You’re Already a Piece of the Exeter Puzzle

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Hey Guys!

Its been a wicked crazy summer for me so far, what with organizing college applications and working at an internship in NYC. But now that August has rolled around, my mind turns again to the leaf-littered paths of Exeter. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to school and start the upcoming year.  You all should be excited too!

I remember how nervous I was in the months leading up to my first move-in day.  Would the kids like me?  Would I miss home?  Would I wake up on time?  How do I button a shirt again…? I imagined all sorts of things that could go wrong and complicate the beginning of my Exeter career.

Once I got to Exeter and saw that EVERYONE in the freshman class was new and worrying about the same things I was, I started to feel more comfortable and enjoy myself. Time sped up and days flowed by me faster and faster as I had more and more fun inside and out of the classroom. Before I knew it, I had found my home away from home in a small town in New Hampshire.

I also want to send a message to all of the new lowers, uppers, and seniors – I promise Exeter has plenty of room in our community for you. Coming into a new school with people who have already known each other for so long is intimidating, but I can assure you that there is nothing to be scared of here. You were admitted just like the rest of us, and you’ll fit right in. Two of my best friends in the world were new students after freshman year and they both love Exeter as much as I do and have lots of friends all over campus.

Finally, I have to give a special shout out to anyone reading this who will be moving into Cilley Hall. I’m not sure if all dorm assignments have come out yet, but I am a proctor on the fourth floor of Cilley, a floor comprised almost entirely of new students. While I encourage everyone and anyone reading this to ask me any questions you may have, I want to extend an extra invitation to any of the students who will be new to Cilley Hall next year to feel free to e-mail me about any questions or concerns you may have about our dorm.

Broomball!

Hey guys! Just got back into the grind: lots of work, little time, little sleep. But I powered through this week because I knew that at the end, on Friday night, we would play the annual Cilley sport of Broomball.

Broomball is a sport of champions. There were 5 teams with different colors who competed for the championship and this year gray team won. Kevins Broomball2Broomball is essentially hockey without skates with a broom instead of a stick and a tight styrofoam ball instead of a puck. Kevins broomball3We had a great time, and a few people occasionally wiped out because it was so slippery, but luckily there were no injuries!Kevins broomball1See you guys next time!

Residential Life in Cilley Hall

I live in Cilley Hall, clearly the best dorm on campus. Each dorm has a rival dorm and ours is Wentworth Hall, but there’s not much competition. Some of the best things about Cilley include C-ball, impromptu Halo nights, and the people. C-ball is a sport created by the young men in Cilley Hall that involves the benches by the front door and some kind of ball. It’s similar to volleyball but there are additional rules. There are two players per team and the boundaries are very questionable so you can win points if you argue hard enough. I learned how to play fall term and honestly, it doesn’t even matter if you win or lose because you become tighter with the brothers you live with. Next are impromptu Halo nights (called “sticks”) which have been a part the Cilley culture for quite a bit. I started playing winter term and I was terrible but with enough positive and negative reinforcement from upper class men  I gradually became better. The reward for winning is extreme bragging rights, so games can get really intense. Finally, the individual people in Cilley are amazing. They are always there for you and have been through what you have been through so they can always relate to you and give you great advice. We talk about anything: girls, guys, school, arts, music, life. I love my homies in Cilley.