I’ve always hated the idea of summer school.
The very thought of it made me throw up.
Despite these atrocious thoughts, I’ve decided to write this blog post as an encouragement to all who might be considering summer school.
Because it honestly might be the coolest thing you ever do.
This past week, I participated in a History 310 intensive. The class lasted one week, during which I studied Albion’s Seed, wrote papers, and explored two amazing historic locations.
After the first three days of class, we took a field trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, which was definitely the highlight of the class. It felt great to escape the classroom and to build friendships with the other classmates (hi guys).
The best parts of the field trip were as follows:
- We Shot Footage for our Documentary Assignment
Jamestown had a lot of great sights. We gave interviews, watched archaeologists, and took as many photos as our phones would possibly muster. Considering that I’m a Journalism major, these tasks were a blast! We also filmed a little extra for a blooper real.
- We Played Card Games
This was our way of relaxation. During the bus rides and at the hotel, we enjoyed the competitive games that cards always offer. We played Spades, Trash, and—my personal favorite—Fifteen.
- We ate Bacon Donuts?
Until last week, I had never heard of bacon donuts. Apparently there’s this place called Duck’s Donuts which serves literally every type of pastry. The variety of foods reminded me of Harry Potter’s Every Flavored Bean, which is a geeky comparison, but totally valid.
- My Historical Knowledge Grew
Believe it or not, I actually learned a lot during the field trip. I learned, for example, that Pocahontas did NOT marry John Smith as the Disney movie foretold.
I actually stood where Pocahontas—to my disappointment—was married to John Rolfe.
So all in all, my summer school experience was a blast. I met new people, built friendships, and learned a thing or two about Colonial America.
So if you’re interested in taking a summer intensive, check to see if it offers a field trip.
Because if it does, stop what you’re doing and enroll.
P.S. On our way back to Liberty University, my friend caught me in an unfortunate sleeping position. Maybe you will find it enlightening…