On April 18, I went to Cal Day, at U.C. Berkeley. CalDay is an information gathering event where you can hear about college and gather information about what you can do afterwards. I mostly got information on sociology, which I'm learning at school, and media studies, which I kind of do every day(in a way). Not a lot of people there have heard of MetWest High School, where I attend. I also went to a seminar for new Psychology Majors (A major is what you study in school). Six students talked about what they did. They said that psychology gives you experience in research, social action, and data analysis. I learn this kind of stuff at school, as well.
On April 4th, I went to the Youth Empowerment Conference at Stanford University. Here, we did a series of workshops where we talk about things like negative stereotypes and how they affect the world( but I already earned this stuff in school), and what it means to have a dream. Our leaders were mostly college students, and they gave us a tour of Stanford. It's actually a LOT smaller than I thought it would be.
After one class (They called it workshop, but I know what it really is), we had a lunch of cold Subway sandwiches and a bag of chips, and members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated gave a step performance while we ate. We had three more workshops after lunch, which basically talked about the same thing. After that, we went to the closing ceremony, where we waited for the parents to come pick us up( not my parents, they went to see a movie)
There were a lot of other teens there, all from different parts of the country, which was pretty interesting. I didn't really like the conference, mostly because I've heard this stuff before, and it all felt redundant. It was nice to hear someone else's thoughts on each subject, though. Everyone who wants to know more about the world, or just wants to see a tour of Stanford, should go here. I hope you all have a good evening and/or Spring Break!
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