This past weekend I went to A&M’s annual “Chilifest”. We have a chapter over there so it was nice having a bunch of welcoming hosts to show us around and help fill in the time.
The event takes place in Snook, TX which is about 20 minutes away from College Station. It was a bit of an obscure venue considering we had to drive through someone’s front yard to get to what was essentially a huge field laden with tents. The whole thing was really more of a country theme which isn’t really my style, but I tried to get into… key word tried, lol. Probably not the best place to Try to be country since everyone there was pretty much hardcore country to the bone. A lot of them reminded me of that old school guy from comedy central who has the big time Texas accent.
The only performer I remember that was there was the Eli Young band. There were a number of other big country artists, but I don’t recall any of their names. The cool part about Chilifest is that it’s all outdoors, there’s a ton of people, the atmosphere is great, and everyone’s there to have a good time. I slept in a tent the first night, not quite real camping, but it was still fun. After a couple of days, the other brothers and I headed back home.
On another note, I have had some pretty exciting happenings as of lately. In order of importance, I got a job with the federal government/2010 Census! I got accepted to Leadershape! And I was selected to be an Honor’s Colloquium student mentor! I am thankful for all of these.
My job with the Census seems fun and it pays unusually well, $17 per hour. I like jobs where I can talk to people and don’t have to sit behind a desk all day, so I feel this job will suit me well. I start next week.
Leadershape is a nationally recognized weeklong leadership retreat. I have heard nothing but good things about this program and am very pleased that I was among the 60 who get to go. Applications were made available to the entire university so I’m not sure how many applied, but I’m sure the number was substantial. The retreat takes place the week after the last final and I have consistently heard it described as a life changing experience. I would like to thank the Cockrell School of Engineering for providing me this opportunity.
The last one is another program I feel good about. As a mentor, you hang around with prospective honors students for a couple of days in the summer and show them the ins and outs of UT. I believe I can do a great job influencing these students to come to Texas. The main reason I applied though is because I love the school and I want to show all these prospective students why I love UT so much… I have class in 30 minutes so I gotta get goin, but I will ttysoon!