Day #2 Journal
Monday, July 11, 2016
This is my first official day of year two at UK's GearUp Summer Academy! Well, it's technically my second day, but yesterday doesn't count since I had only been here for half a day...
Anyway, One of the first things I noticed about the program this year is that there is certainly a lot more people than there were last year. I enjoy this because it's good to see a lot of new faces as well as some familiar ones. I really can't wait to get out and get to know other GearUp students, though for now I am a little shy about it, as I'm still hovering around my friends a lot more (I sure hope they aren't getting tired of me). Some of the opportunities I had to make friends, however, were when we held a rock-papers-scissors championship, when we were introduced to our small groups, and when we found out our "true colors" in our personality test. Those activities were all fun.
Another thing I'm a little eager about is the classes. I can't wait for them to start already! I'm most excited for the Water, Walking and Wilderness class because I absolutely love to hike and to get out into nature. The Chinese class also interests me because it's always fun to learn about the cultures, foods, and traditions about a country thousands of miles away from here!
Tonight was very interesting. For the last event of the day, we got to dress fancy for the Chinese restaurant the Panda Cuisine , as a kick-off for our Chinese Language & Culture class. I very much enjoyed the restaurant as far as the food, the music and the atmosphere. I especially enjoyed listening to a musician play live. But the best part of the restaurant was the karaoke because anyone was allowed to go up and sing for everyone. Some people sang well, while others were funny when they chose silly songs and danced to them.
Over all, I had a really good time. Because of my time so far and my experiences last year, I'm setting my expectations high for this program because I just know I'm going to have fun all the way through, and I know I will improve most of my academic skills in the classes.
P.s., Team Victoria!