Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Greetings from Semester 8!
When I arrived here at CSG two weeks ago, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I was nervous about leaving home for such a long time and I was nervous about living in such close quarters with 14 other girls who I had never met before. It turns out I shouldn’t have worried. When we arrived at CSG, I climbed out of my car and was greeted with a hug. My parents and I unloaded the car and made our way to the bunk room to set up my bed. There I met the girls that I would be spending a semester living and learning with. Everyone was nervous, but also excited.
After circling up for introductions and a group photo, it was time to say goodbye to my parents. It was so hard to watch them leave, knowing that I wouldn’t see them for a long time, but soon all the students and faculty spread out across the plateau and played some very silly get to know you games.
In the two weeks since then, we have formed a tight knit community that is full of support, problem solving, and laughter - lots of laughter. Res life is really special. It is a time for creativity, dreaming, and real conversations.
We have done a lot of arts and crafts projects, from decorating shirts to making “adventure books.” We spent one Sunday afternoon listening to our awesome residential staff’s presentations about their study abroad experiences and talking about where we wanted to travel to. Last night, we watched a documentary about hundreds of people’s lives on one day in 2010. Everything that we do during res life time is wonderful, but the part I enjoy the most is our nightly closing circle. During closing circle, we all sit together as a community and one person will come up with a question for everyone to answer. Sometimes they are silly - “What is a silly memory from your childhood?” - and sometimes they are serious - “ What is something this community could do better?” I look forward to hearing everyone speak because each night I learn more about these girls who I live with. It’s week two and I feel like I’ve known these girls forever… I can’t wait to see what week three brings!
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