Sunday, March 16, 2014

The First Meeting

I just came back from my first Ivy League Connection meeting at De Anza High School. This morning I got dressed in a vacationesque floral shirt, flip flops and high-waisted shorts and packed a purse with everything I'd need. The meeting started at 1:00 and ended around 5:00. When I first got there,  I noticed that there were no more than fifteen people there. Chiamaka Nwadike and Shanti Shrestha, two of my friends from middle school, were there. Emily, the other person who was accepted into the Business and Economics program at Columbia University.
Don Gosney, the meeting leader, told us about how we should blog, proper behavior for the trip and the events we'll be attending, and how we should pack and prepare for the trip. One of the things that Don stressed the most was not getting on his bad side. If we do, we might meet Evil Don or Guantanamo Don--Don's alter personalities. This seems pretty hard to do and I'd have to be trying hard if I sincerely wanted to meet him. But the most important part of the meeting was to teach us goid blogging skills. Don made us all do a practice blog before we started with our real blogs. While most people took the opportunity to post about deep thoughts,  I chose to brag about myself instead.
A few minutes after we made our practice posts, we went to take pictures. I took a few with Chiamaka and Shanti and a couple pictures of the school. Soon after, the meeting was over and we were dismissed. I waved goodbye to everyone and went home with my mom. Overall, the meeting was very informative. At some points, it seemed repetitive but I'm sure it was for a good reason--Don's words are now etched into my brain. 

1 comment:

  1. As always, it was good to see you and see you sitting front and center so as not to kiss anything.

    Yes, some of the presentation was repetitive and while I’d love to tell you that it was all for a reason, part of it may be because one of us is growing old (and it’s not you).

    I thought you all did a great job at the tutorial and I was VERY proud of you all.

    You forgot to mention that almost half of those 15 people who were there when you arrived left a few minutes later. They were a part of the first session and stuck around for a few minutes. I wanted to keep these sessions small enough to give you each the individualized attention that you deserve.