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A Day in the Life with Noelle

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Noelle Mercer

Theater Studies & English, Class of 2021



Political Science, Class of 2019


So unless you're placed into Silman, Timothy Dwight, Benjamin Franklin are palling. Murray colleges For your first year, you live on old campus and you live with other members of your class that are in the same college as you are on. Before you get to campus, you fill out a survey. It's very brief and asked you if you're ah morning person if you like to listen to music loudly home, if you're messy or meat, and then the university collects all that data, and then they put you into sweet according to your college and your preferences. If your place in one of the four colleges that I mentioned before you live in the college your first year and that's mostly due to space, there's just enough space in those colleges Toehold for class ears. But if not, if you live on old campus for your first year, you're second year. You move into your actual residential college. And the exciting thing about your second year is that you get to choose your suite mates. So a lot of people decide to stay with this sweet that the university assigned them, because usually it ends up working out um But you can also decide to split up your sweet. You can join a different suite. The thing is you you live with people in your college or you can do what I did, which is I transferred colleges. So my first year, I was placed into Trumbull College, so I lived in Bingham Hall on old campus with five incredible young woman. However, I found so much love, support, friendship and community and Farnum Hall, which is where the J E. The Jonathan Edward Edwards Kidsday on DH It just so happened that all my friends were in J. So I realized halfway through my first year that I really wanted to live with my friends. So I applied to transfer colleges. And now I'm in Jonathan Edwards and I got, too, and I'm living with whom My best friends And there goes my pencil hum and it's honestly, I'm so happy that I transferred colleges. I wasn't unhappy it Trumbull. I just really wanted to go live with my friends. And I think at the end of the day, that's the beauty of the residential college system is that even though Yale can be a pretty big and almost intimidating space. You can always return to your small community and your rest college. But college is a RH, typically pretty small, so I know almost everyone and that I know almost everyone who lives in J because we're a pretty This is john. It's college, my college best resident college campus. Because of our proximity to brandford, we can hear the bells toll at twelve pm and six pm every day. This is where our head of college lives. Listen, we're the smallest in size, not in population. So that means that our living quarters are great too. Very well. We're all just spiders, hammocks and picnic tables. We'll have events out here dancing. We used to have a swings come from the street. I don't know where it was, but i'm sad about So I'm gonna give you, like tour of my sweet that way Sweet So rooms connected by one common room on And I live in a sex test So it's I live with myself and five other people and we're sextet of four singles and one double. I thought Lucky and I have a suit. It's beautiful. And I'm gonna show you right now, Teo. This is go away. This is Ollie and Daisy. And this is a common room. This is the room that connects us all way. Have caps that we bought off free for sale for one hundred dollars. It also pulls out into super is our window looks out into the courtyard. How beautiful. We have a little succulent garden. And, um, I believe that we just kissed yesterday, and I'm not sure how this caution wet floor. So I got into our suite a mystery. We bought an orchid for way too. And then down here it's appears besides these two singles. So let me show you to my room. So this is my room. It is for you to fall. So welcome to my friend. Let me show you around. This is my door nearer. This is starts. Spaces, clothes, jewelry. Here's my deaths. Here's my bed from my window. I have a little cart thing that I'm thinking about what you do with yet shoot and my closet, so the things in this room that was provided by the university. Wass bed. The desk, The closet. Yes, sir. This is my room. Okay. So next up is Sterling Memorial Library, also known as SML. Sterling Memorial Library is one of our main libraries on campus. It has nine floors on each floor has stack, so that just means lots and lots of books. We haven't obscene number of books, the actual number I'm not exactly sure of, but if you want a book, most likely sterling our bath are Haas or one of the many libraries on campus will have them. We also have a library book share program. So if the book that you want is not available in one of our life libraries, they will find the book and one of the neighbouring universities on. And also they will see if one of the other Ivy League schools have the book, and if they do, they will ship it to you and you will be able to have it. You also can request to have chapters of a book scan. I'm in a library in Will do that to you and send it to you electronically. And yeah, Sterling Memorial Library is very beautiful. It was intended to be a church, but then Yale was like, we need to spend more secular. So the architect was, like, Cool. I won't make it a church. I'll make it a library, but it's still gonna look like a church. So let's go on in. best thing about us so far and the worst thing about us so far. I say the best thing about Yale, which is just such a cliche. Answer. Everyone will say this, um is actually the dining hall is not our food. Isn't that good? One of the best things about hell, I feel like, is that sense of just like the vibe there. I feel like the vibe is very, very good, whether it's you know, whether you're in the classroom where the extracurricular setting just collaborating with the people. The amazing, humble, fun, beautiful people just like, you know, just having fun. They're just like the environment, like always, having positive vibes and talking with such amazing people, such amazing, talented kids who are just so nice to you. And you can talk about random things like random topics because everyone is so unique and different, and it's just so cool. So I think, like the overall social atmosphere there is really amazing, because it really does help you with focusing on your studies and just making sure that you are an active and fun and studios and hardworking person. Worst thing about Yale, Uh, okay, I just