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.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The first hours
After spending my first day at Cornell, I have come to realize how beautiful the location is. The first impressions I had were not fantastic since we arrived late at night, but the walk across a portion of the campus that I shared with Stacy and Louisa helped me overcome my initial thoughts. The gorges. Although they are to be avoided as part of the student conduct code, they still show off their beauty when observed from the suspension bridge. Regardless of the rainy conditions, Cornell’s splendor glowed. I have pictures to prove my point, but it seems that other students have already provided plenty of evidence!
Going on only 3-hours of half-decent sleep, the students along with Mr. Crossley and Mr. Ramsey woke up early for a campus tour of Syracuse University. Despite our sleep-deprivation and exhaustion from our flights, the visit was definitely worth it.
Before visiting, I imagined Syracuse to be a big school in terms of physical size. I was surprised to find that the campus is not overwhelmingly large, yet large enough for students to enjoy some privacy and quiet time. The architecture of the various buildings also makes the school seem very inviting and comfortable.
I learned a lot about Syracuse at the informational session all of the students attended. Interesting facts like how Syracuse does not require SAT subject tests were helpful in setting Syracuse apart from some private colleges. For me, I especially liked the encouragement of study abroad for the entire student populations, which is even available to first semester freshmen in the communication school. Also, I found the 5-year architecture program attractive and reminded me of the 8-year medical program at Brown University.
The rest of the day was spent for orientation and ice-breaking which were both fun. I tried my best to be prepared for the Hotel Operations Management program and I feel confident that I will survive the course. It is true that it is one of the more rigorous courses (mandatory office hours 7-9pm on top of regular scheduling for school), I know I am ready. Let’s go!