Today, like every other Chewonki weekday, was full of fun and tons of learning. For me, the fun started at 4:00 this morning. The students of Semester 43 were given permission to leave their cabins from 3:00-5:00 a.m. to view the Leonids meteor shower that was predicted. At 4:00 a.m., many alarms went off in Orchard House (some of us need an extra reminder) and we all bundled up in preparation of leaving our toasty cabin. Some reclined on sleeping pads while others stood in anticipation for the shooting stars. In the thirty minutes I was outside, I saw five meteors. Although I was half asleep, it was a magnificent view.
After going back to bed, I was woken up by many alarms once again at 6:25 a.m. I got ready and walked over to morning gather. Morning classes went by fast. In Spanish, my class discussed the ending to a story we just read. During my free I talked to some friends and attempted to accomplish some work. In math we began discussing trigonometry identities. All of this followed by discussing Part Three of “The Bear” by William Faulkner.
Tuesday is a field trip day for me. Instead of doing a very structured field trip involving species accounts and field notes, Peter decided to make it more relaxed. Departing from the bridge, we made our way to Blueberry Hill. The goal was to notice animal tracks and hopefully identify them. In order to do this, we were given the freedom to roam for an hour. I made sketches every so often of the signs of animal life I saw. It is amazing how many things I usually miss! I was surprised to find porcupine scat and rodent holes in places I normally overlook. After splitting up, we circled up to discuss our findings. Everyone had different ideas and noticed different patterns. It was interesting to hear what other people found. Unfortunately the sun is setting earlier and earlier causing our field trips to be shorter and shorter. They are still incredible and tons of fun. Dinner followed field trip followed by study hours.
The days here are jam-packed. We wake up early and go to bed late. This does not stop us, though. The fun never stops and neither does the learning. Everyday is different and unique, but amazing all the same.
-Jamie Harrison, Basking Ridge, NJ