Lidia Gutu '20 - Introduction

Picture of Lidia Gutu

I am absolutely positively surely excited to introduce myself AGAIN to all you lovely readers checking out our blog: My name is Lidia Gutu, and I am a member of the class of 2020, majoring in Economics and Psychology.  I come from Chisinau, Moldova, though I've spent the past three years at a boarding school in New England. For those of you who are curious, my favorite ice-cream flavors are coffee, mint and pistachio.

This year I am a Residential Counselor in an upperclassmen hall, Greenway C. I also teach Romanian at the Five College Language Center, and work with the Admission Office. I still play badminton occasionally, and enjoy spending the evenings with my friends and catching up with their busy lives. My goals for the year are to stay grounded and balanced in the hurricane of things I’m involved in, and to maintain the ties I have with the people I love.  

Some of my personal interests include music, writing, questions about the meaning of life and obviously, languages! (if you speak Romanian, Russian, German, Spanish or French, I would love to talk to you! Just kidding, English speakers are welcome, too) On campus you can see me sprinting everywhere in my running shoes, working out at the gym every Saturday, attending Val lunches and dinners almost "religiously" and taking pictures of trees, chipmunks and the sky.

If you need a person to ask questions about Amherst, follow these 3 easy steps:

1) Copy lgutu20@amherst.edu and paste it into your "To:" bar from your mailbox.

2)Ask me anything!

3)Hit "Send".

Yaaaay you've send me an email and I will get back to you soon!

Till future adventures!

Your Student Blogger,

 Lidia

About what's left of this semester

Hi everyone,

This spring semester feels like yesterday already: every day I stare at my calendar and wonder why are there still 16 days left till end of exam week if classes already ended? Especially since I will be abroad junior year, maybe the time is doing me an advantage by passing so slowly. I am a bit impatient about some of the changes that will happen while away: we are moving into the new Science Center in the fall, students will now have a second cafe (will Grab&Go move?) and Merrill, the actual science center, will become something different.
Here is my bucket list of things I still hope to achieve in the meager two weeks laying ahead of me:

1) Do my last Tea-time of the year!
I have enjoyed so much working with my residents this past year, that I believe we all deserve to end the semester on a high note. I am planning a bubble-tea event with nice thank-you cards to write to each other. Doing tea-times with residents input often guarantees high attendance, but also makes me feel more useful. If I were to plan a ramen tea-time at 8am, would that really help the community? Should ask my residents ;)

2) Take a walk on the Bike Path
You probably read way too many articles of me swooning over the beauty of the Bike Path in all seasons. I do a lot of runs around campus, so taking a small detour should not be too difficult. I've heard way too many interesting wild life stories about the path: bears, deers, baby lion-cats... they only get spotted by the lucky few! Personally, I would prefer seeing smaller animals, like squirrels or bunnies: at least we won't interfere too much in each other's business!

3) Check out books from Frost Library
This year, I am intentionally borrowing more books from Frost (and reading them), in an attempt to balance my class-assigned readings with leisure books. We are so lucky to be part of this Five School Consortium, that complements the 1.9 million book Frost collection (or is it larger than that?), because it means that I have no trouble finding most popular titles. Even better, with the services of Jones Library (library in town) and the interloan service, I was able to access texts shipped all the way from Cambridge, MA, or books otherwise checked out. I really hope my school abroad has a good library too: Frost is a bit of a luxury to get used to!

4) Catch up with friends!
Again and again, students always mention the human factor (aka people on campus) that makes Amherst College special. I can definitely attest to that, and the friends will be the number one thing I will always long for while abroad. It's weird how all these lunches and club meetings and walks slip through your fingers and get to be your "last" for a while: I can't simply get used to the idea that it will take a whole year to see some of my friends. I am used to not seeing my "other friends" for prolonged periods of time, but Amherst people somehow live on this continuum that has not been breached yet. I just hope everyone has good luck with Room Draw and classes, and remembers to take things less seriously from time to time!

 Until later!

Your Student Blogger,
Lidia

About the pleasures of the belly 2

Hi again,

In this second article, we will keep discovering Val favorites, and talk a little bit about non-Val options that the campus offers. When you live on a residential campus, food can easily become a new pursuit, as you find yourself looking for munchies after too much studying in the library.

