time of year!!

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Peace n’ luv n’ GO GENNIES

Anna #14

Greetings!!!

Hi y’all!

As this is also my first blog post ever I feel as though I should introduce myself as well! My name is Miller Townes and I am from Greensboro, North Carolina.  I went to Page High School and couldn’t be more excited to head up to W&L in just a few short weeks. I have no idea what I intend to major in but would like to possibly double major with Spanish and something else.

This summer I am working at the pool being the manager and head lifeguard and spend the majority of my time there when I am in town.  It is a lot of fun but at times can be crazy (luckily we have only had to call EMS one time this year).  On Sunday night I also just returned from a family trip to Istanbul, Turkey and Tbilisi, Georgia.  My cousin, Will, lives in the Republic of Georgia and was getting married this past week.

We began our trip by flying from Charlotte to JFk and then to Istanbul where we stayed for 4 days visiting the city and taking a lot of tours and what not. After that we flew from Istanbul to Tbilisi and stayed there for another 4 days, meeting Will’s fiancés family and eating A LOT of Georgian food (my new favorite cuisine).  The language barrier did not serve as too large of a problem and it was a very cool experience.  Also I travelled with my entire extended family which made the trip quite eventful and also allowed us all a few good laughs.

I have included some photos from my trip! Can’t wait to see y’all soon!

xoxo,

Miller

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Finding my Inner Child

Hi Friends!

So I don’t exactly have stories of exciting trips or internships to share with you; I’m a nanny this summer, so five days a week my time is taken up by a 7-year-old boy, Zachary. He’s pretty great, and we’ve been keeping busy with a ton of fun activities. Today we went to a trampoline park, floor to ceiling trampolines in a huge warehouse, and I totally ate it while trying a front flip. I discovered that small children are mean when you face plant. But I’ve really spending these last four weeks going to the pool, the park, fishing, and watching too many animated movies. Zachary has given me an excuse to do a ton of things I wouldn’t do on my own, and I think I enjoy our days almost more than he does!

Besides working, I’ve been doing pretty typical summer things – seeing friends, bonfires and spending an embarrassing amount of time with my mom. And of course, I’ve been working hard in the gym with out summer workouts. Word of advice to any future Generals out there – join a women’s gym. Best decision I ever made. While my teammates deal with sweaty dude bros, obnoxious guys that think they know better form than us (they don’t, Bry Sny teaches us well), and other people that hog the racks and weight machines, the women in my gym are too amazed I Olympic lift at all to approach me, and the weight racks are always free. It’s truly a beautiful thing.

ONE MONTH TILL PRESEASON!

Peace,

Lauren

P.S. I’m leaving you with a video from the team group chat which we all laughed at, and can relate to just a bit too well. (Hunter-Gatherers are the worst!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU4EJfX2aXE

Chicahhhhgo

Greetings from the mitten!

I have unfortunately gotten back to my summer job after an awesome weekend in Chicago! Petey, Cudi, and I made the voyage to Huntley, Illinois last weekend to go visit Vicky and catch up after what seemed like centuries apart (especially for myself since I was abroad all spring term). I got there on Thursday night and was immediately met with a large plate of food, which became the norm for the weekend. Petey met us later that night and we all paled around until Cudi got there Friday afternoon. Friday night we met up with more W&L friends in the Chicago area and enjoyed a night of board games and laughs. Saturday, as requested by Petey, we ventured to downtown Chicago where we went to Millennium Park and The Bean, where we of course took lots of selfies. It was also Vicky’s hometown best friend’s, Emily, birthday while we were there! So she took us to a place she had been wanting to try called Firecakes where they had a donut cut in half and put ice cream and hot fudge in the middle. If you have not experienced such a treat you need to get to Chicago ASAP because it was out of this world. Although it was sad to say goodbye Sunday, it just makes me more excited to be reunited with everyone EXACTLY 7 WEEKS FROM TODAY!!! Preseason cannot come soon enough!

Pce, luv, vball,

Da Truth aka Kenzie Shand

PS Here is a link to our team composition that our awesome assistant Coach Taylor put together containing blurbs highlighting why different members of the team chose W&L! SO CHECK IT OUTTTTTTT!!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/71qe9d98w7io2mf/Why%20W%26L?.pdf?dl=0

Here are some fun pictures we took while we were in ChiTown!

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Our group selfie in the bean, complete with the geotag from snapchat

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From left to right- Cudi, Vicky, Emily (birthday girl!), Petey, moi

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The Bean amongst the buildings that make up ChiTown

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~*~*self explanatory*~*~

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Had to snag a pic of Michigan Ave since I live on Michigan Ave in Michigan

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This is a triptych of me attempting to interact with a child at Millennium Park and him running away as fast as possible.

Island Hopper

Hello W&L Volleyball Blog Fans and Readers!!!

Since this is my very first post, I feel it is only appropriate to start by introducing myself.  My name is Elly Cosgrove and I’m from Wilmington, North Carolina.  I will be an incoming freshman next year and I currently plan on majoring in journalism and mass communications (but honestly this could easily change).  In the future, I’d like to either further my education by attending Law School, or pursue a career in broadcast journalism (once again… this isn’t written in stone).

