Martin Luther King Day

As all of you may know, today was Martin Luther King Day. I although I still had school, we did not have to attend any classes because of the holiday. Instead of going to classes we celebrated today by going to see the new movie about Dr. King, Selma. The movie was phenomenal! There were many times when I almost cried because of how the scenes reminded me of current events going on in the U.S. right now (ie: Ferguson). After the movie, we gathered onto the buses and made our way back to the school. When we arrived at school we had lunch and then we split into discussion groups. The two groups that I was in talked about privilege, poverty, white privilege, and racial stereotypes. I was especially excited for this portion of the day because I love partaking in open dialogue about serious topics. I think that it is very interesting to hear everyone else’s thoughts and opinions on the subject and how it directly or indirectly affects them. We finished off the day by watching Dr. King’s I have a dream speech. The day was eye opening, inspirational, and overall amazing. I’m so lucky to have been given the opportunity to participate during this day. I had a great time and I’m hoping to have a great day again tomorrow. Until then!

– Layah

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The Couch Potato Competition

DISCLAIMER: This blog post will be very short because of lack of interesting things that happened today.

I did nothing today and I had the best time. I woke up late today and had breakfast with my roommate. We both agreed that we wanted to have a lazy day. I watched my favorite movie today, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, downloaded music, did homework, and took a nap. Tomorrow we have a day of service because of Martin Luther King Day and I’m excited for it. We are going to the movie theater to see Selma and then we are going to break into groups to have discussions around racism. I really enjoy having discussions surrounding problematic issues such as sexism, racism, homophobia, trans phobia, ect. Tomorrow’s dialogue should be fun! Until tomorrow night!!

– Layah

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Quote of the day

I’m not a very good sleeper. But you know what? I’m willing to put in a few extra hours every day to get better. That’s just the kind of hard worker I am.

– Jarod Kintz, Whenever You’re Gone, I’m Here For You

Mall Bonding

I had a pretty eventful day today! The day started out as normally, with my roommate and i getting breakfast and getting ready. At 12:00pm we took a shuttle to the mall and stayed there for four hours. We shoppped a little bit but we mostly looked around. Emma and I had a lot of fun together and I’m glad that we were able to hang out. Other than that, I didn’t do much of anything today. I went back to my dorm and did a little bit of laundry and I felt accomplished because I actually know how to work the washing machine now. I had a pretty relaxing day. I’m ready to see what happens tomorrow!

– Layah

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The great disco party

Today was like any other school day. The day went by really fast and I had a lot of fun. After school I waited for my roommate to get home then we did our laundry together and went upstairs to hang out with the other freshman. Once everyone hung out together we got dinner then went to our room. I talked to my very good friend, Ellie for about an hour and a half on Skype and I even introduced her to my roommate. Emma and Ellie discussed the tv show Friends and Ellie asked Emma questions about Ohio. When Ellie had to go, my friend Abby texted Emma and I and invited us to go visit her and Bhaji upstairs. While we were upstairs we went around to other people’s dorm and asked them if they wanted to hang out with us. Lucky people did and my friend Liz joined us. Once we were done walking around we went back to Bhaji’s room to listen to music. Bhaji really likes Lana Del Rey, so we listened to a lot of her music and Bhaji even showed us the disco ball in her room. We had a great time doing interpretive dances, singing, and talking. After our mini party Emma and I said goodnight and walked downstairs to check in and get ready for bed. Even though I had fun today, there were some very slow moments. Tomorrow I am going to the mall with Emma and Emma Willard is hosting an event. I’m very excited for both of these things and I should have a lot of fun!

