Sydney Slavin Chronicles Spring Break 2014

Sydney Slavin Chronicles Spring Break 2014

By Sydney Slavin '14

Senior women's lacrosse player Sydney Slavin along with fellow classmate Meredith Callis '14 had their spring break span the United States Eastern Seaboard from Florida to Boston.  After playing two games in West Palm Beach, Florida, the duo traveled to Boston to present their experimental posters at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.  Slavin chronicles the experience from The Sunshine State to The Bay State and back to Maryland for their game versus Christopher Newport.  Here is her experience…

Spring Break '14 will be one that I will never forget.  Meredith Callis and I had the opportunity to present two of our experimental posters at the 85th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, Mass. as well as join the team in Florida. The conference happened to be at the tail end of our week, so to say our spring break was full of adventures is an understatement. We traveled down to Florida with the team on Monday until Thursday, flew from Florida to Boston Thursday night, presented twice on Saturday, and flew home Sunday morning arriving in Chestertown with 30 minutes to spare before game time! In Florida, we played some lax, enjoyed the beautifully warm weather, hung out with the team, and got a tan (which was AWESOME after the winter we've had) before traveling to chilly Boston to present! We presented two posters: Towards a Better Understanding of Self-Harm and The Effects of Relationship Status on Stress in Female College Students. We lucked out with our presentation times allowing us to explore a place neither of us had been before. Through a few misguided attempts on both our parts, we become experts at navigating our way through Boston via the 'T'. We adventured through Harvard, Northeastern, Copley Square, Newbury St., Quincy Market in Faneuil Hall, State St., Fenway Park, and Boston Commons. Our presentations went off without a hitch, and we are both so fortunate to have had such a great opportunity! Being a Division III lacrosse player made this opportunity happen and I wouldn't trade that for anything!