Vika Yermolyeva – November Rain
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change”, I literally prayed yesterday as I ate lunch at school in the midst of a cold, windy, and rainy day. My first field trip of the year, an afternoon/evening trip to the University of Southern California, was threatened to be marred by a northern cold front, brining in forecasted rain, thunderstorms, and even hail.
As I taught my morning classes, my mood had become more and more foul as the weather did not appear to be letting up. A few students and even my principal asked me if I was going to cancel the trip. Mulling it over, I had confidence in the resilience of my students, knowing that yes, they’d be cold, they’d be wet, but that they’d get to see an amazing college campus in action.
I decided to go on with the trip.
At 1pm, my students and chaperones began congregating at the front of the school, and after all had arrived, we quickly boarded the bus, dodging the raindrops pelting the ground.
As we drove east on Venice, then turned south on Hoover, something fantastic happened; the clouds parted, and the sun came out. And best of all, as my Angeleno readers know, the sun stayed out!
In gorgeous, albeit crisp fall weather, we toured the campus grounds and buildings, seeing the quads, the libraries, Heritage Hall (pictured above), as well as the Trojan marching band practice. We finished the evening with an all-you-can-eat buffet in one of the dorm cafeteria’s. As always, being in an environment where one didn’t have to eat one’s vegetables, and could have 2 ice cream cones if one so chose, was definitely the highlight of the trip for my students.
Now hopefully, they liked it enough to put in the hard work it will take to attend there in 6 years!