|I read outside and had this view before Ennette found me.|
The only major event for today was the three-hour Crash Course held at 1:30 PM in Bailey Hall, so I got to sleep in until 9 today (probably my last chance to do so). Breakfast was uneventful; it seems that the gluten-free section is only stocked with bread and cookies during the summer. I've consumed mostly fruit and lettuce since coming here, and have had to tighten my belt a lot. In between breakfast and the event, I decided to try to finish my homework early. Unfortunately, I was not too successful; I ran into one of my new acquaintances, Ennette (hopefully I'm spelling her name right), and we ended up talking in her room for an hour or so. Then we walked together with my roommate and her friend Lynn to Bailey Hall, taking a short-cut through the Physics building.
The lecture was mandatory, but I wish I had brought a book to read. The woman speaking (Janet Snoyer) covered things I had long since learned from AP classes - the right way to organize homework, get sleep, and avoid stress. Overall, I did not learn anything new. The only exciting thing was twice during the lecture, Janet threw several beach balls (big and small) into the crowd in order to revive us and refresh our attention.
Afterward, Ennette and I walked down to Statler Hall before returning, just to see how long it would take us to get there. She told me some more about her school, and her passion for singing; she actually is very energetic and gregarious. It took some getting used to, but it's also fun to meet people with so many different personalities and backgrounds. So far, my favorite students to hang out with are from out of the country. I am learning so much already about different cultures, and I haven't even started class yet! Tomorrow, though, I agreed to have breakfast with my cohort; I really haven't spent much time with them today, except when they came to pick up the laundry detergent. According to their blogs though, they seem to be keeping just as busy as I am by exploring the beautiful and seemingly unending campus. Tomorrow class officially starts; my homework is done, my stuff is organized, and I feel adequately prepared for what lies ahead. The only thing I don't really look forward to is the 20- to 30-minute walk between my dormitory and campus. However, if that's the worst part of tomorrow, I think I will do just fine for the next three weeks. Currently someone is singing right outside my door...perhaps that is my signal to call it a night.