Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I thank all of the sponsors and organizers a part of the Ivy League Connection for all they have done for us six students, including myself, to be able to attend this summer’s programs at Cornell University. I know that I am attending Cornell on a financial aid scholarship from the university, rather than the funds that were raised for the five other students going this summer, but I still thank the sponsors and organizers because without their efforts, this program would not be here and would not be to the level it is. There are not enough words to express how thankful I am for all the support given and about being able to attend Cornell University this summer. I hope everyone will keep watching my fellow summer college attendees and I and keep supporting us in all that we do at Cornell!
I am so incredibly eager to participate in the Hotel Operations Management course at Cornell. I never knew that hotel management was a subject in college. This is my first time hearing about it. I knew about freedom and justice, but I was more curious about hotel management and still am. I have been surrounded by business all my life, as my father is a business man himself, but I really do want to learn more than my father’s perspectives and aspects. My future is still pretty undecided, as I am still somewhat unsure of what to pursue after high school. I know Cornell with help me by allowing me to explore and study a field in which I had known of in a college. I hope my three-weeks away from home will provide immense assistance to deciding my future. Who knows, I might have even found my future career field just by deciding to take the Hotel Operations Management course.
I cannot wait to be able to experience school on a college level. Time is passing by so fast and before you know it, I will be a college student. I want to experience college life before becoming a college student, just to see what it is like. I want to undergo the transition from high school student to college scholar. I am eager to see life as an independent, young adult. My parents are worried about me going off to college, as they have heard about the stresses one may face in college and are apprehensive about whether or not I can endure it or not. With this opportunity at Cornell, I can reassure them that I am capable of handling anything. I explained to them I will one day be faced with challenges that are beyond what I will encounter at Cornell, and that I believe my three-weeks at Cornell is a step to being able to conquer any challenge.
Both my parents know about my deep desire to attend Cornell this summer and they are immensely proud of my acceptance and my opportunity to be able to study at such a prestigious college. I have always wanted to attend summer programs like this, but have been unable to either due to time or financial incapability. Now that I have such an opportunity, they are extremely proud and happy that my wish has been granted. This chance is incredibly meaningful to me and to showcase that, I will try my absolute best. I want to thank them for all the concern and support they have given me throughout the Ivy League process and I promise them, as well as the sponsors and organizers, that I will do well at Cornell and enjoy my college experience.
It is such an opportunity as well as an honor to embark on such an endeavor. I will definitely forever remember the experiences I will have this summer and treasure each second I am there at Cornell. I am now just counting the days that go by, until the day I get on that plane and land in Ithaca, New York. This is so exciting!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I am thrilled and pleased to have myself surrounded with an unbelievable group of supporters. Everyone who is linked with the Ivy League Connection program is always involved in some way or another. Everyone is on hand to provide encouragement. Needless to say, it is evident that this program was initiated by a strong team of people. It is no wonder the program, on many levels, continues to flourish.
I cannot speak for others, but I can certainly speak for myself. Having the opportunity to travel to the East Coast, especially to study at an Ivy League school, may be the highlight of my life. Over the years, I have been offered many opportunities to become a student ambassador and to attend summer enrichment programs at other states. This, however, has always been out of my parent’s financial capability. Therefore, going to New York (my dream place to live) means a great deal to me. Coming from a background where I always had to turn down offers, I strongly believe I will appreciate this life-changing opportunity much more on a larger scale.
As a budding business woman and journalist, I plan to enter the business world and the media world in my own right. My interest for learning about the business field works in favor for me. I know that I will enter the program wholeheartedly, and I have high hopes I will pull through.
I am definitely excited to immerse myself in a rigorous curriculum. To do well in the Hotel course, I must be extremely attentive and be able to pace myself. Above all, I will have to tweak my time management skills to the point where it is seamless.
This is only the start of a long but valuable journey. I am looking forward to attending the first college counseling session and meeting other resourceful people along the way.
Until next time, stay updated with the program by reading my blogs as well as those of others’.