I recently enjoyed another of the famous SMF class dinners (the first of which I talked about in a recent blog post). Once again, the turnout was great and this time, we even had several of our professors attend! It was another great evening of chatting with people who we see in classrooms every day in a different setting. However, the best part of the evening was yet to come…
After dinner, a large group of our classmates went to The Ohio State Ice Rink for ice skating! The rink has times that the public is allowed to skate on the ice and students get a discount. There were a ton of students there, most of whom were very graceful on their skates, and I think the SMFs stood out like a sore thumb.
There were a very small number of experienced skaters in attendance from the SMF program, but that’s part of what made it so fun! I’ve been skating just a handful of times in my life and I skate with the grace of a new born giraffe. However, I did manage to stay on my feet the whole time (with the assistance of some strangers who I almost toppled over). I can’t say the same for all my classmates, but for a lot of them, it was their first time skating and there were a lot of really quick learners.
I really was very impressed by how willing everyone was to get out of their comfort zones and be such good sports the whole time. It was great to get to hang out with the general student population and to get to participate with my classmates in somewhat of a holiday tradition in the United States.