I Hate Fire Drills

I haven’t updated in a long time and I sincerely apologise. School has been SO busy. I have so much stuff due every day, and with an 11pm lights-out it’s almost impossible to handle. I’ve been waking up at 5am and doing homework. But that’s not the point of this blog post.

So there was a fire drill just now, like 20 minutes ago or so. All the lights in my dorm flashed like crazy and there was this god-awful sound that just kept getting louder and louder and louder. I was in the shower and I was so scared and stuff, I just took my towel, wrapped it around myself, and ran down all those flights of stairs and into the cold, cold night. I still had shampoo in my hair and people were staring and it was downright horrible. And I had to stand outside in the cold and listen to the director of residential life talk about fire safety, teeth chattering and everything.

After we were dismissed I got in the shower again and everything was back to normal. And then I found out that the girl that was in the next stall who was also taking a shower went outside fully dressed. I asked her what her secret strategy was, and she just said that she took her time getting her clothes on, damn the noise and lights. I was like, why didn’t I think of that?

Anyway, that was one hell of an experience. All I learned from it is that I hate fire drills. With a BURNING passion. See what I did there? My puns are the best. OK I have to go now, lights out is in 5 minutes and I need to get up in the morning to practise music and stuff. Good night everyone! I promise that there will be more frequent updates in the near future… Like, I think I’ll have more free time come October.

I Hate Fire Drills

Study Hall Boredom

It’s Study Hall at the moment and I’m technically supposed to be doing schoolwork. But there’s only 10 minutes left and I have nothing more to do. I finished all my homework and read ahead for math. So I decided to write more about my new school here on my blog!

All ninth graders at my new school have to spend Study Hall at the Lecture Hall of Schoolhouse II, but as a tenth grader I have a lot more freedom in choosing where I want to study. I chose the library, and I cannot say enough good things about the library.

I love the selection of books that the Huffington Library has. The books are mostly for reference and research. All the fiction novels are in one room called the Fiction Room. There are so many old, very old books that don’t even have ISBN codes that date back from the time Miss Madeira first founded the school. I personally think that is amazing. They are bound differently than the modern books, and students are allowed to check them out at any time except during Study Hall. There’s an entire wall of those books on the second floor, all about history, and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

But I’m not supposed to be thinking about these books during Study Hall. I’m supposed to be studying! But that’s not going to work. Because all these books make me really happy. I am positively exhilarated just being here right now.

I took a quick (and very bad quality) photo of the library from the table that I am sitting at with Photo Booth. Here it is:

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And here’s a much better quality photo of the library from The Madeira School’s website:

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That’s about it. I’m definitely going to elaborate on the library in the near future, but Study Hall is finally over and I have to walk back to my dorm, check in, take a shower, blah blah blah. Good night everyone, and have a wonderful week!

Study Hall Boredom

My New School

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.

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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:

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Main Dorm

And here are some common areas inside the dorm:

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Main Living Room (There was a fancier name in memory of an alum but I don’t quite remember.)

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Commons

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…

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My Bed

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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. 😀

My New School