5:35 PM today signified the official beginning of Hell Week 2013! Oh, how i have been waiting for this moment. Hell week was so special and significant to me as a Radnor freshman last year – I literally could not wait for it to start this year. Of course, as a sophomore I am on the other side of things, and all I have to say is – I appreciate my heller that much more and all that she planned for me last year!
For those of you who do not know what Hell Week is, It is a week where freshmen are given schedules and tasks by their “Hellers”, who are usually sophomores. The week is supposed to be the induction of freshmen and newcomers (staff, faculty) to Bryn Mawr. It’s sort of like rush week for the greek system – except Hell Week is waaaay cooler! You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, so that’s what makes it flexible and catered to all of the freshmen. There are dorm-wide activities and there are school-wide activities. Based on your dorm, you’ll do various things – I was a freshman at Radnor Hall and it was great. I felt really close with the Radnor community and the upperclassmen made it special in that they planned activities that really made you feel part of a tradition and a family. I remember asking my heller – it was nerve-wracking but so exciting! I had asked early, so I waited for Hell Week much longer than a lot of freshmen. I was helled with my roommate and I couldn’t have asked for a better week. This year, I am co-helling two freshmen with one of my best friends here at Bryn Mawr, and the beginning was perfect! Our hellees successfully earned their schedules and I couldn’t help but smile when I saw them laughing and exclaiming “This is so cool! I love Hell Week already!”
Although it is just the beginning, I have high hopes for the upcoming week. I’m excited to see my little hellees run to the Duck Pond, crash the Shipley dance and participate in their dorm dress up. I wish my heller could be here (she’s abroad), but that just makes me even more motivated to pull off a great Hell Week for the freshmen – just as she did for me!
Until Next Time!