Today was quite a fun-filled day. I woke up pretty early this morning (around 7am) because Donnie needed help escorting prospective students to class. I managed to get out of the door by 8:15am (after some struggling), and I immediately went to Worner to fill my mug with hot water. CC Coffee was nearly empty so I had no problems preparing my tea, and I didn’t even have to fight for the honey!
After grabbing a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast, I went to Cutler to see if it was open. On the way there I saw one of the parents who had gone on my tour yesterday. He and his children ended up accompanying me because they needed a CC representative to sign a school form. Donnie was already inside – apparently the back door was unlocked! Since I had a 9:15 class Donnie offered to take the 9:15 pick-up students to their class. She also took students to Palmer and Olin at 9am while I took a couple of girls to Armstrong for their English class “The Empire Strikes Back” – unfortunately it was not a Star Wars class, but a comparative literature class.
After dropping off the girls, I decided to chat with them for a bit since I didn’t have class for another 15 minutes. I ended up answering quite a few questions about the block plan and scheduling extra-curriculars around work-study. For class we discussed Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, one of the most famous poets of the Golden Age. Our movie for this week was Yo, la peor de todas, a bio-drama based on the life of Sor Juana.
After class I immediately went to Wooglin’s for an Honor Council Ad Hoc lunch meeting. It was funny and productive – just how we want meetings to be! I was quite indecisive because the last time we had a meeting, someone ordered the Greek wrap which looked amazing. I was really hungry though so in the end I went with a bacon cheeseburger and chips – good choice!
I ended up staying at Wooglin’s till 3pm, when I packed up my stuff and headed to Armstrong for Andreea’s office hours. I ended up finding her at the 3rd floor lounge with some really yummy pastries – unfortunately, Charlie (her cockapoo, aka cocker spaniel/poodle mix) was not with her today.
After my meeting with Andreea I went back to Loomis to drop off my stuff before going to the Tutt Alumni House. The Spanish department was hosting the 10 year anniversary of the Summer in Spain program, and the Bizzarro’s wanted all of us to be there. Unfortunately it started raining so I had to run back and grab my rain jacket. When I arrived at the Alumni House I was immediately greeted by Kathy, who told me to sign up and create a name tag. I saw several of my Summer in Spain classmates, as well as several new faces. I met Tiffany, a senior who had taken the program a couple of years back but went back to Spain this summer and stayed with Pilar, my host mother (and apparently hers as well!).
The food was delicious, as expected – fresh fruits (the melon was particularly sweet), a tortilla dish, and garlic bread with several toppings and other condiments. For drinks we had a choice between soft drinks, lemonade, wine (red or white), or beer. Kathy limited us to a maximum of two alcoholic beverages, and it was fun to see who chose what!
After filling up my plate, I went to grab a drink at the beverage table. I decided to mix some wine with my coke, and turned it into a perfect calimotxo reminiscent of the ones I had in Spain! We watched Bennett’s Summer in Spain 2013 video, which was really funny and well put-together. Bennett was given a gift from the Spanish department – both he and Kathy turned red when I took a photo!
“The Tenth Anniversary of a Summer in Spain”
A film by student Bennett Krishock
Kathy ended up showing the movie two more times because people continued to trickle in, and each time the video was played was just as funny as the first time. I ended up leaving after 6pm (even if the invitation said 4-6pm) because I got caught up talking to Kathy and Sal. I found out that Lily, Nico, and Trina signed up for the Three Faces of Latin America with Sal as their 3rd block class, so I’ll be seeing some familiar faces in my last Spanish class at CC!
One of the best parts of the night was definitely the fireworks display at around 10pm. I managed to take several nice pictures, and it was a nice presentation for current students and alums.