Life @ W&M - Taylor Brooks

Week 161 - September 11 - September 17, 2017 - Taylor Brooks '19 gives us an inside look at bid day, freshman orientation, her job at Extraordinary Cupcakes and more.

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  1. Hi everybody!! My name is Taylor Brooks and I'm a junior from Winchester, Virginia (northern VA but not NOVA) with a self-designed major in International Development and a Hispanic Studies minor. I'm a member of a sorority (@wmtheta), an orientation aide (@wmfye), a member of She's the First (@stf_wm), and a volunteer with Literacy for Life, and I also work off-campus at Extraordinary Cupcakes! Here is a super cheesy pic to show how excited I am to show you all my week at my favorite place in the world!!! #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    Hi everybody!! My name is Taylor Brooks and I'm a junior from Winchester, Virginia (northern VA but not NOVA) with a self-designed major in International Development and a Hispanic Studies minor. I'm a member of a sorority (@wmtheta), an orientation aide (@wmfye), a member of She's the First (@stf_wm), and a volunteer with Literacy for Life, and I also work off-campus at Extraordinary Cupcakes! Here is a super cheesy pic to show how excited I am to show you all my week at my favorite place in the world!!! #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  2. Yesterday was one of the best days of the year--bid day! After a crazy & exhausting two weeks of recruitment, it was so rewarding to celebrate all of the new members finding their homes (and the costumes were pretty fun too)! In high school I thought I would never join a sorority, but now I'm so glad that I did. I owe many of my closest friends and favorite memories to theta 🌟 congrats to the new members of every chapter!! Now you don't have to make forced small talk with strangers for 6+ hours/day!!! #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    Yesterday was one of the best days of the year--bid day! After a crazy & exhausting two weeks of recruitment, it was so rewarding to celebrate all of the new members finding their homes (and the costumes were pretty fun too)! In high school I thought I would never join a sorority, but now I'm so glad that I did. I owe many of my closest friends and favorite memories to theta 🌟 congrats to the new members of every chapter!! Now you don't have to make forced small talk with strangers for 6+ hours/day!!! #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  3. Tonight I got dinner with some of the people who made my study abroad experience so incredible. Before January, I had never been out of the US at all, let alone spent four months living in a foreign country! But I couldn't have picked a more perfect city (the live music! the river! the tapas!). Sevilla became my home, and by living with a host family (and my roommate turned best friend @amandalewe), volunteering in the community, taking classes at a local university, making Spanish friends, and spending hours walking & exploring, I was really able to immerse myself in the rich, vibrant culture of Andalucía. I want to encourage everyone to learn more about study abroad and find a program that works for them!! Study abroad is full of highs and lows and super challenging moments in between, but the memories are invaluable. You may not "find yourself" but you definitely learn a whole lot about yourself when thrown beyond your comfort zone! (especially when you go camping in Venice & scream at security guards & have to move out bc your apartment catches on fire & get stranded in Morocco during a crazy storm--but those are stories for another day) #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02 
PS @centroml is amazing
PPS disclaimer: the fourth photo is in Granada, not Sevilla
    Tonight I got dinner with some of the people who made my study abroad experience so incredible. Before January, I had never been out of the US at all, let alone spent four months living in a foreign country! But I couldn't have picked a more perfect city (the live music! the river! the tapas!). Sevilla became my home, and by living with a host family (and my roommate turned best friend @amandalewe), volunteering in the community, taking classes at a local university, making Spanish friends, and spending hours walking & exploring, I was really able to immerse myself in the rich, vibrant culture of Andalucía. I want to encourage everyone to learn more about study abroad and find a program that works for them!! Study abroad is full of highs and lows and super challenging moments in between, but the memories are invaluable. You may not "find yourself" but you definitely learn a whole lot about yourself when thrown beyond your comfort zone! (especially when you go camping in Venice & scream at security guards & have to move out bc your apartment catches on fire & get stranded in Morocco during a crazy storm--but those are stories for another day) #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02 PS @centroml is amazing PPS disclaimer: the fourth photo is in Granada, not Sevilla
  4. Reunion lunch with some of the lovely ladies of Spotswood 2U ❤️ being an OA this fall was the best thing I've done at William and Mary. Being surrounded by the peppiest, most passionate, most involved people on campus--all of whom are obsessed with this school--brings out the best in all of us (& motivates us to keep our energy up when we feel like collapsing). Orientation is challenging & exhausting (13+ hour work days + exposure to the freshman plague + so much screaming and dancing) but it's incredibly rewarding to help new students transition to W&M. My students and my fellow OAs make me so proud to be part of the tribe 💚💛 special shoutout to my cos, the rest of the Botetourt staff, and our fearless leaders @mochsss & @ryanhaarstick #williamandmary-@taylorbrooks02
    Reunion lunch with some of the lovely ladies of Spotswood 2U ❤️ being an OA this fall was the best thing I've done at William and Mary. Being surrounded by the peppiest, most passionate, most involved people on campus--all of whom are obsessed with this school--brings out the best in all of us (& motivates us to keep our energy up when we feel like collapsing). Orientation is challenging & exhausting (13+ hour work days + exposure to the freshman plague + so much screaming and dancing) but it's incredibly rewarding to help new students transition to W&M. My students and my fellow OAs make me so proud to be part of the tribe 💚💛 special shoutout to my cos, the rest of the Botetourt staff, and our fearless leaders @mochsss & @ryanhaarstick #williamandmary-@taylorbrooks02
  5. My favorite thing about William and Mary is the sense of community, so I was a little worried about moving off campus this year, but it ended up being such a great decision for me! I spent all summer in Williamsburg so I had plenty of time to spend decorating, and now I'm pretty obsessed with my apartment--it is impossible to overestimate how amazing it is to have a full kitchen after two years of dorm life. But the best part of my apartment is hanging out with my wonderful roommates (pictured here, forced by me to take a cute photo) ❤️ much love for these two #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    My favorite thing about William and Mary is the sense of community, so I was a little worried about moving off campus this year, but it ended up being such a great decision for me! I spent all summer in Williamsburg so I had plenty of time to spend decorating, and now I'm pretty obsessed with my apartment--it is impossible to overestimate how amazing it is to have a full kitchen after two years of dorm life. But the best part of my apartment is hanging out with my wonderful roommates (pictured here, forced by me to take a cute photo) ❤️ much love for these two #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  6. *sappy post warning*

