Name: Margo Kolenda ‘14
Major: English and Hispanic Studies, with a minor in Comparative Literature and Linguistics
Involvement on campus: Off-Campus Coordinator for FallFest 2012, Orientation Leader, Member of Top Score (student run orchestra), Member of Waltham group- Companions 2 Elders
What is your favorite part of Fall Fest? My favorite part by far was working with my six amazing co-princesses. I think we were a great team, and I always walked away from our meetings in a great mood. They are all incredible leaders in their own way, but it wasn’t until Fall Fest weekend was actually upon us that I realized the depth of their talents. I can’t imagine the weekend without them and think the whole experience really relied on the collectivity of the effort.
How has this involvement impacted your time at Brandeis? Fall Fest has definitely been a highlight of my Brandeis Career. It really got me more invested in the community and infrastructure, and gave me a whole new perspective on student life.
What made you get involved? How could I not get involved at Brandeis? There are so many opportunities, but Fall Fest really appealed to me because at the time I didn’t know much about it. My parents had never come for the weekend, and I’d only gone to a minimal amount of activities. I realized that when I talk about my love for Brandeis to people on the outskirts of the community, they don’t always understand quite what I’m saying, or why I have so many feeling for my school. I saw Fall Fest as an opportunity to speak directly to those who needed to get to know our school a little better, and wanted to craft experiences that left them feeling like Brandeis is an extraordinarily special place. Suddenly the event that hadn’t really grabbed my attention as a participant riveted me as a leader, and I couldn’t wait for October to arrive.
Do you have a favorite memory of your time working on Fall Fest? One of my favorite moments was the potluck dinner we had for a meeting one night. It was towards the end of our planning process, so we didn’t have too much business to attend to, and it was near enough that the excitement was present at the table. We all brought a dish to pass, mostly things put together from C-store shopping trips, and then in comes Steph with homemade lasagna in a soccer-mom Tupperware pan. It was absolutely delicious, and the perfect remedy for a stressful, probably rainy, Monday night.
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