Now I guess I should fill you in on what has been happening in my life recently in preparation for the big jump from high school to college!  I’ve been on summer break for about a week now, but our actual commencement ceremony was just this past Saturday!  I’m elated to be done with high school, but graduation was definitely a bittersweet day.  Walking across the stage to receive my diploma was pretty great, but I couldn’t help but to reflect on all of the great memories that were made over the past four years.  I feel truly blessed to have been surrounded by such great friends, family, mentors, teachers, and peers throughout my high school career.

Summer has treated me well so far!  Wilmington is located on the coast of North Carolina, so I have been spending a lot of time at the beach and in the sun.  Wrightsville Beach is a local beach that I spend some of my time at, but I spend most of my time on Masonboro Island.  Wrightsville beach can be reached by car or by boat, but Masonboro Island can only be reached by boat (or any other form of water transportation).   Due to its seclusion and the fact that it can only be reached by boat, Masonboro is a favorite spot for many of the locals.  I plan on recovering from an extreme case of senioritis by spending my days fishing, flounder gigging, beach-lounging, working (yuck), boating, and swimming.

I would like to wrap things up by expressing how excited I am to be joining such a great group of girls in the fall.  I absolutely can’t wait to be on campus for preseason!  Maybe I will even see a few of you at camp next month.  August 17th cannot come any sooner!

GO GENERALS!!!

-Elly

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Summer Vibes

“Hey-o, everyone out there in SyberWorld.” (For those of you that aren’t obsessed with The Office as a lot of us are, that ls a Creed quote, aka Petey’s soulmate.)

Summer has been fairly uneventful for me thus far. The first week was really weird for me in terms of adjusting to life away from my pals at school and just living on my own in general, but I am back in the swing of life at home. I definitely have my fair share of withdrawals from school, but it helps that I’ve been heavily keeping in touch with everyone, and have even hung out with a pal from school that also lives in Illinois a few times. ALSO, I literally cannot wait for Peter, Kenzie, and also Cudi to visit me in about TWELVE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND THEN, after that, it’ll only be about a month and a half left before preseason starts!!!!! (I’m pretty excited if no one could tell, and also thrive on countdowns)

Last night, my family and I went to the USA vs. Poland men’s national teams volleyball game! (And we’re going again tonight) We had a severe cultural identity crisis, as both of my parents grew up in Poland, and my sister and I have been raised the “Polish way.” It was quite the experience, as the entire arena was made up of Polish fans; I literally felt like I was in Poland. I am not kidding when I say the ratio of Polish to American fans was 50:1. Meanwhile, my family was happy to be cheering for both sides. I’ve attached a lot of pictures, oops, because it was a lot of fun and it was amazing to see how athletic those guys are! Also, I was really close to Matt Anderson, and if that’s not an overall win, I don’t know what is.

Until next time,

VKaz

My pal Hoch making his second appearance on this blog after being one of the winners of our 4v4 tournament

My pal Hoch making his second appearance on this blog after being one of the winners of our 4v4 tournament

I tried to capture the red and white of the arena

I tried to capture the red and white of the arena

If you don't take a selfie, did you even go?

If you don’t take a selfie, did you even go?

The Kaz fam trying to be functional

The Kaz fam trying to be functional, Also, notice my Polska shirt and American bandana 

Matt Anderson.

Matt Anderson.

Moving, Moving, Moving

Hello blog-o-sphere!

I hope everyone’s summers have been full of fun, sun, and relaxation! My freshman year came to a close a few weeks ago, and I can safely say that it was one of the best years of my life. There were so many highlights, like winning ODACs, going through rush, and attending formals, but my favorite parts of freshman year were just getting to spend time with my amazing teammates in off-season training, spending hours at dhall, and obsessing with Vicky, Elena, Mansie, and Anna about The Office (which I’ve been watching a little too much of this summer). I can’t believe it’s already over, but I’m so ready for preseason and sophomore year to begin!

This summer, I have been and will continue to do a lot of moving. From moving out of my little dorm in Gaines to helping my brother (who is a rising junior at Wake Forest) move into his dorm for summer, I’m a little tired of boxes and moving vans. However, in just a few weeks my family will be moving to a rental and eventually to our new house! It’s a little bittersweet because of all of the memories I have from our current house (which we moved into in 2000), but I’m also excited for a little bit of change, and I can’t wait to see what our new house looks like! Finally, at the end of summer Elena, Vicky, and I will be moving into our apartment in the Creek!! We’re so excited to live together (along with our friend from the Field Hockey team, Grace!) and pretty much talk every day about decorating haha.

For the rest of summer, I will be taking a Statistics class at a local college four times a week, which should be fun! I’m also supa stoked because In a few weeks I’ll be visiting Vicky and Kenzie in Chicago for a few days!!! I haven’t seen Kenzie since Winter term, since she was tearin it up in Paris for Spring term taking a photography class! It should be super fun being tourist-y in the city, and, at my request, we will be making a trip to see the Bean (…idk). Anyways, I hope everyone has a great rest of their summer!!

Peace, luv, blessins,

Petey

Also, I’ve included some pics for your enjoyment.

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Since we’re moving this summer and trying to trim down our stuff, I’ve had to go through old memory boxes and have stumbled across some of my old masterpieces. This gem is from 5th grade (I believe) and is a self-portrait… lovely

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Last week, while I was going to work out, I saw a family of ducks in our pool! There are a few that have been hanging out in our area these past few months, and there are some that really love our pool for some reason.

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This was a few days ago down at the beach! (I just thought it was pretty lol)

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