This week is actually the last week I’ll be spending here over this summer as a tour guide. The end has come far too soon, but I’m really grateful for all the good times I have had so far, especially with the other tour guides! I’ll be leaving to participate in another internship called Rites of Passage (R.O.P.), which is a huge art project created by and for women/femmes of color. I will be working alongside five other interns and a huge production team to put together a big house with each room in the house representing a different rite of passage for women of color through art. I’m really excited to get started, but I’m also pretty sad to be leaving this job. So in this bittersweet moment, I thought I’d share some fun little parts about this summer that I enjoyed, both with the people I met working as a tour guide and with the friends I’d already had by my side this summer.
One of the first moments I want to share with you is pizza making! My friends and I have a tradition where every Thursday we would go to the big kitchen in between Greenway C and Greenway D and make pizzas. Ayo and I usually go on Wednesday evenings to Big Y and pick up pizza dough, pizza sauce, and a block of mozzarella cheese, and then store it in my fridge overnight for the next day. Before they leave work, Ayo picks fresh basil and oregano from the Book & Plow Farm and then we meet up with the other materials (cornmeal, a knife, pans) and head over to the Greenways. Our best friend Jordan lets us in since he lives there, so we happily share the pizza with him as a reward :) (kidding - out of friendship). I can confidently
say now that I can make a great pizza, which makes me feel like a proud New Yorker, and we are always so happy and full by the end of our meal. This is definitely one of the things I’m going to miss the most, but I hope we get the time to do this every once in a while during the school year.
Another moment I want to share is basketball! Now, I am most definitely not one of the most athletic people out there - I don’t move unless I have to. Doing tours is the most I move during a day. So when the other tour guides suggested we play basketball together one afternoon, I very reluctantly agreed. I thought to myself, “I’m not even going to change into any shorts or athletic wear because I am barely going to move at all.” Boy, was I wrong! Jess, Brandon, and Manny especially had me on my feet the whole time, and my competitive nature didn’t help at all. We had all gathered on one of the half basketball courts by the Greenways and done a bit of shooting practice, hyping each other up when anyone made it in. But then someone suggested we make teams and actually play, and that’s when things got real. I was so into the game that I had gotten over my opposition to moving and sweating, and we all had such a good time! About half of us weren’t very good at basketball, but we would all encourage each other, regardless of what team we were on when we were ready to make a point. I remember trying to shoot the ball from the 3-point line and missing, but then Jess (who was on the other team) handed the ball back to me, smiled, and told me to try again as the others continued to cheer me on. It was the most supportive game ever - we weren’t even keeping track of the points, we were just enjoying ourselves! It was the best time I’d ever had playing a sport!
And lastly, I wanted to tell you guys about something small, but arguably the most important part of my time here: bubbles! One day, while we were all in the common room of Garman looking for a missing flip phone that we’d have to use for our tours, Jess found a bubble wand. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to us. We had all been tired and miserable from the heat that was plaguing the northeast, and this did wonders to lighten our moods. Jess took pictures of us with her polaroid camera as we all had fun blowing bubbles and trying to keep them in the air without touching them. Yes, technically, we are all adults, BUT we’re adults that know how to have fun.
So, this is the end. I’m now finishing up this blog post on Friday, so it’s finally my last day. The other tour guides (read: Bella and Jess) have been begging me not to go, and I wish I could stay, but there are exciting adventures ahead. I gave my last in-person tour today, and I’m proud of myself because I’d like to think it went pretty well. I’ll carry my purple converses (which all of us tour guides have) with me to my next internship as a memory of the admissions family and the good times. Obviously, I’m making the biggest deal out of this for little reason - we all go to school here, and I’ll see them in the Fall. But anyway!
This was such a fulfilling and wonderful internship, and this has so far been one of my favorite summers ever. I’m really grateful for everything I’ve experienced, for my coworkers and my bosses, for the families who came on tours, and even for all the walking because at least I got some exercise.
Thanks for reading my blog, regardless of how short this time was. Bye friends!
July 16, 2021