Note: I was typing this up this afternoon but there was a sudden dorm meeting that I was summoned to (I didn’t know about it at all) so I had to stop writing all of a sudden. So, yeah! Most of this is coming from earlier today.
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh. I just visited the library at my new school and I don’t know what to say. I’M IN LOVE. I spent an entire half hour just walking around the library enjoying the scholarly atmosphere and the amazing titles surrounding me. Just being in the Huffington Library makes me smile like crazy. The outside of it is so pretty too. You know what? It’s too wonderful to describe. My words cannot do it justice. I will take a ton of photos in the near future and share them with you. I can’t believe I only have three years to read everything in there.
Okay, I’m done with my rant. And I’m not dead. I haven’t written in a long while because I was super busy shopping, moving in, settling in, etc. Yesterday was my first day of classes and that was crazy too. I sincerely apologise for the lack of updates.
In this blog post I will write about my new school: The Madeira School! Because it is absolutely fantabulous. Below is a photo that I took of my new school at the International Family Dinner on the 31st of August.
The Madeira School
Orientation was great. My SWING (students welcoming in new girls) Sister, Eloise, was so nice. Most people are really nice and cheerful here, I’m still getting used to that. I learnt the Madeira cheer. Adults and student leaders said a lot of inspirational stuff at the all-school meeting (too many analogies, though). The food was good. There was an ice cream truck that came and my vegan chocolate chip + blackberry ice-cream sandwich was amazing. And I met my new roommates!
And now I can talk about my new roommates! Yay! I’m so excited. I have two roommates because I live in a triple. Triples are rare, and it’s really nice because our room is huge compared to all the doubles. My roommates are Alexandra and Lexi. Alexandra is from Russia and she speaks a lot of languages. She’s learning Korean right now, which is really cool! She is an experienced rider too and will ride every day at Madeira. She’s sitting next to me on my bed as I’m writing this, haha. Lexi is a local boarder and she plays varsity volleyball. I think it’s really cool that she made varsity as a new sophomore. By the way, all of us are new sophomores. And we live in Main Dorm, one of the nice renovated dormitories on campus. There are six dormitories in total and I think Main Dorm is the nicest of them all. Here’s a pic of the dormitory from the outside:
And here are some common areas inside the dorm:
Main Living Room (There was a fancier name in memory of an alum but I don’t quite remember.)
And here are some pictures of the room that Alexandra, Lexi, and I are sharing. I’m only going to share two photos for now because the lighting isn’t very nice and I haven’t organised much. Yet. I’m probably going to decorate and reorganise very soon. Oh! Did I mention that our room is air-conditioned? The air-conditioning unit is right by my desk and that’s pretty neat. And the showers! There are two showers on my floor, there’s hot water and the pressure’s just right. Two showers sounds like there’ll be a lot of competition to get to them, but I didn’t have any problems with them yet because there are only like 10 people on my floor. Without further ado…
My Desk (plus the door and the door to the closet)
Madeira is a school with a lot of traditions. I just saw at the library a bunch of notable alumnae, rooms dedicated to different people, and more. Even my dorm has a few traditions—it houses the Senior Bell, which was built when Miss Madeira moved the school to McLean, Virginia. The Senior Bell is only to be rung by seniors. Seniors get a ton of privileges at the school.
Speaking of senior privileges, my first day of school was a Senior White Day. There will be many Senior White Days throughout the year where only the seniors are allowed to wear white. I wore all blue.
I woke up really early on the first day of school. I Skype chatted with my friends at Shanghai American School (my old school) and packed my schoolbag with my textbooks and binders and everything. Chatting with my friends was nice because I really miss them. Packing for school was less nice because the textbooks are heavy and my binders are fat. My backpack probably hates me by now.
We had an assembly in the morning and then classes. To be completely honest, I don’t remember much from my classes although it was just yesterday. I had AP World History, then Bridge to Algebra II, then Biochemistry. In the middle of AP World History I felt very homesick and everything just whizzed by. All I remember is that all my teachers are very kind, and also that they kind of jumped straight in to course material. I feel like they’re all competent, which is good. I got homework for all three classes, but I finished everything except for a small assignment in AP World History. I’ll do that tonight. I don’t remember much from Bridge to Algebra II, but most of the students in AP World and Bio were really nice.
After classes I had D Block. My D Block for the fall is Swimming for Conditioning. It’s a really nice swimming activity and the indoor pool was really nice. I can’t wait till Monday so that I would have D Block again.
And after that we had a carnival with facepaint, balloons, huge Jenga blocks, and lots of food out at the Oval. The Oval is an oval plot of grass surrounded by Main Dorm, Schoolhouse I, Schoolhouse II, and the Student Centre. There were hot dogs and burgers and other unhealthy food, but I enjoyed it. I met new people while standing in line! And afterwards I returned to my dorm in a happy mood, chatted with my friends and family back in Shanghai, took a shower, and went to bed.
In summary, it’s just really amazing here and I am really lucky to be here. It’s perfect in every way.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, especially since you’ve read it all the way down to this point! I’ll do more blog posts about school and whatnot in the near future, along with some other things. And there are definitely more photos coming!
It’s near 2am now since there isn’t a bedtime on the weekends. My roommates and I talked about a lot of random things after midnight today. And before midnight, other students living on our floor—Natalie, Marina, and Amy—visited our room and we talked about boys and dances and stuff. ChaeYeon also stopped by and I watched music videos with Alexandra and her.
It was an uneventful day, but there were lots of laughter and bonding. Which was good! And I shall attempt to sleep soon. Good night everyone!
P.S. I apologise for the overuse of adjectives (ex. nice). Maybe my word choice will get better after a few weeks of school, maybe being the keyword. 😀