I was so excited last night that I could not sleep at all. I finished adding some extra items to my bag before I left for El Cerrito High. With only a few minutes to spare, I was afraid that I'd be one of the last people there. To my surprise, only two or three ILCers were present. My bag was kind of heavy, but I passed with close to 39 pounds. Everyone was chattering away and adding tags to their bags. Before leaving, people were quizzed on their reading material and the two cohorts(Cornell and Columbia) took departure pictures.
At the airport, we stood in long lines to check-in. Several of us ran around trying to find shorter lines while others kept places in various lines. We went through all the standard airline procedures before grabbing breakfast. We all sat down and talked to each other for about an hour. Monica and I had a long conversation about El Cerrito and Pinole Valley High. Although we're "rivals", the two schools are actually really similar. We also talked about the activities we're involved in and the people we know from each other's school.
The airplane ride felt like forever. It was only about five hours, but it seemed to never end. I sat in between Justin and Ms. Thrift. The first hour, I just listened to music. For the remainder of the ride, I talked to Ms. Thrift about all sorts of things. We started off with school and how there's been a lot of faculty changes recently. I told her about my classes and we discussed some changes that people have proposed. It seems that people are thinking about implementing "creativity classes" as well as mandating other skills to be taught. We didn't necessarily agree on every single thing, but I'm glad that we respect each other's opinions. We also talked about the Jonestown incident because I had no idea what it was about. It's scary to think events like that happened, and that led to us talking about gun control. Talking made the rest of the flight go by a lot faster. We were able to get all of our luggage quickly and head to the hotel.