At 5:00 PM Wednesday evening my stomach was in knots. I walked past the door to the university a couple of times scoping the place out and checking to see if anyone was in early. The smell of mayonnaise hit my nose. We were supposed to show up at 5:30 PM for our Orientation. I was too excited to work.
As I showed up nervous and smiling to cover the nerves I saw the room almost full. All smartly dressed people eating in silence. I ran into the admissions director and he showed me where to dump my bag before I could grab a bite to eat. Plate loaded with some pasta salad and a tiny piece of chocolate brownie, I found an empty seat and lowered myself in it. Next to me was a very smart looking lady in a bright blue dressy suit. I turned over and introduced myself to her and the gentleman on my other side and went back to my plate. As I looked around I saw people trying to make conversation with their neighbours. It was a very interesting experience. It has been a long, long time since I have been in a bunch of totally new people all trying to size each other up. I looked with frank curiosity and took in all the snatches of conversation around. The evening went past in a flurry of activity and information. Loaded with a laptop bag and other goodies I got home to K and went to bed dreaming of class.
Today was a whole lot of fun. We spent the morning in team building exercises. My team was a nice set of people. One other girl and three other guys. They all seemed friendly and we did OK as a team. The afternoon and evening had us work very seriously on a simulation running a new company and plotting its success over the first four years of its growth. Time flew and before I knew it the clock showed 7:00 PM.
I chattered non-stop on the way home filling K in with the details of my day. Before I started on the assignment for tomorrow I figured I’d put up a diary entry here. 🙂