Sunday, July 11, 2010
Ups and Downs
Today's events were extremely varied. I had to rush to get out of the Hotel Providence, because we were going to check in early at the Brown summer program and then go immediately to a formal brunch with the Latino and African-American Brown alumni association. I took the fastest shower I've ever taken and ran down to the lobby with my bags. After all that, we had to wait for about half an hour for Ms. Kronenberg to take us to Brown in her rental car. The reason it took so long was because a triathlon was taking place in the city and many major streets were blocked off. It also took us an hour to get to campus. Registration also took at least an hour. I didn't realize there were so many students in the Summer@Brown program!
I learned much more from the alumni brunch than I thought I would. Mercedes Domenech (Brown admissions officer) and Joan Khattab (Wellesley alum and spouse of a Brown alum) both gave me very valuable information and advice about my college search. We will probably have an informal lunch with them this week to bond and talk further. I'm really grateful that they are reaching out to us, and that they recognize us reaching out to them.
When it came time to move in, I thought I was ahead of the crowd because I already had a fan and sheets. I was wrong. The rest of the group went to purchase those items while I stayed with Ms. Stewart. We didn't realize that they would be leaving campus to get these, since they were available for rent through Brown! Unfortunately, Ms. Stewart and I had to wait for more than two hours in the hot, humid weather. My wool dress skirt, my fancy blouse, and my new blazer were all sticking to my skin, and even my extra-comfortable foot-massage heels were starting to hurt just from the heat and the time spent standing up. We tried searching for them in the dorms and throughout the whole registration line, and Ms. Stewart must have made at least 15 calls during that time. In the end though, it all worked out, and I eventually got my bags and the knowledge that my friends were safe in their dorms too.
The stress wasn't over, though. I had left my wallet, my Brown ID, and all my registration information in Ms. Kronenberg's car. I couldn't believe I had just jeopardized my whole stay at Brown so quickly, when I had just been thinking about others being so neglectful. I went to orientation with my mind racing. After multiple tries, Ms. Stewart finally reached Ms. Kronenberg through Mr. Ramsey and brought me my wallet. I'm so thankful that she went through all that effort to bring it to me.
My new roommate is really cool! Her name is Janice, and she's from Hong Kong but she goes to German Swiss International School. I think we will get along great. The room is very nice, too. It has plenty of space, so it doesn't feel cramped at all. The day ended on a very good note.
My new bed, with my laptop's Internet running on my newly activated Brown wireless account
My new desk