Wow, I sure did sleep well last night. After such an adventurous and fun-filled day yesterday, I was was able to fall asleep super fast on my comfortable spring cot. This morning I had planned on getting up with everyone to go to the gym so that I could work off all of that amazing food I ate yesterday, but instead I decided I should try to catch as much sleep as I can before my schedule gets too busy. So instead of joining my early-rising peers, I slept like a baby for another precious hour.
By 7:45 AM, I was out of bed and dressed for our first hotel breakfast. From the nice dining area, we proceeded to Holme's Hall for the guided tour check-in. Initially we walked to the wrong building, but the office attendees kindly pointed us in the right direction. From then on, I realized that everyone on campus really was incredibly nice and hospitable. At the dinner last night I noticed that each of our Wash U guests repeated how friendly the students and faculty of their school are, and how welcoming they are to incoming members of the school. Today, I was able to experience this as the admission officer, Elise Miller, a rising Wash U senior, Jacob, and our tour guide, Elizabeth Chen, helped me understand the full university experience in an enthusiastic and open manner. They were patient with our many questions and gave me a bunch of new reasons to apply to the Washington University at St. Louis.
|UPENN Cohort at Washington University, St. Louis|
|One of Four Hungry Hippos|
|Beautiful Elephant Fountain|
|Mariko, Me, Ivette|
After our time in St. Louis, I am more than excited to continue on this trip with these people, because I feel that we will help each other grow everyday this summer. Even when we split up into our two different classes, I know that we will feel comfortable enough to reach out and come together as a group. Saying that, I am sad to leave St. Louis but I am thrilled to fly to Chicago tomorrow and gain more precious memories with this year's UPenn cohort.