1) Salmon salad

This is a favorite among some of my friends, though I personally just like the salmon. I appreciate the colorful presentation of the roses and citruses (grapefruit and orange maybe?).  However, I wish the salad dressing was not hidden under all these greens: spoiler alert - your plate will look purple after finishing this meal! Aside from the regular salad bar, Val offers two salad mixes every day, and has special days like this one in the lunch rotation, when a salad is a part of the main line. There is also a fruit salad that appears for breakfast daily: I guess one can just have salads at all meals! Speaking of the salmon, this semester a new burger bar has been introduced, and they serve something called "Alaskan Salmon Burger". I am still wondering whether that's something they buy in bulk, or make those themselves, but either way, I find them delicious, and very filling: I usually eat half of the patty in one sitting, and then save the second half. I am not a big fan of fish, but I guess this Val salmon really won me over! 

  salmon salad

I wish I can cook fancy-looking meals like these one day! (Tip: The flower may not be edible)

2) Danishes and strawberries

So this semester, breakfasts have been something I've been skipping/eating on the go. I enjoy sleep more than food, and being able to snooze my alarm for just a bit longer feels better than going to Val for breakfasts. Moreover, for sophomores and above, a lunch-dinner meal plan is available, that allows students to receive 100$ per semester instead of breakfast swipes. Students can get into breakfast by using these ACDollars, or snack on foods elsewhere later in the day, such as at Schwemm's or Frost café, and vending machines scattered around campus (some dorms have them, and (surprise!) Converse Hall ). 

But returning to this Val blessing: danishes are both my favorite breakfast food and dessert. Especially paired with some colorful berries and hot chocolate, they make any morning better. Currently Val has them for Sunday brunch only, but I really hope they expand this option for Saturday and maybe some weekdays. In this picture, you can see the cheese pastry, but there is also a jam one and a chocolate one. I've noticed that Frost Cafe sells something similar, but I would argue that the Val ones are much better.
If you are not a big fan of hot chocolate, you can try some salted caramel cappuccino (not from Starbucks!), or some regular coffee, and drop in some cinnamon/vanilla flavors from the pumps. Tea works just as well: I am currently consuming an average of two cups per day, and I really wish hot water was available just as widely as water fountains (wishful thinking)!

 

danishes with strawberries

That moment when danishes make you come to Val even from Greenway (students  will understand)

Until later!

Your Student Blogger,

Lidia

About the pleasures of the belly

As the campus is filled with more visiting high-schoolers and the weather is slowly warming up, events tempting us Mammoths to go outside and grab a snack are more often. Just yesterday I attended a Mead Museum Black Tie formal, where I chatted with one of the visiting artists in a small tent on the quad. And today, on the same place, an ice-cream and berries destress event happened, cheering up me and some of my friends. But let's not throw into the shadow Valentine Dinning hall, a main meal provider for many of us on this campus. Regardless of a student's opinion on its quality, the mere fact that we have such an extensive access for it during the day is very accommodating, because it's nice to grab some coffee or piece of fruit at no additional cost. I know many students have expressed the wish to have even longer hours for Val, and I hope it can be done in a way that would not hurt the employees too much, since they already work so hard!

Below I have sampled a few Val meals from the three-week rotation that is going on, along with my candid opinion on them.
Enjoy!

 1)Stir-fry station pasta
Yes, this is a meal that one can put together for dinner without waiting on any rotation. Most of these ingredients are from the salad bar: the celery, the asparagus, the olives, the chicken breast. One adds some oil and soy sauce at the stir-fry station, fries the veggies first, then adds the chicken breast and the pasta. It took me a while to reach this milestone (so integral to the Amherst College experience), and some time (there might be a line at the station, albeit a short one), but I have only words of praise. Pro-tip: Come early to Val and take advantage of the stir-fry station for as long as you want!

Pasta with vegetables

Yummy carbs and veggies: the healthy and the tasty in one plate!

2) 2) Quesadilla with tortilla chips + toppings
This is definitely one of my favorites! The Quesadillas come in chicken or cheese flavor, and I usually get one of each. I am a huge fan of these crispy chips, and the guacamole is a hoarded possession in all the plates (I have a friend that would take a whole cup with her after each of these meals, and would use it in the privacy of her own room. And she even didn't like guac before college!) This meal happens on Saturday nights, so it's a great way to motivate friends to crawl out of their rooms and catch up. 

tortilla chips with quesadilla  

When red and green meet each other: do opposites attract? 

