Sunday, June 22, 2008

CI, Day 1

So, I arrived to CI for early check-in late Friday night, not knowing what to expect. As I walked to the Marvin Center Saturday morning to check in with my academic school, I was greeted with way too much energy and spunk for 8:30 in the morning. The CI cabinet was already in hyperdrive, being incredibly welcoming and incredibly energetic. I quickly dismissed them as some crazy hirees by the admissions office, but I was proven wrong later. Later on in the evening, while watching the skits that the Colonial Cabinet leaders put on, I was amazed. The skits dealt with common misconceptions about them based on how they look, their heritage and culture, the activities they participate in, or other lifestyle choices. Afterward, they discussed how GW helped them, accepted them, and what they learned from being in this kind of environment. The frank candidness and realness that they portrayed was moving and inspiring. I encourage everyone to get to known this year's Cabinet by looking on the CI Cabinet Website. They are all truly amazing people, but a big shout out to my small group leader, Mark. What did you guys think of the Cabinet? Any particular favorites or highlights?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

They bored me...

Anonymous said...

Everything is one big show put on by the administration to get kids excited enough to make it through the first year.

Cabinet is full of wannabe SA Presidents, GW tools, and fraternity and sorority members looking to recruit kids.

Anonymous said...

lol some of that may be true, but I believe they were pretty welcoming. It will be nice to see some of their faces next fall...if they even remember me haha.

Anonymous said...

I don't know. I got to meet a lot of the cabinet members and they all seemed pretty legit. I think it is a pretty big deal to get on cabinet so obviously they did something right. And as far as trying to recruit people for their greek orgs- I think if they were trying to do that they would have told us which frat or sorority they were in, which they refused to do.

I think CI is only good if you get into it and have a good attitude about it, which you clearly didn't. So no offense dude, but maybe you should figure out why so many people loved it and you didn't.

Anonymous said...

Amen, sounds like a tude problem. I had so much fun and love the people I met.

Anonymous said...

Theres nothing wrong with Cab, but don't fool yourself into thinking that anyone at GW cares as much as they do.

They're well payed to care about GW for 3 months, then they settle back down to the ground with the rest of us who have little to no school spirit.

Daniel Meighan (Guest Blogger) said...

Thanks everybody for the comments. I understand all these perspectives. While they are expected by CIHQ to be welcoming, energetic, and singing ad nauseam, they are also pretty fun people. I had the chance to sincerely talk to Mark, and he was very open and real. Sure they are supposed to be like this, and I doubt most of them are so "I Love GW!" every day on campus, that spirit really helped make my CI experience great. Any other perspectives? Thanks for all the comments, keep them coming!

Megan Cunningham (Guest Blogger) said...

My friend who attended CI 2 did tell me this though- "CI is so fun. Everyone in our class is so unique and it's amazing! The first day is structured and tedious at first, but it's so much fun and you'll learn so much about the school and everyone you meet. There are also a lot of school spirit related events and everyone is really energetic."

I head off to CI tonight... I'll definitely let you know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

what the f does an 18 year old know about anything? Can you guys even walk and chew gum at the same time?

noel behailu said...

i really did think that CI was alot of fun. yeah it was cheesy at times, but it definitely was the best it could be. yeah there will be the conflicting views, but if they didnt do anything, you probably would've thought it was lame or like any other orientation. the cabinet worked hard and made it unique, and if you really get to know them, they're great people.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget about the CI Staff! I got to know some of them and they were awesome.
My Cabinet member was pretty cool, though, too.

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