Hello lovely people,
I trust you have already read both Bruce’s post about the airplane experience and Angela’s post about our first stop at Rochester University (If you haven’t I strongly recommend that you do). After reading these blogs you will notice that they all have one thing in common; our expectations are met to the fullest and even exceeded and let me tell you early on that Colgate University was no exception.
From Rochester we took a train (Which was the first time I had seen or been on a train in my life) to Hamilton, New York which is where Colgate University is located. Hamilton is a very beautiful area and I immediately fell in love with it because it looks a lot like home, with it’s hills, green forests and quiet little neighborhoods.
Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the president of the debate society of Colgate, Alex Taylor, who drove us to the hotel and later that day came to pick us up for dinner with the debate society of Colgate University and their adviser John Adams. The following day we visited the beautiful campus and attended several different classes in the morning and in the afternoon we had a debate on the motion that stated that in the aftermath of Genocide forgiveness is more important than justice. The debate was one of the most interesting debates we have had so far mainly because our teams were blended and so we had to think outside of the box and learn to work with new people. The winner of the debate was not announced but I know my team won (shout out to Dan, Gavin and Bruce). Anyway so the following we day visited the area, Alex Taylor being our tour guide, we visited the Chittenango falls home of the amber snail which you can not find anywhere else in the world then went to the lake and did some traditional dancing. And I have to say that the guy (Gavin, Alex, Anna and Olivia) were pretty quick learners. They also taught us some tango. We had a lot of fun and we are grateful to Colgate for making it possible.
The weather was pleasant but a little cold, the people were warm and welcoming, the food was new but good, I proudly say that Colgate was a success.