Saturday, July 21, 2012

Look! It's a bird, it's a plane, no its Yale!

In a few hours, my cohorts and I will meet up at El Cerrito High School. From there on, we will begin our journey to the east coast. Nevertheless, the following days up until now has already been a journey itself. 

I began my day preparing for my flight. This is my first time boarding a plane so packing a luggage is a new experience for me. I had a hard time deciding what to put in my checked luggage, and what to put in my carry-on. The hassle was, however, quiet fun. It took me a while to collect my necessities(for Yale), my books, and more importantly my overall self and thoughts to prepare for this 20 day trip.  A bad expectation I would say is the lack of sleep. Otherwise I have nothing but good expectations.

Time passes by really fast. It doesn't seem that the selection process was several months ago. Now, I'm checking my luggage and making sure I have everything I need. Although I'm pretty sure that I will forget something, that's just life. Anyway, I'm really excited for this journey. I hope all goes well and I'm truly anticipating that moment when I arrive at the footsteps of Yale and its dormitory. 

"One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try"-Aristotle.

So Close...

It has been about four months since my cohort and I got selected to go to Yale. None of us imagined how quickly so much time would pass, even with 8 hours before we have to meet up in El Cerrito High School for a final meeting before boarding the plane to the East Coast.

Being part of the Yale group has certainly been a different experience for me. I've never really had the experience of travelling alone or having to be independent with everything - packing, laundry, etc. It has, however, been an amazing experience already, as the whole preparation process itself has made me more ready for college. 

I can't wait to see what Yale has in store for me. Not only am I excited for the course, but I also cannot wait to see the type of people who will be there and the types of opportunities that will be presented to me. 

Only 7 hours and 29 minutes left.

Ready, Set...

In roughly twenty-four hours, I, along with my cohort, will be embarking on our trip from El Cerrito High School to the east coast.

The weeks that have been leading up to this moment were filled with hours of preparation for the course we will be taking, in addition to carrying out responsibilities I hold in my school's affairs.

We will be perusing the east coast for three weeks, and in the meantime, events such as Freshmen Orientation will be taking place here at home. I understand that though my presence will be lacking, it is within the realms of my duty as part of our student government to ensure that things run smoothly.

The school year has barely begun, yet I find this summer full of things to do than ever before, from bracing myself for college applications, to planning campus clean-ups and other school-wide events. I'm still figuring out how to be an effective, able leader.

I recall being asked a few months back regarding what I hoped to gain from the Grand Strategies course. The answer is succinct, yet abstruse: I want to become a leader. Whether the ideal leader is Machiavelli's Prince or George F. Kennan's character has yet to be determined.

The clock is ticking.