Orientation
Sep11

Orientation

It was finally time to put all of our hard training to the test. Orientation began with the freshmen moving in; I guess this is what our obstacle course training was for... moving all the heavy stuff. While we waited for the cars to start driving in, the peer leaders shared one of our favorite icebreakers, the "Ride That Pony" song. We all went around singing and dancing and with that we were all in the mood to begin orientation....

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Orientation: Behind the Scenes
Sep10

Orientation: Behind the Scenes

Orientation would not have been possible without a fantastic team of peer leaders and  peer coordinators. While all the freshmen were getting ready to start their first year at Wagner College, we were busy training for orientation. Orientation is no easy week; it requires mental, social, physical, and even emotional preparation. Our first day of training was something we were all a little scared of, since our peer coordinators had...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Recap
Aug14

Guatemalan Encounters: Recap

My summer has come to an end here in Guatemala, but that does not mean my fun will stop here. Even though I still have one week left, I will be spending it sleeping and preparing myself for orientation! I hope you are all excited for it — it will be the perfect beginning to your years at Wagner College. In honor of my summer in Guatemala, I have made a video highlighting all my adventures. I hope you enjoy it. The next time you read...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Bella’s Baptism
Aug13

Guatemalan Encounters: Bella’s Baptism

This past weekend my family and I did something that I hold very dear to my heart: We baptized my youngest cousin, Bella. She was born last December, so I feared that I would not be there for her baptism since I only come to Guatemala during the summer and winter break. But thankfully, I was here to see my little princess be blessed by God. It was a small ceremony with only family and close friends. The baptism of my cousin took place...

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Getting To Know Your Peer Leader
Aug09

Getting To Know Your Peer Leader

It has been a quiet week here in Guatemala, so I decided to do something different for this week's post. Since I am one of your peer leaders for orientation, I thought it would be nice to tell you about myself in a very unique and creative way... through my tattoos. I have a total of seven tattoos and they all have their own meaning and are linked to my life in some way. It all started when I was 15 years old. I went into my parents'...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Quinceañera
Jul22

Guatemalan Encounters: Quinceañera

Even though my birthday celebrations came to an end, that did not mean that the fun had to stop. Recently, my family and I were invited to celebrate the fifteenth birthday of one of our family friends. In Latin countries, Los Quinces is the equivalent of a Sweet Sixteen for Americans. Celebrations may vary from family to family — some decide to give the birthday boy or girl a party or a trip to any place in the world. Nevertheless, if...

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Guatemalan Encounters: Antigua
Jul19

Guatemalan Encounters: Antigua

The final stop of our trip was Antigua. This place is very famous because this is where the capital of Guatemala used to be. It was one of the many locations of the capital. It was constantly moved due to natural occurrences like earthquakes and volcanic activity. What happened in Antigua was that the Volcan de Agua (water volcano) overflowed with rain water and flooded the city. It was a one time overflow, though, and nothing has...

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