Ask me about Perry House

I have been on the Perry House Committee since my first year at Bryn Mawr. The Perry House Committee was formed at the request of students in the Perry House Coalition after the closing of Perry House. For students of color, particularly those representing the African diaspora (through Sisterhood), African and Caribbean cultures (through BACaSO), and the Latin American diaspora (through Mujeres) Perry House has been an essential space for fellowship, connecting, and reflecting. When I got to Bryn Mawr, Perry House was already closed, so I didn’t get to experience Perry House as it was in the past but through my work on the Perry House Committee I am experiencing what Perry House is like in the present and what it can be in the future.

The Perry House Committee has been tasked with thinking about and making some of the harder decisions about the future of Perry House right from the start. In the beginning the tough decisions revolved around where would Perry be and should it be relocated. Now, in the third year, we are looking at how the space should be used, form life, and the naming. All of these factors require serious input from students, faculty, and alums – especially those with a connection to the ‘old’ Perry House and those who wish to have a connection to the ‘new’ Perry House. In my opinion the hardest task that the committee (and the Bryn Mawr community at large) is faced with is the preservation of these unique cultures, that were once physically represented through Perry House, and the purpose and meaning of the space to this particular group of underrepresented students.

Although Perry House will be in a physically different location come the fall, the essence of Perry is held in the students past and present.

 

P.S. Get updates on Perry House and share memories on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram through the hashtag #ProjectPerry

P.P.S. The #ProjectPerry Preview will be on Tuesday, January 26 from 4-6 pm in the campus center!

 

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This past week, BACaSO celebrated Afro-Caribbean week. The events included everything from discussions around identity and Ebola to a fashion show and flash mob. I really enjoyed going to all of the events and hearing the perspectives of other students and professors about their identity as African or Caribbean or some combination or neither! The week ended, to my heart’s content, with an Afro-Caribbean dinner in Erdman (the food was amazing!), a flash mob, and a fashion show. I’m so glad I was able to take part in this week – I gained some new insight into this culture.

 

Below is a link to the flash mob that happened during dinner on Friday, in case you missed it!

BACaSO flash mob!

It’s Sunday. The day where you attempt to cram all of the homework you neglected to do over the weekend into one day.

Before brunch, I put on my high school tennis warm-ups (as I do every Sunday), went to brunch with my friends, and then up to Perry House (and now the library) to do homework. I spent about 30 minutes longer than I planned to at brunch and really wanted to take a nap before I got started but I knew that was impossible. I had 2 assignments due by 5 and a third assignment due by 8 so there was no way that I could take a nap as the clock approached 1. I also had a meeting at 5 and somehow had to fit dinner in, so I had no time to waste. When I finally crawled up the stairs to Perry I ended up turning on the TV and watching Family Feud (the episodes where Steve Harvey is the host) and getting sidetracked from my readings. By the time that I finished two of my assignments it was time for me to go to that 5 o’clock meeting. After I left there I had dinner with my friends and again stayed 30 minutes longer than I had planned. After dinner I finally made it to the library to complete my 3rd assignment.

I could have easily done a little bit of work on Friday, Saturday, and today… but that would require me to not procrastinate. I’m not sure if it’s just me but it seems like everyone has a Sunday homework session (probably for different reasons) that involves setting goals of getting x amount of work done, homework with friends in Lusty (or wherever someone chooses to do homework – I like the LLC on the 3rd floor of Canaday), tweeting/facebooking about how much work you have to do, shopping online, eating snacks, and trying to stay awake long enough to actually reach your homework goal. I think homework on a Sunday is just one part of the college experience.

 

I hope everyone has had as productive of a Sunday as I have :)

Coming into college, I knew exactly what I wanted to major in and what I wanted to do for a career. I was convinced that I was going to do research in either developmental or educational psychology or become a school psychologist. The more I learn about the field and grad school the more I’m like ehhh maybe not. I took an education class last year and I thought that I wanted to be a teacher. Then I took some more psych classes and I thought maybe I want to go into family therapy or counseling. Then there was a brief moment when I wanted to be an intervention specialist or a social worker. But right now in this moment, I think I want to go into K-12 school administration. So basically, I have no clue what I want to do after college.

Every class that I take opens my eyes to a new field that I could pursue or a different area that I hadn’t thought about. I also spend a lot of time looking up different careers online and different grad school programs. I think it’s important to explore different options and routes because everything college and beyond is an investment.

It’s hard for me to not know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I’m slowly learning that it’s okay. So the only things I know for sure is that I’m moving back to Cleveland after I graduate and I want to work with kids.

Hello everyone!

It seems like forever since I last posted a blog!

Here’s what I’ve been doing since school started:

1.  Customs Committee – Before classes started, I was here on campus with other DLT members preparing for customs week and beyond!

