Saturday, July 23, 2011

Two Worlds Collide

There is almost always the wonderful joy in sleeping in on a weekend, but unfortunately, today was an exception.

Aiyana and I decided to wake early to grab breakfast in the lobby of Hank Ingram, and soon after, we headed over to the Wyatt Center to watch a deeply moving movie about Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was one of the most influential leaders, both politically and ethically, of India.

I had already viewed this movie in my world history class at my high school earlier this year, but it was still a treat to be able to watch it again with a broader understanding of the happenings due to my previous experience with it. Gandhi is an inspiration—not only to me, but in the eyes of millions throughout the world. His advocacy for defying unjust laws nonviolently is above admirable.

Dr. Dunn was kind enough to bring some delightfully buttery popcorn for us to snack on during the (approximately) three hour-long film. We of course did not complete our viewing of it since class only ran for two hours with today being Saturday; we will wrap it up on Monday, where we will also present our Minority Religions Projects. My partner, Aiyana, and I are researching UFO Religions—to be more specific, Scientology. After we obtain a more in-depth understanding of this relatively young faith (around sixty years old), I shall elaborate more on it.

In the evening, the whole Summer Academy was loaded into three school buses and headed off to the local arcade, where our proctor group played a fun game of bowling. Afterwards, we engaged in an intense game of laser tag, spun around in the roller skating rink, and collided vehicles in the bumper car arena.

It was very entertaining as well as hot. Tomorrow, we have a breakfast scheduled with an admissions officer of Vanderbilt, and I am excited to learn more about the institution in which we are all currently studying.

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