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 20, 2009

Ithaca. Here we are!

We made it through the first day at Cornell! Of course, classes haven't began yet, but I found my first day incredibly productive.

First off, the flight to Ithaca was horrendous. We were delayed on each of our flights and the plane experience various moments of turbulence, making the flights uncomfortable and almost to the point of unbearable. We did not arrive to the dorms until around 2:00 in the morning. However, all that matters now is that I am here at Cornell and meeting some great people.

Once we arrived to the dorms, it was a little creepy going through the dorms. I found my room okay, but I had some trouble figuring out the features of my room. For instance, I could not turn on the lights in my room. While figuring it out, I accidentally woke up the RA, or Resident Assistant, who live across from me. She was able to help me out. I sincerely apologize for waking up her well deserved sleep. I know that these RA's help prepare all the dorms for the summer college students to stay.

Today, we went to Syracuse University. I must say, it is a beautiful campus. It is a place where the classical meets the modern. I was impressed with the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. It had a very contemporary look to it, which reflects its powerful use of modern technology in the programs. Syracuse University also has an amazing study abroad program. It even allows students to study abroad in the first semester of freshman year. How awesome is that! Personally, study abroad is a must.

After the highly informational visit to SU, we returned to Cornell just in time for orientation. There we were able to see Abby Eller and the dean of the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, Glenn C. Altschuler. With Ms. Eller's inviting words and Dean Altschuler's wisdom, wit, and encouragement, I knew I would have a time of my life.

In addition to hearing these two esteemed officials speak, each course met up with their respective professors. I was very excited to finally meet the two professors who will teach, guide, and assist me through my three weeks at the School of Hotel Management at Cornell University, Professors Reneta and Mark McCarthy. Their description of the class made me even more anxious to begin and get interactive with other students in the class and familiarize myself with the state-of-the-art computer program CHESS.

Even though it poured all day, water was seeping through my shoes, and I was running on only three hours of sleep, I immensely enjoyed the brief moments I had with the new friends I made today and hearing from the people who I will be working with and who expect me to have a superb time at Cornell. Plus, I ended the day with the ice cream social. Ice Cream... yummy!


1 comment:

  1. Louisa,

    What an adventure! Air travel can always be counted on to be the source for stories for years to come. The best part is that with each passing year the story will get better and better. My guess is that in a decade or so the story will include the crash and how you and your cohorts saved the day.

    Don't you love how the first impression your RA has of you is of you waking her from a sound sleep? When I heard about how late you were all getting in I had to wonder about how intrusive you might be to your roomies and RA's. Aside from sleeping in the rain on the bench outside, though, it was unavoidable.

    I know that even in metropolitan areas it's pretty tough to get your rental car late in the evening so I'd like to read about how easy this was in a rural setting and with a specialty vehicle. I'm assuming it all worked out but I'm guessing there's a story to be told there, as well.

    I'm excited at the thought of reading about your Hotel Management courses. That's not an area I would ever want to go into (the whole dress code thing) but it still sounds fascinating to learn about.

    Sounds like your trip to Syracuse was also of great interest. There seems to be programs there that demand you check into them further.

    Here we send you to Cornell and already you've learned about other schools in the area. Already this is money well spent.