“Whoa!” was my first and only response when I entered Gambier. Gambier is extremely different from the city. The city is always loud and noisy to the point where you say, “Ughhh I need a break!” Gambier is very calm and relaxing. The first thing that I noticed is the enviornment. I am not used to seeing open corn fields – only tall buildings. Settling into my dorm was not a huge problem, although homesickness was overcoming me at first. I discovered that the only way to overcome the dreaded homesickness is to interact with others and enjoy myself by going out an exploring. Today, I had my first class and it was simply amazing. Ihave Â never written poetry in my life and today I wrote my very first poem, awkwardly, on romance novels. Surprisingly, I wrote more in one session than I would write in one week of English class. I really am grateful for the opportunities that I am getting by being able to participate in this fantastic two-week course. There are many people from different places throughout the entire country. I can honestly say that I am learning new things. One thing that I will take from today is, “Growing old is required, growing up is optional,” words from a wise man.