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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Another productive day....

Although having office hours in the evening can be a hassle and a bummer at times, I think they are really helpful. I was able to finish most of my homework assignments during the two hour period. Plus, I was able to discuss the assignment with the TA's. They were really helpful. It was awfully annoying at office hours though because many of the students in my computer group were loud, disrupting everyone around them, and bothering the TA's. They were immature and i don't think they got anything done. Their loss.

Today we were finally separated into our project teams. I am working with this girl named Christine from Vancouver, this guy named Hunter, and a rising junior named Liz. They are very hospitable and seem easy to work with. I believe that our company project and our group CHESS simulation with go very well. In our company project, we will have to research a hotel corporation and present the facts to the class. My group was assigned Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts. It is a corporation headquartered just outside of the Greater London area. Since it is an international hotel group, I am very eager to do my research on it and compare it to the American companies.

We were also introduced to the essential programs behind business computing. We began working with and becoming acquainted with Microsoft Office 2007. It is somewhat confusing, but I think I can manage. Tonight for office hours I plan to explore Word 2007 as we will have our first quiz tomorrow. It is only a small test to see how well we know the word processing software, but I am still really nervous.

I must say, the CHESS hotel simulation program is so interesting. It is a large assignment for us, but I am not even considering it as an assignment. I look at it more like a game. There are so many different features to it, including tracking advertisement values, charting revenues, and the program also has a live database that changes every so often and tells how many rooms are being booked, occupied, and dropped. It is amazing. Tomorrow will be our first day to get hands on with the program. I am so anxious to try it out.



  1. Louisa,

    It's a shame that we weren't made fully aware of the need for our participants to be versed in Word 2007 instead of Word 2003. Had that been the case we certainly would have prepared you beforehand with some very good books and even the software if necessary. Under separate cover I've sent you an email offering to provide the books right away so please let me know.

    On another note, you should not feel the least bit hesitant to confront the children in your computer lab and ask them to grow up. You can also bring this to the attention of your TA and even your professor. As genteel as you are I'm sure that you can handle it more smoothly than I could/would but this isn't summer camp, Louisa, We/you paid a lot of money for this class at a prestigious university so Cornell owes it to all of the students to police the participants in the classes and weed out the children who are there on somebody else's dime.

    One of the reasons you were selected for the ILC is because you posses certain leadership skills. I think you might be surprised how much support you would have if you were to step forward and try to set things right.

  2. Don,

    I do understand what you are saying. The following day, those fellow students who were rowdy and bothering the TA's were all called out and lectured by the professors. I was glad. You don't have to worry too much about my unfamiliarity with Word 2007. I looked through the program and I think I can easily get by. It isn't too difficult for me. Thank you though.