Wow! Week 3 is over! I am immensely grateful for all that I have been able to do at MSA, and I am more than excited to carry the spirit of MSA in my heart for the rest of my academic career! I will miss everyone I met through this experience; however, with the technology available in our society, I cannot imagine it will be hard to stay in touch!
Day 14: Saturday, June 25
Today I woke up at 7:30 A.M. because minor started at 9:30! Woo hoo!! I woke up, ate breakfast, then headed to three hours of math — something most would cringe at the thought of, yet I thoroughly enjoyed! We discussed various types of triangles, diagrams, hexaflexagons – seriously, you need to look this up, and ways of solving certain standardized test questions. After minor, we had lunch and big group. For afternoon activity, my friends and I watched a documentary about male gender norms and how detrimental it is to tell boys not to cry at a young age. I personally enjoyed this one better than the femininity version. After afternoon activity, my friends and I had a mini photoshoot. Then we ate dinner and got ready for street dance #2! This time it was the alumni dance — Total mood killer!!! There were 40 year old greasy-haired men with ponytails dancing to “Staying Alive” while the current scholars did everything to avoid them. It wasn’t nearly as fun as the last dance, but it was still enjoyable to some extent. After the dance, we had snack and house meeting where we got our schedule for day 15!
Day 15: Sunday, June 25
Today I woke up at 7:30 A.M. because it was FAMILY DAY! Yay!! I was so ecstatic to see my family! They arrived at Mark Twain around 9 A.M. and greeted me with an abundance of hugs. We went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast – my favorite!! Then we went shopping for vacation clothes! I’m leaving for The Dizzle (Disney World) the day I get back from MSA, so I needed to replenish my summer wardrobe prior to the trip! After shopping for hours, we went to a little diner for a late lunch. We drove all around Mizzou’s campus looking for cute photo opportunities, but we were shocked to find a small number that were easily accessible. Oh well! After a very fun day doing my favorite activity with my favorite people, I went back to my dorm and said goodbye to my sweet family. I unloaded all of my new items and headed to the talent show. It was your typical talent show…some good, some bad – you get the drill. I was blown away by my good friend, Bryan, who played “Radioactive” on the piano. He’s literally a piano legend! I’m not very familiar with pianos, but when I say he killed that performance, I truly mean it! Snaps for Bryan!! After the talent show, we had house meeting where we got our schedules for day 16!
Day 16: Monday, June 26
Today I woke up at 7:10 A.M., got ready, ate breakfast, then headed to major. When we arrived at Tucker, our building, we loaded into vans and drove to the dairy farm. We drove into a gravel road and passed a bunch of cows. The smell immediately hit me and made me want to throw up. (I’m not dramatic at all lol) We got out of the vans and went into the barn. Inside, a veterinary student was showing us how to do an ultrasound on a cow by means of rectal palpation. She even let us try if we wanted to do so! I almost chickened out, but I composed myself and decided to go for it! I had to put on pink gloves and lubricant before inserting my hand into the cow’s cavity. It was the strangest feeling ever — so warm and weird. My cow started to deficit on me while I was inside of it, so I was super grossed out. I was gagging from the horrendous smell, but at least I did it! I had to rush home and shower and get ready for minor and PSD. I felt like I smelled like a cow all day, but apparently I was fine. In minor, we worked on new challenging problems and went over our worksheet from the previous class. In PSD, we did an activity about our dreams in life. It was very refreshing to think about our futures. After minor and major, we ate dinner and then went to Teacher Appreciation dessert and program. Unfortunately, I did not have a teacher that could come. That’s okay, though, because most people did not. The program was beautiful. A woman who teaches at George Washington gave a speech about Ferguson and the importance of teachers sharing their wisdom with students. It was very entertaining and engaging. Following the program, we had a dessert bar. There was a delicious key lime pie cheesecake. It was so, so, so good!! After the dessert, we went back to Twain for house meeting and got our schedules for day 17.
Day 17: Tuesday, June 27
Today I woke up at 7:20 A.M., got ready, ate breakfast, then headed to my major. Today in major we got to visit the swine research center and got to hold baby piglets! They were so cute, and I was told I had a ‘motherly’ instinct with the pigs. This was quite hilarious to me, as I am not a nurturing person for the most part. Following major, I came back to Twain for lunch and big group. After big group, we had minor and PSD. I got a perfect score on my most recent worksheet! Woo hoo!! We continued to go over our worksheets and had a small competition among our classmates. My group won! Today was a good day in math!!!! After minor, we had PSD where we focused on compliments and saying thank you. I enjoyed it. After minor, I ate dinner and got ready for evening activity. Today we had three options, and I chose to go to a jazz performance. The man was very talented, but the performance was very theological which I didn’t fully understand. After evening activity, we came back to Twain and ate delicious cupcakes for snack. Then we had house meeting where we got our schedules for day 18!
