"At one point, I was arm’s length away from a zebra and a giraffe!" —Elly Overton
By Elly Overton
I started school a little over a month ago, and so far so good. At first I was nervous because I went into school knowing no one except one person, whom I barely knew. Her name is Shea Orth-Moore, and she is now one of my good friends.
My new school has a beautiful campus, and it is quite large. I am taking grade-10 math and science classes. In my old school, I was chosen to take algebra and earth science in 7th grade. Then in 8th grade I finished up earth science and geometry. When I got to this school, I was slightly more advanced so now I’m labeled “brainiac,” which is fine. I enjoy learning about both these classes.
There is so much freedom in high school that it’s a little overwhelming. I don’t know what to do with myself! But in addition, I do have a lot of homework. Some of it is fun and some of it isn’t. I love math and science homework, but the rest I hate.
I have joined many clubs. One is called Interact, where we have a feeding program in Runda. We put food packages together and hand them out to over 2,000 people. We go to an orphanage that houses children living with HIV/AIDS. We spend the entire day with them, we bring them food, we read to them and just play with them. I look forward to this not just because I have to do community service. I want to do it.
This week we got Wednesday off since it was a holiday. My family and my friend Shea’s family went to Lake Naivasha. We drove in their matatu (minibus) for a little over an hour and arrived to find some Maasai people grazing two camels.
Once there, we went on a boat ride across the lake and saw many hippos. Shea is really scared of them, but I think they are so cool, even though they can be violent.
We landed on an island where we got to walk around without a guide, and you could go anywhere. At one point, I was arm’s length away from a zebra and a giraffe! But we went down to the water and sadly saw a dead baby hippo. It was interesting to see, but depressing as well.
We had a lot of fun, and after we returned to the mainland, we had lunch there at a place called the Lake Naivasha Safari Lodge. The food was okay, but you pretty much paid for the view. The tables were set on this beautiful landscape of acacia trees, neatly trimmed grass and gorgeous flowers.
I got a little sunburned, but the day was truly spectacular!