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

Cram time

For the first time since our arrival at Cornell, I slept in. I cannot deny how great sleeping in felt like after a rigorous first week of school. I am grateful that I had at least caught up on some rest. I have a hunch that I'll need every minute of it for this upcoming week.

It is currently 1:36 am in Ithaca. I have just returned from finishing my group's powerpoint presentation about Host Hotels and Resorts. Everyone in my group had miscalculated the amount of time we needed to put into constructing this powerpoint. Although we had already completely formatted everything we planned on including by 7 pm, we found ourselves changing every slide after our rehearsals. Cram time? Yes indeed.

But if you look on the bright side, at least the presentation is complete. We have already practiced the presentation at least 5 times in full length. Everyone is clear about what information we are incorporating and who will be delivering each slide. My group is ready to go!

Before all the hecktic last-minute edits of my group project, the Hotelies were able to catch up with the F & J students by going to Collegetown for a nice (but hot) stroll. Afterwards, we found ourselves steering towards the direction of Dairy Bar, a student-runned dairy shop. Unfortunately, we did not know the directions to get there so we had to stop and ask the campus police by using the Blue Light. After all the hassle, we learned that the Dairy Bar is closed on Sundays, apparently even on extremely hot Sundays. Luckily, Mr. Crossley was generous enough to give us a ride back to our Mary Donlon dorm. Thus concludes our first campus exploration. Hopefully we will have better luck on the next one.

Now I will go and quickly review the 4 slides I am responsible to deliver tomorrow before I climb into bed. Second week of Hotel Operations Management (whoo-hoo!), here I come!

~Yueming W.


  1. Yueming,

    Chalk this up as one of the things you're learning on this trip: expect the unexpected.

    It's always a good idea to plan ahead with these projects so you finish them WELL in advance of when you think they need to be done. If nothing else, this allows you the option of going back and tweaking things a bit to polish what you've already put together.

    I'm optimistic that your presentation will go just fine but I'll wish you luck, nonetheless.

  2. This is a post commentary, but you see that the presentation went well. It is always good to look back at your comment and reflect on what you were thinking at the time. Now you see why we have you BLOG everyday.

    It is a valuable learning tool and give you better perspective on where you are at a particular point of time.

    Take care.

    Charles T. Ramsey