Colorado College / junior year

Fall Open House 2013

So…

From September 15-16, 2013, Colorado College had its Fall Open House for prospective students. Unfortunately, for the past two weeks areas in Colorado has been experiencing torrential rain – enough rain to be considered “Biblical” by the media.

Sunday, September 15th: Today was a tough day. I woke up at 10:30ish just in time to have brunch. After brunch I went back to my room to chill for an hour, before heading over to Cutler Hall for the first of two campus tours. On regular tour days we would lead tours at 1pm and 3pm, but today we had tours at 2pm and 4pm. It was already raining slightly when us tour guides gathered in Cutler, so we decided to bring some umbrellas over to Worner to pick up the rest of the ‘tourists’. In the end we split up the parents and the students, and for this (and my next) tour, I toured with the parents. 

One good thing about today was the aftermath of the rain showers – just as I opened the blinds in my room, my roommate pointed out a rainbow in the sky! According to my friends living on the other side of campus, some of them were actually able to see DOUBLE rainbows (which I’m pretty jealous about).

(Single) Rainbow!

(Single) Rainbow!

After the exhausting tours, I was really tired so I took a hot shower before taking a nap. When I woke up I went back to my Latin translation homework, and by the time I finished it was pretty late. It was raining again and I was too lazy to go out and buy dinner, so I ended up cooking dinner in the 3rd floor kitchen.

Rice and Vienna Sausage for dinner!

Rice and Vienna Sausage for dinner!

Monday, September 16th: Today I woke up early (7am early!) in order to meet prospective students and their parents at Bemis Hall for breakfast. I was the first tour guide to arrive (at around 8:10ish) so I helped myself to some bacon bits in tortilla wrap, a couple of croissants with butter, and a variety of fruits from the fruit platter. The melon was particularly sweet, although the watermelon was a bit too ripe.

free breakfast fruit platter for Tour Guides!

free breakfast fruit platter for Tour Guides!

At first I was a bit worried because the first class escorting was supposed to happen at 8:45, but then we were delayed because of the lack of tour guides; a couple of tour guides ended up coming in at around 9am, so we managed to bring the prospective students to their classes on time. Right before class started I went to the Worner Center to check the mail room. My new rain boots had finally arrived, so I fished out a pair of socks from my bag and tried them on. Luckily I ordered the right size – they were loose enough for wearing a second pair of socks, but not too loose to cause blisters. 

Hunter Glossy Black Short Boots

Hunter Glossy Black Short Boots

During class we discussed the life of Senenca and the introduction and act one of Seneca the Younger’s work Thyestes. It was really interesting because the introduction included several references to other males in Greek mythology that suffered severe punishments for their actions. After class I had lunch with Jo in Benji’s. We had our usual order of chicken tenders and curly fries with ketchup.

hearty lunch before Fall Open House: chicken tenders & curly fries!

hearty lunch before Fall Open House: chicken tenders & curly fries!

Throughout the morning we also got campus alert texts regarding a shooter on North Wahsatch Avenue and East Dale Street. The Gazette published an article on the event as well:
http://gazette.com/armed-standoff-over-in-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1506284#fIjJc0oZ8pSXqTr8.99

Campus Alert!

Campus Alert!

After lunch I spent the next couple of hours chilling in my room. I ended up watching a couple of Criminal Minds episodes (I’m up to season 6 by now) before heading out to Cutler Hall to meet the rest of the tour guides. Our tour was supposed to start at 3:15 but we ended up waiting around 5 minutes for the rest of the tour. In the end Sachi, Matt and I gave a tour to a student (Helena) and a student-parent pair, while the other three tour guides gave a tour to Helena’s parents. Because the ‘tourists’ didn’t have interviews or information sessions after the tour, we ended up taking our time and I got back to my dorm at 4:30pm. 

I really enjoyed Fall Open House this year, but I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed for no rain next Open House!

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