Monthly Archives: July 2009

MST @ MSU : Update 9

I was more tired than I thought, since I slept through my alarm and missed running, waking up at 0725 roughly an hour late. I felt terrible, so I made sure to apologize to the three kids who had woken up. They all didn’t mind, since they didn’t really want to run in the morning anyway. That made me feel a little better, but I still didn’t like the fact that I had slept in late.

I took Harry Potter 4 with me to Physics and Mechanical Engineering and read a lot of it. I’m going to try to finish it by Friday, although that goal may not be achievable based on where I am in the book and how much time I have to read it. I fell asleep a few times while reading it in class, despite the fact that I had a cup of coffee with breakfast and lunch, plus a large Monster during Physics. I think I was just so sleep deprived that I just couldn’t function anymore.

I jumped in 4-on-4 during Basketball, since Coach was also playing, and that was a lot of fun. I just got to run around, shoot, block a few shots (which my team loved), and just have fun. The only hitch was when one kid forgot his phone at the courts, not noticing until we were crossing Bogue. I sent the rest of the kids on to Shaw while I went back with him. Once I got back to Shaw, I put the basketballs in the storage room then walked along the Red Cedar looking for a soccer ball that had gone in before the special clinics; I didn’t find it.

After dinner, which I enjoyed, I took a mental health break, as prescribed by Mazur and Troy, and just slept. I went to my room, took off my shoes, and climbed into bed. I woke up around 2145 when the kids were busy getting ready for bed, but I didn’t mind. Yes, I missed out on going to the pool and playing some games, but I really needed that break. It just felt good to sleep and relax.

Our meeting went by smoothly, and I got the classes that I wanted. We also scheduled in a firsbee game before dinner, so hopefully a bunch of kids want to do that. Once our meeting was over, we went downstairs to practice our dance for the talent show, but not before playing a couple songs on Rock Band with another camp. We’re doing the Thriller dance, which Steph choreographed for us, and we went through the first few parts before calling it a night.

After, Mazur and I had our hair buzzed by Darin. I went first, and once I was done I grabbed my guitar to play a few songs while Mazur was on the chair. It was a nice bonding experience, plus I won’t need to get my hair cut before I go back to school. There are only a few days left, and I am already starting to miss it.

MST @ MSU : Update 8

Well, with the weekend over and the eggs finally washed out of everything, camp returned to a pretty normal affair. I was still dead tired from the late night at the Observatory from the night before, so the run this morning was not that good. We are down to four campers, which is pretty rough. I didn’t run much, plus I went slow to stay with the girl at the back. The shower after felt amazing, especially since I just relaxed for a little bit after getting in.

For Astrophysics, I dropped off some forms for the instructors to fill out about the end of camp ceremonies, then slept on the couches outside of the room for the entire class period. Kathy, the leader of MST, walked past me sleeping, but it was fine as I’m pretty sure that Troy explained the late night, plus the class stayed in the room the whole time.

I got the second class off, so I finished the update for the weekend (read it here) then took an hour nap before running off to basketball. I jumped in a few of their games, winning one game of Ultimate Lightning, then watched them play some three-on-three. When we got back to Shaw, I took some kids out to the basketball court to play some four-on-four, which I reffed, before dinner.

We then went to South Kedzie to listen to Melissa Mattingly of the Honors College talk about college as a whole and the Honors College. We had to answer a few questions, but I was more upset that I couldn’t read Harry Potter 4 since we were at the front. My dad dropped off my guitar just before I took (with Mazur and Priya) three classes to the SOAR Observing Room in BPS for an extra class.

It was kind of dull, since it was cloudy down in Chile, but the explanations of what they do and how it works out for MSU to control something across the globe was pretty cool. I got some nice pictures, plus got to see Horace but couldn’t talk to him. I did find out that he’s in his late fifties, or around there…

I played a little guitar to practice, then hung out with some of the kids on the floor, then went to the RA meeting. We picked our classes, talked about chiggers, and laughed at Priya for a bunch of things. We had to pull three kids out of their rooms because of something they did earlier in the day, and Troy had a stern talking to with them.

Once everything was all settled, we went down to the lounge to finally watch Willow and play some card games. Unfortunately we couldn’t watch the movie since we needed to check out the DVD player and we weren’t allowed to after 2300. Instead, the six of us played Dirty Clubs again, which I ended up winning, then some Catchphrase. The entire game night was a lot of fun, with chigger noises and mocking Priya’s method of using hashmarks for numbers, plus the ridiculous clues that we had to give out.

It’s strange to think that there are really only four days left, I’ll be moving out in five days, then I’ll be going to a party and then home. That first week just blew past, and this one is already going by just as quickly.

MST @ MSU : Updates 5, 6, and 7

Well, the last few days have kind of gotten away from me, but I finally found some time today to start hashing out the last few days. I’ll try to remember things as best as I can, but I make no guarantees for what happens.

