I awoke bright and early with a true sensation of excitement. This was because today marked the true beginning to my second Ivy League Connection adventure in the form of a preliminary tutorial session. The location was De Anza High School, the same location where I began my first steps towards my enterprise at Columbia University. It is truly remarkable to believe that roughly around a year ago, I was taking my first steps in my adventure with the Ivy League Connection. I still find it difficult to comprehend how fast time truly flies without my realization. I look back at when I first began my experience with the ILC compared to who I am today even I can barely grasp the changes I have had in such a small time frame. When I look in a mirror it is if I were seeing a completely new me, which only fuels my excitement for another year with the ILC.
|Hard at Work|
Once Don had finished with his instruction, we put our skills to the true test by creating a few practice blog posts. Having been away from blogging for a while now, I anticipated I would have been entirely lost with mechanics of blogging, prior to Don's instruction. However, after being given a refresher, everything began to feel natural again as it had on my previous adventure. In a way it resemble an underlying second-nature attribute that was only waiting to be woken from dormancy. The blogs we created during this phase of the tutorial were meant primarily for us to experience first-hand the logistics of creating a blog post.
The last few items on the agenda consisted of a reminder of the expectations each ILCer would be held to, upcoming events, and insight as to the various items we would need for our trips. During this discussion, I had flashbacks to when I was preparing to embark on my first adventure to New York city a year ago. I could not help but feel a bit of nostalgia for my time there. In less than a month I had been given a lifetimes worth of experience consisting of not only new knowledge but also friends I would have never imagined being able to have made, many of which I still keep in touch with. This feeling also made me realize that, I was a part of this adventure again, that I have once again been given the invaluable privilege to study at a prestigious college for a summer. Simply sitting in my seat listening to Don describe the basics necessities for travel was invigorating and earnestly incremented my excitement to attend the University of Pennsylvania this summer.