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, June 28, 2009

Almost the Beginning of the Second Week

What a busy day. We went to Collegetown again. This time, I was able to go with Justine, Julia, and Ramiah. It was nice to regroup again after a week of different schedules. We didn't stop by the bagel shop today in Collegetown, since we ate brunch before going.

By the way, I have to say, I really think that the Appel Commons leaves the good food for weekend brunch. What is served during the week isn't that great at all. I also finally decided to try having my first bowl of cereal here. I normally have cereal every morning for breakfast at home, but I am afraid of drinking any kind of milk that is not from home. Last time I had milk from somewhere else, I caught the stomach flu. However, I am alive and well. I can now go back to my daily breakfast staple and that is cereal. I love cereal so much. I could literally live off of it.

When I returned to the dorms, I went straight to work on my part of the Powerpoint presentation for tomorrow. I was still incredibly confused about how I should structure my part. Once I set everything up and included all the content, I was really not satisfied. I thought that my part looked too boring. I wanted to add as many awesome effects as I could and for it to have as much pizzazz as possible, but it would've looked too cluttered and I was not sure how to put those effects into my slides anyways. At that point, I wished Mr. McCarthy had gone over the Advanced Powerpoint lesson. That lesson, however, will not be taught until next week. I do want to master Powerpoint. I want to show everyone at home my skill! Wouldn't it be great if during next school year I could produce a presentation that amazed everyone because it would contain so many features that no one exactly knew about?

Once I got to office hours, my groupmates and I put everything into place and looked at the entire thing. I was still a bit upset at my part. I tried to add to it as much as I could. I wanted it to be perfect. The thing about me is I always second guess myself. When someone thinks something is fine, I don't. I need to stop and just accept things, like a Powerpoint slideshow, the way they are. What a challenge for me!



  1. Louisa,

    Sometimes less is more. With this PP presentation you have to stay focused on what it is that you're trying to accomplish. Are you trying to demonstrate your PP skills or are you trying to provide your viewers with information they need to take back to their office with them?

    The point here is that you need to come up with a balanced mix of the Wow Factor while putting the info in front of your clients. You don't want them walking away from the presentation talking about the great show they saw but ignoring the information they came to learn.

    On the other hand, you don't want their snoring to drown out your presentation.

    Powerpoint is just a tool, Louisa, and it's not the show. Always stay focused on what it is you're trying to achieve.

    Interesting about your cereal fixation. At first I was going to suggest that you are a "cheap date" [not that you're cheap but that you're low maintenance and easy to please} but then I remembered that breakfast cereal is, pound for pound, significantly more expensive than filet mignon.

    No matter where you are, Louisa, you're going to come across spoiled food or you're going to catch some bug. You can't condemn a specific food or generalize about foods prepared outside of your comfort zone and refuse to consume them. You could just as easily have taken ill off of milk from your own refrigerator.

    And a good cold glass of milk can make all the difference in the world.

    I remember my first meal in my dorm at Cal when I went to the table where the drinks were located. They had all of those big refrigerated boxes of milk sitting there. They had whole milk, skim milk, half & half, low fat and even chocolate milk. Being a milk man myself, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. And the best part was that they didn't post a guard or anything so I could keep going back.

    I was always brought up on low fat milk so this gave me a chance to test the waters, so to speak, and see what the differences were. Whole milk tasted so thick and skim milk tasted like water. Chocolate milk, of course, was just divine.

  2. Don made some valuable points in this post. I will not expand on them other than to remember that being open to learn is important.

    Take care.

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