This summer has been a blast. It has been full of work, work and more work. The end of it has been bitter sweet though as I had volunteered to be an international student orientation volunteer for Rutgers CIFSS. During the 5 days of volunteering I really got to come to terms of the same feelings I had just over a year ago in the same shoes as the new students. Last year after getting to Rutgers as an international student there were a lot of worries I had and a lot of things I was not comfortable with. The international orientation was one of the best things to happen as it helped in dealing with a lot of pragmatic things of me getting settled at this new university. I then decided early on that given the chance I would also like to help in this program. I applied to be volunteer earlier in 2010 and was thrilled to be chosen even though I was going to go home for a while to finish off some important business in South Africa.
Nothing beats helping other people especially at at time when they are most in need of it. To all volunteers of this week I salute you. It was a great team filled with great people and we all really worked hard. The new students are great and they are a great new addition to the Rutgers family and there a lot I had talked too who will add so much to the experiences of those they meet while here. I also got a second chance to visit Philadelphia. I spent most of the day sleeping under beautiful trees (was really tired, it was the end of orientation) and visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At the museum I finally tokk some pictures at the Rocky Statue, enjoyed the Japanese Woodcuts collection and to top it off the exhibit of the Japanese Tea House.
For the rest of the year I will be helping out with ISAC and I guess will try for another volunteer session next year. Either than that some other interesting things that have gone on in and around: