It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago I was at Brown for the Women and Leadership Summer Program. So much has changed since those three great weeks, but my excitement upon returning to Brown did not change. Today I was just as excited to leave as the first time I left for Providence.
This morning, at exactly 3:11 AM, I woke up to the sound of three different alarms. I set three the night before, just in case two of them somehow failed. I immediately jumped out of bed and got ready to leave. After triple checking that everything I needed was packed away, my dad and I headed down the hill to El Cerrito High.
Unlike our last departure from El Cerrito High, Don did not set up a table in front of the school, weigh our luggage, or take a picture of all of us before we left. In fact, he wasn’t even there. I must admit, we all felt a little lonely without him. Despite not having Don there to guide us, our departure from El Cerrito High went very smoothly. At 4:00 AM the shuttle arrived on time to take us to the Oakland Airport. From there, we headed to terminal 28, and then onto a plane to take us to Providence, Road Island.
|Fish eye view of Ynah, Iris and I before departing|
The plane ride was uneventful and, for the most of the time, we were flying through clouds. The plane stopped in Chicago, which was the destination for the majority of those on board. After the plane was reloaded we took off again, and during this leg of the trip, I got a lot of homework done. It seemed like just a few minutes later when the captain told us to fasten our seatbelts for the descent into Providence.
Even though I expected cooler weather, I was still shocked when the cold air greeted us outside of the airport. I had the exact opposite feeling last time we arrived in Providence. Today, the air was cold and dry whereas just a few months ago it was very hot and humid. This change excited me and I could not wait to see what else was different about the area.
Similarly to the summer, we left the airport in a giant white van. By the time the plane landed, it was already getting dark, so it was difficult to see the landscape on our ride to Hotel Providence. Tomorrow, I can’t wait to see how fall has changed the Rhode Island landscape!
After arriving at the hotel, we quickly settled in our rooms and then went out for a walk around the block to scout out where to eat. After circling around once, we chose to eat at a small Chinese restaurant just a few feet away from the hotel. During dinner, Maddie and I had a wonderful conversation with Mrs. Kronenberg about both politics and our Action Plans. We discussed the importance of decisive decision-making and how to effectively and efficiently achieve a goal. After dinner, the fortune inside my fortune cookie stated: “Your present plans are going to succeed.” I really hope this fortune comes true!
I’m so excited for the next few days. Tomorrow, we will head off bright and early to tour Amherst and then come back to check in for the Leadership Symposium. During just a short dinner conversation today, Mrs. Kronenberg provided me with so many helpful tactics to achieve my action plan. I cannot wait to see what the Symposium has in store for me!