April 16, 2011 - 1:08 PM
It's been another busy week and weekend. Beyond the mounds of studying and paper writing I had to do this weekend, the other peer advisers and I met to begin the process of picking the new advisers for next year. Now, we didn't want to just have a regular, everyday meeting to talk about the applicants; we wanted to do something awesome. And awesome it was.
After the end of shift on Friday, I headed straight to Red Robin to meet the rest of the group. I sat down right as our waitress arrived to take our orders, and requested a delicious burger. Spending the majority of my time around campus, I don't often get out towards Red Robin, and it was a nice change. It reminded me a lot of my high school days, and plus the burgers are fantastic. Throughout dinner, we passed the applications around, each taking the time to read each one. We also discussed the t-shirts for the club that we were planning to make- I'll just let everyone know that there is an anatomical heart involved. Although to be honest, the majority of the conversation was not focused on peer advising, or even necessarily human physiology. A lot of the conversation was directed towards the rest of our evening agenda- laser tag.
After we finished up our meal, we put the applications back in the folder, and forgot about them for a little while. We drove over to Putters, a pretty large center featuring mini golf, arcade games, pool, and best of all- a two stories laser tag arena. Now, I have played laser tag at Putters one other time, for my friend Leslie's birthday a few years back. That experience was the first since childhood, and I was reminded of how much fun it was. Thus, I was really looking forward to laser tag all throughout dinner and was pumped and ready to go once we got there. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a wait, so we killed some time playing arcade games, another childhood memory I haven't relived in awhile.
Finally, it was time to play. We were wooshed back into a room with black lights and a big screen giving us directions and safety rules. I noticed immediately that I should have been paying closer attention to what I decided to wear that night, with my white and blue shirt lighting up immediately. So, I gave up on being especially stealth. After the instructions, we were directed into teams and to our gear, getting a vest and the laser gun. Then, the games began.
We got to play four rounds, with the aim of getting as many shots as possible at other players and the other team's target. I felt that I made pretty good use of the second story during the games, although my aim when it came to moving people was not as strong. I have to admit, I'm was not close to being the best player. In my experience, that award normally goes to kids around the age of 12. They just seem to have a talent with lazer tag. Additionally, my team was a little bit outnumbered and had the parents of said 12 year olds, thus we didn't win a single round. In spite of being completely owned by the kids, we all had a great time, and came out at the end dripping in sweat.
Finally, after we all cooled down, we pulled out the applications again. We sat down and discussed each applicant, and decided who we thought should move onto the interview portion of the application process. It was pretty tough process, as there are many more applicants than positions available, and we're going to have to narrow it down further after the interviews. We're going to talk to some of the potential peers on Monday and Tuesday in a fairly casual setting to get a feel for how they would deal with other students and their questions. It's going to be a difficult process!