Monday, June 2, 2014

Essential Information Orientation

On my way to the orientation I was nervous because I did the first thing that Don told us not to do and that was forgetting my contact form. I did not wanted to take out evil Don today and I did not wanted to look unprofessional. I knew Don was not going to be happy about me forgetting the contact form after he email me a thousands of remainders. Luckily, my big brother Byron was at home and I gave him a called  to ask him if he do me the favor of bringing me the form.  Fortunately, my brother was able to drop off the form for me and saved me from evil Don.

At my arrival at the orientation, I got 15 minutes early because I did not wanted to be excluded from the program for a tardy issue. I did not wanted to be the one standing outside Pinole Middle School gates for being an ignorant person to go late after we were told not to be late. This is very important because this is what we have to do in every job or any other event to always be on time.  I will not let this issue be an obstacle to me and I will improve and get better at being punctual because that shows people that you are interesting to listen what they have to say.

The orientation was very helpful for my dad and I because is good to hear the same think twice or more, so it can be recorded on your mind playing over and over again.  Don gave a speech for at least 10 minutes of all the procedures and rules of the ILC.  He showed us a display of some of the things that he can loan to us the ILCers and Chaperones and like Don always says that the key is to give it back after our arrival in California.

Display loans: Cameras, Fans, Alarm clock, Mouse, Desk Lamp etc...

After Don finished with his speech we were all immediately separated as a group with our chaperon.  We went to a classroom where my cohorts, chaperon, parents and I were discussing about our trip and what university are we going to explore.  The UChicago  general itinerary has very essential information for the parents because it shows what are we going to do each day and which university are going to visit.  First we going to Washington University, after is Georgetown, then UPenn, and last but not least is Northwestern. All of this have to happened in four days so we going to be running up and down the first week.  After we finished talking about our agenda and what places will want to visit in the east coast; Alie (my chaperon) instructed some rules that she had for us so we my cohorts and I, along with the parents about texting her or calling her every time we decide to go out or to check in and no doubt to ask for help or opinion.  I believe with the information that was  giving to all the parents either by Don or a chaperon, it took out a heavy weight from the shoulders of the parents knowing more about the chaperon and where and with who their child is going to be at or around with.  Another thing that was helpful is knowing what to pack for the trip so parents can help the child pack because some of us is the first time traveling and that's even including me.

Every day goes by and I can't wait until the day that I will be  in San Francisco airport ready to take off. Even though we still have to wait one more month, it feels like July 7 is just around the corner.

Orientation at Pinole Middle School

Today all the ILCers attended the Orientation that took place at Pinole Middle School. I was glad it was at Pinole Middle because it’s familiar and close to my house (though the McDonald's next to it certainly was useful afterwards).

Since my parents came straight from work, we left the house later than planned, resulting in one very stressed Famorcan family. However, we got to the school at a reasonable time. After everyone found their seats, Don put a stop to everyone’s conversations.

The first part of the Orientation was Don re-introducing himself and the chaperones to the parents. He talked about itineraries and forms and told us what we'd discuss tonight. He soon told our cohorts to separate into breakout sessions.

Our Chicago cohort went over the rough draft of our itinerary, filled out some more forms, and talked about what to expect at the places we’ll be going to. Alie, our chaperone, answered any questions our parents had. The cohorts soon walked back to the multipurpose room.

The post-breakout session part of Orientation was a review of the checklist Don discussed during our blogging tutorials. Don and Ms. Kronenberg also told us things we can expect back East (like hot weather and evil thieves). Like Don said, the review was mostly for the parents’ benefit (though having our parents know does come back to benefit us, the students).

The Orientation was a nice way to get us all prepared for our trips. I’m glad the ILC has Ethernet cables and gorillapods and things like that to let us borrow. I’m so excited for this trip!!   

Summer 2014 Orientation

This evening, all of the students accepted into the Ivy League Connection and our parents attended an orientation at Pinole Middle School. In the upcoming days before this event, it was stressed to us that we had to arrive on time and tardiness wouldn't be tolerated. Before I get into what was discussed at this orientation, I feel like I need to vent about what I went through to be there on time. I had agreed with my mother the night before that I would come pick her up from work and we would go to the middle school together. She works in Oakland and I didn't realize how bad traffic was until I noticed that it took me about 40 minutes to go pick her up. To make me more anxious about being late, she wanted to say goodbye to every last person in her building and that took another 10 minutes. Finally we were en route to attend the meeting and by this time, it was 5:10 PM. It took everything I had to not break any laws but we were lucky enough to get there on time with a couple of minutes to spare.

Now that I got that off my chest, we can move on to the important thing, the orientation. We were welcomed into the multipurpose room by Tour Guide Don and we took our seats on the picnic style tables. Tour Guide Don wasted no time and he jumped right into his presentation, wanting to keep things moving. He explained to our parents what was expected of us from the program and what change they could potentially see from us. Tour Guide Don also suggested to us what we should pack and what not to pack. The other schools get to refer to the blog posts from past students who have been to those schools about what they should bring. Since this is the first time anybody from the Ivy League Connection is going to the University of Chicago, we get to be the first to share our experiences from there.

We broke off to smaller groups after about the first 45 minutes. Here, our chaperon went over our itinerary with our parents. Since we aren't leaving for another month, everything on our schedule is subject to change. This itinerary gives us an idea of how packed and busy we will be going all over the Midwest and the East Coast. If it's even possible, all this talking made me even more excited to go. Once this smaller group session was over, we went back into the multipurpose room and last minute questions were answered. After this was over, we were dismissed and everyone was allowed to go home. I am happy to say that on this ride home, I didn't have to try so hard to not break any laws.

The Orientation

As the date for our departure becomes sooner and sooner, we are learning many more details about our trip and all of the specifics. When I arrived at Pinole Middle School and sat down, I looked at all of the objects we might need to take with us on our trip and that the ILC offered to let us borrow. These objects included cameras, card readers, umbrellas and mini fans (for the unpredictable east coast summer weather), and much more. 

Once all the students split up into their cohorts, we all went into separate classrooms to talk about our specific trips. Now I have an idea of where I will be and what I will be doing each day during the first week of my trip. The first week is the week we visit colleges all over the east coast. First we will go to Washington University, then Georgetown, UPenn, and lastly Northwestern. This will all be within the time span of four days. We will be very busy from the get go, and will try to spend as much time as possible exploring the city we are in and taking in the environment in the short time we have there. 

After we learned about our schedule, we went over some basic rules with both my chaperone, Alie, and Don. The meeting was very efficient and effective. I now have a much better idea of where I will be when, and other traveling arrangements. 

I am so excited to start the trip, but I have to wait a little more than a month, although I am sure July 7th will be here before I know it.