Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rain Rain Go Away Come Again Another Day

I loved this breakfast!
Today was a bit more relaxed compared to the other days. Our reporting time for today was 8:45 A.M. compared to yesterday's 5:50 A.M. Phew... Time to breathe. After settling for a delicious morning bun, strawberries, and freshly-squeezed orange juice for breakfast, off we headed to Millennium Park. The Bean served as the center of focus and yes, it is definitely pure architectural genius. So shiny, so reflective, so great. It was just a wonderful feeling to take a picture with this structure. In addition, the beautiful greenness of the Millennium Park offered the perfect balance to Chicago's urbanized setting. No matter how great man made structures can be, there is absolutely no substitute for the beauty nature offers. Everyone with me on this?
I'll be missing Chicago!
American Girl Dolls! Can't get any better than this.

And here it is! The iconic picture with The Bean
We then headed to Northwestern University. It was a beautiful campus and almost felt like we were living Snow White's life. Why you may ask. There were cute little bunnies and chipmunks all over the campus just like the one's near Snow White's cottage! After a very rushed lunch, we hurried to an entertaining info session. The admissions officer, Michael, and student speaker, Mike, provided helpful information about the college while keeping the circulation of laughs on going. The campus tour was quite tiring, yet it provided a great emphasis on the major areas of the campus. One thing I loved about Northwestern was how there were so many schools: school of journalism, engineering, applied sciences, arts, and many more. And the great thing is that Northwestern is the among the best at pretty much all of these schools.
Just one of the most beautiful buildings at Northwestern
Fountains just bring a smile onto my face!

This just made my day. :)
Within literally 10 seconds, the rain picked up speed like no other. It was sunny but all of the sudden it started to rain so heavily. That's the weather in Chicago for you. During just two days in Chicago, we've seen the majority of possible weathers, Thunder. Lightning. Rain. Humidity. 

Group picture time!     
Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for the dinner. Today's dinner was at The Grille and we were accompanied by a Northwestern admissions officer, Shannon Kennedy, and three students, Katie, Liam, and Iheoma. Right as soon as they entered, we could all tell that this dinner was going to be no less than special. Katie majors in Journalism while Liam specializes in Film and Media. On the other hand, Iheoma majors in Global Health and is traveling to South Africa in spring. These students gave the dinner such a positive and jovial setting and Shannon answered any questions with completeness and always welcomed any other questions we possibly had. At this moment, I would like to thank all the students for dining with us because it truly is one of the best experiences we could possibly have. You've given valuable information about college itself, whether it's the housing, the application process, or student life.  You've answered questions involving it all. Now, I can go into college more confident and knowing what to expect. And without students and admissions officers who have helped us thus far, this wouldn't be possible. So to today's guests and the previous ones from U Chicago and Wash U, once again I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart because these dinners are truly one of the greatest aspects of ILC. 
My appetizer: Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, 15 Year Balsamic Vinegar Salad
A pasta made just for me as they had limited vegetarian options
The Ice Cream Trio: Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies and Cream with Cookies as a Side
For tomorrow, off we go to Cornell to start our three-week life as a college student. So wish me luck!

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