Monday, June 2, 2014

The Final Event Before Takeoff

Today we had the Ivy League Connection Orientation at Pinole Middle School. Fortunately, we were able to get started right away. Don started off by mentioning the basic rules that we will need to follow. He especially emphasized that we need to act as mature adults, stick together as a group, and blog every night. The chaperons also introduced themselves to the parents. Then Ms. Kronenberg talked for a little while, and she reminded us that it is extremely important that we  give back to our community. She reminded us that we are representing WCCUSD and the rest of the students. At that moment, I felt grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of the Ivy League Connection.
This is Pinole Middle School.
Afterwards, we divided into our cohort groups. Mr. Mannix talked about our schedule once we reach the East Coast. I realized that we have a very busy schedule. We are going to be visiting a lot of places such as University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Columbia University; however, it will involve getting up early and doing a lot of walking. I am going to have a hard time waking up at five in the morning, but it will be definitely worth it. I am extremely excited to visit the universities and go sightseeing.

After we went over the itineraries,the whole group then got back together. Don went over the different loaner items he has. He also went over what and what not to pack. I learned that it is very important to pack an umbrella because it can start raining anytime in the summer unlike over here. Most importantly, though, I learned that the ILC will help me grow as a person.

The orientation today marked the final step before I board the airplane in just a couple of weeks and experience a life changing event.

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