womensrugby-3-14bI have had a few requests to write about rugby, since I’m on the women’s rugby team, so here goes nothing.

This is a hard topic to describe to those who have never heard of it or seen it played before. If I had to compare it to any sport, I guess I would pick football. The ball is similarly shaped but larger and has a more rounded point. There are two sets of players, forwards and backs, and then there’s tackling!  But the rules of the game and the way it is played are very different from football.

A “touchdown” in rugby is called a “Try,” and when you pass the ball it must always be passed backward (so the person you are passing to has to run onto it). But the aim of the game is to create space in order to get by the other team and place the ball down in the “Try-zone.”

There’s a lot more to explain, but I won’t confuse everyone with all the rules in between for now. Maybe I will progress this post and go into details about more rules in the future.  🙂

WomensRugby3-14I played rugby in high school, so getting back into it here at Palmer has been fun. I was definitely surprised there was a team when I got here. I can’t believe how much I forgot about the game and how fun it is to play! The women’s rugby team practices two times a week (on Tuesday and Thursday nights). It’s been a great way to meet some new girls who aren’t in my class and have some fun!

We have games coming up at the end of March, which I will keep you all in the loop on, and we always love and welcome any girls who want to play. You don’t even have to be a student at Palmer to play, so if you’re interested, come on out to practice!



Activities Fair – Getting involved

So today was the Activities Fair! This is an event at the school where clubs and student organizations offer more information on what they are all about so that other students can decide if they would like to check it out. There are always some kind of baked goods luring you in to each table as well as tons of fliers going around describing new events each club is holding.

I remember the first time I went to the Activities Fair, and I felt super overwhelmed and didn’t really understand how clubs and everything worked. It took me a few weeks to figure out there was an hour designated as “club hour” a few times a week, made just for the purpose of going to the club of your choice if you so choose.

So far, I have joined Student Council as the first trimester representative, the women’s rugby team and have been attending the Motion Palpation Club! I think it’s a great idea for students to get involved in any or all clubs for at least some time while they are at Palmer! I think it is awesome the school provides so many opportunities for students to learn as much as they can about a wide range of things. I also think it is important to try a little bit of everything and not just limit yourself to one thing or another. You never know what you will like unless you give them all a chance, and there are certainly many chances to take in all different views, so take them!

Getting involved has help me meet other students and make connections with people outside my class and who have a varying level of education and differing opinions to my own, which helps me think about things from a different perspective and learn and grow as a person!

Don’t hold back or be scared to try something new!