By Makenna French – 1851 Contributor
Makenna French in her hometown enjoying the fall scenery.
I’ve always been known as a homebody. Not in the way of being at my physical home all the time but being in my town, with my friends and my family whom I value most in the world. Going away to college was bittersweet for everyone I knew. For me personally, it was full of anxiety. I would watch you tube videos of other kids moving in to see my situation before it would happen, and it would make my heart race and my mind spin.
By Holly Feola & Katie Peters – News Editor & Arts Editor
Family, Friends and Alumni Weekend (FFAW ) brought together new and familiar faces on campus for a variety of activities from Oct. 18 to 20. Each day had its own agenda of fun events organized by the Office of Student Activities and Orientation and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
By Avery Stankus – Editor-in-Chief
Could we be anymore excited for the Ralph Lauren X Friends collection. Photo courtesy of Corporate.RalphLauren.com.
After 25 years of initially airing, the NBC hit TV show, “Friends,” is coming back—but not to our television screens, more like our closets. Ralph Lauren has recently partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create the “Friends” inspired collection, “The One Where They Wear Ralph Lauren” released on Sept. 18 in celebration of “Friends” 25th anniversary.
By Adam Hallenbeck & Taylor Viles – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
Greg Walker (‘04) celebrates after receiving his plaque for playing with the 2001-2002 men’s basketball squad. Photos by Rebecca Leblanc.
Tim Dunton, former coach to inductee Mark DeMieri (‘13)ww, offers his words and wisdom to his former player and stand-out goalie. Photos by Rebecca Leblanc.
Ashley Slattery (‘13) stands at the podium delivering her speech as she is sworn into the Lasell Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Photos by Rebecca Leblanc.
On Friday, Oct. 18, around 200 guests gathered at Braeburn Country Club in New- ton to honor a historic team and five alum student athletes who planted their mark in Lasell athletics. The formal event was the second Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that Lasell has held in school history, as the first one took place in 2017.
By Cierra Lacaillade– 1851 Contributor
Cierra Lacaillade senior portrait. Photo by Natascha Dacres
The first time I stepped foot onto the Lasell campus was when I toured. It was in February and I remember how cold it was outside and being from Vermont, I know cold. Every time I walked into a building from the outside, it was so warm. I remember the soft yellow lights coming through the windows and I immediately felt the cozy, homelike vibe of Lasell.
By Parker Eckert – 1851 Contributor
My day started with an early morning as I had to leave my home at 7:00 a.m. to drive two and a half hours from Maine to my new home in Woodland Hall at Lasell. I arrived a little after check-in started, and immediately I was caught up in the chaos. However, there was something about the chaos that fed into my excitement of becoming independent.
All day I spent time with my roommates. We went to target to get some more dorm necessities, mostly Red Bull, and I got to meet up with some friends I had made over orientation. My day was great. I got along with everyone, had moved in successfully, but that night I couldn’t sleep. Long after both my roommates had dozed off, I stayed in bed awake, unable to sleep. I was exhausted but there was something about not having my own bed under me that was unfamiliar, and uncomfortable. During my first few nights I was an insomniac, I’d lay awake all night trying sleep only to become frustrated and end up listening to music or taking a late night walk just to give my brain something else to focus on.
As I grew accustomed to my new home in the dorm I learned its quirks – sometimes the trash stinks up the hall, the water pressure in the showers sucks, and if it weren’t for the box fan that has been on 24/7 since move in, I’m pretty sure I would have succumbed to heat stroke in my sleep by now. Thankfully my roommates are great, and I eventually got accustomed to the smaller bed. I like my new home a lot now, quirks and all, even though the three flights of stairs are still an annoying obstacle between me and my bed at the end of a long day.
As I began my classes I was able to fall into a schedule. I have favorite professors, and favorite classes. I have a homework schedule that I follow (sometimes) and as time goes by things like the water pressure that bothered me when I got here don’t anymore.
All in all, I like it here, and I’ve made some great friends so far. Now I just find myself exited for what the future holds, and that I’m exited to experience it with these great people.
By Enzo Ramirez – 1851 Contributor
Enzo Ramirez at a show with his band, Reapercussion at the Middle East Club in Boston. Photo by: Enzo Ramirez mother.
Have you ever been the new kid at school? If you’re reading this and you’re a freshman at Lasell than you definitely have now. I was that kid many times. I actually enjoyed that title before but when I had to be the new kid at Lasell, it was hard.
I’ve been a reserved person for as long as I can remember, so being the new kid was a good way to start over. Only this time, I didn’t want to start over. Going to college meant leaving behind my friends, my family, my band, and the good life I made for myself.
A few days before moving on campus, my band performed at a big club in Boston. I still remember my first few nights on campus trying to remember how good we sounded but I could only hear silence.
It’s easy to dwell on what I have lost but I learned that I should find out what I have gained. First of all, college is way better than high school in every way imaginable. When you start learning about something you really want to know more about, class becomes enjoyable. Making friends was surprisingly easier for me than I originally thought. Also, within my schedule, I was still able to find the time to play music.
Listen, if you’re in college, chances are that college is going to become a sizable part of your life but it doesn’t have to be your whole life. Do not feel like you must be within the parameters of your life at school. College should be that gateway to branching out and doing new things. There is a large amount of free time that should be used to your advantage. You can easily waste it as you can easily spend it wisely.