2. Diversity Council – The Diversity Council is just getting restarted this year and I look forward to the work that we will do this year (Look out for updates on twitter and here for what the Diversity Council is doing)

3. Meetings – It seems like I have been in a flurry of meetings since classes started. Whether it was a meeting for customs, diversity issues, Ferguson, SGA, or just how to make this campus more inclusive – it seems like the meetings just haven’t stopped (I have some today too!)

4. Midterms – I have had more midterms this semester than I have ever had in my Bryn Mawr career, but I’m finally done.

5. Admissions – Whether it’s been to sit on a panel for “Bryn Mawr Unplugged” or a mixer with prospective students, I love spending time in the admissions office.

6. Trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my life after college – Luckily I’m not a senior so I still have about three semesters to figure all of that out, but it’s still a little nerve-wracking.

7. Tweeting – For awhile I was following the hashtags #BecauseIAm #IfIWere #kcass #bmcdissent #RaceatBMC and as always, #bmcbanter.

8.  TV – I now spend Thursday nights in Shondaland watching “How To Get Away With Murder.”

9. Dancing – This semester I tried out for Rhythm N Motion and got in! So I know spend my Saturdays in the dance studios here and at Swarthmore.

10. Answering hard questions – This semester, someone asked me, “If I knew everything that I know now about Bryn Mawr, would I still have chosen to come here.” That question alone has caused me to reflect on my time here at Bryn Mawr and what brings me back every year.

11. Suffering from writer’s block – I always start to type up a blog and then a few sentences in I think, “that’s so cheesy” and then I try to pick a different topic… it usually doesn’t work.

12. Procrastinating – I think this one speaks for itself.

In other news, have a safe and candy-filled Halloween!

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog, so I thought I’d share a list of all of the things I have been doing this semester.

1. Homework

2. Sleeping

3. Black History Month

4. Spring Break

5. Reading articles on Facebook

6. Hiding in my room

7. Planning a culture show

8. Neglecting my laundry

9. Hiding in my friend’s room

10. Pretending to do homework

11. Hoping for “Bad Weather Days”

12. Tweeting

13. Procrastinating

and finally…

14. Drafting blogs but not finishing them.

Has anyone else started their end of the semester countdown?

I have 9 days until I leave for break.

3 final papers to write.

1 final exam to take.

8 more classes left.

A few days worth of studying.

Roughly 3 loads of laundry to do.

A lot of people to hug goodbye.

Yet it seems like I have no time to do any of this.

Welcome to the final stretch.

 

 

 

Take a study break and watch this youtube video! (Especially if you’re a Beyonce fan!) (Credits to Todrick Hall)

 

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I hope everyone had a restful and much needed break. While I was home, I got to spend some time with my crazy family and do a little extreme shopping. Thanksgiving was filled with the normal shenanigans (arguments about religion, the state of our education system, and the endless questioning about college to name a few) and was followed with Black Friday shopping (my aunt spent almost 24 hours shopping and dragged me along for 12 of them). Needless to say, I enjoyed being home.

But now it is that time of the year when papers are due, group projects are driving us crazy, and even the idea of sleep is laughable. It’s crunch time. It feels like there is so much work to do and so little time to do it. We’re in the final stretch, so get ready to cross another semester off your list because it’s almost over.

 

And remember… Done is GOOD

Hello everyone!

I feel like I haven’t been here in such a long time. I have been so busy between fall break and now – no one told me that sophomore year was going to be this difficult!

Fall Break: I wish fall break was still happening (lol). I went home to Cleveland for fall break and brought one of my friends along. We had a very hectic Greyhound trip, but the week home was definitely worth it. I ate food, slept, and watched TV for 9 days.

I have spent the last two weeks adjusting to being back in school. I started looking for summer internships back home. I also started really thinking about what I want to do with my life after college. I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted to do, but now I don’t know. I guess what I’ve learned so far this year is that it’s okay to be unsure of something. I’m having a hard time accepting that because I like to extreme plan; but I am slowly coming to terms with it.

I have a bunch of pictures that I want to share from the pop-up event, Halloween party, and more!

#bmcbanter

I won the raffle! Offerings to Athena :D

I won the raffle! Offerings to Athena :D

 

So today I slept through my first class, almost missed turning in my midterm, and it’s raining. I thought my Thursday was off to a bad start until coffee hour. When I went in I was excited to finally have breakfast, and what’s a better breakfast than donuts and coffee? I got the chance to talk to a few professors and staff that I hadn’t met before. I also got to talk to a few people that I knew, like my Emily Balch professor from last year. (I also was able to turn my midterm to my professor who is coincidentally president of the college.) To top it all off, I won a raffle prize! That almost never happens to me. I won the book “Offerings to Athena.”

 

Here are some other pictures from Coffee Hour.

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

Coffee Hour is back!

 

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