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Month: August 2014

Reflection on Summer 2014

I can hardly believe that we are halfway through August; to me it seems like just yesterday I was packing my car and leaving Newark. And now, I only have two days left until I return to my home at the University of Delaware

I don’t know about you, but my summer (well, at least the first half) was jam-packed with activity. I spent the first six weeks being an Orientation Leader for Delaware’s New Student Orientation. This experience involved 5am wake-up calls, donning an awesome blue and gold polo and countless hours of dancing in public. It was easily the best job that I have ever had. I loved getting to wake up every morning, greet incoming students and welcome them to UD. It was a blast showing them all that campus has to offer and making them fall in love with our university.

After six weeks of laughing, answering questions and orienting, I had the chance to come back to the lovely state of New Jersey for the next four weeks. This was where my real summer began. I enjoyed the lovely, warm weather, spent time with my family and friends, and watched way too much TV. You could say it was major relaxation time before the start of another busy semester.

I was able to continue this major relaxation when I went on my annual family vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. My parents have been traveling to North Carolina for vacation for the last twenty-four years and I have been every year of my life. Every year we stay in the same town (Corolla), on the same street, and in the same house. We also vacation with the same people: my immediate family and three of my dad’s brothers and their families, so it is a full house with twenty-five people and two dogs. Some consider this a lot of repetition for a vacation, but I enjoy it because of all of its time-honed traditions.

We spend almost the entire week on the beach. To be honest, I didn’t even leave the house to go anywhere but the beach. We are one of the first ones set up our tents/volleyball net around 9am and we close down around 7pm. They are long days peppered with a wide variety of sports games (handball is my favorite), kayaking, and reading romance novels with my toes in the ocean. This week is my favorite week of the year and I am grateful for the memories and the time that I get to spend with my siblings and cousins.

Is there a better place for rest and relaxation than the beach?

Is there a better place for rest and relaxation than the beach?

Although I have enjoyed my summer, I am excited to head back to the great state of Delaware. I may not be ready to get back into taking notes and writing papers, but I am certainly ready to see my friends and to feel that Blue Hen spirit again. I cannot wait to take on UD for Round 3!

~Rebecca Jaeger

How to be an Amazing Camp Counselor

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There is nothing more difficult, yet rewarding, than working with kids. For the past three summers I have been a camp counselor at Camp JCC (Jewish Community Center) in Rockville, Maryland, and I have learned a lot about children through my experiences there. Here is some advice for anyone interested in becoming a camp counselor:

  1. Prepare to be called a plethora of names. I worked with first graders, and a lot of them still have trouble pronouncing what we think of as simple words. I was repeatedly called Header and Heaver throughout the summer because they had trouble with the “th” in my name. Some kids called me Feather because they thought it was funny too. One of our CITs, or Counselors in Training, was even called Mashed Potato Man! So be ready for a few new nicknames to surface.
  2. Bring a notebook and pen to camp. As mentioned before, kids say the funniest things. Keeping track of all the silly things that they say and do throughout the summer is impossible, so a fun idea is to write down everything that happens in a notebook! Reading over all the memories will definitely make you smile.
  3. Save everything that your campers make for you. Your kids will come to camp with things that they made just for you. Bring them all home and put them in a box to remember your wonderful kids forever! One of my campers made popsicle stick superheroes that we put in the classroom’s freezer so that it would be protected from evil. It sounds silly, but saving even the smallest piece of art can make any child feel special.
  4. Be loud and crazy! The point of summer camp is to have fun, right? A camp counselor who comes to camp spirited and excited every day can really make a difference for a child’s summer camp experience. It can be tough at times, but putting on a huge smile once you walk into camp will make the summer much more fun for you and your kids.
  5. Do not be afraid to discipline your campers. There is always at least one “trouble camper” in each group. Therefore, it is important to remember that making a child sit out on an activity or giving them a serious talk may be necessary at some point in the summer. A great camp counselor knows how to balance fun and discipline.
  6. Kids are impressionable. Your campers look up to you. They think that their camp counselor is the greatest person on the planet, a real life superhero, someone that they can come to with any problem. You must remember this before you act because anything you do or say, they will most likely copy at some point. Be a positive role model for your campers to look up to as they learn and grow.
  7. Enjoy every minute you have with your campers. The summer goes by so fast, and you will meet some amazing kids that will be tough to say goodbye to. You may never see them again once camp ends! Make sure you appreciate each and every moment that you have with them.
My co-counselors, campers, and I sitting in a circle during our weekly song session.

