Blogs - Student Conferences - Colorado
July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 22 (Session 5, Day 4)
They say it’s like drinking out of a fire hydrant. I would agree with that statement. I consider myself to be a slightly bright individual, but in the shadow of brilliant communicators and literary genii that I’ve experienced here at the Summit, I feel…dumb. (Although Dr. Jeff Myers claims it’s not a bad thing to feel dumb. It’s better to feel dumb than to avoid asking questions and end up doing something stupid.)
Provided here at the Summit is the opportunity to wake insanely early and go running. You can run along the sidewalks in Manitou and meet the early-rising hippies strumming six-strings. This morning, I went on a run with my roommate. After about five minutes, I decided to fess up to the giant non-runner that I am. Did I mention that I am from Kansas? Yeah, it’s flat there. As in no mountains. Zero altitude.
I did recover, in case you were wondering, and I’ve decided not to go on another run. Just one of the things I’ve learned here at the Summit. Another thing I learned is that I need to read a great deal more. Dr. Noebel, along with Dr. Myers, have provided me with a reading list that will keep me occupied until I am approximately 45. Good thing I like to read.
Although the learning style here at the Summit is something like, “Ireallyhopeyou’relisteningbecauseIwillnottakeabreath,butthisisveryinterstingandimportantinformation…”, I have been able to take pages and pages of notes, what the student sitting on my left refers to as “a book.”
Not sure about you, but I get excited when other people are excited. As in, genuinely excited about something they believe in. I saw so much genuine excitement during Mike Adams’s lecture today… I don’t even know what to say: he is awesome.
Just F.Y.I.: having your necklace drop into your soup at lunch is indeed a good conversation starter. This is another thing I’ve realized at Summit. You learn things outside of the classroom, no matter what. The people are amazing, and every day there is a chance to meet someone new. People are genuinely nice. Even if they meet you fishing your necklace out of your soup at lunch.
I love to talk, to having down-time at the park today was great. I had a chance to meet a couple new people, and to have some really interesting conversations with people I already knew. The Summit is already preparing me for college, in that I’ll meet people every day, and I must be able to not only understand my beliefs, but explain them. (So, stop writing notes in lecture and start listening.) It’s good stuff.
Besides being utterly tired, I am extremely content. This is a good type of tired. It’s good knowing that I have been filled with a semester’s worth of information in about three days. It’s a good type of mental pain.
If you’re coming to Summit, then you’d better come prepared to learn, prepared to be shocked, and prepared to not want to leave. Summit is indeed living up to the expectations I had for it.
The learning is hardcore. It’s like college on steroids. And, if you’re the type of person who likes drinking out of fire hydrants, this is more than the place for you.