#SpartaNation 2015

After ending the fall 2014 semester on a high note (yay for a GPA boost!), I enjoyed a lovely holiday and spent some quality time with my family and friends. Of course, my hustle mentality prevented me from having down time for too long.
 January 7th marked the beginning of the SpartaNation 2015 tour through NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Towson, and back to York. This was my second time acting as one of the #YCPRoadCrew members and couldn't wait for this journey to kick off. Last year's #YCPRoadCrew became a family, and I count many of the former Road Crew members as dear friends. Not only did we bond as a mini YCP Family, but the opportunity to meet with various York College alumni and prospective YCPers was a treat itself. I had made great connections last year and knew that this year would be no different.
#SpartaNation 2015 The Today Show Savannah Gutherie Carson Daly
Our journey started in Long Island and NYC. The highlight of this part of the trip was standing out on plaza of The Today Show in frigid 8 degree weather. Although at the time the windchill made the experience torturous, I can honestly say that it is a memory I will never forget and wouldn't change a thing about it.
YCPRoadCrew Long Island Networking Reception

The journey continued to Philadelphia, New Jersey, and DC, but around this time, I unfortunately came down with the flu and had to miss New Jersey and DC. However, in Philadelphia, we toured the Phillies and Eagles stadium--during which I practiced my acting skills and pretended that I have a substantial interest in baseball and football! Although the experience wasn't necessarily my cup of tea, I was surprised when we went in the locker rooms and found out that one of the Eagles players wears Crocs!!

YCPRoadCrew Philadelphia Eagles Stadium Tour

For Towson, I was still under the weather from the flu so I missed out on the tour of Under Armour, but I did make an effort to come to the networking reception that evening and spoke with many alumni that I hadn't seen in a few months and reestablished connections with them.

YCPRoadCrew Philadelphia Valley Forge Casino Networking Reception

2014 YCPRoadCrew Members Original Philadelphia Alumni
Sadly, last night marked the last SpartaNation event. We ended on a high note back on home territory at the Strand in York. The attendance rates were stellar and the Road Crew was able to have one last hurrah together. I was also fortunate enough to be named a Home Town Hero during the director of Alumni Relation's speech and received a generous award that I will treasure immensely.
SpartaNation Spirit Rally YCP Student Union

Although I'm sad that the tour is over, I can honestly say I made wonderful new friends and numerous connections. Networking is one of my favorite past times and was what I enjoyed most during SpartaNation. I cannot thank the YCP Alumni Relations Department enough for this opportunity. I hope I can repay them this semester by doing an excellent job as their intern!

If you're interested in seeing more of our adventures, our tagboard is available on the YCP Alumni page.
Sarah Walsh