Thursday, the 2nd of June, was the ILC Orientation. It was kind of intimidating because I kept getting emails saying "if you get there even one second late, you're out of the program" so my mom and I arrived somewhat early. At least it was a "come as you are" dress situation. When we got to the El Cerrito HS library, we sat down at the table marked Brown Session 2. I got comfy, signed in, and chatted for a while until Mr. Ramsey started giving the "late speech".
Once everyone arrived, Mr. Ramsey and Ms. Kronenberg gave their speeches, with a few giggles here and there. Then we went around and each group stood up with their chaperone. After a few more words, past ILCers were introduced, one of them being Kiana Ward, who attended the Women & Leadership program I'll be attending this summer. After a few words from them, Don Ellis spoke about a new website and program giving students in our district a chance to publish their work. And how could I forget the lovely overview of the upcoming weeks from Don Gosney! He went over the trip details and luggage issues from previous years to help us out.
Then we broke out into our groups and went into separate classrooms. Brown Session 2 went to room 206 (ah, my memory does not deceive me) where our chaperone, LaDonna Williams, passed out our schedule and itinerary. Very soon after, Mr. Ramsey came in to go over everything. We asked countless questions to Kiana and shared stories and laughs (and for some reason, several failing pens). And before I knew it, it was time to go back to the library. We sat down, had some closing remarks, and said goodnight to everyone.
It was a great and relaxed night to see everyone again. It wasn't formal and it was really among friends so it passed by really quickly. I didn't want it to end, mostly because I had to go home only to work on projects for Finals. But, all joking aside, it was truly an awesome night to have everyone together in one place and have everything done at once.