On the rainy Tuesday of January 22, 2008, 13 girls coming from different areas of the Bay met at San Francisco State and began their semester with The Tall Ship Education Program run by Nettie Kelly, and Molly Simmons. It was a day of getting to know each other, setting up rules, and getting a broad picture of what is to happen in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, began with Vincent, our communications instructor, explaining the whole deal of why we are taking communications and how the outcome will benefit us. Stories were told giving each of us a sense of what everyone has been through and how their experience makes them who they are today .The story brought us closer together. We also got an idea of what navigation would be like and discussed “A Small Place” by Jamaica Kincaid.
Thursday, we were at Fort Miley on the Ropes Course. It was a cold, rainy day but everyone got together to try the ropes. There were always words of encouragement when someone felt they couldn’t go on. The girls showed the integrity they had within themselves and how much they could endure. Reflections of the day lead everyone to see the teamwork, and challenge that we were able to enforce on ourselves.
Friday, the last day of the beginning week ends, but the raining doesn’t. After taking pictures for our student ID, and walking back to the classroom, we started our first history class, discussing observation and inference and using the two tools on the map of the Caribbean. We then got into a second lesson for navigation and learned more about latitude, longitudes, and reading maps. The day ended with the girls coming together, and to discuss fundraising ideas!
Written by Marleina Benavente
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