try to be as unbiased as possible. I don't want to say this is the worst thing and I think this is more of a personal thing to me. But I'm very involved in terms of extracurriculars, so I have to have a very, very strict schedule. I always plan my day to the minute and I always tie myself. I'll have to go to class at this time, has to eat lunch at this time of to meet up with this person. This time I have to go to this rehearsal of this time and I feel like sometimes it does get a bit robotic because I always have to think ahead and always plan ahead when I should be like living and enjoying the moment. But I feel like that's a personal thing and I think it varies from person to person. But I think yeah, in college, you have to really you have to be really strict with their time and sometimes it does end of sacrificing your own fulfillment and presence in the moment. Academic rigor Is it too much? Personally, this varies drastically from prison. A person I know that there are a lot of people who are just straight up cruising and enjoying you and just like having easy classes while still getting their major requirement personally for me, I think my accident like my classes, which I'll talk about another video. I think the academic rigor isn't as much, especially if he took AP classes in college classes in high school. I feel like calling. She's slightly more manageable than that because you only see a class a few times a week. But you also get a lot of homework in a lot of papers and a lot of problems. That's to do so. I feel like the academic rigor is definitely manageable at a place that you, depending on your major stand majors good luck. But I think that everything is pretty manageable. For the most part, you have a fun time, hobbies, clubs. You're involved in that Yale hobbies. Um, I love doing a lot. I'm gonna make a seven video on this, but I love just like I love the arts, especially whether it's like Peter Performance. I'm part of the student council care Yale. I do a lot of Asian American cultural stuff there. A lot of other cool things. I'll talk about living with video, but for the most part, I just I also just really loved hanging out with my friends, whether it's eating out, chilling in the common room, playing music, just talking about were topics. Since you're a scholar and off smart. What extracurricular activities outside internships would you recommend or suggest for people passionate about humanity's Your cause told me about your chance. Oh, thank you. Well, Danielle, the humanities is a very broad field, so I can't really Taylor specifically because, like, for example, if you love performing, then you could do like dancing your dance club or like performing for theater acting, maybe shooting films, shooting movies, since filming replaces acting, made films, films, filming movies. So I would say to just try to find things at school that are related specifically to what you like and try to get a leadership position in it. But at the same time, if there's nothing at your school for it, then I strongly recommend for you to start the club yourself because it's always going to start from the ground up. If there's nothing provided for you, but you have confidence that you will do to do really, really Well, Come on. Come on, Mocanu. Misha Haiti. Your sister. Oh, soon, soon as my sister. Guys, drop my life. Maybe. Can you run for president? Well, what else am I yield for? You know, majoring in political science for a reason. So, yeah, my plan is to actually become the president of the United States later on. Once I'm 35. I think that's a requirement. That is total B s. Don't Don't believe anything. Please don't. I'm not. No, just when will the Q and A B I don't know. Still working on it. All right. So the last question is, can you talk a little bit about Quest Bridge? I'm a junior in high school, and I'm considering applying to be a quest for scholar. This is actually a really, really good last question. For those who don't know, Quest Bridge is a nonprofit organization. It's basically this program that supports low income, high achieving students. Students were academically basically really smart. Kids were also very passionate and talented. They basically help those kids by providing them with a bunch of resource is to succeed in college. Just help with writing essays and basically all these things. I was a very great resource. I'm definitely not describing quest for just highly as I should be. One of the main things about Quest Bridge is a lot of people tend to apply to the National College Match Finalist program for basically if you apply and if you get in, you got to match all of the partner colleges in a list of 12 I think, and the top college get accepted two on that list, you are getting beautiful, right? And in general, having the ward of questions. Scholar is just a really, really good award because a lot of the top colleges recognize it as a very successful and hard award to get. But as for your case, Emma, I think, is definitely great that you're applying early. There's also a Quest Bridge College prep scholar program, and I think that you should apply for that, too, because that gives you a lot of resource is and help when you're applying to become a finalist, and they also give you the opportunity to go to a national admissions callers conference, which helps you out with the application process and basically question it is just such a great resource, and it provides you with, like, all of these networking opportunities with other kids who are also in your same situation. Yeah, I'll probably talk more about this bridge in another video, but it's a very good resource, all right, so those are all of the questions for my human? A. Hopefully you guys enjoyed. If nothing, if there are things that aren't that specific, please let me know, because I'm planning on doing more Q and A's in the future, especially for those with friends at Yale and friends and, like specific departments, major departments. So that will be very, very fun. Leave more questions not below, and I'll try to answer them. And also please suggest what other two days you are due, like donate with my roommates with my suitemates with my floor mates with people in my certain extracurriculars. But just let me know. Thank you guys so much. I'll hopefully make more video soon and bye bye. Are you single? Potentially. Okay. It's time for the epic tour of Jonathan Edwards College. I'm here with my friend Sammy. Sammy's. Cool. He's in Morse. But, you know, we'll forgive him. Well, I'm I can learn more from the tour. That way. There we go. We're going to convert you into a