Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Day 2 - Meeting the newbies

So, yesterday, July 8, 2008, was spent getting settled into the dorms (was that only yesterday that I dragged my enormous suitcase up 3 flights of stairs?) and getting to know the other newbie students.  I've met lots of wonderful and interesting people.  The thing that strikes me most, though, is the diversity, in age, in location, and in interests.  At 38, I am right in the middle of the age range.  We have a few grandmothers, and a few young-uns, and many people like me with young and teenage children.  It's fascinating!  There are people from all over the world, literally (one woman has been living in Iceland for the past 2 years and is in the process of moving to China!)  and certainly from all over the US.  Not too many men, though.  I think there are only 3 or 4 in our class.  And that's another thing-our graduating class is huge compared to previous classes.  The group that just graduated in January only had 8 people.  Our group has 27!  

What did I learn today?  That walking up and down the hill from the college into the town of Montpelier is hard work (people have likened it to the Grinch's descent into Whoville).  That dorm rooms with no air in the summer are HOT!  And that it's fun to get to know lots of new people with similar interests.

Today's agenda:
Orientations.  All day.  And a cocktail reception tonight.  I may need a drink after a whole day of orientation.


Sheri said...

This is all so exciting AND how wonderful is it not to be the oldest! I hate when that happens...

I love the 'Grinch's decent into Whoville.' By the time your time is done there you will be able to climb mountains, literally and figuratively!

PJ Hoover said...

i'll join you for a cyberspace drink!
Even with the walk, it sounds wonderful.
Isn't Varian Johnson one of the guys?