TrueLife: I work at a nerd camp (Part II)

This week has been wonderful.  Here are the highlights:

  • The director of my graduate program came to visit me and I ate dinner with the men who wrote my textbooks.  I felt super uncomfortable, nervous and sweaty.  But I think I pulled it off.
  • I spent my day off being pampered at a spa in town…Afterwards, I seriously considered quitting life and becoming a princess but I don’t even know where I’d find an application for that whole process.

Other than that, it’s been a breezy week filled with hot sunshine and whiny kids.  But, as promised, here are a few more things I’d like to add to my “Why I adore my job” list:

To recap from the last post:

1) Prom

2) One-on-ones

And in addition…

3) Nightly serenades

I don’t know how it started, but one night, my boss told me I needed to go to the wing where our oldest male campers live.  So I walked over around 10:40PM.  Now, to give you some background, campers are supposed to be in their rooms at 10:30PM and lights out at 10:45pm…no exceptions.  As I turned the corner to the wing I found about 20 heads sticking out of the doors while singing, “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.  A few boys were playing guitar, of course.

Their residential counselor, Geoff, said, “I don’t know what to do.  They’re technically in their rooms so they’re not doing anything wrong…” And it was true.  And lovely.

So this has turned into a nightly occurrence.  Every night at 10:40, I promptly head to the male wing to be serenaded.  I’ve had the pleasure of listening to some Jason Mraz, Oasis, and the Backstreet Boys.  I’m hoping some Eric Clapton will sneak in… Anyways, the nightly serenades are the best part of my day.

And no, it’s not weird that I enjoy singing from 16 year-olds.

4) So much room for activities!

We have so much fun at camp.  Here are some of the activities that have occurred in the past week:

Trivia Night

Lee M. and I had the pleasure of hosting Trivia.  Last term, if you recall, we hosted as the royal couple.

However, my accent has disappeared and British people aren’t that funny.  So we were ourselves this term and I think we did a fantastic job.  At one point we let the crowd ask us any questions they wanted.

“What color are my underwear?” and “Will you go out with me?” were my favorites.  Not entirely appropriate, but still my favorites.

Ultimate Frisbee

The Staff vs. Student game is something the kids (and staff) look forward to every term.  The staff (aka Staff Infection) have dominated both terms.

Intimidation is the key to a win.

I actually scored a point!! And I may have clotheslined a few 16 year-olds but it’s their fault for running into my arm.

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