|A new Yalie moving in!!|
This morning I was punctual and managed to get downstairs before most of my cohort. It sounds strange, but I am pretty proud of myself that I fought through my exhaustion and got ready without whining about only getting four hours of sleep. After all of my cohort joined me downstairs we got in the van and decided to eat at a Starbucks. The drive to Yale was extremely lengthy, so Ms. Neal gave us the option to either wait until we got closer to the campus to go get breakfast or go directly to a place around Providence. My cohort and I weren’t too hungry, so we opted to wait until we got closer to Yale. I was shivering and shaking throughout the entire drive to Starbucks meanwhile the rest of the girls looked like they were experiencing a little of heaven on Earth. As we ordered our breakfast Starbucks my cohort jokingly told me that I was immune to the weather. They said that I was like a superhero and we continued chatting.
After the girls and I finished eating we continued our pursuit of Yale. Before we went on the tour we met up with Lauren, a Yale alumna, so that she could give us some insight on applying to Ivy League Colleges. We met her outside of the Yale Museum and went inside so that we could look at some of the exhibits.
tour did not start until 1:30 PM, so we had a lot of time to waste before we
headed over to Yale. We saw a few statues while we walked through the entrance
of the museum and we also saw amazing renaissance themed paintings.
|The entrance of the Yale Museum|
|The Thinking Man|
My cohort, Lauren, and I went into the Admission Office to join the upcoming tour and picked out postcards to send our families. The receptionist gave us water before heading off into the heat and we met Elisa, our tour guide. As she lead us into the shade she told us that she was a rising senior, majors in American Studies, and plays the saxophone in three of the bands at Yale. The tour began by Elisa showing us around old campus and telling us that it was getting revamped for the returning Yalies in the fall.
She told us about the history of
old campus and told us a story about its’ founder Theodore Wolsey.
people believed that Wolsey’s toe was lucky, because when Yale and Harvard
would have boat races he would push Yale's boat off with his toe and they would always win. However, when Wolsey did not attend the race they lost. She even
mentioned that when students need good luck before an important exam that they
still rub Wolsey’s toe for good luck. I know that I wanted to rub Theodore
Wolsey’s toe before I check-in to Brown tomorrow I have a feeling that I’ll need
all of the good luck I can get.
|Traveling through the construction site|
|Ms. Neal rubbing Theodore Wolsey's toe for good luck|
After we rubbed Theodore Wolsey’s toe for good luck we continued on with the rest of the tour and Elisa showed us the Branford Hall building which was designed by James Rodgers. James Rodger intentionally made the building look distressed by pouring acid on the bricks on the building, breaking windows and re-wielding them, and importing tiles from Ireland. Rodgers admired British Architecture and decided that it would the inspiration for Branford Hall.
Then, Elisa led us over to the residential housing were students get to collaborate with one another under the leadership of their masters. Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman were invited by to be guest speakers at events hosted by masters. Next, Elisa escorted us over to one of Yale’s numerous libraries’ that has a cathedral theme . I noticed that the library had no windows and I became increasingly curious of the reasons why the architect decided to exclude them. Elisa explained that the library was designed without windows to protect certain books from harmful UV rays that might pierce and damage books through the window. Yale has twenty-two libraries which all together have over thirteen million books inside of them. The library that we saw carried 850,000 of the 13 million books that are available on campus.
|The Gutenberg Bible|
The next building we saw was the Morse Hall building that has a medieval theme. The gates are similar to the gates you might see outside of a castle with a modern touch and the walls are made out of cement with bricks randomly inserted inside.
|A couple openly expresses their mutual love|
After we left the bookstore we went to a pizzeria to chat more about applying to colleges like Yale, Brown, or Princeton. The best advice that Lauren gave me was not to put my all my eggs in one basket. She said that I should apply to at least more than five colleges and try to explore all of my options. She also told me to research the college before I go to an interview just in case they ask me about one of their staples. She was asked to elaborate on what she thought about residential housing at Yale and had never heard of it. Luckily, this did not prevent her from staying focused and was still able to get accepted into Yale. I appreciate Lauren for taking the time out of her busy schedule to come and talk to us about applying to colleges and telling us that we should apply no matter what, because you could possibly be accepted into the college of your dreams. I think that I have to learn how to be more confident and not get easily intimidated. I think that I prevent myself from growing when I decide not to try new things. I can definitely say that after today I will become more of a fearless young woman.