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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

June 29: "Don't Stress"

After a much needed weekend, the school week has begun and classes have reconvened. In normal fashion, my day began at Appel Commons for breakfast with my fellow Freedom & Justice students, Julia and Ramiah. After jokingly groaning about having to wake up early again, we made our way to McGraw Hall for another Kramnick lecture on philosopher John Locke. Because Locke is such an influential philosopher, Professor Kramnick's lecture will take two days to finish. Day one of "Locke's Lecture" brought up ideas of individualism, liberalism, and liberty. The lecture was, as usual, thought-provoking and comprehensive. After lecture, we gathered for our discussion sections in Goldwin-Smith and discussed Professor Kramnick's lecture. We focused primarily on the nature of man and why there is a need for government if individualism is pivotal. Following discussion, we had lunch at Trillium, where I cannot rave enough about the variety of foods.

Just as our schedules suggest, we strolled back to Goldwin-Smith for our writing workshop with our TA. During the session, we peer-edited our classmates' papers and provided critiques, insights, and suggestions. Because I have a knack for editing and the paper I had to read was decently written, I was among the first to finish. This is where the title of my blog comes in. When picking up my corrected papers, my TA, Des, takes my papers, gives me a little swat with them and says, "Don't stress. You always looked stressed." I couldn't help but laugh and shake off any signs of nervousness that he claimed to see. Overall, today was an informative day. It's really hitting me that next week is our last week here, and it's a tad bittersweet. I'll definitely absorb what's left of the time I have at Cornell University.

1 comment:

  1. Des is right, "Don't stress". You have a lot of talent and it is on full display here at Cornell. I am glad that you are having a joyous time with Professor Kramnick and his teachings. Now is the time for you to challenge yourself and others and take what you are learning to a higher level. It is clear in reading your posts that you are not struggling, but thriving in this class.

    I would make sure that Des and professor Kramnick keep you in mind should you want a letter of recommendation. Of course your grade will be the biggest letter of recommendation, but sometimes a personal note can reveal so much more.

    Stanford University is still number one in your site and I agree that Stanford is a fantastic University. I would also hope that you would strongly consider Cornell which has a steller reputation. Both schools are considered "heavyweights" in the college arena and either one would be honored to have your presence.

    Keep us informed and please enjoy your time with Ms. Kronenberg while she is in Ithaca.

    Take care.

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