Offering college dinning at a small institution can be tricky, because one should balance variety with affordability. Larger universities may have the benefit of more types of dishes and more dinning halls (such as Umass, a typical favorite among Amherst students), but smaller places like Amherst can foster a community spirit in one space such as Val. I can clearly see the advantages of another dinning hall on campus, but I wonder how would that change the spirit of "meet you at Val in 5 min": you know well that you and your friends end up huddling in there sooner or later. 

Until next time!

Your Student blogger,

Lidia

About LEAP Programs

Although the weather has been hitting extreme temperatures recently, and work keeps pilling up, I got unexpectedly cheerful today after seeing this one picture on my phone. It was taken about a year and a half ago, when I was an incoming first-year, who didn't know more than you do right now about Amherst College. In the picture, me and my close friend Nikki stay back to back, glancing confidently at the camera, with a lake from Cape Cod in the background (Cape Cod has lakes, what?). This was not some fancy back-to-school college gathering, though one can describe it as such: It was a LEAP trip.

LEAP trips are an important part of orientation, and a perfect way to get to know friends, embarrass yourself, discover campus (or beyond) and experience bouts of amnesia, as you memorize the many names of the students around you. My LEAP trip was the best one in my year for me, and when I saw its name in the list I said: Ok, this is why I love Amherst College.

But if you think this post is about LEAP trips, you are completely wrong (Haha, deceiving title). I'm more interested in what is left after the trip is over, like memories, friendships, and an occasional t-shirt or bracelet. It seems to me that college in many places has this "orientation" phase for first-years, that is supposed to bring a whole incoming class closer together. I definitely didn't meet all my current-close friends during the trip (funny enough, many of them participated in the program, but we met way later), but it is mostly through those LEAP friends that I was introduced to them. It could be that we were all like minded, and thus we attended, but I wonder whether talking to those people that I didn't keep contact with helped me get a wider scoop of what Amherst students in my year are like.
For one of my friends, the LEAP program was also the time when she got really sick unfortunately, so her experience was feeling bad in this unknown America country. She barely attended the activities, but at least she got a lot of sleep, and had some close neighbors nearby to take care of her. I believe LEAP can teach us compassion, even if one helping a neighbor in a totally different LEAP program.
In one of my psychology classes, a former Orientation Leader (OL) reminisced about the great time she had during her LEAP trips both years, and how she is still able to catch up with her squad. Though these experiences only happen for a few, after that many months the purpose of the trip becomes less relevant, and what matters is that once, you and a group of strangers shared this common ground and a few melted smores on the side.
Regardless of where you end up, my dear readers, I truly hope you get to experience a LEAP program or something really similar to it, and have a blast. And one day, just like me, you sift through all the photos on your phone, and a random LEAP one pops up, and simply makes your day better!


Until next time,

Your Student Blogger,
Lidia

About why college classes are different that high-school classes

Hello,

I haven't been posting in a while, so this is my chance to make up for my absence for all you lovely readers out there. I know this is a time of college decisions for many seniors, and I would like to appreciate everyone's effort throug this very lengthy college process: as they say, the journey is at least as important as the destination, and yes, this college process journey can be a hectic one (regardless of the destination)!

Today I figured out I can write about classes at Amherst: I'd imagine some of you will try attend some classes if you are lucky to re-visit a college before deciding where to enroll, some of you have already done that, and others will discover what classes on their chosen college look like only in September. Below you can find a few facts that I believe define Amherst classes. As you already know, I am only an Amherst student, so I can only speak about the Amherst classes I have taken: maybe none of my advice functions outside of this college!

1) Classes at Amherst have an expectation that you show up

Ok, it's not like those from high-school do not... but rather that attendance here can be a part of your grade, and even if it is not, professors often note who is not showing up and try to reach out to those students. Missing classes casually is definitely not a part of the Amherst experience, although there are accommodations for excused absences. Many classes here have discussion components attached to them, therefore speaking in class and collaborating with your classmates enhances your learning.

2) Classes at Amherst can be very challenging
This is a tough one for me, as I have three big assignments on the same day coming up. Though that has happened to me in high-school before, here many classes are quite intense, and one assignment can weight as much as 30% of the total grade. That being said, professors are accommodating with extensions, and deans are here to help in more extreme situations.

3)Classes at Amherst will make you get to know your classmates well
There is a reason why colleges like Amherst keep their classes small, and better learning comes with better social contact. Amherst is also a place where you meet different kinds of people, and sitting next to them every day makes it more likely you will interact (casually or during a group project). The challenging part comes when the semester ends, as many students feel sad that they can't keep up some friendships they've developed during the class time. It's always nice to run into someone you know at an event or in the library: just last week I saw a former Social Psych classmate from Hampshire College that still recognized me after 3 semesters!

