After a quick testing of the “MIPA-waters,” students gathered in the cafeteria on the evening of July 31 for pizza, ice cream and scheduled socializing. Although the week has just started, students spent their first night in anticipation of the day—and the work—that will follow.
“So far [the work load] doesn’t seem so bad, but I feel like it’s going to be a really intense couple of days, with a lot of learning and work squeezed into a short amount of time,” senior Melanie Sweet said. “I’m excited for it, though. I think it will end up being really beneficial.”
Even though the work load will increase starting Monday, MIPA director Chad Sanders said he is feeling good about the group of students who chose to attend this year.
“During the opening, I was amazed at the engagement and attention students gave us,” Sanders said. “We were giving them really blah—boring—information like schedules, rules, etcetera. Usually we lose them but they stayed excited, which makes me excited. Then when I came down to get pizza, I couldn’t get to the pizza because people kept coming up and talking to me. Which, I wanted pizza, so that made me a little sad, but it makes me really excited for this week.” By Katie Ziraldo / Upstart Staff