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.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Week number one of three has come and gone. We made it, girls! We've managed to survive one entire week of college curriculum. I'm sure you are all extremely proud of yourselves. I know I am. (:

During today's class, we had an interesting schedule. Because we had a double lecture yesterday and no discussion section, we had a double discussion section today. It didn't seem as lengthy as I initially thought. The discussion, as usual, was very stimulating. We discussed Plato, his vision of human nature, his version of justice, and his critique of democracy. We turned in our freedom essays and were then informed of our new assignment:


2 - 3 pgs typed, due Monday. In addition to this essay, we also have a substantial amount of reading to do this weekend. This time we will be tackling Locke's compositions. Though F & J has a good amount of work, the girls and I wanted to celebrate the commencement of the weekend and the termination of our first summer college school week. We decided to take the bus down to the local shopping center. We checked out some of the stores and did a little shopping, and then we went to go watch Transformers, a movie I highly recommend to ALL viewers. It was truly amazing. The cinematography was breathtaking and the story line was brilliant. It was a work of true genius. Go out and see it! But anyways. I loved getting the chance to spend time with my ILC cohorts outside of class. It was a nice little break.

But of course school will always be the bigger priority. Bright and early tomorrow morning, we will be meeting to head off to visit Rochester for our scheduled campus tour. I hope to learn more of that esteemed college and further expand my horizons and explore my college options. Tomorrow night, the advisors here at summer college also have planned a "Casino Night" event for us. Between the two major happenings of tomorrow, I plan to get in some reading and begin preparation for my essay. I hope all is well! I shall write again tomorrow. Until then, good night and good rest!

- xoxo, Julia M. 


  1. Julia,

    I KNOW how bright you are but when you try to tell me that a movie about regular machines like, cars, busses and toasters can transform themselves into skyscraper sized living machines that can fly--and then you tell me that the story line was brilliant and a work of true genius--it makes me question a few things. I don't go to movies to see the truth or reality--I go to be entertained but I hear people coming out of this movie discussing scenes as though they could really happen.

    This all worries me, Julia. But I'm glad you all got out and had a good time.

  2. I am glad that you are having a great time at Cornell and on the East Coast. I am getting the impression that this trip has turned out better than even you expected.

    Your journey still continues and now you have the chance to include additional schools into your list of choices for college. Having all these selections is a duanting challenge, but at the same time you are now empowered with more information to make an informed decision.

    Take care.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District