On October 30th the two Talons classes went on a fieldtrip to SFU. This library research trip was a great chance to gain information about our eminent person, but it was also a way of bonding with other Talons and being introduced into a university environment.
On the trip I wanted to not only gain information about my eminent person, but I wanted to really bond and get to know some other Talons. I learned the names of many afternooners and even made a few new friends! Because we didn’t get to go on the retreat, I hadn’t really bonded with many of the other Talons, but this trip was a great way to do that. This was also the first trip where all of the talons had attended, so I got to see the group as a whole instead of two separate classes. I also wanted to see what it would be like to be in a university for the day and know my way around it. I will hopefully go to university one day and this trip was a great opportunity to place myself in a university environment.
There were 4 main things that we experienced. They were all important and fascinating in their own ways. After we arrived at SFU, we made our way down to the Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. I saw many different things including pictures of rock art to sculptures of elephants made out of ivory (sad and ironic at the same time). After the museum, we headed towards a restaurant for lunch. We went to the Himalayan peak which had the best Indian buffet. (I think it tasted even better because a few of my friends and I got to eat first J). Think of the best curry and naan bread you have ever tasted and multiply the greatness of it by 5……. That’s how good it was.
We then went on a tour of the SFU campus lead by Jamie’s two older sisters. We went all around the campus and learned a lot about SFU’s history and architectural design. Most
buildings were made out of concrete, were very open and symmetrical. It pleased my OCD ;). We eventually ended up in the convocation square and VOILA the massive 7 floor library was right there. That library is one of the most fascinating and amazing library’s I have ever seen. Rows and rows of books about everything. It was beautiful. I managed to find one (very large) book about my eminent person. The one book I was hoping to get was taken out of the library, but that massive book turned out to be more useful than expected.
I learned a lot about Hedy Lamarr’s early life and every single movie she has ever starred in. Many of the websites I had visited only had a few sentences about her early life, but this book had over 15 pages! However, information about my eminent person was not all I had learned from this trip. I learned that Talons is more than just two classes, we are a family. This trip has really made me realize this and understand that these two classes are a whole, not just halves.
To me the theme of the trip stood out in bold letters. Exploring and understanding. Why? Because this trip wasn’t just to gain resources on our eminent person, it was to explore the SFU campus and library, and understand our eminent person and others around us.
Now that I have been on this trip, I feel much more comfortable with the eminent person project. Before, I had doubts and worries, but now I am more confident in how it is all going to turn out. We are now writing our eminent speech drafts which is the next step of the project, and I feel that this trip has made it a lot easier for us to write them and understand our eminent person. Night of the Notables is less than a month away, but I think that we can all accomplish a lot with our project, and part of that was thanks to this trip.
P.S. Thanks Azaly for organizing this trip!