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.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Goodbye, Hercules!

This is the last full day we will have in Hercules for 3 weeks. I have never been away from home for such an extended period of time prior to Cornell, and I am extremely excited. I look forward to the new environment, the rolling hills, the trees, the wildlife... the overall beautiful nature which will surround the campus - the sights I've seen so many pictures of and have looked forward to witnessing in person for several months. The moment is finally here. Last night, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning in an attempt to finalize my suitcase. I'm officially done packing. It makes Cornell seem so much closer. I cannot believe we will be leaving tomorrow. I have such high hopes for this trip. I cannot wait to take home with me the knowledge I will gain while over there, from both Professor Kramnick and the people who will also be in the class. How excited are you girls? (: I'll keep you readers posted!

- xoxo, Julia. 

1 comment:

  1. Julia,

    What a GREAT posting. You really embraced the flavor of this whole adventure--even down to the packing.

    I've never heard anyone say that Ithaca is a dump or that the photos of Cornell were unrepresentative of what they experienced so that part of the trip should be an event to remember.

    The classes that you and your team will be taking are some of the best offered in the Ivy League Connection. They'll give you all a chance to think, participate and come back with a new knowledge of the world.

    I used to consider myself a scientist (majored in theoretical physics at Cal) but when I read about some of the other classes that some of our ILC kids will be taking my eyes just glaze over, my body starts shaking and I get a bad case of the willies. Some of those classes not only seem hard but they seem to lack that special something that might entice me to sign up for the class. I guess I've just lost my enthusiasm for such things.

    At the time of my writing of this response I'm guessing that you're somewhere over the midwest but my thoughts are with you nonetheless.