On March 4th, 2017, a nice day with beautiful sunshine, Arrowhead Christian Academy’s international students gathered at the campus and started the trip to one of the most famous universities in the nation: the University of Southern California. We were very excited about this trip. After almost two hours of driving, we finally reached the scenic campus. Cool weather with light wind woke us up from the long bus drive.
As we walked into USC, we were captured by a color: red. Almost all the buildingswere red brick with beautiful sculptures on them They seemed to be ancient, but elegant. Every building that we walked by could be an attraction, such as Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall and Popovich Hall. Celine, Simon, and Sunny took out their cameras right away to document this amazing place. When we walked through these buildings, we looked around and were amazed by the their stunning beauty.
After walking for a while, USC’s bookstore came into view. It’s a three-story building with an underground level. Sport clothes, shoes, food, study materials, and all kinds of goods were found in the store. We went inside and looked for our favorite things. Krystian bought a cupcake from an ATM, Sunny and Tyler bought matching USC basketball T-shirts, and Mr. Prior got a button that said “Beat Washington” for basketball game. We left the store and continued on our journey through the historic campus.
There was plenty of time left, so we stopped by USC’s library. An atmosphere of grandness was felt even before we entered the library. Upon entering, we were struck by the extreme silence. Compared to the noisy outside, it seemed there were two worlds which were only separated by a wall. All of the students inside the library were studying or reading books. This sense influenced us, and we stopped talking and shouting. The only things remaining were silence and light whispers. The structure of the building grabbed our attention, as the steps were made of marble and beautiful artwork hung on the wall. The main hall was spacious, with plenty of tables and chairs for students to use.
Around 3:30, the most exciting part of the day came: the basketball game between USC and the University of Washington. For many of us, this was the first real basketball game we had seen in the United States. Everyone was really exciting about this game. As basketball fans, Krystian, Gary, James, and Tyler were looking forward to this game and hoping that USC would win. We all clapped for excellent plays, and cheered loudly for the home team. At one point, the large screen suspended above the court showed the message, “USC Welcomes Redlands Christian School.” At halftime, there were even some Chick-fil-A sandwiches dropped from the ceiling with parachutes on them. In the end, USC won by 10 points. When we left the arena, we were still immersed in our enjoyment of this wonderful game.
We were tired when we finally got back to school, but nobody regretted coming along on this trip. We all had a very joyful and interesting day. During the trip, we learned more about each other and grew more stable friendships with our fellow international students.