What a wonderful Sunday, August 24, 2008! Flat tiles were the warm greetings from my bike. I was nervous. It was 6:30 am. I was biking around Charles River, suddenly my bike couldn’t move anymore. Before I thought it was one tile, but after 10 minutes the front tile was flat too. It was my time to carry it. Although it began with sad news, it was a wonderful day. I went to the welcome Roman Catholic mass at MIT. It was celebrated in Kresge Auditorium, famous auditorium in MIT with a particular structure (see picture). After every mass in MIT, there is conviviality, and we had one yesterday. Time to get free food, the priest said. I met African students, from Cameroun, who are in undergraduate studies. One of them is on the same program with another Rwandan student. Probably we are two Rwandese students in MIT. I also met somebody else, an American, who has been in Rwanda. She was working on Roman Catholic Church projects in south – west side of Rwanda, Cyangugu. She told me that she knows other Rwandese around Boston city, and through her I can connect to them.
The orientation period is amazing, you get to know people, make friends, see how different there are according to their different culture, it is marvelous. The evening hours, starting 6:00 pm up to 11:00pm, were time for fun. All the fresh graduate students were brought together; musical group invited, free junk food available, we enjoyed up to 11:00 pm. I talked to two freshmen, both from Chine. One attended Harvard University, and he is specializing in Math. The second was shy, and when the orchestra started singing, he moved back to his apartment. The music was too noisy, disorganized; he thought the girl, who was singing, was crazy. It was a junk music for the Chine’s guy. It isn’t easy to satisfy everybody’s emotions. Different people from all over the world, you cannot meet their preferences at all. The following week, will be a combination of orientation activities, which will be closed by a fabulous labor weekend, for graduate students in environmental engineering, a white water rifting retreat. Ciao, see you soon.