Earlier today we had the chance to visit a mosque, which was actually a Muslim community center, but I actually did not go. I slightly regret my decision since I had too much time after catching up on my sleep and doing laundry, however I was glad to hear about the trip when my fellow participants returned. When lunch was finished, I talked to a curious program evaluator today about my experience here; all positive feedback of course, even the GMU-Wake Forest Copenhagen simulation debacle (actually turned out for the best, now that I reflect on the day). After doing so, I became aware of how formally I speak to strangers; it’s quite atypical of young people my age, and I wonder what sort of impression it gives.
There are notably more people on the GMU campus now that students from the forensics and arts camps have arrived. On top of that the incoming college freshmen are moving in following their orientation, so that means that access to Eisenhower and other buildings are limited now. I will miss the peace and quiet, but it’s not too much of a loss…except the crowded Johnson Center. I suppose that means there will be more prey for the nasty summer bugs in Fairfax at least.
|Before the BBQ, just sitting on the grass lawn outside the Madison dorms|
Anyways, there was great merriment after sunset. We danced, we ate and we sang! Tonight is Hisraf’s birthday, so we combined the possible party with a BBQ celebration where the Fairfax Peer Mediator group also joined us. It was a joy to have them back, and they displayed their extremely talented dance skills right before dinnertime. Jana’s dance instructor taught us Zoomba, a fun, fast-paced and exciting style of dance influenced by Brazilian and African dance moves. The BBQ was excellent, not quite as memorable as Fourth of July at Point of View, but awesome nonetheless.
I gave Hisraf his card, and we all relaxed on the grass lawn enjoying our meals. We had watermelon for dessert. I learned several things that night: I actually like veggie burgers and it is a smart idea to check for wax paper sheets attached to your slice of cheese before biting into your tasty burger. At the end of the night, I ended up having a wonderful talk with Bardia and Jana. Since we opened the girls door on the ground floor, the fire alarm triggered too! Tomorrow we have the option of taking a swim, and as one could guess, I could not be more enthusiastic about that chance!
Image Source: Carly L.
With much love, Kathy P.