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 29, 2009

Everyday is a learning experience

The whole school day was devoted to Powerpoint presentations. Among the 19 groups that existed, my group was fifth in line to present our slideshow on Interstate Hotels and Resorts. I thought my group presentation well. With anything, there should always be room for improvement. Based on my careful observation, each group, including my own team, had its own flair in terms of showcasing their reports. For me, listening to others and viewing a variety of styles of introducing a hotel company was enlightening.

I must acknowledge the fact that staying at Cornell has been an odyssey of discovery for me, personally as well as intellectually. Everyday I pick up a new tool or idea. This program has taught me to become more courageous to take a challenge. Most importantly, it is crucial to challenge oneself and to see if you have the capability and drive to be on par with other talented individuals.

To conclude, I want to clearly emphasize the fact that everyday is a growing experience for me. I may not pick up a tool right away, but with a dose of effort and passion, it'll eventually manifest. Today, particularly, I have noticed that one of the best alternatives to learning is to sit back and to observe. Observe who, you might ask? Look no further--my classmates, of course.

1 comment:

  1. Growth is important. In reading your post I clearly see a young woman who feels that Cornell is growing on her. Yes, Cornell is a fabulous academic institution that hopefully is a fit for your talents. One can read that you are becoming more OPEN to seeing yourself on this big stage.

    I do hope that you will apply. This is not to say that you will close the door to other academic institutions, but it appears that you are contemplating options that may have not been present prior to your time here at the Cornell Summer Studies Program for High School Students.

    Remember, your sponsors and suppporters are also sitting back and observing. We all want to see your development and growth. I in particular, have enjoyed reading your comments and I am appreciative of the insight and self reflection that you have displayed with the posts.

    Keep us as part of the journey. I do hope that some of my emails on the Hotel Industry have assisted in your plans and ideas.

    Take care and enjoy your day.

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