4)Classes at Amherst may help you change your mind about your professor
I have no doubt that some of you have amazing teachers and professors right now, and I hope college can meet your expectations in that sense! First day of classes every semester, I find my professors so bright and engaging, and I get really excited about the class. With time, as assignments and grades shift my opinions about the class, I realize that my professors are not magic gods, but regular humans like myself. While I complain about workloads to my friends and during office hours, I am very grateful for professor's availability on this campus: all my professors email promptly, and have been very accommodating with deadlines. In post-Amherst life, I doubt many supervisors would answer my small questions at 1am.


Until next time!

Your Student Blogger,
Lidia

 

 

About Music at Amherst College

Hi again,

Has anyone else heard Amherst called "the singing college"? Music here indeed is a big deal, as one can tell by the many a-capella & singing groups that we have. I wonder whether a better name could be : the Musical college, since about 2 in 5 students practice something music-related.

I do not actively play an instrument or sing, but music somehow managed to slip into my life as well. I definity am not one of the 40% fellow Amherst Mammoths from the above statistic, but I can share how my encounters with music often make me a better person.


Saturday, March 3rd: I'm attending the Amherst College Orchestra & Choral Society Concert with two of my close friends! The concert hall is packed: even our president Biddy can be spotted in one of the last rows. This concert is a tribute to Leonard Bernstein for his 100th birthday, featuring music from West Side Story, and the Chichester Psalms. I was surprised to find out that some motives from the West Side Story were introduced in the Psalms, partly because the musical was so successful (and one can easily change lyrics about New York gangs into lyrics about Heaven). Although my orchestra friends keep insisting they commited so many errors, their performance was well put-together, and secretly believe they are too perfectionist to settle down for anything less but "no mistakes". It was also pleasant to listen to the choral society, after so many hours of rehearsals. 

Monday, March 5th: Alike many college students, I spend a lot of time procrastinating on youtube, trying to pick songs for "the perfect playlist". And since I enjoy acapella so much, listening to some of the groups on campus again and again is something I never get tired of. I wish I can go to their concerts more often, but at least I can find their songs online, as well as past performances (and buy their albums too). If I had to list you off a few favorite covers, I would say Q.U.E.E.N by the Bluestockings , Take me to the River by the Zumbayes, Carol of the Bells by Terras Irradient,  Latch by DQ, All These Things that I've Done by Route 9, Work song by the Sabrinas. (None of the groups actually knows I'm writing this post, so don't worry: no one is trying to impose their collegiate covers on you :D ). Only looking for these songs makes my productivity go down by 75%, so I better start my homework before it reaches the 100% limit. 

Thursday, March 8th: I went in the basement of James (my first-year dorm) & Stearns and sat down in one of the piano rooms. I used to come there more often as a first-year, probably due to closeness to the location, so I can see how badly my playing has become. But nevertheless, the fact that students have these rooms available makes a big difference: I plan to study abroad next year, and I doubt i would be able to play piano at 11:00pm in my host university. These rooms are used by acapella groups to practice, so if you pass by at most evening times, you can hear short sneak-tones from future performances. Pro-tip: if you want to get some complements, keep the door slightly open and play your best piece again and again. Soon you will have passers-by tell you how amazing you are.

  

So... are you convinced we are the Musical Mammoths by now? I hope so! 

 

Your Student Blogger,

Lidia

About the Eco-Reps Program

Hi everyone,

Today I decided to interrupt my blogging streak to publish an interview with a good friend, Yuko. Yuko is one of the heads of the Eco-Reps, a program I participated in during my first year. Finding an activity you enjoy doing in college and sticking to it sounds like the ultimate goal for many of us collegiate youth, so I’ve convinced Yuko to share some of her wisdom with us.  

  • Tell me in a few words what is your program about.
    Yuko: Each dorm’s Eco-Reps work with their residents to promote sustainable living habits. This includes implementing a dorm project, hosting educational “tree times”, and organizing campus-wide events like the Green Games, which included movie nights, wildflower planting, a clothing swap, a chalk walk, and a waste audit.

