I can hardly believe that freshman year is almost complete. In typical, end of the year fashion, I have no idea where the time went, but I have to say I’m excited for summer.
First things first, E-Days! With my first E-Days under my belt I can definitely say I now know what all of the hype is about. I kicked off the weekend on Thursday with the comedian. Each year, MAC (Mines Activity Council), brings in a different, awesome comedian, and this year we were fortunate enough to see Tig Notaro, who has been on Comedy Central. After the comedian I caught Mr. Big Digger, which is basically a beauty contest for guys. T’was hilarious from beginning to end, and it was especially funny to watch various professors judge the contest. Plus, one of the contestants belted out “Let it Go” perfectly, which kind of made my life.
Next came the Orecart Pull. Early Friday morning everyone who was up for the challenge gathered to wait for buses. We were fed essentially all-you-can-eat burritos and bussed to a random parking lot on Colfax Avenue, which runs straight from Golden into downtown Denver. Once everyone arrived, our police escort stopped traffic momentarily as we took over the right-lane of Colfax. Towards the end of the walk, I ran into my RA and some of my friends from my floor who were actually pulling the orecart. (The majority of people don’t pull the orecart as it only requires 20 people at most.) They encouraged me to join in, so I did! We pulled, scratch that, ran the orecart the last quarter mile or so up Capitol Hill, and were fortunate enough to sing the Mines school song on the steps of the capitol building.
If you’re still a little fuzzy on what the Orecart Pull is, here’s a little explanation and background info: It’s an E-days tradition in which students walk about eight miles to the capitol building in Downtown Denver. This is the official “kick-off” event for E-days.
I ducked out on some of the subsequent events to study for tests the following week, but to give you some of the highlights, there was a field day, carnival, and two concerts, one of which was 3OH!3. Galax-E-Days definitely lived up to the hype, and I can’t wait for next year!
My advice to you, don’t wait to buy a t-shirt! They go fast, as in a matter of hours fast. Likely, you’ll get an email saying E-days packets will be sold for two weeks. But, if you want a shirt, be in line on day one!
Also, do the Orecart Pull! It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. How many people can say that they’ve pulled an orecart eight miles down Colefax Avenue straight to the capitol building? And, on that note, try to actually pull the orecart. It’s not hard, and it’s super cool to be able to say that you did.
Now to study for finals! I have four finals between Saturday and next Tuesday, so that translates into long days of studying around campus. At least Mines is full of prime study locations!
Until next time!