My First Year: A Freshman’s Reflection on His First Spirit Week

by · November 10, 2016

Alexander Perlak and class members get ready to compete in their first Mount Olympics

Editor’s note: Each year at the Mount, we celebrate Spirit Week. The college community comes together and participates in a variety of events. It’s one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Knight Life caught up with Freshmen Class President Alexander Perlak to hear about his experiences!

If you asked me as a senior in high school who would be the freshmen class president at Mount Saint Mary College this year, I probably wouldn’t have said myself. But here I am, president of the Class of 2020, and I’m loving this position more and more each day.

When I applied for this position, I was advised that it was going to be a lot of work. They were right. Mount Olympics and Spirit of the Mount Week were the first events I had to plan, and although I had no idea what to do, I was willing to make it work.

Preparing for Mount Olympics wasn’t the easiest task, but I feel my class officers and I were successful in pulling it off. Coming in, I had no idea what to expect. Was this as big as the Rio Olympics or was it some joke? Organizing a skit and banner took a lot of energy, but we did it! The biggest problem we faced, however, was finding people to participate. Mount Olympics falls in the beginning of freshmen year when students are still getting acclimated to the school and aren’t as active as they might have been in high school. Luckily, we did find enough people who wanted to participate, but I believe that next year, it will be much easier because our class saw what Mount Olympics is all about and will want to do more with their class. We came in second place, which isn’t bad, especially for the newcomers. I am happy with the results, but just a warning to the class of 2021: watch out because the class of 2020 may take the title next year!

Being freshmen class president has its perks. The biggest perk is being a member of the Senate. Senate is a team of motivated students who work together to run and improve the campus. I am so lucky to call them my family. They inspire me every day to be a better me and are very helpful along the way. Each of them have been nothing but kind to me and I hope to continue the rest of my college years on the Senate.

My favorite part about Spirit of the Mount Week would have to be Bonfire. Bonfire was an amazing experience and I can’t wait for next fall. That morning, Senate built the fire platform, and after we finished we wrote a goal on a piece of wood. That goal represented what we want to achieve and it meant to me that I will do nothing but achieve it. Seeing everyone with the same shirt coexisting with one another made me feel as if I were at home. I bonded with friends, made new ones, and enjoyed the perfect end to a great week.

Spirit of the Mount Week has been an unforgettable week. I am so happy with all the hard work put into it by everyone, all that the freshmen class has achieved, and what I have done on a personal level. I have grown into a bigger leader than I thought myself to be. I am proud to say that the Mount is my home now, and I can’t wait to share as many new experiences with my Mount family as possible.

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