Things to Do during Your First Two Weeks Back at GU

After a nice summer break, you find yourself back at Gonzaga University for the start of the fall semester. What should you do? Here are six suggestions from someone who experienced six of these transitions:

1. Check your email frequently

Your inbox is going to be swamped, but some of these emails are actually important. Always check your email in the morning before classes during these first two weeks. Your classroom is subject to change. On at least three separate occasions, half of my class and I waited in the wrong room until we thought to look on Zagweb to see if our room number had changed. I have also experienced last-minute emails from professors about room changes.

2. Go to Pig-Out in the Park

It is a short walk to Riverfront Park and the weather is still nice. This event happens once a year and I highly recommend (unless you can’t have dairy) the huckleberry ice cream. You can eat food, listen to live music, get a henna tattoo, buy an ocarina, and/or just enjoy some time outside. For more information, visit: http://www.spokanepigout.com

3. Sign up for Retreats

Do you have syllabi from your classes? Mark in your planner/calendar/app big due dates and exams. Now find out which retreat times do not correspond to these busy weekends and sign up. Spots go quickly (especially with more students being admitted to GU). I definitely recommend Search.
Honors folk: Go to Camp Reed (unless, for some reason, that isn’t happening this year). I don’t care from whom you have to bribe a ride; you need to go for at least part of it.

4. Take Advantage of the Free Things

Is some club having an ice-cream social? Are there S’mores by the shore? Is your block having a pizza or barbecue night? Do you want to play kick ball or laser tag ?

Check your email, check the flyers around campus, and take note of anything you want to do. So many events will be happening during these first few weeks that it can be difficult to decide what you want to do. Ask what other people are doing, and join them.

5. Make Friends

This is the time of the year when everyone is open to meeting new people and making new friends. Friends are good.

6. Have a Great Year!

Announcement 

I am starting to feel better and will hopefully get some new posts up soon. Since it is back-to-school season, I may start off with some pieces of advice for my friends who are starting a new year in college.

7-Sentence Story: “Architecture”

Once upon a time, on a world remarkably unlike our own, a castle built itself at the top of a hill. And every day, from purple moon to red moon, the castle would lower its drawbridge. Until one day, a sympathetic road decided to go out of its way and create an extension to the castle. Because of this, a visiting chariot became confused and brought its passengers to the castle. Because of this, the passengers decided to enter the castle to ask someone for proper directions. Finally, the castle had successfully ensnared occupants. And ever since that day, the castle’s drawbridge has never been seen lowered.

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[Words: 107]
[About the Exercise]

7-Sentence Story: “To Taste”

Once upon a time, in a land whose name has faded from all memory, two brothers owned a famous restaurant. And every day, people would travel for hours and bask in the smell of foreign spices that danced from the kitchen to precede plates of sculpted flavor. Until one day, a local peasant girl noticed that people who ate at the restaurant vanished within a week of their meal. Because of this, she began to investigate and discovered that no one could remember when the restaurant was built or when the brothers arrived to town. Because of this, the brothers were exposed as two malevolent creatures that mixed potions into the restaurant’s food which, after a few days in the bloodstream, made human flesh taste better. Finally, the local humans exiled the creatures by using an ancient ritual found in the diary of a deceased food critic. And ever since that day, parents in the land stopped their children’s naughty behavior by threatening to take them to dinner at a nice restaurant.

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[Words: 172]
[About the Exercise]

7-Sentence Story

Source: I was first introduced to 7-Sentence Story at a practice for G.U.T.S. (Gonzaga University Theatre Sports), the improv troupe I was a part of during college.

Storytelling is an important aspect of good improv, and my troupe had several exercises and games that focused on this skill. One small-group exercise was called 7-Sentence Story. It is fairly well-known exercise, though you will find variations of the sentence starters.

7-Sentence Story is, unsurprisingly, an exercise whose product is a story that is seven sentences long. One person will say the first sentence of the story, the next person the second sentence, and thus forth until all seven sentences have been said. If the group has fewer than seven people, then some people may go more than once. The exercise is mainly used to practice storytelling, listening, teamwork, and creativity.

Each sentence in the story must start with a certain phrase. The person whose turn it is must complete the phrase to create a sentence in the story. Sometimes an additional goal is added to the exercise such as “use as few words as possible” or “include as much detail as possible”.

The sentence starters are as follows:

  1. Once upon a time…
  2. And every day…
  3. Until one day…
  4. Because of this…
  5. Because of this…
  6. Finally…
  7. And ever since that day…

Instead of using 7-Sentence Story as an improv exercise, I will be including it here as a writing exercise. The main difference is that I will be creating the stories by myself. I also will not be asking anyone for suggestions to inspire the stories.

Announcement

​I am tired of limiting my word count; I will switch to an exercise called 7-Sentence Story. Once I am weary of this limitation, I will likely write with complete freedom. It is also possible that I may lengthen the interval between posts on this blog so that I may start another blog.

Until Death

Up until four seconds ago, the plate was in one piece–so was their marriage.

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[Words: 15]
[Author’s Note: In several cultures, four is considered an unlucky number because, in their language, “four” and “death” are pronounced similarly.]