Update: Back home! | 07/11/2016

Hi everyone!! I'm back: tan, happy, and ready to rule the world. Just kidding. At least not yet. Anyway, I wanted to tell you a bit abo...

Hi everyone!! I'm back: tan, happy, and ready to rule the world. Just kidding. At least not yet.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you a bit about my trip to California!! You can also check out all the posts I did while I was there at instagram.com/explore/tags/sophandstanford

 I was there for a summer program pre-collegiate program where our days were filled with classes, group activities, lots of eating, and lots of walking. Like seriously. Who knew college campuses were so massive?? We weren't allowed to ride bikes or anything so walking become our new best friend. I have some wicked sandal tan lines, though.

I learned so much. Not only about business and entrepreneurship, which I was studying, but also about people. Almost half of my fellow students were international- my beloved roommate was from Romania. There were people from South America, Europe, Asia, and even Australia.

I learned that football (aka soccer) is HUGE and that the Brexit is more than it seems from my international friends. I learned that teens are teens no matter where they grow up. I learned that we are all stressed out about college. Also, apparently Romanians love to put ketchup and corn on their pizza. Just let that sink in for a while.

My counselors taught me that college is insanely fun and amazing. And that you do actually learn a lot.
I learned that group projects can be extremely gratifying and also kind of stressful. I was the "CEO" for our big group project and THAT'S STRESSFUL, MAN.

I also learned how much we all desperately need Jesus because we're all a bit (or a lot) insecure and seeking affirmation.
(Playing a quick game of ping pong before afternoon session)

One of my favorite parts of camp was something called seven minute spotlight where everyone has a chance to tell their life story in seven minutes. It's rather scary, but such an amazing experience. I mean, how often do you get fifty people's full attention to talk all about you?? One of the guys talked about how he doesn't feel like he's passionate about anything and isn't sure of his life purpose but then everyone started talking about all the amazing things he's done at a camp and I was just like YO I LOVE YOU TRIBE.

Another friend shared about the struggles she's been having with her business and everyone offered their (unsolicited but helpful) advice and brainstormed ways to help. This is community.

Another of my favorite parts was walking everyday to the dining hall. You learn so much about people in casual 10 minute conversations. Also we were all sick of the dining hall food by the end.

We also spent our weekends exploring downtown and visiting the beach and museums. We probably annoyed everyone with our insanely loud laughter and random loud voices and videos, but we loved it. Standing in line became fun when you are next to a guy who can do basically any accent.

Frankly, I miss them all. The people, the place, even the annoyingly long readings we had to do every night and our dysfunctional role call that never worked. However, I'm excited to get back into blogging! Let me know in the comments what you've been up to because I've missed you, blogger tribe.

(My award. So proud.)

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  1. Welcome back Sophia! It looks like you had a really great time exploring what you love. Seven minutes to share your life story sounds really hard! Your award is great! Glad to hear from you about your trip!

    1. OH! By the way I LOVE YOUR DRESS!

    2. Thank you so much Vanessa! I love your sweet comments. :)

  2. This sounds like such an amazing camp! I'm so glad you had such a great experience!

    1. It was amazing!! Thanks for commenting. :)

  3. Ahh, you're so lucky to have had that experience! Corn and ketchup = actually not that bad! I ate that combination raw at dinner.

    xoxo Morning

    1. Okay, that's a little weird. But whatever. Thank you so much!!

  4. This sounds like an amazing experience! Everything about it sounds incredible and like something you'd never forget. Especially the talk about your life in 7 minutes thing...that sounds pretty awesome. It would probably be nerve-wracking, but I'm sure it helped you all to learn more about each other:)

    1. So nerve-wracking, but it was so eye opening!! Thanks for reading. <3