It’s been quite a while since I’ve written! Mother and I have flown from Shanghai to Incheon to Washington and now we are staying in Centreville, Virginia. We are staying at Mr. Tifford and Mrs. Lee/Tifford’s home. They have two cats named Asia and Evita. Asia is 19 years old and she stays in the basement most of the time. She looks swag with her orange-ish, black-ish hair that sticks out in all directions. Evita is younger and her fur is soft and grey. I love grey cats. Evita reminds me of Lola, my friend Maddie’s cat and the cutest cat I know. Below is a pic of Evita:
Okay, so yesterday was my first day in the States. We went shopping and I got a new iPad Pro (which I am using right now to type this blog entry!). But the most important part of yesterday was visiting my new school, The Madeira School, for the first time ever.
It was love at first sight. The horses that greeted me at the entrance, the new grass turf with a red M in the middle (the school’s logo), the red brick walls of the dorms and academic buildings, the view of the Potomac River behind the chapel/auditorium… It was honestly every bit as amazing as I imagined it to be.
I had the chance to go into most of the buildings, although technically school was opened only for student leaders and pre-season athletes. The Huffington Library has a lot of books, and there is even a Fiction Room with a fireplace for the winter. The Biedler Science Building looks really weird and triangular and is the most modern building on campus. The Hurd Sports Centre has a nice indoor swimming pool, plus a bunch of fitness rooms. I also took a peek inside Main. The Living Room in Main is really cozy. It has a shelf of old tomes that date back to the time when Miss Madeira first opened the school, which got me really excited! This is also where soirées are held–I hope to participate in a few next year! I also grabbed a bunch of flyers with useful facts and statistics about my school from the Student Centre.
And there’s that community aspect, too. Although there weren’t a lot of people on campus, everyone I saw was really friendly. They didn’t know me at all but they smiled and said hi and welcome to Madeira. Eloise, my SWING (Students Welcoming In New Girls) sister, told me that I will get to know everybody at least semi-personally. Which I think will be cool! I suppose all this camaraderie is one of benefits of attending a small school. Madeira is a very small school of 300-ish students altogether. I’m used to big schools. Last year, I didn’t really know anyone outside of my friend group.
I have so much more to say, but I will save it for later. I plan to write a long, detailed blog post on The Madeira School after I settle in, complete with photos and insider insights and everything. I remember that during the application process, I would have loved to hear more about the school from the current students, but there weren’t many testimonials or stories on the web. Everything I knew about Madeira came from the school’s official website and a few threads on College Confidential. So I hope that my blog would be a good resource for prospective students in the future.
Yesterday I stayed up until 11pm despite being jet-lagged. I was very tired and I have no idea how I managed it, but I am very glad that I did. I’m not affected by jet lag anymore, at least I don’t think so. But that’s not going to stop be from using it as an excuse for everything in the next few days! 😀
Aaaaand I shall take my leave now. Bye bye.