I hope you are getting super excited! It's almost time to pack your bags :) I just drove to Ashland today and went through the packing process myself.
A few things to think pack that you might not have thought of:
1) A camera - one of my projects is to work with the Memoranda team and run the GLA Newspaper (which is the absolute coolest!). We need to take pictures for those projects all the time. If you have a nice camera, or even a small point-and-shoot - bring it!
2) SUNSCREEN and aloe vera (fun fact - I have red hair but I surprisingly don't burn. However, we all need to protect ourselves regardless)
4) A water bottle. As Magister Cavedo mentioned below, drinking water and staying hydrated is so crucial.
5) A rain jacket - it's like Jupiter got mad at Lycaon, and wants to recreate the giant flood around here recently.
6) An indoor jacket/sweater. While many days are in the 90's outside, the buildings are often in the 60's. I'm always freezing, so I drag a sweater with me everywhere. Everywhere. It's definitely a hassle, but I never regret it.
7) A camping pad or mattress pad. This is not necessary, and if you don't already own one, don't stress. However, the dorm beds can be less than comfy, and I like to use my camping pad to sleep better.
Finally - to just follow up on Magister Cavedo's post below:
If any of you are avid walkers/joggers/runners - in past years, students (and some faculty!) wake up around 6:15/30am to run/walk laps either around the "pomerium," a ~.9 mile loop around campus, or around the college track, which is located right next to your dorm building. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but for many people getting some exercise - even a very short walk - can often go a long way towards keeping your body and soul both happy and healthy during these three weeks. The Greeks knew what was up! I'm generally "allergic" to mornings; however, I still usually get up and run most mornings, and I can tell it makes a HUGE difference.
Side note 1: If you walk/run laps around the pomerium you'll need to be in a group of three. We'll chat about this more during the security talk. So make friends with other walk/jog/runners when you get there!
Side note 2: If you run track, prepare yourself for a track that is ~.22 in length, it'll drive you a little nuts.
Side note 3: If you're a runner, keep in mind that we need to keep shirts on at all times, including while running. So bring some lightweight shirts that you feel comfortable running in.
Valete! I can't wait to meet you all!
post scriptum: my last name is pronounced Go-shay. Don't be intimidated, it's super easy :)
This blog will document the MMXVIII session of the Virginia Governor's Latin Academy. After elections are held, the aediles will be responsible for its upkeep.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice Phone: (804) 496-1589
c/o Governor's Latin Academy
P.O. Box 5005
Ashland, VA 23005
Download these and use them to help with packing:
GLA Clothing Checklist
GLA Essentials Checklist
GLA School Supplies & Optional Checklist
Again, these are not required and I would only get one from each category, if any.
a. Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency
b. Cassell's Concise Latin-English, English-Latin Dictionary
c. Collins Latin Concise Dictionary
a. Athenaze, Book I
b. From Alpha to Omega
c. Alpha is for Anthropos
d. Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary
Daily Life Books
a. Everyday Life in Ancient Rome
b. Peoples of the Roman World
c. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome
d. Daily Life in the Roman City
You will need Roman clothing for several of our activities. You might not always have much time between these events, so you might want to bring more than one outfit.
An Overview I & II
Simple Tunica, Stola, and Palla Patterns
Legio XX's Civilian Clothing
Another Simple Dress Pattern
Simple Tunic and Toga Patterns
Legio XX's Military Clothing
Officers of the Academy