About half of the Summer@Brown population went on a trip to Newport Beach for the day. I chose to sleep in until noon. When I have free time, I usually spend it exploring Providence. After a quick brunch, Steph and I headed down College Hill into town. We stopped by the mall for a little before checking out the capitol building. On the front wall of the building, it read: “To hold forth a lively experiment that a most flourishing civil state may stand and best be maintained with full liberty in religious concernments.” There is so much history behind this saying. Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 to seek religious freedom in the New England colonies. Ever since then, the state is viewed as open-minded and liberal.
I was really happy that I could hang out with the cohort today. My roommate thinks that it is funny that I refer to our ILC group as “the cohort”, but she saved herself and said it was cool as well. Ms. Larson met up with Andrew, Kathleen, Frank, Erinn, and I at the WaterFire ceremony. We watched the ceremonial fire juggler, various gondolas, and embers float around on the river. At Brown, we have all made friends and hung out with different people. When we meet up for little events, it’s nice to hang out with the people we are living the experience with. Our cohort is family.
Kathleen, Erin, our friend Rachelle, and I walked Ms. Larson back to Hotel Providence from the WaterFire ceremony. We ended up sticking around Aspire Restaurant to watch some musicians perform popular oldies. It turned out that the guitarist for the little band was the WaterFire fire juggler. We know everyone in Providence. On the way back to campus, we stopped by a foreign movie being projected on a wall. I guess movies in the park work pretty much anywhere.
I enjoyed my day of leisure today. Andrew and Jose are getting started on the group project, and I have done some research for statistics of the California budget deficit. Professor Coleman told us not to stress over this final project, but I want to make sure that I finish my course with strong style. I’m headed to bed early tonight so I can seize the day earlier tomorrow!