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.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cornell, here we come

I cannot believe we will be leaving for Ithaca in only three days. I am very excited to be embarking on this adventure. The journey up to this point has been very enlightening. I feel so fortunate and so blessed to be a part of the Ivy League Connection. I know that I will not let the ILC down.
I am excited for this trip in multiple aspects. This will be my first time going to New York, and I cannot wait to see what it is like to live on a college campus. Furthermore, I truly look forward to class I am taking, Professor Kramnic's Freedom and Justice course. I, along with my peers, get to spend three weeks studying political philosophy. Thanks to Mr. Ramsey, we have already received the text books and are well prepared for this course. I cannot wait to see how Professor Kramnic brings everything together.
I know that we will be making good use of our time on the East Coast. Although most of our time will be dedicated to our studies, we will also be visiting Syracuse University the first Saturday we are there. (I can hardly believe that will be THIS Saturday.) We may also be visiting Rochester as well; and there are talks of a trip to Niagara Falls for the Fourth of July.
Truly, I am so excited about this opportunity. It has been a long time since our interviews in February, but the ILC has been there every step of the way. The ILC has not only provided me with this once in a lifetime opportunity, but also the inspiration and the means to continue with my high standards. Through this organization I have been chosen to receive the outstanding services of college counselor, Ms. Sue Kim. I have attended a formal dinner with Cornell Alumni. I have attended Exploring College Options seminars with some of the top universities in the country. I have met other high achieving students in our district. I truly appreciate the Ivy League Connection.

Cornell, here we come!

1 comment:

  1. Ramiah,

    Everything that’s come your way is well deserved and earned. No one is giving you anything—it was all there for the taking and you had the will, the desire and the intelligence to do what was necessary to reach out and claim your prize.

    We all have complete faith in you and your cohorts. If we didn’t, we would have pulled the plug a long time ago.

    I’m so looking forward to what you’re all going to do with what you’re going to be exposed to.

    I am, however, disappointed in the way you were heaping praise on Ms. Kim, Mr. Ramsey and even the Cornell alums. Didn’t my fine photos inspire you in the least? You already look pretty good on your own but I thought I brought it all out to make you look even better. If I didn’t have such thick skin and if I didn’t like you so much my feelings might be hurt. Oh well…

    I’ll still support you and write kind words about you and I’ll continue to take pretty pictures of you.