spider. Just you wait. Okay, let's go. You are our music practice rooms we have for them on people are currently in them, so we can't really show you inside. But, Sandy, a test of the fact that he has written songs and he's very no that you have. All right, let's get going. So in here is the J Press. We have printing presses and I've never been in here. And Sammy, have you been in here? Cool. So neither of us have been in here, but it's still pretty rad because they do things like make things like this. So go J Printing press. This is our trash and recycling trash. Longer. There you go. Okay, So this is, uh, J Art Gallery. Right now, we're going through like, a very like, about card minimalist sort of exhibit. So as you can see, this is one of the exhibits. A work of art. It's called Man against White. Great. Very. Wait. Here where exercise and keep. To the J buttery game. Where Good destroy saying Yeah, yeah. There you go. I'm going to destroy him yet. Table tennis. Uh huh. Oh, Phil, critics. Well, anyway, this is what it looks like. This also serves as our buttery, which is closed right now because it's open. It's open from ten. Thirty two. I believe one AM oil Mondays through Fridays. And it's just an opportunity for students to hang out, Get some food. The good old CYA which or the grilled cheese? The buttery, is staffed and maintained by J students. And they make food for us right here. Uh, delicious. A fun late night snack area, right, right. Okay, everyone. I'm here with my friend Matty. So, Maddy, could you please introduce yourself where you're from? And your major? Yeah. Hi, guys. I'm Maddie. I am a junior here. Yale from St Louis, Missouri. And I'm a double major in theater studies and women's gender and sexuality studies. Cem. And what college are you in? I'm in Morse College. Okay. Okay. So, Maddy, could you talk a little bit about what? You do like Extracurricular? Yeah. So I'm in a cappella group here on campus. It's an all women's group called something extra. Um, animal center dance group called yield answers. We do all different kinds of dance. And then I courted often acting stuff here. So what is the kind of the type of shows that you've done? Well, last year, I am Korea to show that our speaker Noel was actually and cold in the height on. Right now, I'm acting the show called twenty fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is super fun machine learning about theworld baton for it only. So, yes. Check me on that. And that I'm directing a show this spring called a gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Could you just quickly describe, Like what? The social climate like it's like here at Yale. And then also just like your own personal social circle. Yeah, I don't know. I was really surprised about the social climate here. It was only the opposite of what I thought it would be. You know, I don't think is, uh, super like, horny toity kind of ivy. And I was really impressed with the way that people are so, like, grounded and down to earth. Here I found so many people who were a lot like me and people who are super different and like in a way like our experiences here become universal even with different backgrounds. Like, we all have the shared experience here. And like I found that some of my closest friends or people who have lived completely different lives. But like, we're united here at Yale. No. And then last thing. What? What a piece of advice that you give to a person who wants to come to Yale or who's just thinking apology. Oh, my gosh. Um, I think just do things that you love. You're going to do best things that you love to do when things that make you feel like a better person and a better student. Yeah, just like, follow your heart. Like don't do anything that feels like a waste of your time. Thank you. Maddie was one. Okay. I'm here with my friend Morgan. We're gonna say hi. We just finished our biology, the world in us on morning. Could you just talk about, like, the classroom experience And like what? Lectures air like that kind of stuff. It's I feel like pretty standard. At least. I mean, this this Lexus super is big fun in particular because the professors Yeah, you know, just use an analogy about weed and, you know, Yeah. So that's fun. Uh, I'm not a science person, and so on things I want, it's in a more low stakes. Thank you, Morgan. It's usually just a matter of time before it gets corrected. Someone else will work in this field and finally your papers, right? Yeah. So right now i am in the yale dramatic association office, and the university theater, also known as the ut ut, is a huge theater on campus. I think it's our biggest theater space. It holds six hundred eighty people proscenium stage. And every year the yale dramatic association, the theater company that i am on the executive board of puts on seven shows. So this bowling is very important to me because i have meetings here several times a week when it's tech week. I practically live in this building on dh. Yeah, it's a very special place. We also share this space with the yale repertory theatre on dh, the yale school of drama. The weinstein. Um, so let's take a tour of the universe. St peter there. This is where do other it's bring here. There's some people building set. What do you guys no, it's not a lot of exper. It's for campus. Riel. Yeah. Shop. Very cool. I should be right. This is the dramatic green room. This is where wei have meetings. We hold events, and it looks like a pig sty right now. But i swear, no, it always looks like it. But a lot of people will sleep here or here, or spend time here when it's technique, all right? Or if they're just, like, stressed out from the school year and what i take a little bit of a break for you. Unfortunately, i can't show you all the theater because there is a wise sti production for yell grab. I'm not sure somebody's in the theater right now, and they're doing a build call. That means that they're building the site, but, um, yeah, that's the this has been the u team. I hope you've been doing it. So young university in New Haven, Connecticut, which is a I would describe a small city. So one of the main strips. Is Broadway. Um, and we have a lot of different stores on Broadway. We have urbanoutfitters, Patagonia, the apple store. But we also have a very famous eatery called Good Nature Market. But wait. Call it Haley's. Call it Chief. Because a few years back, the management changed. They changed the name to major market, but before it was always called, uh, good heaven or something like that. I'm not sure changed before I got here, but everyone always calls it G have so I'm gonna show