10 More Days

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a history and political science major, but when I’m not glued to my computer searching for the latest in American and foreign political affairs, I’m out playing volleyball.

I first tried volleyball in seventh grade because my sister was interested in the sport and she needed someone to pass with at home, so, as the younger sibling, I was… coerced into trying it out and learning how to pass. When I heard that there was going to be an open gym at my middle school, I jumped at the opportunity to give the sport a try. One thing lead to another, and I ended up attending open gyms with my local volleyball club and then tried out for the team.

At the time, I was neither athletic nor confident, but I had passion for this sport and I poured my heart and soul into it. Five seasons of club volleyball, four seasons of high school volleyball, and three trips to the USA Volleyball’s Junior National Championships later, here I am playing volleyball at Wilson. The picture above is me and teammates (from left to right) Evan Hoke, Zachary Zerr, myself, and Aaron Hoke.

With each new volleyball season there were new challenges to face, new people to meet, and a lot of volleyball to play. The sport  helped me develop from a shy, introverted bookworm to a more social student-athlete with a soft spot for a solid novel. I share this for two reasons: first, the second season for your Wilson College men’s volleyball team is just 10 days away, and second, to encourage all of the readers of this blog to go out and try something new! I want to challenge each and every one of you, my audience (yeah that means you too, Mom!) to try something new by the end of this year, whether it’s becoming involved in a club, student government, volunteer work at the food bank, or a new athletic or musical venture.

Outside of volleyball, a lot has happened in the past two weeks. I’ve been pretty busy with a lot of homework assignments, but I’m still enjoying being around campus and meeting new people. Luckily, my work study position at the bookstore and cafe is helping me meet people on campus and in the Chambersburg community!

And, the campus store is now open in the Lenfest Learning Commons. For now, we’re operating under the same hours, but we are looking to expand our hours down the road. I’m really excited for the library to reach its full potential as a place for the students here to study, get some snacks and gather.

Today, I met with my advisor to schedule my courses for the second semester, and I’m really excited to experience more of Wilson’s curriculum. Right now I’m looking at two history classes, a religion/ethics course, a music course through the Cumberland Valley School of Music and an environmental studies course. I can’t wait to see if I can get a course in guitar with CVSM — I enjoy playing the guitar, but have never had formal lessons or studied music.  It will be fulfilling experience for me, as a class like that would allow me to sit back, relax, and practice an art that I enjoy while getting both college credit and expanded knowledge in music.

As a last little piece before I sign off for the week, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read our blog. I know that I’m having a blast being part of this experience, and I know that Grace is having a great time as well!

Many thanks,

Ian

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Full Name: Ian Andrew Firestone Hometown: York, Pennsylvania High School: York Suburban Senior High School Area of Study: History and Political Science Hobbies: I enjoy playing guitar and singing, I also enjoy playing video games, spending time with my friends, and hiking. Favorite Book: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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