Busy day! I didn't come back to the annex once from 7am until 5pm, and was surrounded by people pretty much the entire time. My throat feels a tiiiny bit sore now and I'm hoping it's from me talking too much and not from a cold that seems to be going around...
First of all, I want to start off by saying that we're all IDIOTS. As you may remember, I've written about the ice cold showers we've been taking in the girls' annex—we've just been assuming that there isn't a great hot water heater or that we've showered at bad times when the girls in the boarding house have used all the hot water or something. WELL, it turns out that after Siqi mentioned this to TG today, the maintenance guys came, turned the hot water ON, and now we have HOT WATER!!! No more fear of showering necessary! I'm so, so, SO relieved, and took the nicest hot shower of my life this afternoon.
But to start at the beginning: the Mega Bowl promo went over well in assembly! It was just a really scrappily-put-together video (like entire thing done in less than 3 hours), but it got laughs from the Form 1-3 students today—hoping we also do well screening it for Forms 4-6 tomorrow. And then the ~fancier~ Mega Bowl teaser, which I still have to make, will be released for the entire student body during Thursday assembly.
Following assembly, a teacher introduced me to a boy who is having trouble socially, and whom I'll be meeting with as often as he'd like. Then a quick check-in with TG and the Harvards, my first time tutoring a Form 3 girl who's struggling a bit with math and science (praying I can actually help her with these things), and 9am SANDWICH BREAK!!! I realized that the past few days I've been possibly too aggressive while battling students in the free-for-all for the bread and peanut butter and jam ("jelly" in Bots actually refers to "jello"), when it turns out that the TAs have our own platter of already-made cheese sandwiches toward the back of the cafeteria. Who knew? So now I think I'll continue making my usual pb&j for the challenge and also add one cheese sandwich, since it's my first meal of the day.
After break, I naturally accompanied a TA who announced that she would be singing showtunes on MaP's big auditorium stage for her free period. To our dismay upon arrival, we discovered that a PE class had taken over; but fortunately, it was the Form 3 kids still practicing their ballroom dancing and still cute as ever. We sat with Austin, who was dj-ing, and got a ton of amusement watching the kids try to waltz to Jason Derulo, Gloria Gaynor, and Bon Jovi.
I ended up in the library for the next few hours. I sat down to actually work on this blog post, when a Form 6 girl stopped by to chat about journalism and brought over a crowd of friends. I met a few new people, all of whom had free periods then, and it was nice to relax and chat with them for an extended period of time. One other nice exchange occurred when I was searching the shelves for a Haruki Murakami book, and a teacher came over and asked me for a book recommendation. We ended up trading a few titles, and I now have a huge book he spoke super highly of sitting on my desk and waiting for me to find some free time.
During period 5, I had a meeting that was scheduled by a girl who's interested in pursuing filmmaking and a boy who's an absolutely INCREDIBLE poet. They're hoping to create some sort of film this summer; and after about an hour of brainstorming and mulling over different concepts, we hit upon an idea that I think appealed to everyone. It's super similar to one of my favorite commercials of all time (AmEx 2015 "The Journey Never Stops"), which I shared with the group, and which would allow us some leniency with relatively easy shooting and access into the lives of students whom we'll ask to interview. I'm looking forward to it! I was excited about having knowledge and experience and inspiration to share here, and as much as I want to create beautiful things this summer for my own creative fulfillment, I really hope to make sure it's the students' vision and passion we bring to life.
The two students headed out for class period 6, and a friend I made at lunch last week wandered into the library having taken two tests that morning. She seemed super ready to sit and decompress, so we talked about our families and neighborhoods and where I would find the best cheap chicken in Gabs. She's the sweetest, and even invited me and the other Harvards out to lunch on Thursday with her and some friends at Chicken Licken's! I really want to go but unclear on whether the boy she asked to drive us actually wants to drive us, so it might not happen.
Next, a funny conversation with Harsh, who was trying to figure out his five favorite books for a display in the MaP library, a lunch of the long tube pasta and lettuce (there was also beef but I was happy with my starches & veggie), and then a FOUR HOUR SHOOT with a student group for a promo video! They had emailed asking if I'd like to help out with advertising their upcoming performance yesterday; and I don't think that they understand the time that goes into shooting/editing, and also that I bit off more than I could chew too quickly. While it was SO MUCH FUN hanging out with the two girls in charge and the poet, rapper, and singers (who covered "Work," hence the title of this post) featured in the video, I had a mini heart attack when they told me they needed the video done by tomorrow. So that—on top of the Mega Bowl hype teaser that's also due tomorrow—is going to be pretty much my evening tonight and morning tomorrow. Bracketing any/all anxiety about producing something of quality in the time span, I can't describe how much I enjoyed the shoot. I clicked so well with the people we filmed and it felt good to play the performative role of extroverted, in-control director/camerawoman. I actually really want to hang out with this group again, so luckily for me they asked if I would also be able to make a video covering the performance itself next week! I picture interviews with the performers, shots of people rehearsing, and then the crowd's reaction to their performances.
This also makes me feel a bit better about approaching the documentary I'm supposed to be shooting this summer for my nonfiction filmmaking class next semester. Now at least I've taken my camera out a few times and have a sense of how students react to it. I'm not sure where my story lies just yet (cue panic), but at least I have some footage—better than nothing, right?
Next, that miracle of a hot shower, a dinner of two bird wings (I'm not sure if they were meaty enough to be chicken, but also unsure what else they might be), potato wedges, and lettuce. I'm sad that I forgot to grab a pear from the boys' food line before they were gone, since I've been eating fruit from dinner as snacks the next day. Luckily, however, I have no shame and have spent the past three hours post-dinner in my bed munching on dry Rice Krispies from the box with a spoon stolen from the caf. Amen.
Heba's asleep now (she's experimenting with a new 8:30pm-4:30am schedule) and I have to stop procrastinating and work on editing those two videos—yikes. The Harvards are also leading our first class with the Upper 6s tomorrow about our personal experiences with applying to college, and I'm not quite sure yet what I'll say about that. One thing at a time, I suppose. Good night for now!