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.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Orientation with Sue Kim

After completing my list of perfunctory tasks which I do every Sunday, I had a chance to meet with Sue Kim, an educational consultant.

At the meeting, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Madeline Kronenberg as well. She was such great company for the duration of time she was there. Ms. Kronenberg could not join us for the full session because she had some home errands to take care of. I hope the quality of the interior work done to her house is just as she pictured it to be.

But, who else was there to join us? Don, of course. From the start, he utilized his photography skills and captured photos of our parents (the mugshots continue...). As a dedicated sponsor, he spent his afternoon taking photos of the live session and afterwards, group photos of the Hercules and Pinole students.

To complete the full house, we had Mr. Ramsey join us for the orientation. He just came back from Portland (the NCAA basketball tournament). Mr. Grossley and Ms. Kahn were both actively involved at the meeting, which was held at Pinole Valley High School.

Zachary Taylor and Jeannie Wu, students from Pinole Valley, and Ramiah and Lousia were all there to accompanied me.

Ms. Kim provided each of us a binder, tightly packed with information on financial aid, A-G courses, tests, personal statements, and more. Today's meeting was all about introducing us to the holistic process of the college admissions experience. Because I have started my research for a period now, I was particularly familiar with all the terms and information she brought up. What I am most looking forward to is attending the next meeting and of course, my one-on-one sessions with her. I strongly believe she can help me generate a listing of schools that will be an excellent "fit" for me based on my character, my needs, my wishes.

I cannot wait to delve into the whole segment on personal statements. Sometimes, it is easier said than done when trying to highlight your attributes and aspirations on paper. In the meantime, I have the handy binder right within reach, so I can pore over the details whenever I want.

From previous emails, Mr. Ramsey already noted that the ILC students will be going to local college fairs in late April/early May. I never had a chance to go, so I am beyond ecstatic to see a long line of booths representing their colleges and handing out circulars to prospective students.

The only problem is...pinpointing the exact college I want out of the batch (I am looking into applying to around 8-10 institutions). Right now, I will not try to look that far down the line because summer is just around the corner.

You know what that means...

...Big Apple, here I come.

1 comment:

  1. Stacy,

    As expected, your commentary was enlightening. I'm glad that you were able to learn from meeting with Sue Kim.

    It's been a long while since I attended college but even at this late stage of my life I'm learning so much from Sue about what's out there and how the process works. Surely if I had been provided with guidance like what Sue Kim offers my own life might have turned out differently.

    I hope that some of the other attendees might post here and I hope that all of the attendees encourage their parents to provide a few thoughts on all of this. We can learn so much from all of you but only if, as you've done here, you reach out and talk to us.