At the beginning of the course I thought that two weeks was going to be a long time and I woke up this morning realizing that today was the last Monday we were going to be here, which in a way excites me because I really miss the home made food but it also makes me sad because I have connected with some of the girls here in a total different way that I had ever done before. Our conversations are really different than those of the ones I have with the people I associate with back at Richmond but I do understand that these girls come from backgrounds were going to college is almost mandatory (since the majority of the people from their communities are college graduates) unlike back at home. Even though it has been a week I do believe I have gotten a real taste of what being a college student is all about. I am enjoying myself and I can't wait until it really is time for me to go to college.
Furthermore today class was great. For the weekend we were assigned into groups of four and we all had to come up with an amazing women and give a presentation about her. Our group decided to talk about "Coco" Chanel. If it would of been my decision I would of preferred to talk about Joanne D'Arc, or Frida Kahlo or even a Latina women, but I agreed with my group and I actually learned about Coco Chanel, we might all know her for her really expensive clothing or her Chanel 5 perfume but she actually revolutionized fashion by creating clothing for women that was more comfortable, and created the suit for women, something that was not done before and was considered controversial. She was also one of the main designers who contributed to the creation of the flapper era in the 1920's.
In class we also learned about how important it is to be assertive and the differences between being assertive, aggressive, and pacifist. I was able to see that there is a fine line between all of them. We also had not one but two speakers come talk to us. The first one was Rosanna Castro, program coordinator of Swearer Center at Brown University. She spoke to us about what she does and community service as well as access to college. One piece of advice I have taken from her is that we can all make a difference. The second speaker was Angela Romans who is the Associate director at the office of Admissions here at Brown. She told us about college admissions and the importance of all the requirements that colleges have.
So far I have learned a lot beyond my expectations and there is still one more week to learn so much more.
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