Every day is long, but every week is short. This is the feeling caused by the Chewonki schedule. The orientation seems like yesterday, and I suddenly realize I am in March now, one month from the beginning of the semester. Even though, unfortunately, the wilderness trip has been canceled because the warmer weather caused some unsafe conditions on the icy lakes, we started another adventure on campus because of the huge rain storm. We were out of electricity, internet, and phone line connections for one week. However, I was surprised how much I enjoyed the period. It became one of the most unforgettable parts of my Chewonki experience.
When the curtain of night fell down, we lit candles for dinner and study hours. I swear it was one of the most “romantic” dinners I had in my life. Peoples voices were relatively quieter. Also, the holy night and the darkness helped people calm down and gave us a better atmosphere to sit down and focus. Moreover, I had a few great conversations back at the cabin because there was no light. All the members sat around the woodstove, talked about their feelings and experiences at Chewonki, and we even discussed more about the ethics of life.
Even though it was really dark, it pulled everyone much closer. We opened the gates of our hearts and communicated with other people. Even though we were out of electricity and stayed away from technology, we got a better chance to know each other. How amazing it was!
-Haoyun (Evan) Zhou, Chengdu, China