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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Great Demand

Mr. McCarthy and Mrs. McCarthy started off the day on a good note. They joyfully praised all of us because both of them were quite impressed with everyone's presentations and how well we executed them. After that, we had a quiz on the fundamentals of hotel companies or franchises and the basic structures of companies.

After that, the class dispersed with some students, including, myself, heading to the lab where we had the opportunity to play CHESS for the second time. With CHESS, I could adjust my expenses accordingly based on the occupancy level, and the groups that I would be targetting.

Moving on to the other lab, I was then under the instruction of Mr. McCarthy. He showed us the ins and the outs to a report template, giving us examples of what are acceptable and what are not in the real business world. Most importantly, he emphasized the multitude of tools or applications to apply to any report document.

Lastly, to finish the day, Mrs. McCarthy highlighted the essentials of yield management. If I were to apply that concept to CHESS, it would mean that I had to allocate the right room to the right customer for the right price. This would all build up to the level of demand, either making business profitable or not, depending on how much demand increases.

As soon as the Hotelies exited the Statler Hall building, I saw Ms. Kronenberg and Mr. Grossley outside, waiting for us. It was incredibly refreshing to see Ms. Kronenberg. She was all smiles. All of us chatted for about an hour, talking about yield management and "The Hotel Inspector," a BBC show hosted by Ruth Watson who was ready to whip struggling hotel owners into shape. Most importantly, we all talked about the hotel management class, Cornell University, and New York City, in general.

In the midst of talking, a once-Ithaca resident decided to come forth to us, presenting us The Ithaca Times. A passionate individual who was concerned with the species of deer, she told us to read the article and to write to the newspaper, addressing the cons of killing deers in Cayuga Heights.

This may sound irrelevant, but it just shows that many people are passionate about various issues, whether they are related to animals or not. Some people, or anyone, as a matter-of-factly, are willing to go the extra mile to convey their messages. At the end of the day, that's what matters, right?

...doing what you do best, what you are passionate about.

1 comment:

  1. What is your passion? Do you feel that it was appropriate for the individual to approach you with her issue? You are in the midst of a management class that talks about marketing and advertising. Is this still a useful way to get a message to the masses. On some level she made her point and got you to write about deers and their plight. I wish them well.

    What I need to hear from you is how being at Cornell has impacted your outlook on life. What is it like to make new friends outside of your community? Has that changed you as a person?

    I need more analysis about your course rigor and how it relates to the course work that you have at Hercules High School. Stacy, you have always enjoyed a challenge and have always sought out more rigor. You want a good education. Has this experience shown you that either, we as a school district, have meet our obligation to prepare you for the next level or that we have failed you terribly and not given you the tools to succeed.

    How does our readiness compare with other students from other communities and I dare say other countries. Share with me your insight and give me something that I take back to the board.

    Hope all else is well.

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