  • Do you think that the program is different/similar to what is done at other institutions? Are there similar initiatives at nearby/far away school you know of?
    Yuko: Eco-Reps is a national college-level program! I first heard about the Tufts Eco-Reps (2001-on) on a college tour, but most major colleges and universities have some form of it, including UMass, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke! A lot of similar themes are that Eco-Reps are selected by dorm, promote sustainable habits within dorms, and are all relatively recent programs.

  • Why did you decide to apply to this program? Freshman year is a busy time for many students, do you think getting involved in something right away was a good idea for you?
    Yuko:  Getting involved was all I tried to do during my first year here. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of, and I was drawn to the new-ness of the program at this school. I think it's important to dabble in all sorts of organizations at your school, at the very least to meet new people.

  • I know you are an Environmental Studies major. Did anything from your classes connect with activities you’ve done in the program? In other words, is this program a practical extension of the theoretical class work?
    Yuko: My first thought is no, classes here especially in the ENST major focus really on major global themes and connections between groups of people rather than individuals, which is something Eco-Reps tries to emphasize. But in the Intro Environmental  Studies course (121), there is an assignment to measure personal electricity use in our dorms and it inspired some Eco-Reps to pursue that as a dorm project.  Also, as an Eco-Rep last year all of my efforts within my dorm (shoutout to James) resulted in conversations with residents about what environmentalism means and how college students define it, which is basically all that we talk about it higher level ENST courses.

Eco Reps logo

The Eco Reps logo: they give away stickers to put on computers/waterbottles

  • The program is already three years old - would you say that you’re now more visible on campus as a club?
    Yuko: Visibility can mean a student seeing compost bins in their dorm, walking by an Eco-Reps event, or conversing with their Eco-Rep about a specific project, and as long as this student internalizes the observation in some way I take that as a success! I think we've grown more in all of these ways since starting three years ago, but we're always working on updating our branding- the "Eco Fair" from prior years will be called "Earth Day Fest" this spring in part to celebrate the 48th year of Earth Day's existence and its implications for the environmental movement.

  • Related to the program, what is an accomplishment you are proud of, and a hardship you wish to overcome this coming semester?
    Yuko: I'm proud that some of the former dorm projects have led to real developments on behalf of the administration/staff, like permanent compost bins in certain first-year dorms! And one goal I have for this semester is to get a good turnout for the Earth Day Fest. There's definitely a bit of give-and-take in whether we should push the Eco-Rep program or let the event represent and celebrate the many groups and activities we'll host. But I believe it's all going towards a good cause!

  • This year, how do you balance being one of the Heads of the Eco-Reps and the rest of your busy academic/extracurricular schedule?
    Yuko: Being an Eco-Rep Coordinator has been great, because our (Charissa and my) Eco-Reps are taking a lot of initiative. So aside from logistical stuff there's not much we have to do! I've also enjoyed getting to know the Eco-Reps and having a break in my week from worrying about papers and projects for other classes.

 

If you're interested in knowing more about the Eco-Reps, feel free to check out their Instagram or Facebook. Or, even better, email me at lgutu20@amherst.edu, and I can forward your questions to Yuko!

 

Until next time!

Your Student Blogger,

Lidia

About the Ski Trip Part 2

Hello again, friends!

I felt like I had so much to tell you about this skiing trip, that two articles might do it more justice than one. And besides, wasn’t the waterproof cliffhanger just the best?  (Yes, I know it wasn’t.) Let’s get into it.

1:01 pm: The reason why I’m not on the skiing slopes yet is simple: free gatorade! At the mountain, they had a course for skiers of all levels (any level higher than mine), and there was a giveaway with drinks and swag. I tried getting the gatorade before lunch, but they said : “1 pm is when we open again”. After finishing the small red bottle, I am back on the slopes, and do the smallest bunny slope one more time. Olivia, Tim and I feel ready for the next-in-line slope, 180 (which also happens to be half of the 360 course, what a great joke!).

(around) 1:39 pm: This 180 chairlift is a bit trickier, but no falls yet. Greg said this slope is like driving in Manhattan: some people like it, other people go crazy. I identify with the latter crowd, as I manage to fall for the first time today in the middle of the slope. Afraid of other skiers, I unclasp my skiis and go to the side. Did i mention I had no poles? THAT WAS A PROBLEM!

(around) 1:51 pm: A nice fellow skier helps me to get back in the skis, and offers his shoulder to help me balance. Even with his help, it took a while to get back, and when I finally finish the slope, I find Tim and Olivia waiting for me, bored. Maybe I should give this slope another few tries?  

novice chairlift Novice chairlift here I come

(around) 2:15pm: Second time - second fall. The same nice skier greeted me with : "Are you still here"? I explained that I just happened to have fallen in the same place. This time, I put my skis on my own, and managed to never fall after that.

