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


I would definitely say that I am getting the hang of things here. Today, everything seemed pretty normal. We met for breakfast after printing our essays at Appel, and then walked across campus to McGraw Hall for lecture. John Locke is the philosopher we are now dealing with, and was therefore the topic of Professor Kramnick’s lecture. After that we went to Goldwin Smith Hall for discussion. I think that considering how much Locke’s ideals have shaped the politics of our country, almost all of the students are generally more comfortable with this information. These theories do not seem as new. Lunch was, as always, at trillium - which is actually a very good dining hall.

Our Plato essay was due today in our writing workshop. Little did we know we were going to be peer editing in class. Our TA said he did this so we will all realize that everyone has some struggles when it comes to writing. Mr. Desmond also gave us the study guide for the Prelim we have on Wednesday. Overall it was a very good day. Nothing too exciting, but I think everyone needs days like these every once in a while.

One exciting thing for tomorrow is that Mrs. Kronenberg will be here and will be sitting in on our classes. I am looking forward to seeing her.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks Ramiah, it appears that you are feeling comfortable with your class. In reading your comments I am curious about what you are finding out about yourself and what you are taking from the class. Has it challenged you? Has it made you learn more about your strengths and weaknesses? What does say about district's ability to have students ready for the next level?

    I want to read more about how you feel that Hercules High School has prepared you and your colleagues for college. Give me your thoughts and impressions. How do we compare coming from a district that has less than a steller reputation with those students who come from prestigious private institutions.

    I am glad that you are looking forward to seeing Ms. Kronenberg. Let us know how the time with her goes this morning.

    I also hope that everything went well with your Plato Essay. Remember this is not about getting a good grade, but about working to improve your abilities. We want this experience to be about growth and developing your talents. This is why you are at the Cornell summer studies program for high school students.

    Please continue to share your impressions and views. I have always enjoyed reading your comments. Until next time, keep up the good work.

    Take care.

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