My co-counselors, campers, and I sitting in a circle during our weekly song session.

I will be forever grateful that I was able to be a counselor at Camp JCC. Over the years, I have met some amazing children that I know will change the world in their own ways. I can only hope that I was able to make a difference in their worlds by being their camp counselor.

~Heather Brody

Hooray for OCNJ!

My family and I have certain time-honored traditions when it comes to summer.  We always go to a ball game, the house always gets cleaned, and we always plan a vacation to the beach.  And as many of you know, in order to have the perfect beach vacation, you need to pick the right beach.  Although we have experimented and tried new places from time to time, this year we decided to stick with a classic; a place that always produces days filled with laughs, memories, and fun…Ocean City, New Jersey: America’s Greatest Family Resort!

My family and I have gone to OCNJ for almost all of my life, and I have also managed to convince my friends as well that this beach town is different from the rest.  As soon as we cross over the bridge and arrive on the island, it feels like I am returning to a place I love, and while Newark, DE is my home away from home, OCNJ is only just slightly behind.  This year, due to everyone’s hectic schedules, our vacation was not as long as it usually is.  But, our itinerary did not suffer, and we managed to check off all of the usual things that happen on an Eisenhart beach vacation:

Saturday:

We arrive in OCNJ and quickly drop off all of our belongings at the hotel.   Then, we change into our bathing suits, put on the SPF-gazillion sunscreen, and head on over to the beach.  The water is always cold upon first entering, but soon feels oh so relaxing.  My father and I toss the football around in the water, and I pretend I’m an NFL superstar every

Ocean City, New Jersey. For some it's just a beach, but for me, it's THE beach.

Ocean City, New Jersey. For some it’s just a beach, but for me, it’s THE beach.

time I dive into the waves in pursuit of a pass. Then it’s sandcastle-making, boogie boarding, and just messing around in the water.  Soon enough, Mom is calling us in to go back to the hotel, shower and change, and go out to eat.  The place we always hit up is Manco and Manco Pizza, the best pizza in the world (New Yorkers, don’t even try to convince me otherwise).  It is heavenly, and just writing about it makes my taste buds cry out for more.  After dinner, the rest of the night is spent walking along the miles of boardwalk and checking out all of the T-shirt shops and various boutiques.  The night is officially over when we stop and order a favorite late-night snack: deep-fried Oreos.  Yes, I was once skeptical too; an Oreo is already perfect, why would somebody feel the need to fry it?  Well, it is actually really tasty, and even though your doctor may not like your decision, your stomach certainly will.

Sunday:

The family and I wake up early, pack up the car, and check out of our hotel.  Then it’s a hearty breakfast in town of homemade doughnuts and omelets (my personal favorite: ham, hash browns, cheese, and mushrooms).  We then take one last walk around the boardwalk, and stop by Congo Falls for a round of mini golf.  Despite my employment at a mini golf course, my game is mediocre at best, and once again, I fall short of beating Momma Eisenhart.  Sadly, we had to start our return trip home after mini golf, but as I said, we managed to do everything that we wanted to do in a short amount of time.

I had such a blast at OCNJ this year, and I am really glad that that my family and I were able to take some time off, albeit very briefly, to just enjoy each other’s company.  I am already eagerly looking forward to next year’s trip!

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