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.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Quicker than a New York minute
Despite the fact that the trip seems like it has snuck up on me, I am excited to go to New York, or particularly, to Ithaca--home to the lush campus of Cornell University.
Unlike the students who will attend the Freedom and Justice course, students, like me, who will study Hotel Operations Management have not been assigned to any readings yet. Rather than viewing this situation as half empty, I'll see it as half full. The only pre-assignment I have been assigned is to study the leading hotel companies, including Marriott International, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and Four Seasons. Within these few remaining days before I depart from San Francisco, I will delve into all the trivial details on my own, such as information in regards to the business model and the strategic direction each company fosters.
This opportunity is the perfect chance for me to work closely with educated and canny figures who have experience in the business realm, or to be more specific, the dynamic hotel management industry. I am certainly more than ready to be enlightened by Professor Reneta and Mark McCarthy.
I have always set my heart on pursuing business (one of the two majors I plan to get a degree in) in college, but I strongly believe that exploring this field will help me see if this is right for me...if this is a perfect fit for me.
The other major I plan to pursue is journalism. Since Syracuse University is well-known for its paramount journalism/communications program, I could not pass up the amazing opportunity to take a live campus tour.
What I am looking forward to most is connecting with local students as well as students from neighboring countries and from afar. Listening to others' background and exchanging personal stories will only make me culturally-enriched. Most importantly, I am ready to share them my story and what my community has to offer, including, but not limited to, the ILC program.
As soon as I arrive in Ithaca, I will start posting up snapshots of the city, products of Cornell and Syracuse university, dinner outing, and so much more.
Until next time,