Day 5
On Friday, I again had a different schedule than the rest of the week, which again was a welcome change from the first three days of the week. I took the kids to Genetics, which actually wasn’t that bad of a class. I got some more refreshers for Biology, a tour of a genetics lab (including some shots of an older PCR machine), and an hour-long movie. I took some more pictures, then slept through the entire movie, basically. I sat in the back corner, leaned against a fridge, then just passed out. A student’s alarm went off for his medication, waking me up, so I had to chaperon him to the bathroom.

At the end of class, one of the students was missing his key. We looked in the classroom for a few minutes, then figured that we might as well look through the lab as well. Before heading back up to the lab, I went back to where the rest of the students were waiting and asked again if anyone had the key. One kid, which we’ve been having a lot of trouble with snickered and pulled out the key.

Needless to say, I took him to see Troy once we got back to Shaw since he also was still missing his binder. We talked about that and his key, and thankfully later in the day he was much better. I haven’t noticed much other problems with him since, so maybe it was the best idea.

I went to Astronomy in the afternoon, and it was great. I laughed, took pictures, thought about how ridiculous one student was, and chatted with the instructors about a ton of things. For my clinic, I went to Visual Arts, and I just worked on my own clay sculpture of a tiger for the hour-long class. I really liked it, plus it was inside and I got to act like a kid again.

That night, I played some RISK with Mazur and a few of the students, which was great. It was the first time I could play RISK during camp, plus it was just good to act like a kid again without worrying much about anything. We all turned it in early after our RA meeting, since we had an early morning.

Day 6
Wake up calls were early this morning, with all of the RAs on call, since we were going to Camp Highfields for the day. We loaded up the kids on two buses, took a forty-five-minute bus ride, and unloaded the kids and their lunches. We broke up into the teams we had created last night, which of course weren’t perfect, but were good enough (aside from Steph’s team). My team was surprisingly good, but it took a little goading from me to get them to feel comfortable with themselves initially.

We did a bunch of activities before eating lunch and moving into the woods, where we did even more. I took part in all of them, which was very nice. On the “birthday log” one, I had to get from one end of the log to the other, since I was at the December end and the only January birthday. I mostly just stepped over all of them as they crouched down.

We would’ve gone to the wall if it wasn’t for our leader being uncomfortable doing it herself, but that’s ok. We knew that we were sweet, and that’s all that matters. The ride back was nice, with a welcome nap, and after I took a shower to get ready for the dance.

I mostly watched and laughed with the other RAs and Troy, plus took a bunch of photos and videos of the kids. I also got some of the RAs, which was great. The dance lasted for three hours, included a bunch of drama (like everything involving middle schoolers), but was otherwise a lot of fun. It was another late night, so we held our meeting quickly to get some rest for the next day.

Day 7
Sunday was the first real day that we could sleep in; I slept in until 0920, giving me around seven hours of sleep for the night. I manned one of the laundry rooms while doing my own laundry and filling up water balloons for field day. A couple of the kids tried to help me out, but they didn’t do much. It was really just a good break for me from doing anything. After lunch, the other RAs helped me fill up the rest of them, which involved a lot of goofy comments from all parties.

We then started assembling all of the necessary commodities for the games, like eggs, toilet paper, the water balloons, buckets, sponges, and everything else we needed. We took them over to the field behind the Rock, started setting things up, and waited for the kids to show up with the other RAs and Troy.

Boy were those games fun! We threw sponges and water balloons, got wet, played with a giant slingshot, and had a great time. At the end, it got a little crazy with the kids grabbing the extra balloons and eggs and running amuck, but it was still pretty fun. I was covered in egg (and still smelled like it later that day), was wet, but had a smile on my face.

I then showered and ate dinner, which was another BBQ-style dinner outside. I also organized a nice frisbee game, but we had to cut it short for color groups and a study period. During that period, I basically just talked with the other RAs and played Dirty Clubs with Mazur, Priya, and Troy, which is a great game. I also talked to my dad about bringing up my guitar for the talent show, since I’ll be doing my own act plus possibly playing for our RA skit.

After, I went with the Astronomy class and Troy to the observatory. That was a ton of fun, plus I got to see everything in the building. We spent a lot of time up in the actual dome, walking around all of the old rooms that weren’t needed anymore due to the technology now used, and looked through the main telescope and a few smaller ones. I saw Jupiter and could make out the cloud patterns and all four Galilean satellites.

We left around 0030, tried to go through Taco Bell but couldn’t, and got back to Shaw around 0100. Mazur, Troy, and I played more Dirty Clubs and ordered some Pokey Sticks to make up for the lack of Taco Bell, which was great. The other RAs had picked my classes while I was gone, but they gave me the afternoon off to make up for me having no say in anything. That afternoon off is actually the reason why I can finish this triple update, since I don’t have to put it off until tonight when I need to write today’s as well.

Anyway, sorry about the lack of updates over the past few days. I’ll be returning to the “one a day” format tonight, and I should be able to carry that through the end of camp, which is in less than a week!