We recently visited Boston for the first trip in our series of "US History Broadening Horizons" events. These trips to a number of major cities will complement our students US History studies, hopefully making what they are learning from books "come to life". Angie, one of our NY students shares her experiences below. Her account clearly shows how our Broadening Horizons' pillar often offers students much more than the intended goals as she recounts her new experiences with food, colleges and other people.
"In terms of US History Boston is known for the Boston Tea party where the colonists protested against the King of Britain for giving them unfair taxes. In addition to that, we learned about Samuel Adams who was a famous protester against the king’s taxes. We also visited the USS Constitution, which we thought meant the US Constitution as in the document, only to find out it was a museum based on ships (United State Ships Constitution). Eventually, we learnt new things such as how the captains of the ships strategized how to ship their goods without being captured by pirates or other ships.
We also visited colleges whilst in Boston. We met college students who represented their school We visited Harvard in Cambridge. The students explained what their school has to offer. They explained how the school gives scholarships or grants, but never loans. They also talked about the lifestyle in Harvard and that it’s mandatory to dorm in the freshman year at Harvard. The college students said they felt very safe at Harvard. There was a small shuttle that would pick them up and take them back to their dorm if they ever attended an event in the late hours.
We went to visit MIT which stands for Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Here students mostly majored in something to do with science and math. They explained about the classes that were mandatory to graduate from MIT, such as swimming and at least eight literature classes. They also explained some of the traditions they do at MIT, like throwing a very old piano out of the buildings they dorm at, every year. We were told how you can could get free meals and pick out your own dorm. One of my companions told me, that MIT was a good college choice for her since she wanted to start her own company. I told her I wanted to study psychology and that Harvard was one of my choices.
What people don’t tend to focus on, is the way some Bostonian live. For example, in our hostel there was this homeless man who came to get free breakfast every morning, and the employees always made conversation with him. It demonstrates well, how important communication and understanding for someone who is different is. I never knew his name, but I knew him for his cardboard sign that says “Give me one dollar or I’m voting for Trump”.
On out trip we experienced different cultures throughout food such as; Chinese, Indian, Greek, Mexican. Especially at the beginning of our trip, our chaperone Bert encouraged us to try different foods as well as eating any of our leftovers! I had only met Bert that morning but that's one of the best things about trips like these - interacting with new people. You start off in a small shell and before you realize it, you’re laughing along with people you just met five minutes ago. Our chaperones Jess and Bert kept good track of time, which set an example as how we as high achieving scholars need to manage our time to get to the places we need to get. This trip was exciting, new, and its’ a great way to bring kids, as well as adults, to get together and see what the world has to offer us. "