By Richard Coca
“Who gets rolled out week nine?”
Apparently, I do. It wasn’t too long ago when I was reminiscing about rollout season, and it looks like I got my wish. This time, I got rolled out for Stanford University Dance Marathon (SUDM). As one of the outreach/registration executive members, I will once again be pushing people to enroll for SUDM 2020. However, that’s not what this article is about.
This article is about me getting rolled out again. Let me just say: It was everything I remembered and more. The thing about getting rolled out later in the year is that it is simply so much more heavenly than early in fall quarter. By week nine of spring quarter, almost everyone has fallen into a broken pattern of work, play and sleep. I, for one, have fallen into a very ritualistic routine every day. SUDM’s rollout shook that up a bit. Usually, I’m awake on Tuesdays a bit before 8:00 a.m. so that I can roll out to the BEAM center for my weekly consultation meeting. You’d think losing an hour and a half of sleep would make a difference — but it didn’t. I woke up and was amazed at the fact that I’m still sensitive enough of a sleeper that I can wake up to rollouts.
After being woken up, I was greeted by familiar faces. This was a stark difference to earlier in freshman year where, really, I don’t even remember who rolled me out. In a matter of seconds, my mind processed what was going on, and I realized I was being rolled out for SUDM’s exec team, so naturally, I got dressed. By “got dressed,” I mean I put on rally gear. In trying to find a piece of rally gear to wear, I accidentally pulled my green tutu from the top of my closet, leading to an avalanche of leis, buckets, La Croix boxes, hats and other exotic items of clothing falling on top of me. This truly was a fitting “good morning” from my wardrobe.
Being rolled out to Main Quad was the sweetest, most nostalgic deja vu I’ve experienced in a while. As freshman year comes to a close, I keep asking myself, contemplating whether Stanford’s magic will still be around me next year as a sophomore. SUDM’s rollout screamed to me, “Yes!” Being rolled out by familiar faces not only made the rollout experience less of a hassle, it also made it one of those cute #StanfordMoments.
I’m also pretty sure Susie Brubaker-Cole biked past us at one point. On a similar wavelength, we also got donuts, so really, all was good. Being rolled out early forced me to be much more productive throughout the day. I got my daily run in at the Stanford Dish much earlier than usual, freeing up more time to finish one of my final papers. I even had time to take a nap at Meyer Green. As my Stanford career goes along, I hope the magic of rollouts continue to be passed down from class to class. I, for one, can’t wait to rollout the upcoming frosh, and maybe, I’ll get rolled out again. Who knows?
Contact Richard Coca at richcoca ‘at’ stanford.edu. He reads his emails.