Fried Rice and Self Awareness

Hello world! It’s Sophie again. So on Friday we started our session with a wonderful fried rice with soy beans, eggs and other tasty stuff. It was delicious! Thank you, cooking team. Great job as always. Our guest speaker was unfortunately delayed in traffic so our discussion started later than planned. But! Our wonderful guest finally arrived.

Lulu began the discussion with a table that compared men and women and the words they are associated with whether they are sexually active or not. The different words reflected how sometimes one gender is more socially accepted to be sexually active than the other. This exercise also made us realize how easily we were able to judge and stereotype based on their sexual activity.

Our second activity was angled towards self awareness. Lulu started by handing out two post-it notes, pink and green. On the pink post-it note, we were to write things about our body or self that someone had negatively said. On the green post-its we wrote things that we admired about ourselves. Lulu stuck the pink post-its on a poster when finally everyone had their post-it up. Then, Lulu took the green post- it notes and covered the negative notes. Finally, the negative pink notes were covered up by the positive green notes. The exercise was to stress that even though we might negative ideas about our self we had to remember the positive things.

We wrapped up our session with questions but since we were tight on time, we skipped the debrief. Thank you so much Lulu!! We had a great time even though it was cut short. After Lulu left we all bused to Rainier Vista. The gym was much more spacious and allowed two ultimate games and two games of mini. So much ultimate! And more ultimate in the next blog! Ciao!

Socioeconomics, Ultimate, & FUN.

Bonjour, my fellow AGEUPers. It’s Abby! For those of you who weren’t there last Friday, you’re probably wondering what happened during our session right? Right. So, here’s the scoop:

As the aroma of the food filled the building, all the first and second years filled into one room while the coaches stayed in the other. The table was filled with three pans of lasagna (two meat and one vegetarian), broccoli, and apple juice. We can’t deny that it tasted great!

Tiffany, Claire, and I smile as the cooking team surprise us with sweets for our b-days!

Oh yeah, the amazing cooking team surprised Tiffany, Claire, and I with some yummy cookies with vanilla ice cream on top to celebrate our birthdays. It was so delic, you guys are the best. Thanks!

When our stomachs were satisfied, Lani and Soriya began the session. We started off with reminding ourselves with our community agreement then moved on to the topic of the week. Socioeconomics.

Through activities, they talked about what is was and how it affects us in our community. The first one was where we all had a piece of bright green paper and marker.

Both Lani and Soriya alternated turns saying a statement and we would either add or minus a point. Some of the statements were:

  • “I grew up with a nanny.” Minus a point.
  • “A family members has recently been laid off.” Add a point.
  • “I have a family member that’s a doctor, lawyer, or other professional.” Minus a point.
  • “I live in a single parent house hold.” Add a point.

We then added our total score with the points that applied to us and wrote it on a sticky note. While our awesome facilitators gathered our post-it notes and arranged them from the lowest number to the highest, we all found a partner as we waited.

When we looked at the spectrum, we saw a variation. We talked amongst ourselves by making observations on how this number line made us feel. Some of us said:

  • “It made me feel like when we added a point, it was bad and when we minus a point, it was a benefit.”


  • “There was a cluster in the middle and I think of the middle class, as for when you move left it’s people who are more fortunate.”

Afterwards, we were passed another half sheet of paper to write a statement pertaining to socioeconomics with sentence starters of “I am thankful for…” or “I wish…” All of us read each others and it got pretty emotional to the point where we all wanted to cry.

Our one word check out was our last activity and words like “Blessed”, “Emotional”, “Thankful” filled the room.

The last thing we did was hug each other. What better way could we end the session? Then, it was time to have more fun and play ULTIMATE.

Thank God we don’t have to run to Mercer anymore. We ran, stretched, did the dishy drill, then broke up into 3 groups. Two groups played “Shtick” while the others did jumping exercises outside. At the end we played one huge game all together and ended the day with a one word check out before we cheered one loud “ALL GIRL EVERYTHING”.

