Reported by: Nick Begotka (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology) and Cameron Smithers (Hanover High School)
Today was our first day at Sorensen! After moving in and meeting our roommates, two of our youth program managers took us on a tour of UVA. The tour was great, save for the fact that there was virtually no shade to protect us from Charlottesville’s scorching summer weather.
When we got back from the tour, we headed down to the lounge for an official orientation with Lauren Gilbert. After going through an overview of the program and all of its rules, expectations, and guidelines, we did some interesting exercises that helped us get to know one another—even if things got heated at times. For example, Lauren wrote the word "Democrat" on the board and asked students to shout out the first word that came to mind. She did the same for multiple other parties before asking us to think about the benefits and dangers of political buzzwords.
Before we knew it, it was time for dinner, which was catered by a local company. After dinner, Mike Signer, the Mayor of Charlottesville, stopped by and spoke to us about the ups and downs of his job as well as some of the policies he has advocated for during his time in office.
After that, we dispersed. Some of us explored the Corner, while others stayed back and relaxed in our dorms. We're finally moved in and ready for what we’re all sure will be an incredible two weeks. Overall, it was a great first day and we're really looking forward to the rest of the program!