“Everything we have you do is for a reason.” I have heard these words a multitude of times since I became a member of the Ivy League Connection. I never really understood the substance of that sentence until today. I have only been traveling for one day and already the Ivy League Connection has had a substantial impact on my life.
Today, the Ivy League Connection allowed me to face one of my biggest fears: traveling on an airplane. I have never flown on an airplane before, and I have always harbored negative thoughts about them. However, the actual experience was not as bad as I imagined it. In fact, it felt as though I were riding in a car. Sure, my heart began to race when the plane increased it’s speed and I felt it lift from the ground, and yes, my stomach did drop when the plane stooped down to land, but besides that, I was fine.
As a matter of fact, I felt absolutely nothing when I rode the plane from Chicago to Raleigh. On that flight, I was able to open up a book and read peacefully without any anxiety at all. I am sure that after this trip is over, riding on a plane will no longer be a big deal to me. The Ivy League Connection has allowed me to overcome a childish fear and grow up.
The Ivy League Connection has also opened my eyes to schools outside of California. Before I came on this trip, I never considered going to school outside of California for college. However, today the four students who gave us a tour of Duke University really made me rethink things.
They spoke very fondly of Duke. They talked about how the student body is very small, even though the campus itself is rather large. They each agreed that almost everyone knows one another at Duke, and that the students participate in many activities that involve a lot of social interaction, so you are always meeting new people.
Beside the jovial atmosphere of the student body, the architecture of Duke is also reason to attend college here. I have never seen so many brick buildings in one place before (North Carolina has many brick buildings because it does not experience earthquakes). The architecture is truly remarkable, and it gives off a Harry Potter-like feeling. The crimson, orange, and golden brown of the buildings was complimented by the lush, green landscape. The entire campus is just very beautiful and very relaxing.
|Vanderbilt Cohort underneath one of the many amazing|
buildings of Duke University.
All in all, it was a very informative (and exhausting) day. I overcame a childish fear, saw a new state, and fell in love with a new school. It is only the first day and I am already beginning to change. I wonder what the next 26 days has in store for me. Well, only time will tell.
|These are just one of the very interesting structures found all|
around campus. Many students like to sit down and chat here as they
swing on the benches.
|Vanderbilt cohort at Duke University|