5:30 a.m. is the time the alarm went off in our hotel room. Brandon and myself took a few minutes to let the fact that we could no longer sleep sink in. Eventually we'd gotten up and ready to meet up with the rest of the cohort in the hotel's lobby. Quickly, we headed towards the AMTRAK station. There we prepared ourselves with our boarding passes and awaited for our 2 hour ride to New Haven, Connecticut, as we'd visit the first school of the trip- Yale University.
|One of the scenic moments as we rode AMTRAK|
|From experience, Yale's buildings are more beautiful and intriguing in person|
After making our way back up a couple blocks to the Undergraduate Admissions building, we checked to look for Ms. Norwood and finally came across her. We had the opportunity to ask her our application-related questions before the informational session. I was quite nervous, to be honest, standing alongside my cohort in front of a Yale Undergraduate Admissions Director. This was our opportunity to ensure we could get a few questions of ours answered. Not spilling the "magic sauce" for an exceptional application, Ms. Norwood advised us the basics regarding applications, including "acceleration credits", beneficial courses to take, and the admissions process. During the informational session, however, I was shocked to know she had read about 1400 applications herself. It's crazy to think how many applications someone has to go through in order to narrow down and ultimately select the new prospective classes of Yale. Besides the basics, Ms. Norwood threw a plethora of information at the us, including, but not limited to, Yale's student-faculty ratio, required classes, research opportunities, culture, housing, clubs and sports, and more of the application. With a surprising 3:1 student to faculty ratio, and more labs that students could use among what she explained, it was obvious that Yale is more than very caring for the quality of education and assistance of their students. Furthermore, I found out that Yalies must take 36 classes in order to graduate, 12 consisting of electives, 12 for their major, as well as 12 "distribution" classes. At Yale, it also became clear that it encourages students to study abroad at least once. With so much to offer and such assertion for the pursuit of one's education and global connections, I was intrigued by Yale more so than before visiting it. In addition to that, I even learned that students can even design their own projects and have Yale fund for all its needs. I'm not sure who wouldn't like that, but I sure would.
|Here with Jordan, on the right, giving us a tour|
|With Director of Admissions at Yale, Ms. Dara Norwood|
|The Bouillabaisse I had was pretty rich and delicious|
We had arrived back in Providence, back in Rhode Island, The first thing we did was head out the station and realized we were going the wrong way. With some rerouting from the station to to Hotel, we happened to pass through the park right across the street from Providence Biltmore and witness the simple beauty of the park's green scenery as well as the great fountain in the middle of it. After getting to the hotel, we decided we'd might as well eat and headed back across the street again to get Subway. Okay, so now we were ready to go into our rooms and let the blogging begin. Brandon and I are currently with Jack and Kevin in their room writing away as we reflect on today. It's pretty chill having this blogging get together, especially because we're cracking some jokes and even learning about the supposedly haunted side of history of this Hotel. This hotel sure inherits its history, which makes it more special than it already is. I mean, I'm going to miss its incredibly comfortable bed, fluff pillows, flatscreen TVs, and spacious setting once we head out to Brown and live in its infamous dorms. For now, that is it as far as today's retrospective. Tomorrow holds a new day, as you may imagine, and we must all be well rested for it. In retrospect, the ILC really induced me into considering Yale, for its exceptional housing, superior assistance and help, and, of course, outstanding academics and opportunities. I lie on this comfortable bed awaiting some much needed rest and awaiting a new tomorrow.