Not quite! Like I said before, I'm working Tuesdays this break and I'll be working on my Capstone Portfolio as well because I'm graduating in May - eek! How did that happen?
Friday afternoon, I went to the Capstone presentation for the 4 students who are graduating from the MATESOL program. I love the Capstone event, because it's so, so interesting to hear about everyone who is graduating! I always learn new things about my friends when they give their presentations. I have to say, the people in the MATESOL program are some of the most interesting, coolest people I've met. They come from all over the world and have so many different experiences to share - that's a big part of why I chose HPU! I love that in any given class, I've got friends from Japan, China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, and more! I've learned so much from listening to my classmates in the past year and a half. Hopefully someday I can visit all my TESOL friends in their home countries!
After the Capstone event, a few of us went out to celebrate. It was so much fun - I didn't want to hop on the bus back home! The official graduation is on Wednesday and I'm so excited for my friends who are graduating, but I'll miss them a lot too.
|Yuhei is one of the graduates. He's going back to Japan and I will miss him!|
So that was Friday night. How about the rest of the weekend? This weekend I woke up earlier than I do on school days! Why, you ask? It's all my boyfriend's fault, honestly.
Saturday morning, we had to wake up at the crack of dawn (it was still dark, which to me means it was the middle of the night) and go on a super secret Christmas mission. It involved a long drive (it's amazing how long it can take to drive somewhere on this tiny island, but it really does!), a pretty place, and (unfortunately) a lot of wind. I can't say any more about it now though ;)
|The pretty place: Waimanalo! This picture is from a camping trip there last year.|
|Go Army! And yes, we do have a giant American flag in our living room. Don't you?|
Sunday was another early day: the day of the Honolulu Marathon! Now, anyone who knows me can tell you - I am NOT a runner. I hate running. I think I might be allergic to it. (Oh wait, no... I just have asthma.) But all of my friends are much more athletic than I am, so I knew a bunch of people running in the marathon, including both of the boys I live with. My roommate, Russell, decided on Saturday that he would run the marathon - his first! - on Sunday. Crazy, right? It was his 26th birthday, so he wanted to run 26 miles on his 26th birthday. Personally, running 26 miles is at the very bottom of the list of things I might want to do to celebrate turning 26, but to each his own, right?
Anyway, the runners left VERY early - before 3 AM - to get to the race, which started at 5. I "slept in" until 5, and then took the bus down to the end of the race, next to the Honolulu Zoo. Then I got a spot near the finish line and waited. Fortunately, you can track the runners on the marathon's app, so I knew when to expect them.
|A bunch of strangers who are way tougher than I'll ever be.|
|Look at my sporty friends!|
So that's the story of how I kicked off winter break with a very busy Hawaii weekend!