I transferred to W&M the spring of my freshman year, and I was mentally not in a great place when I arrived. After a terrible first semester experience, I was terrified to start over at a new school, especially in the middle of the year when everyone would have already made friends. I was randomly, luckily, assigned to live with @janecareyy--the most important person in my transition to William & Mary. Jane included me in everything from the beginning (hall-wide cards against humanity nights, meals with her friends, even her first date party!), never making me feel like a weird transfer kid who took up too much space. If you ever hear me talk about Jane, I'll probably go on and on about our first semester as roommates, because it was exactly what I needed. 
Jane is still my best friend today and we're living together again this year! It's the people that make William & Mary so wonderful, and she is one of the best. UPDATE Jane just found my keys after I ran around looking for them all morning this just reaffirms her greatness
Okay sorry for embarrassing you, you can go back to refusing to pose for photos now 💗#williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    *sappy post warning* I transferred to W&M the spring of my freshman year, and I was mentally not in a great place when I arrived. After a terrible first semester experience, I was terrified to start over at a new school, especially in the middle of the year when everyone would have already made friends. I was randomly, luckily, assigned to live with @janecareyy--the most important person in my transition to William & Mary. Jane included me in everything from the beginning (hall-wide cards against humanity nights, meals with her friends, even her first date party!), never making me feel like a weird transfer kid who took up too much space. If you ever hear me talk about Jane, I'll probably go on and on about our first semester as roommates, because it was exactly what I needed. Jane is still my best friend today and we're living together again this year! It's the people that make William & Mary so wonderful, and she is one of the best. UPDATE Jane just found my keys after I ran around looking for them all morning this just reaffirms her greatness Okay sorry for embarrassing you, you can go back to refusing to pose for photos now 💗#williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  7. Saturday mornings are for the farmers market 🍏🍓🍆🍅🌶🥐 #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    Saturday mornings are for the farmers market 🍏🍓🍆🍅🌶🥐 #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  8. My parents couldn't make it for family weekend, so my best friend Erin's lovely parents took me out to dinner tonight at my favorite restaurant ☺️ I'm glad I go to a school with generous people and amazing food!! (also shoutout to portrait mode on Erin's new phone) #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    My parents couldn't make it for family weekend, so my best friend Erin's lovely parents took me out to dinner tonight at my favorite restaurant ☺️ I'm glad I go to a school with generous people and amazing food!! (also shoutout to portrait mode on Erin's new phone) #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  9. I work every Sunday at @extraordinarycupcakes, which is technically off campus but a huge part of William & Mary! I may be biased but I really think these are the best cupcakes you'll ever eat in your life! 🍰it's also the best job ever because we have the nicest, happiest customers--because who could possibly be unhappy in a cupcake shop?? #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    I work every Sunday at @extraordinarycupcakes, which is technically off campus but a huge part of William & Mary! I may be biased but I really think these are the best cupcakes you'll ever eat in your life! 🍰it's also the best job ever because we have the nicest, happiest customers--because who could possibly be unhappy in a cupcake shop?? #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
  10. Spending the evening in CW (my fav place to explore!) with my lovely friend/former suitemate Caroline was the perfect way to end this weekend ☀️ thank you all for following along with my week!! #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
    Spending the evening in CW (my fav place to explore!) with my lovely friend/former suitemate Caroline was the perfect way to end this weekend ☀️ thank you all for following along with my week!! #williamandmary -@taylorbrooks02
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