Who ever though University would be taught clearly did not know of Frosh week. It sounds like all fun and games but let me tell you it is intense. This week as a frosh has been packed with little sleep and barely anytime to rest but it has also been a blast. The mondau started like most days as a frosh do with our RAs (Residence Assistants) and House council screaming there lungs out in megaphones in the quad or as they are running down the hallways at 7.30. Here one rule apply: You snooze, you lose. After breakfast we had dance practice for two hours to learn the dance we were going to perform later that day. All freshman are separated by what residence they live in, every residence having there own color which all freshman proudly have to wear in the form of a t-shirt throughout frosh week.. Lunch consist of the different residences standing on tables and chairs screaming chants either about how good they are or about how bad someone else is.
My residence for example has done a take on we will rock you that goes the following:
We will, we will rock you down- Shake you up
Like a volcano will erupt
ECR is here to stay
We will beat Chip any day.
This is one of the 5 official once we have, and just one of the countless unofficial once. (Disclaimer: These chants are not only screamed at lunch but they can be herd anywhere at anytime. Anything from the middle of the party to 2 am outside your window),
After lunch it was time for the mock olympics where we performed our dances, screamed our chants, sang the Acadia song (which is pretty much an impossible task) before doing a series of relays and fun games. The day was concluded with a Rock of the Ages party for all first years: It was so much fun since a live band had been hired to play and everybody where all dolled up to match the theme.
Since school start was creeping up on us Tuesday meant Academic Orientation. You met with your faculty, was introduced to your professors, guided through the buildings, had lunch with your dean before it was time for faculty vs. faculty in a good old round of capture the flag. We lost, but it was tons of fun anyways ( although the weather here is around 25 degrees and humidity is around 90 percent so even the slightest physical activity will make you sweat like crazy).
For dinner there was a BBQ before we all headed out for an outside screening of the Breakfast Club. Halfway through it started to drizzle so the last hour of the movie only around 20 people stuck around for but it was very cosy anyways since we all had blankets, snacks and pillows.
Wednesday it was finally time for first day of classes. As the typical freshman most of the day was spent trying to figure out where everything was and just being overwhelmed by it all. After classes I met with one of my advisors to add a second major- officially double majoring in economics and environmental & sustainability studies now. As most days this week the day ended with a couple of hours on the ice before going to bed; exhausted but very happy. Thursday and Friday followed pretty much in the same pattern. On Thursday there was first class batch where you met some of the upper year students as well and on Friday we had Amazing race through Wolfville (finding checkpoints and doing different tasks) after which we went skating again.
Saturday started bright and early with me participating in Axes in Action ( a charity event organised by the school to raise money for children and adults with disabilities). After a couple of very hot but successful hours in the sun it was time for the first home football game of the season.
Sunday was spent studying as well as doing the finally initiation to Acadia- Mud sliding. Right below the school are the dykes which basically are covered by water when it is high tide and muddy hills when its low. All you do is head into the half-meter deep mud, crawling and tumbling up the hills and then you slide down. There is mud fights, wrestling, and tons of sliding in trains, on your stomach, your back - whatever floats your boat. Then the local fire department comes down with their hoses to spray of as much mud as possible (not being able top get rid of the lovely smell unfortunately....).
And that concludes frosh week. While it was tons of fun it was also nice when it ended as it was a very intense week with very little down time. But a week was just the perfect amount!