Hi! My name is Jaclyn Walsh and I am a Junior Communications major. One interesting fact about me is that I was born with a missing spine vertebra. I have a lot of learning goals for this semester but one of the main goals for me is to develop a deeper understanding of what Human Resource Development means, what it entails, and how it can be so applicable to real life situations. I am excited to learn about an area of knowledge separate than a gen ed, and my major, because that is all I have been exposed to throughout college so far. I hope to make the most out of this class as possible and really try my hardest to perform and succeed in this class to the best of my ability.
After living at James Madison University for a few months, I have had a firsthand experience of what the campus has to offer. From an ice cream social to a Saturday football game, JMU has proved itself to be a fun and exciting learning environment. I feel even luckier for choosing this school the year that I did, because fortunately for me, Halloween fell on a Monday. This entailed that there would not only be a “Halloween,” there would be an entire “Hallo-weekend”. As a kid Halloween was always my favorite holiday, and now that I’m a student here at James Madison, I was able to experience a full four days of all the action that JMU had to offer.
Halloween is a significant holiday for JMU considering that students from most colleges in Virginia come to Harrisonburg to experience the one-of-a-kind JMU, Hallo-weekend festivities. College kids in Virginia mention JMU as the absolute best destination in order to truly experience the holiday. I had the opportunity to talk to one of my good friends Maya Deiss about Halloween at JMU. Maya, who is currently enrolled at VCU stated “We heard about Halloween at JMU month’s ago,” which I found to be intriguing considering she had her own college to be at for Halloween. “We had planned to come down for weeks,” she explained, I didn’t doubt it since I had received several texts from kids of different ages asking if they could stay in my room for one of the nights. There have been rumors circulating around JMU’s Halloween weekend for years, and almost every year the school seems to leave more kids satisfied. My roommate’s brother, Andrew, was one of the many students that came across the state to visit JMU for the holiday. He said, “I’ve been coming up here for the past 2 years to visit for Halloween, and it seems to only get better each year” Andrew had stated. I came down to JMU for college gameday weekend, and I must say, these two weekends were both up on the list for most exiting.
Halloween at JMU can be thought to be made up of five different sub-categories; costumes, candy, decorations, music, and getting together with friends. After participating in all of the events “Hallo-weekend” had to offer, a poll was taken amongst 20 people within my dorm, 5 students from each floor, to determine what students liked the most about their Halloween experience at JMU. After the data was recorded, 60% of the students that were polled said they enjoyed getting together and being with friends the most during their weekend at JMU. The polls also showed that 20% of students favored the costumes the most, 10% favored door decorations and only 10% of students enjoyed the candy aspect of Halloween the most.
From my experience, I found that spending time with friends was the most fun part of the weekend. I also can say that I had a blast pick out costumes with my friends. My future roommates and I walked off campus to the nearest costume store to look around. It was there that we must have tried and/or looked at several costumes each, exchanging the occasional laugh when one of us looked funny in what we had decided to try on. Overall this was one of the better bonding moments I’ve had with my roommates and I directly affiliate it with Halloween and what a great atmosphere it brings to James Madison University.
I also was lucky enough to receive a surprise visit from my parents in the middle of Saturday’s events. Even though they didn’t stay for too long it still felt nice to see them for the first time in a while. On top of that, JMU happened to score a record high 84 points in that Saturdays game against Rhode Island. With everyone walking around in costumes after a great Dukes win, they’re really wasn’t much more I could ask for during my first JMU “Hallow-weekend” gameday.
Some of the best memories came from the Saturday of Hallo-weekend at a large family tailgate hosted by a family friend. There were families playing corn hole, grilling food and tossing the football. That weekend, kids young and old, along with many adults, had dressed up in extravagant costumes to join in on the celebration of Halloween. I can personally name students that came into town to visit that are from a variety of in state schools such as; the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, VCU, Hampton Sydney, Radford and several more. It seems that no other college in the state of Virginia does Halloween nearly as well as JMU. It wasn’t until kids from out of state schools began texting me about Halloween that I noticed what a big deal it was down here.
I was able to meet a friend of one of my friends moms at the tailgate. She had two younger boys named Charlie and Zach. She described how they loved to pick out pumpkins at the local pumpkin patch, “Back Home on the Farm”. Located in Harrisonburg, it’s a great place for younger kids to visit. Despite the difference in age, many students from JMU often go there to take part in the numerous activities they have to offer on the days prior to Halloween. These activities consist of, a petting zoo, fresh fruit, carousel rides, and their very own corn maze. After listening to them that day, It was evident that they themselves really admired and loved the part of family time surrounding this holiday here in Harrisonburg.
JMU’s Halloween experience is unmatched. I find this time at JMU to be so popular because it is a fun experience for all ages. Whether you’re a student, a middle-aged parent, or are even still a toddler, JMU has something for you to enjoy. Ultimately, JMU’s “Hallo-weekend” experience is one that is welcoming and fun for the whole family to enjoy.
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event that I would recommend better weekends I’ve experienced first hand”- John Derks
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Interview with Maya Deiss
Survey taken throughout Gifford hall
Sympathy accounts contain credits we can use to make request to make sympathy for other people.
- Don’t make false claims to sympathy. Only ask for sympathy when you really need it and don’t ask for sympathy when you are causing your own problems.
- Don’t claim too much sympathy. Don’t claim it too frequently and don’t claim it for too long.
- Claim some sympathy.
While learning about the sympathy rule created by Clark, I realized the reason why my friend seemed to irritate me every time we talked. I felt bad for being so annoyed when I thought there was no reason to be annoyed. I felt ashamed for being irritated whenever she talked to me about her problems. My friend would go on and on about how her life was so horrible and her school life was boring. She would be depressed and lacking in motivation. At first, I comforted her by sending her long paragraphs of texts. I reassured her that it is common to feel unsure of the future. However, when this depressing conversation happened over and over again I felt so exhausted. I ended up avoiding her calls and texts. I felt bad for not being a good friend but I really did not have any time and sympathy for her anymore. After learning about the sympathy rule, I figured out that she used up all of her sympathy credits and never really gave back any sympathy for me. I was always just giving her sympathy without getting anything back. Hence, causing me to run out of sympathy to give.
In “Face-Work and Interaction Rituals” Erving Goffman discusses the importance of reputation in society. He states that individuals claim positive social value or “face” through the lines they take or parts they perform during interaction. So how one is judged during interaction can have a great effect on their value. If someone were to have a bad interaction with someone they may be in wrong face and make the person feel negative about their social worth. I used Jay Gatsby as an example for this because he is constantly trying to show that he has a high social value by showing off his money and throwing extravagant parties. However, his face quickly turns into a wrong face when people realize how he got his money, for example when Tom calls him out for being “new money”. Gatsby’s starts to feel bad when he realizes he will never be on the same social level as people like Tom that come from old money. Gatsby typically avoids people he keeps his life very secret and how he got his money so his reputation isn’t threatened, which is an example of self – explanatory face work. Keeping a positive face in society can be difficult because we will always encounter interactions that make us feel somewhat devalued.
The topic that I chose to relate to out of class is about groups and networks. In class, we discussed how a network, which is all of the direct and indirect connections that link one person or group with other people or groups, can end up turning into a group, which is a collection of people who share an identity and who regularly act on the basis of shared norms. I have witnessed a great example of this through joining greek life. When I first joined, I did not know anyone even though I was linked to these people, which is why I considered it a network. But, after a few weeks of getting to know the people in my sorority, these people had a completely different meaning to me. I found a group within a network and I think it is the perfect example of that transition.