LA Today – Japan Tomorrow

Well, it is officially 8:51 p.m. here in Los Angeles (11:51 p.m. back in Elon, North Carolina) and I have officially arrived in CA. I arrived this afternoon and have had a chance to just relax for a bit. I met up with another fellow Council of International Schools (CIS) traveler on the way to our hotel and we spent the afternoon getting our bearings in the city.

Tomorrow will bring a half day orientation program and then we start the 11+ hour flight to Japan around 2:00 p.m. or so (5:00 p.m. East Coast time) – so it will be a busy day! But I am excited and the CIS Asia tour will be visiting our first school on Thursday.

At Elon, today was the first day of classes so best wishes to all of the students, faculty, and staff working! Tuesdays are also a part of one of Elon’s greatest (in my opinion) traditions. For all of the freshmen who had to wake up this morning for those delightful 8:00 a.m. classes, they at least have the added bonus of having free food when they get out of class around 9:40 a.m. or so! Tuesday mornings are when Elon holds our “College Coffee” event, where students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to come together as a community over biscuits, bagels, fruit, coffee, etc. This event rocks because 1) it is free food and when is that a bad thing when you are in college? and 2) it allows students to personally get to know their professors or other members of the Elon community. Imagine having the opportunity to chat with the Academic Deans or Chairs of Departments, have a conversation with some of the Athletic Coaches, or just chat with your professor about the subject matter of your class that you just left – that is what TRULY makes College Coffee such a great event!

For those faithful followers of my blog :), it is important to note that my cell phone will not be working in my first two destinations – Tokyo, Japan nor Seoul, South Korea. Thus you may be sitting on the edge of your computer chair, couch, etc. eagerly awaiting a post from me for a few days. I will try my best so please stay tuned!

NEXT STOP: Tokyo, Japan