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.

Friday, June 26, 2009

June 26: I Survived Week One!

It's been a long week, but I have survived my first week at Cornell Summer College! Today's itinerary was pretty basic because it consisted of merely two discussion sessions that last for roughly 2 and half hours. Today's discussions were surrounded around Plato's ideals and views of human nature and democracy. In order to illustrate the ways Plato influences our modern society, Des showed clips from The Matrix. It was a great, relaxing way to start off the class, and it also allowed us to realize how influential this iconic philosopher is thousands of years after his lifetime. During our discussion sessions, we also learned the inevitable homework assignment would be ever present this weekend. We are to read John Locke this weekend, and also write a Plato regarding essay. Because I enjoy Plato's writings, I am looking forward to this essay.

After today's discussion sessions and lunch, Julia, Stacy, Louisa, Yueming and I decided that it was time for a little fun! We took the TCAT to the local mall, and did what girls do: SHOP. While I'm not the biggest shopper, I enjoyed getting off campus for a few hours and seeing my Hotelie friends! After hitting the main stores, we rushed to the movie theater to catch the 7:30 showing of Transformers 2. Because I hadn't seen the first Transformers movie, I was a smidge lost. Oh well, I had a great time. (By the way, tonight's outing explains the late blogging!) Now I must bid goodbye, for our University of Rochester tour is tomorrow morning! I'll be sure to let everyone know how it goes!


  1. Justine,

    As always, it was great to read what you had to say.

    It was also fun just reading about kids being kids (anyone younger than me is still a kid so don't get all twisted over being called a kid).

    Every review I've read says that T-2 isn't all that great but every review I've read also says that every teenager in the country will have seen it in the first three weeks. I'm betting that the studios would much rather have the truckloads of cash rather than an Oscar. What do you think?

  2. Glad that you got a needed break. I am hopeful that this will be provide more time to focus on your academics.

    Keep up the good work. I am sure that you are family is taking note back at home.

    Take care.

    Charles T. Ramsey