During the first full week of April, every Rollins student knows to keep their minds alert at all hours of the night, because Fox Day is soon approaching! Fox Day is one day where President Duncan places a 300-lb fox statue out by the flagpole on Mills Lawn at 5:30 a.m. This signals that all classes are canceled and we are free to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather! Most people go to the beach, so numerous buses take students out to Cocoa Beach, and a couple other buses go to amusement parks such as Disney, Universal and Wet N Wild.
This year, Fox Day was much anticipated. Last year, it fell on a day that was 50 degrees, which is completely unacceptable here at Rollins. So this year, we were excited to see that the 10-day forecast starting at the beginning of April was looking hot and sunny. Most students were SURE it was going to be Tuesday, and starting that day I couldn’t stop myself from waking up at 6 a.m. and stalking Facebook to see if anyone could confirm that day. Unfortunately, it was not. I knew this personally thanks to the great folks who set up foxdaycam.com! They had a live video stream eyeing the flagpole 24/7 until the Fox came out to play! It became a giant hit for Rollins students and now, with Fox Day over, we miss that camera.
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, knew someone who knew someone who knew for sure that Fox Day was Tuesday. Because I find it humorous when people build on each other to create false hope, I took sick pleasure when we all realized, as we sat by our personal computers waiting for President Duncan to bring out the Fox on the Fox Day Cam, it was not going to be Fox Day. As Tuesday dragged on, I hoped and hoped it would be Fox Day on Wednesday, one of my busiest days of the week. Unfortunately, it was not Wednesday either. Mass panic started to hit campus. Every student you passed by was talking about Fox Day, and the rage that will ensue if it is not Thursday. Lucky for our campus, it was Thursday! I won’t forget waking up at 5:30 a.m. (during Fox Day week is the only time your body wakes up that early for you) and seeing President Duncan with the fox on the Fox Day Cam! Soon after, I received a phone call from my best friend, and then I edged in another few minutes of sleep before heading over to meet up with my friends.
This Fox Day, I went to the beach. I took a bus from Sutton, our on-campus apartments, with a few friends, which was tons of fun! When we arrived at Sydney Fisher Park in Cocoa Beach about an hour later. Hundreds of college students were everywhere, either swimming in the water, laying out on the sand, or playing football on the boardwalk. I was able to catch up with old friends and enjoy the beautiful weather, but after a couple of hours I enjoyed a nice nap on the beach.
Around 3:30 p.m. we headed back onto the bus for some more sleeping. When we returned, we were greeted with free barbecue on the lawn that included burgers, hot dogs and macaroni and cheese. It was time to put our good time behind us…until the night! Luckily, Fox Day or not, my friends Mark Lambert and Aaron Childree were performing at a local coffeeshop called Austin’s Coffee and Tea.
After taking my third nap of the day, I woke up, ate some dinner, and went to Austin’s Coffee with my friends. The performance was amazing, and I had quite possibly the best pasta salad ever made! I also had a tea called “True Life,” which was recommended for my allergies and, I must admit, it relieved my sore throat and my congestion for a few hours.
Overall, Fox Day 2010 was a giant success. I was able to spend great quality time with amazing friends, and it was a good end to my Rollins College career. Sadly/happily, I am going to graduate school at UF in the fall. I am really excited for a new chapter in my life, but I am going to miss my entourage of amazing friends SO much. Rollins has become my home, and I was happy to see that my last Fox Day was drama free and more than I could have ever asked for.
Now I am focusing on the end of school and GRADUATION! Be sure to look out for my last entry!