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June 28, 2009

Session 4 | Day 1

My name is Laura. I am excited.

See, for the last 6 weeks I've been working here on staff, helping out with photography and videography and posting this seamless blog. Every night for the past 6 weeks I've stayed up with students conversing with them about their days, encouraging them to write, watching them capture the events of the day and somehow shape them into words to communicate. It's a great job to have.

But tonight, I am excited.

Not only because I finally have a chance to post the infamous blog for once, but for a reason greater, something a lot more interesting and exciting.

A new session starts today.

Today, June 28th, 2009.

Session 4 begins today.

There are 180 new students today. A bunch of lives are going to be changed, and it starts today. It's a pretty good reason to get excited if you ask me.

The students have been rolling in all day, arriving on multiple bus shuttles, personal cars and the occasional private jet (not kidding). There is a certain buzz that infects this old hotel on the first day. The Summit Staff is running around in their classic gray shirts, trying to get all the last minute things done. Here and there, to and fro. Students wander about this old Victorian hotel in awe of its pure eclectic nature, finding rooms, making friends, calling mom. It's a good place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

Session 4 officially kicked off with a word from Doc Noebel, encouraging the students to get the most out of their time here, to engage with one another, to make lasting relationships and to be open to learning new things. "You don't know how much you don't know" he always says.

A bunch of announcements and orientation stuff later, the students split off into small groups to get to know each other better and chill for a little while. It's going to be a busy week. The night was wrapped up with the beautiful melody of the fire alarm, loudly beckoning us to leave the hotel in an orderly fashion. Yep. Fire Drill. Gotta love it. Tomorrow starts the first full day of the Summit experience for most of these kids. It's going to be long, full, and intense. Its going to be great. Session 4 here we come.

I am excited.

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