So, this is a photo I dug up because I’m going to see a couple of these people this weekend, and I haven’t seen them in many many years and I’m very excited! I was lucky enough to be chosen, when I was 15, to go to Virginia’s summer program for gifted students at the University of Richmond. I was a humanities student, and I made a few lifelong friends there (maybe I’ll post their picture next week!). When I grew up and was a teacher for 2 seconds (or 2 years, whatever), I somehow heard that this same program was accepting applications for Resident Assistants for the summer, and I jumped at the chance to make a little extra money during my free months and get the opportunity to go back to Governor’s School. Again, I met several people during the 2 years I was an RA who became lifelong friends. The picture above was taken during our raucous end-of-summer party, the one we had the day all the students went home, before we had to pack up the office. That particular night involved ransomed plastic chickens, water fights, illegal rooftop excursions, loud drunken singing…and probably other things I don’t even remember. It was super-good times. I’m not sorry not to be teaching anymore, but I do miss Gov School, and considering it doesn’t exist in quite this form anymore, I’m missing it bunches more than usual this year. But I can’t wait to see my pals on Sunday!