– Layah

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Layah VS The Washing Machine

Today was like any normal Sunday, relaxing and very calm. I began today with a late start, waking up at 9:30am then immediately getting ready to face the day. Because I knew that today was going to be very relaxing, I decided to spend the day in sweatpants, a very comfortable shirt, and Uggs. After I got ready and ate my delicious breakfast, waffles with whipped cream and bacon I went to one of the lounges in the freshman hall with my friends. While we were there we watched dance mom’s clips, cat videos, and beauty videos. Once everyone dispersed to get ready for the day ahead of them, a couple of girls and I went to the lunch room to get lunch and then back to my dorm to talk and do homework. I had a very interesting conversation today with a girl named Claire about feminism and women’s rights. Claire even showed me a video about Emma Watson speaking about her campaign He is She. Emma Watson spoke about how without men understanding what feminism is and standing up to promote feminism then it will take women at the very least 50 years to obtain equality in a social and political standpoint. I thought that Claire’s views on Emma Watson’s speech were insightful and she made very good points. Once the two girls, Claire and Grace left our room, Emma and I went on a trip to CVS. At CVS we bought snacks and things we needed for our dorm. Even though we were just going to CVS, I had a lot of fun with Emma and I think that she is a funny person to talk to. Once our adventure to CVS came to an end I went to do something that I’ve never done before, laundry. When I am home my mom and stepdad will do my laundry if they are doing their own so it’s very rare that I’ll ever have to do it myself. To start off this “amazing” trip, I got lost and couldn’t find the laundry room. Because I’m stubborn and am trying to be independent I wondered around for a while before giving up and just asking a girl in the hallway.The girl was very nice and she gave me directions and even walked me half way. When I arrived I felt confident until I looked at all of the buttons on the machine and then I quickly realized that I had no idea what was going on. I took a quick picture of the washing machine’s buttons and sent it to my step-dad with a message attached saying that I needed help. I talked to my step-dad on the phone for a little bit while he guided me through the process. The good thing about the laundry room is that there is more than one washer and dryer so I was able to wash and dry multiple things at one time. After my little fiasco with the washing machine I went back to my room to write two poems for english class. Even though today was sort of uneventful, I still had a very good day. I’m excited to see what’s in store for tomorrow!

– Layah

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Sight seeing adventure

Being as though today is Saturday, it is my first weekend here at Emma Willard! I decided to sleep in today and then go and eat brunch with some friends. After I ate brunch I went back to my room for a few hours before going to my first weekend activity. The activity that I chose to do was go on a tour of Troy, and it was so insightful. A few other girls and myself traveled in a van around Troy and learned about historical sights and we even stopped to get bagels and hot chocolate. Some sights that were particularly interesting to me were the Impact Theatre and the Sage University for Women. Both of those places have beautiful architecture and an astounding historical background. I had also really liked the coffee shop that we stopped at. The shop was very cool and it had a vintage 80’s theme to it. Once everyone was done drinking their coffee we headed back out on our tour and then returned to Emma Willard. Tonight I am going to a dance/roller skating/ basketball event at a school called Salisbury. I’m very excited for the event but I’m also kind of nervous. I’m excited to meet new people and socialize but I’m nervous because I’m not good at roller skating. I’m confident that it will be fun and that I will have a great time! Below are some pictures of the tour of Troy that I went on today. I hope that you enjoy the pictures!!!

Xx- Layah

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My First Full Day

Today was my first full day at Emma Willard! I started the day off going to East Asian History and it was a lot of fun. We didn’t do much learning today because the girls who go to school here are starting a new semester, so today was more of an introduction. After that I had english, math, physics, and spanish. Each of those classes talked about what all of the girls will be learning this semester. After school was over I headed to my room to drop some things off and then straight to the library to go and get some work done. The library here is a very comfy area and it even has a fire place in it. I stayed in the library for a little over an hour then I went to dinner with my roommate and a few other people. At dinner I met two girls named Liz and they were both very nice and told really funny stories. Once we all ate dinner we headed up stair’s to one of the Liz’s rooms and watched Youtube videos, talked, and exchanged Instagram information. After our little hang out session my roommate, Emma and I walked to our room to get settled for study hall. Study hall takes place from 7:30pm-9:30pm and it is a designated time for all of the students to stay in one place, whether it be the library or your room and study. Since Emma and I don’t have any work we just got to know each other a little better, watched movies, and talked to our friends from back home. I started out today being really nervous but I am a lot more calm now. Tomorrow I get to shadow my other sponsor, Cindy and see what her classes are like. Until tomorrow, everyone!

Xx- Layah

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