Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Start of Something New

Today marks the beginning of the best adventure of my life.

After I got selected to be a part of the Yale program, I had to do many things as part of the ILC - complete my application to Yale, start my reading, etc., and though it has been a totally unique and different experience, I feel like today's tutorial was the most exciting of all. Before, everything just felt surreal; I felt like the summer was just too far away to start thinking about, much less get excited about. Today, I learned how wrong I really was.

The tutorial was informative in so many different ways. I was taught the proper blogging etiquette and I was given more information of what was expected of me when I am back east. I learned more about the formal dinners and events that I will be attending in a couple of months. Most importantly, the tutorial, served as a sort of wake up call. I was gently reminded through all the talk about the intricate little details that summer was not as far away as I thought it was. 

And with that, I am proud to say that I am completely inundated with new found excitement and joy for the summer. I am sure that this summer will be even better than I imagine it to be - I can't wait!

Here We Go Again

Deja vu -- the general feeling that you have been there before, going through the same motions, doing the exact same thing as you did before. Usually deja vu does not stem from any real experience, only dreams and false memories.

Before we get into that, let me introduce myself. I am Jobel Vecino, a rising senior at Hercules High School, and this is my second year with the ILC.

Today, I sat inside a computer room watching Don dictate the procedures for blogging while many people were having problems accessing blogger. Yep, this was deja vu, as real as it can get. The locale was different and the people were different, but in the metaphysical sense, this was very much the same situation as before.

It amazes me that my first tutorial session is already a year past. My memories of that time, of blogging late nights in hotel rooms and watching Shakespeare in the gardens, of eating in insanely high-class restaurants and knowing every day that my friends were just down the hallway, those memories seem both so fresh and so far. Yes, it seems to be a contradiction, but when one is feeling nostalgic, what isn't?

But what I do know is quite simple. I am excited. Excited to see the new journey ahead of us and every single memory I have yet to make, every day I have yet to familiarize myself with people that do not know I exist yet, of every way that this next chapter will help me learn, understand, and grow. I am more than ready to embark to Yale.
The Yale campus. Credit:
But in the meantime, I get to write speeches, proof blogs, read a plethora of pieces, and learn how to align my photographs. It may not feel as exciting, but it is all part of the fun. Don also stressed the importance in being responsible and being an adult for this program. All guidelines that I have absolutely no problem with.

But today, I get to leave my first mark on this website. It feels fresh and old at the same time. And that makes me content.