You don’t know me because I graduated from the Mawr last May, but we have a lot in common (like our really awesome dark blue lanterns, most beautiful of all lanterns). And now, it’s your first Hell Week! What a fabulous week. I’m so excited for you.
I adored Hell Week, and I hope your Hell Week experience is everything you hoped it would be and more. Make the most of Hell Week, really live it to its fullest. Just dive in — I remember thinking that I’d have all sorts of time, but a week is up before you know it (as they say, time flies when you’re having fun).
Hell Week is really special on the other side of things (sophomore year and beyond), but you’ll never be helled again, so live it up. Throw yourself into whatever punishment you got at Trials. Treat Hell Week as a chance to do whatever ridiculous stuff you’ve always wanted to do but never did for fear of seeming weird (within reason, mind you) — people will cheer you on (and possibly even Anass you). Enjoy Confinement — look at it as a time to bond with the other frosh in your dorm. Sure, you could be in your laptop or work on a paper, but trust me, it’s a lot more fun to hang out with people. Have a fabulous time at Goodhart performances (no, really — especially your first year, they’re particularly great).
Also, go to Bedtime Stories. No, seriously, do it. If not for yourselves, do it for the seniors (in three years, when you’re seniors, it’ll hopefully mean a lot to you, too). Reading a bedtime story to the frosh during Hell Week is a little like finally being able to sing “Bread and Roses,” only so much more because it only happens the one time. And honestly, how many chances do you get, now that you’re no longer a child, to be read a bedtime story?
And then it’s just Calisthenics and off to bed! Sleep well, and have an absolutely, positively, fabulous Duck Pond Run. I promise, it’ll be okay (I’m not the athletic sort, and I was really nervous about it, but it all turned out great). And as the saying goes, the Duck Pond Run makes you a Mawrtyr.
Have a fantastic Duck Pond Run, go to Plenary, and have an amazing rest of Hell Week, my little dark blue lantern buddies.
With much Traditions love,
Ryan, BMC ’10
Anassa kata, kalo kale, ia ia ia Nike,
Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr!
Happy Hell Week, Class of 2014!