Prior to Coming Perspectives

Ciaran

Ciaran
Houston, TX
Starting after junior year of high school

Critical Dialogue

Getting ready to leave? It’s anxious! I’m just trying to do all the things in Houston I think I would have wanted to do if I were here for the next year.

I met some people on my campus visits and I connected with people on Facebook, so I feel like I already have couple of people I plan on becoming really good friends with!

The most exciting thing for me will be to be in a community of people who are really passionate about learning, and I guess I’ll also be able to have really critical dialogues. I think that’s what I’m most looking forward to. Mostly, just being involved in a small and vigorous learning community.

 
Colin

Colin
Avalon, CA
Starting after sophomore year of high school

A new experience

I’ve gotten, I think, a tad more sentimental! I’m thinking I might actually kinda miss this place. I’m sure when it’s a week before I’m leaving I’m going to think “oh my gosh, where did my summer go?” I’m already leaving for college!

But right now I’m just really excited to be able to go and experience it, I can’t wait to start.

I’m not very nervous about meeting people, because this is going to be a new experience for everyone. Everyone takes this week long writing workshop, and it’s going to be new for everyone.

I’m most excited to be able to spend my next few years studying with other motivated students. I’m glad to be able to experience this with motivated and happy individuals! I sat in on environmental science class-- which was really interesting, because, I’m good at science, but I don’t necessarily enjoy it. But I’m definitely going to take that class my second semester. It seemed like a really, really cool class. I sat in on sophomore seminar, and, that class was great. I loved that class. That’s when I said was finally like, I’m definitely, definitely, going to attend that place.

 
Moe Thet

Moe Thet
Yangon, Myanmar
Starting after junior year of high school

I have to do this!

It’s scary, but a good kind of scary. At first, when I first knew I was going, I was literally counting days ‘til I could leave. Now that it’s close, I have so much to do. I’m a little scared, a little nervous. But I’m also, like, I want to do this. I have to do this!

I’m excited, this is fun. I’m excited about all the people I’m going to meet. People I’ve talked to, they keep telling me all the classes are so hard, and I’m nervous, but I also can’t wait to experience that for myself. And I’m just really excited for the whole experience and everyone there just seems really, really, nice. I can’t wait be challenged and be around people who want to be challenged.