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Reisverslag From 'Monti' back to 'Mo' (AUGUST)
8 september 2016
From 'Monti' back to 'Mo' (AUGUST)
Luckily I arrived safely at my coaches house, where my car was (unrecognizable because of the dirt). I slept there for one night and the next day my new roommate Anouk and I signed a lease for our new apartment. It’s about a ten minute drive from my school, so unfortunately walking is not an option anymore. Luckily I have a car!
Anouk will be a freshman at OCC. We both went to UStudy, a company that finds fitting schools for you in the States. When she committed to OCC, she asked if anyone else studied there. She got my Facebook and asked me how I found a place to live. I explained it to her and said that I wanted to move out of the apartment and asked her if she wanted to share an apartment with me. We met this summer in Amsterdam and here we are!
Thursday I met with my coach at school to pick up some boxes I left at the softball shed. I didn’t unpack them at home, but went straight to San Diego. It was very nice to see Emy and Marcello again. Emy looked great and energetic because of her new pills, but unfortunately that didn’t last long. She got a new painful injury in her hip. Luckily she is getting treatment from Tracy, their personal trainer/friend and she is doing better. Together with Tracy we went to a restaurant called Blue Water, which location used to be the boathouse for Hotel Del Coronado.
When I went back to the apartment I unpacked all of my boxes and built my bed. That was a workout by itself. It feels like I own more stuff than I thought while I was packing all of it. It was a workout by itself. I have also been going to EM Speed and Power again. I payed a month membership, but I filled two weeks before I went to the Netherlands so now I have two weeks left. Because school starts next week and I can only go one day, I’ve been going every day this week off. One of my coaches owns the facility so he sees I’m working out which is always a great benefit. I have to get back in shape and most of all, get used to the climate again! The first day I felt like I was melting! Gretchen, a teammate of mine, was there too. We stayed a little longer. We had to attach a 32kg kettle bell to a heavy rope. Then we had to plank and pull it towards us, but mine didn’t move at all! And that rope was long! Gretchen had to help me a little by pushing it. Apart from that, pushing a weighted sled is still one of my favorite exercises.
Although the Softball Orientation was cancelled, I still had a Honors Open House the week before school. They explained what the difference is between Honors Classes, the Honors Program and Honor Societies. I’m going to enroll in the Honors Program and I’ve already enrolled in a Society last year. I’ve gathered some information about the Society I signed up for and found out that you can sign up for as many societies as you want. I only thought I could choose one. The presentation showed a picture of a student with ten different Honor Society scarfs at his graduation. Honor Society members have a really high chance of being given a scholarship when they go to University.
So my first week of school has just gone by. I start everyday off with Softball or weights, only Monday we had an orientation instead of practice. It was nice to meet the new girls in the team. Luckily there’s an extra pitcher and catcher now. Fernando, our biggest fan, has also enrolled at OCC and is now our team manager.
On my first day I had Astronomy Honors and Oceanography, which are both for my General Education degree. Both not topics I’m very interested in. I’d rather have Physics, because I will have an advantage from high school but they did not offer a Honors class. When I graduate I want to be an Honor Student, and for that I need to follow 15 Honors units. I decided on that this year, so I need many Honors classes in a short amount of time.
My astronomy teacher is still very young. This is his second year as a college professor. I hope he’s an easy grader because he still freshly remembers what college life was like. My oceanography teacher is a woman, and actually I prefer male professors for some reason. But she had the best ratings on ratemyprofessor.com for this class and she really is nice.
Tuesday I had my first softball practice. We took it really really easy. I don’t remember that the coaches were this laid back last year. Last year I felt like I was dying. After that I had Math Calculus 1&2 Honors, my biggest regret. Last year I had Calculus 1, so I thought it would be repetition and adding Calculus 2. I was wrong. We have to proof what we learned in Calculus 1 and I don’t understand it at all. I went to the Student Succes Center where there’s free tutoring for all OCC students. However, for twenty students there was one tutor. I was in there for an hour and a half and I only solved one homework question. Easy to say that it was a complete waste of time. Therefore I hired a tutor online to help me. If I don’t pass this class I can’t graduate this year so it’s really important!
Wednesday we had weights for the first time, as we used Monday for our Softball Orientation. Weight training is now at 9:00 instead of 7:00. Firstly I thought it would be nice so I can sleep in, but I quickly changed my mind. At 7:00 the sun would rise and it would still be cool outside. However, at 9:00 it’s already hot! We didn’t lift weights today but we did conditioning in the heat! Furthermore, we are not scheduled in the big, new Fitness Center anymore, but in the small, non-airconditioned weight room. Bummer!
Thursday I have a night class, macroeconomics. So far it has not been difficult, it reminds me of high school. Just like oceanography, this is a two-day class given on only one day of the week, so it’s a very long class (18:00-21:10). I like it because now I only have to worry about homework and assignments once a week.
The weekend after the first week of school was Labor Day Weekend, so we got an extra day off (Monday). Therefore Anouk and I went to San Diego and we stayed with Emy and Marcello. Traffic was terrible! My former record for longest time was 3,5 hours (while its one hour forty minutes without traffic), but we topped it. We weren’t going to be in time for lunch so we stopped along the way. We left at 10:00 and arrived around 14:30! Anouk has never been to SD before, so it was fun for her. Sunday we wanted to have brunch at the Barefoot Bar & Grill, but it was so busy we went to the Hilton Hotel close by. Suddenly a group of girls walked up to us and asked Emy and Marcello how old they were. Someone’s grandma turned eighty and they were doing a scavenger hunt, where they had to find someone older than the grandma. Emy qualified, and as a thank you they paid for our brunch! Not just Emy’s meal but all of ours! Good thing we moved to another restaurant!
Anouk once mentioned a Mexican themed street in Los Angeles, so I took her to Old Town after the brunch. It was super busy there! Parking seemed to be impossible, so I drove to a nearby restaurant and I could park right in front of the entrance! Monday we rented a bike at Coronado Island and did some sight seeing there. We went home early because we wanted to beat the Labor Day Traffic going back home.
Our first practice game is next Saturday against the Orange County Bat Busters (Coach Mike’s travel ball team)!
8 september 2016 21:32 | Door: Oma Anneke
Oef Montana, wat een indrukken en activiteiten om dit nieuwe schooljaar aan te vangen. Goed dat je al veel van de hoed en de rand wist. Je slaat je er vast weer goed doorheen. Liefs, oma