I just arrived home after an amazing summer camp at ATU (The Academy for Talented Young People). I’ve written about the academy before. It’s basically an academy for high schoolers who need more challenges than the high school offers and want to learn more than you do in high school. To get a certificate from the academy you have to participate in a camp once so that I did the last week.
I have to admit that I was very doubtful about this whole “using your summer vacation on somethings school related”but I’ve definitely changed my mind. It was a great, great, great experience.
In the day time we heard a lot of very interesting presentations and participated in instructive workshops and then we had free time. Time for playing Bezzerwizzer and card, playing badminton and volleyball, talking, laughing, going to fitness (yep, luckily we were able to do some sports) and just being together with 250 other kind and funny people.
I think I’ve gotten a lot of new amazing friends. All kind and unique. What I really liked about these people is that everybody has their own little interest in something unique. I’ve met people who paints , does glass-blowing, writes books and songs, plays bongo, reads tons of books (whoopee… you don’t meet many people who does that), does martial arts, knits, can remember a whole deck of cards and so on and so on. Isn’t it great? People who does whatever they want – even though it isn’t the usual thing. I think such people are the coolest. How many times haven’t I had to explain why I still dance ballet, or been afraid of what people thinks of my interest in cooking despite my relatively young age. But it isn’t like that at ATU. Here people think you are cool whatever you do. 15 of us even made a big Harry Potter Quiz at thursday midnight and had fun playing that quiz until 2 am. Without anyone judging us. Because everybody are so understanding and kind.
I think a lot of people thinks that we’re one big group of nerds. And that makes me very sad but first and foremost angry. I am no nerd. And neither are any of the amazing people at the academy. We are just one big group of totally normal people. The only difference is that me might actually like learning.
I think it’s such a shame that you “aren’t allowed” to be cleaver in school. Good grades is a tabu. You are not allowed to say you do well in school. I find it so wrong. I mean – it should be cool shouldn’t it? Doing well in school.
But still the free time at the camp was the best. A big experience I will never ever forget. Thank you all of you nice ATU’ers!
But what has all of this to do with cookies?
Nothing at all ;)
I just wanted to share the last thing from our trip to the summerhouse. And introduce you to one of my favourite blogs: Something Swanky. She makes the most incredibly baked goods and has the greatest and easiest tutorials on blog design. You have to check that blog out!
In the summerhouse my brother and I made some of her cookies. The basic chocolate chip ones.
Not only is this recipe amazing – the post also includes a ton of great tips on making cookies.