Waking up this morning, I opened my windows to see nothing but a gloomy sky and a wet ground. I took my time double checking and triple checking for the items that I would need to bring to my ILC tutorial this afternoon. Once I had it all tucked into an envelope, I went straight to my closet and tossed on the most convenient and casual clothes that I could find. Then, my mom and I went on our way. Surprisingly, the sun was shining brightly later that afternoon. Once we exited the freeway, we were immediately tempted to crack open the windows.
It really shocked me to notice that I was the first one in Room 106. Traffic wasn't a problem and neither was getting to Hercules Middle/High. The directions that Don gave us were very straight forward, and finding a parking spot wasn't exactly hard either. I quickly got my school ID and medical card scanned and found a seat next to one of the fancy HP computers. I couldn't wait to get started, but my watch informed me that I still had a half hour to wait.
Don's tutorial speech was everything but bland. It was nice to get some information before we would be set out into new surroundings and fending for ourselves. I was very honored to hear that I would represent my school and my community, but at the same time, I felt very nervous. Don also mentioned that there would be a 99.99% chance of rain down at Brown during the summer. It's going to take some time adjusting to a cold summer during my three weeks down there. But at least now, I won't have to worry about packing shorts to Brown.
After all the mini photography and blog formatting lectures, we finally got to do some real blogging. It was nothing like I expected. There are so many perks and tweaks to the whole blogging process. Not to mention the fact that my HP computer didn't seem to like cooperating with me. After practicing with all my silly pictures and my horribly punctuated text, I finally became proficient with the blogging system. Then, we became introduced to MediaFire. Once again, the HP computer I was using felt rebellious, and it took forever to get MediaFire to load.
Sadly, our tutorial soon ended. We were half an hour early. I'm still pretty bummed out that I wasn't able to meet my chaperone, unlike the Yale cohorts. Nevertheless, I had an extremely productive afternoon learning how to master the art of photography and blogging as well as memorizing Don's "overly-complicated" MediaFire password.
I am ever more excited to spend this summer at Brown University. I am truly thankful for everyone who has brought me this far, to achieve a feat as rare as this.