2:43pm: I thought my friend texted me to meet up, but alas, it was not her. It's either the Head of the Ski Club, checking to see if everyone was doing well and was uninjured, or someone who miswrote the true number. Oh well, I don't have time to care: on my way to master all those crazy baby turns. I wish this were a two-day ski trip, so that learning how to turn and control speed weren't a mystery.

3:20pm: Ready to leave the snowboots behind! My normal boots, that usually feel heavy, now compare to soft, thin slippers. But that's not the best part! On this trip, I managed to get some wisdom about which Psychology classes are worthwhile taking, how do others feel about Pindar Dinners and the upcoming Room Draw process and what is it like to live in the French House. My initial fear of having no people to have a good time with proved unfounded.

5:00ish pm: After a long bus ride and sleep, I am ready for dinner! Though I can't boast to my friends at Val that I've won an Olympics slalom, I can tell them how great it feels to have spent a whole day outside. I rush to my dorm, towards the large pile of homework and a warm shower.

mountain peak Small mountain peak 

 

Until the next post!

Your Student Blogger,

Lidia

About the Ski Trip Part 1

When I was an Intern & Blogger this past summer for the Office of Admissions, I would readily read my friends’ posts on adventures off-campus. From going to lake Viola in Massachusetts to traveling to the tropical forest in Costa Rica, the posts were captivating, and I always wished I could do a similar nature trip, and write about it. Alas, the closest thing I did to these adventures was traveling to Boston, and although it was very enjoyable to stroll around an elaborate urban center, visiting one park doesn’t quite make it “a nature trip”. But the time has come: due to a lucky draw, I was selected to go on a ski trip with about 30 students and the skiing club. Below you can find a timeline of my “nature trip”, and please don’t hesitate to tell me if you would like more of these posts!

5:39 am: My alarm wakes me up peacefully. I feel no tiredness, and I am ready to embark on a fun adventure. I hope the pants I borrowed from my friend are water-proof, as my skiing experience resumes after four years, and I anticipate many falls.

6:05 am: With one of my residents, Kelly, I walk across campus to Converse Hall, the meeting point. I soon discover that my friend Yuko won’t come, and hence I am left with no skiing goggles, since she was supposed to graciously lend me a pair. Unhappy, I hop on the bus and can’t fall asleep.

7:59 am: We’re almost there! I really dislike bus rides, but at least the weather seems nice. Wow, we’re so close to Williams College: When Zephaniah Swift Moore moved part of the college to Amherst, MA, he should have taken half of this ski resort with him! Oh, the slopes weren’t in place then, are you saying? No problem, just take the hill and we’ll build the slope ourselves!

the resort

Yay we arrived!

9:20 am: I’m getting ready for a beginner ski lesson. The College has generously paid for everything on this trip but the lunch, and I borrowed some goggles from the head of the skiing club: I feel well-equipped. Getting into the boots is a challenge, nevertheless smaller than actually stepping on the skis. I wish I could jump back to my ok-beginner level from March 2014.

(around) 11:14 am: I am doing some progress. At first, Instructor Greg wanted to split us into two groups, because obviously some of us were making more progress than others. In my opinion, it was JUST ME who was being behind all the time. There was little actual need to split, however: I miraculously redeemed myself.

(around) 11:25 am: I managed to help my skiing partner, Tim, out of the chairlift. I have always fiercely feared chair lifts, but this one doesn’t seem that bad. Multiple times in a row, our team of 7 lands out of the chairlift successfully, with zero falls. Greg is proud of us, and says he was worried about me in the beginning, yet his worries proved to be unfounded. He advises me to give myself more credit for my skills. Does that mean I can start training for Olympics?

12:00 pm: Our class is over. We take a group picture together, and Greg says goodbye. Some ski enthusiasts are already ready to try new slopes, whereas I am ready for lunch. The food zone has yummy fried things like chicken tenders, fries, nachos and burrito bowls, and even noodle soup! Tim and I split a bucket of curly fries & chicken tenders that seems to have no end. I also tried some chips with salsa: Chipotle, you might have a competitor.

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See you for part 2 next week! (Find out if the pants were really waterproof!)

 

Your Student Blogger,

Lidia