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.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 28: Which Way to the Dairy Bar?

Today was a very adventurous day at Cornell University. Since we haven't had a day to sleep-in and truly catch up to East Coast time, we made sure we all got our necessary sleep. I awoke at 10:00am because my body just simply wouldn't allow me to keep my eyes closed. My "early" awakening turned out to be beneficial, for I spent the next two hours finishing my Plato essay that is due tomorrow morning. I also spent a little time devoted to cleaning up my pig sty, to my roommate's delight. At least I didn't wait until July 11th to clean up!

By noon, the majority of us met at Appel for brunch. We decided that it would be fun to take a quick trip to Collegetown before some of our group needed to return to projects, essays and reading. Upon arriving at Collegetown, our group gravitated towards a small store where everything was plastered with a Cornell logo. We really enjoyed this store because it seemed to have much more variety than the Cornell Store on campus. A few of us plan on returning to grab gifts and miscellanea for ourselves and loved ones before we leave. After walking around Collegetown for a little while, we decided to make the trek to the Cornell Dairy Bar, a notorious spot for ice cream. After spending 30 minutes walking in the sun, we found the Dairy Bar, but also found it was closed! Disappointed and tired, we got a hold of Mr.Crossley, who graciously gave us a ride back to Mary Donlon. Although the walk to the Dairy Bar was brutal, we enjoyed the scenery and have many photos to contribute to our future Cornell scrapbooks. It was a great way to see the parts of campus most of us had previously not seen.

As of right now, everyone is in their dorms or meeting with groups to finish up the weekend's homework. I am gearing up to attack my reading assignment: John Locke. I'm excited to read, for I have also been exposed to this philosopher thanks to my AP Language & Composition course. I'm looking forward to this week's classes because we are covering some of my favorite philosophers, which include Locke, de Gouges & Wollstonecraft. This week also marks our class' mid-term. I'm up for the challenge and can only be prepared.


  1. Justine,

    Just as I finished my comments to your blog from yesterday (my 24th set of comments this morning), I see that you've posted again. Brava to you, Justine.

    AND, it's as though you knew what I was writing in my last set of comments about your camera biting the dust in Rochester. I love the photos you've posted here--they add to the value of your words.

    What's with that ice cream parlor being closed? Does the City Council know about this?

    Finding the Cornell store off campus had to be a bonus for you. I never understand why at so many schools the selection of proprietary stuff always seems to be lacking at the student store but when you go across the street to a privately owned store they have tons of good stuff to choose from.

    By the way, with your fondness for things Cardinal, have you checked out the Stanford Store at the Stanford Shopping Mall? Even if it has a lot of Stanford plastered on everything, it's still nice.

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  3. Thanks for the great suggestion, Don. I'll definitely have to look into the Stanford Store. I'll look for any excuse to head down to Stanford! I've seen great colleges during my East Coast trip, but Stanford continues to take the cake. But I've definitely opened my eyes to all of my options, and I plan on considering every last one to the tiniest detail.

    Thanks for all of your great comments. I definitely look forward to them at the end of these long East Coast days.