Everything seemed to have hit us hard yesterday with the all that we've done in these past 4 days. Last night, Brandon and I had stopped by at Jack and Kevin's room to have a blogging get-together, but things quickly went from a blogging get-together to an epic fail. Just as Brandon had finished his blog and headed off to catch some sleep, I stayed and planned on finishing my blog. Unfortunately, and as better stated in my last blog, I happened to fall asleep. I'd like to use how The Fault in Our Stars describes the way it happened, "slowly, and then all of a sudden." It wasn't until I had woken up and had breakfast at Starbucks that Jack showed me how knocked out I was. It was actually kind of funny though, considering that Kevin had knocked out too. Today should be a different though, it is our last night here. It should be fun, but before moving on the the cool stuff, I'll let you guys know today's rundown.
Starting the day off with a quick video of Kevin and myself dead asleep last night instantly brightened my morning. Visiting two different schools on the same day was on today's schedule on our college tours. I think I'll skip past the morning routine, since it's pretty familiar now. Moving towards Harvard expectations, I can say that I honestly had no idea what it would be like. All I knew was that I was going to be open-minded, especially because each pre-conception I've had of each school changed quite a lot after visiting them.
Having Harvard right outside the subway exit was super convenient. I tried to be open minded, though my initial thought of Harvard were that there'd be stuck up students. Meeting our tour guides Eric Hollenberg ('17, Economics major)and Nu Xiong ('17, Sociology major) was a pretty warm way to begin things since they were so amiable, just as all the students and tour guides we have met up with. I had even made an instantaneous connection with Nu, as she had told us that her sister Yi Xiong would be teaching at Richmond High (my school) as part of Teach For America beginning this upcoming school year. It was so funny how there had already been such an unexpected connection there, but either way, Eric and Nu were great tour guides and hosts for the morning.
We began exploring the campus and found out about the most prevalent tradition that Harvard had, which was rubbing the foot of the statue and the entrance. With so many people moving in as part of their Summer Solstice commencement, it was hard to get a chance to do it ourselves, however, we were getting a so-called private tour, which can easily make up a huge crowd any day. We began at the science building and covered the building itself, as well as more traditions, what a regular day at Harvard would look like, and a bit on the academics. Proceeding to the Annenberg Hall, we learned about all of the famous people who had come to Harvard to teach and speak with the students. There were so many names that it was hard to keep track of everyone mentioned. Furthermore, we found out about the history of their library and the underground side to it as well. On our tour, we were able to get a look at the dorms as well and found out that they were all equipped with everything a student would want, such as a gym and dining hall. Eventually, we made our way outside Harvard and into the college town located on the outskirts of it.
|A nice view of the campus|
|the Pork Chili Jack and I had|
|Maple Panna Cotta|
|See if you can decipher the code... (cough cough, name of school)|
|At the MIT Great Dome with the cohort and Megan|
It began to get a bit late so we rushed out onto the Red Line, making our way to catch our AMTRAK train to Providence once again. We were deciding on where to go for our last dinner as a cohort of our college touring days and came to the unanimous decision of The Melting Pot. I wasn't exactly fascinated about the idea of melted cheese, but I was definitely open to the food. How could I let go of all of these dining opportunities!? There's no way I'd slip away from something new, like the Hiramasa Crudo (which was raw), the escargot (which initially wasn't appetizing), both og which were much better than I thought and quite tasty for the most part. Anywho, it was also a bummer knowing our last fancy/decent eating day was here before we'd make the transition to dining halls. Fortunately, there was no wait at the restaurant. I was instantly excited about having the two stoves at the table, though, which reminded me of a similar eating experience on my SoCal College Tour during Spring Break this year.
|for the chocolate fondues|
I don't want to seem as though I'm complaining, but these daily packed schedules are just crazy! They hardly allow time to relax, but in either case, they do somewhat help me personally work on time management skills, something I've been having trouble with. All I can think of right now is that I'm so glad today has finally ended all of the crazy jam-packed schedules! The group and I will FINALLY be able to work more at our own pace and get the experience of a college life. Thankfully, tomorrow we will be leaving at 9, giving us sometime to catch up on this insufficient sleep we've been experiencing. All I can say is that tomorrow it'll all hit us. We well all be separated into our own dorms and be thrown into the brown dorms, where we'll further be able to develop on our academic independence. I'm sure that our group will continue to stick together. I wouldn't like to leave my cohort behind with all these awesome memories we've been having and all the bonding we've come to develop. All in a day's work of an ILCer. After a long and newly strenuous day, I'll get going with some of that sleep for tomorrow! As I write this blog, I'm nearing the end of a page. Tomorrow will be the start of a brand new one.