A Trip to Bellingham

Ah! Frisbee at last. It’s Sophie again! After being snowed in for the last two AGE UP sessions, we were able to stretch our legs and play some Ultimate (although some members played Ultimate in the snow during the break). We boarded the bus at Jefferson at 7:45am, a nice and early start to our day. Of course with all of the scheduling and head counts, we didn’t depart until around 8. Next, we had to pick up the north-enders at the Park & Ride under I-5. Finally, with our bus packed with girls, we departed for our two hour Road trip up north, to Bellingham. Many teammates decided to gain some shut eye, myself included, before playing against the Western Washington Women’s team.

Alright, this was on the way back. But our freshmen media members are mighty cute, yeah?

When we arrived in Bellingham we were welcomed by chilling wind and cold temperatures, brrr! We walked into the AMAZING sports center to begin our tour of the campus. The University’s indoor sports center had everything imaginable including a bouldering/rock climbing wall (pretty cool right?). Our tour guides were students from WWU and they were very informative (THANK YOU!). The campus is actually part of the outdoor sculpture collection. The only requirements were that they had to be interactive with the students, faculty and general public.

Our guide called it "The Steps to Nowhere".

After continuing through the campus, we met with the admissions counselors in one of the lecture halls. We learned all about the admission process at Western (all the secrets on how to get in) and we got to look at the Western applications.

Colleen looks a bit too excited.

Finally it was lunch time, practically my favorite part of the day! We were given meal tickets to the all-you-can-eat buffet which was absolutely delicious! They had pizza and pasta, things for salads, and of course Tater Tots, everyone’s favorite. We ended lunch finishing the meal with a swirl of chocolate and vanilla soft ice cream. Then it was time for Ultimate!

Sadly, we didn't take any photos of the food, so Amanda drew them to the best of her ability.

We back to the turf field over by the sports center. It was still quite chilly outside, but the wind had died down a bit. We met with the Women’s ultimate team and ran a few drills. We started out with a break-mark drill that would’ve had been easier if it weren’t for the wind. Our next drill was introduced to us by the Women’s ultimate team. The disc awareness drill involved a lot of pointing and shouting and ended up in hysterical laughter. We ended our group session with a tournament of mini games. As our day came to an end, we thanked our hosts one last time and had a fantastic time playing with their team.

A Chaos player, marked by Hallie, throws a forehand to a speeding Anisah.

Our drive home provided some more time for sleepy players and once again thank you WWU for letting us visit!!!




Facing Body Image

Good afternoon bloggers! Linda wrote a majority of the post, so credits to her!
Today’s session was about our perceptions of beauty and specifically, body image. The workshop was led by our 2nd years, Jhanelle, Frances, and Soriya. It was also the session where coaches and players participated in separate workshops. To be honest, we clicked better and spoke out more when it was just teenage girls around – no offense.

At first, we did an activity about body image. In a circle, we were asked: What does it mean to be called beautiful? Some replies were:

“To me, it means that somebody else thinks I’m both physically beautiful and they like who I am.” –Emma

“Can I disagree with that? This girl, this one cheerleader, at my school – she’s long gone now. This cheerleader she was really pretty. I used to admire her, but when I finally got to know her – she sucked. Her attitude was, I don’t know but she was really bossy, and all this other stuff. And I was like dang, I don’t like her anymore.” –Kay

Although the discussion turned into a bit of a debate, we all had our own opinions about beauty. We later anonymously shared what we liked and disliked about our bodies in a note card activity.

After, we had our ultimate frisbee portion inside Jefferson CC’s gym. We warmed up by easing through two warm-up jogs, plyometrics, and come-to drills. We then split into two groups in order to work on drills to work on defense and reading the disc.
Finishing the drills, we divided into four different groups; two of which conditioned with Shannon while the others scrimmaged.