Day 18: Wednesday, June 28
This morning I woke up at 7:15 A.M., rushed to get ready, and went to Taiso. After Taiso, I went to my major class where we took notes, got coffee, and practiced our skit for the ”meet the classes” performance tomorrow night. After major, I ate lunch (which featured chips and salsa! LOVED it!) and had a conversation with my boy, Ake! Then we went to big group. After big group, I had minor and PSD. In minor, we focused on the algorithm in which credit cards function, and in PSD, we discussed the ways in which we can take what we learned at MSA home with us. After minor, I went on a tour of the honors college and met the directors. Regardless of which college I choose to attend, I am certain that I want to be in the honors program. The class sizes are smaller, you get to know your professors better, and you have superiority among your peers – all things that I love! Following the college tour, I ate dinner and went to the poetry slam with my friends. The poets were very heartfelt, but some were quite intense. Props to those who performed, though! I couldn’t get up there and do that! (If it was a dance show, that would be a different story!) After the poetry slam, we headed to evening program, which was a speech by a previous MSA faculty member. He touched on many topics that are unique to just MSA scholars, but it was kind of a jumbled mess, so I didn’t really enjoy it. The absolute best part of my day was the impromptu dance party that was held back at the dorms! Everyone was eating ice cream and dancing the night away. I am going to miss this academy so much. Actual tears have been and will be shed. Following the dance party, we had house meeting where we got our schedules for day 19. We are getting close. I’m not ready to say goodbye.
Day 19: Thursday, June 29
Today I woke up at 7:15 A.M., got ready, then headed to my major class. Today we got to do PAG ELISA assays on cow serum. That’s pretty much a fancy way of saying a pregnancy test. We had to put serum and solutions into test tubes and wash them out many times. Eventually, we put photoreceptive solution in the tubes, and the serum from the pregnant cow turned blue, and the non-pregnant cow’s serum did not turn blue. It was super cool! I also got to take my fetuses home with me! Yay! Mom is so excited! 😉 After major, I headed back to the dorm to eat lunch then to big group. In minor, we learned about the Gini Index, a way of measuring the economic status of a nation. In PSD, we wrote a time capsule letter to ourselves and wrote compliments to all of our classmates. It was so sad! I do not want to go home yet! For afternoon activity, my friends and I had an Oreo party in the student center. It was epic. Following our cookie party, we took naps and then headed to dinner then evening program. Tonight’s program was the class sampler, in which each major class presented a “sample” of their class. For mine, the females acted like and egg, and the boys acted like sperm fertilizing the egg. At the end, “Circle of Life” started playing and our professor held up a baby pig! It was quite the crowd pleaser, as you can imagine!! After evening program, we went back to our dorms and ate snack. Then we had house meeting where we ate cookies and got our schedules for day 20 and 21! 😦 Following house meeting, my roomie and I watched “Dirty Dancing” and laughed the night away. I’m not ready to go home. It was an AWESOME run.
Day 20: Friday, June 30
Today I woke up at 7:15 A.M., got ready, then went to breakfast. Following breakfast, I went to major. We exchanged contact information, finished up our lecture notes, and drank coffee! Next, I went to lunch and big group. In minor, we finished up math notes, took pictures, and exchanged information. In PSD we filled out autograph papers for each other containing compliments and secret notes. We had to seal them in envelopes, and they will be mailed to us next summer. It was so hard to not read them, but it will make next summer even sweeter! After PSD, we had free time to hangout with our friends and sign posters. We had a fancy dinner consisting of chicken, steak, veggies, and baked potatoes! There was also a cheesecake bar! 😍 After dinner, we had a candle lighting ceremony and all cried our eyes out. It was quite the eventful evening. I was extremely sad, but I got to say final goodbyes to everyone. My friends and I ran through the sprinklers when the ceremony was over to make some final memories before we have to leave. We headed back to our dorms where our evening snack was pizza, and then we headed upstairs to pack up our things.
Day 21: Saturday, July 1
Today I woke up at 6:30 A.M., cuddled with my roommate, finished packing, and met my parents. They generously helped me bring my things to the car, and then we headed to Jesse Hall for a photoshoot with my friends. Following this mini photoshoot, we headed to the closing ceremony. The choir sang the MSA anthem, the faculty members gave speeches, and I cried my eyes out – typical. I said my final goodbyes to all of my friends and departed from what seemed to be a dream. I had a phenomenal time at MSA, and as my roomie and I have been saying, “I’ve had the time of my life.” So one last time… Boomba!
I will be writing a post about my final thoughts within the next few days. Stay tuned!