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.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Another attempt at CHESS
Today was a very simple day. We began working on report templates. This time, I was able to take lots of notes. Normally, when we work in the computer lab with Mr. McCarthy, he goes through every step of how to set a template up really quickly. You are watching the projection of what he is doing on the computer and if you blink once, it seems like you just missed two steps. He tries to slow down if many of the students are lost, but most times he doesn't. If you need help, the TA's normally come to you and get you up to speed. I was glad I was able to take lots of notes though. I feel much more informed and prepared with the steps in my notebook.
After working with Mr. McCarthy, my group worked with Mrs. McCarthy and started our second attempt at the CHESS hotel simulation game. I read through the comments she wrote on my memo and began making the adjusts she suggested. I thought I would do much better. In the game, the speed is set to one minute per day, so it goes pretty quickly. We have to go through a seven-week duration in the game. My goal was $10,000 by the end of those 7 weeks. I started off well, but then for some reason, my revenue and the percent of occupancy declined. I was trying so hard to figure out why. I changed various expenses and played with the rate planner. In the end, I ended up with about a 74% occupancy and around $9600. I was so angry that I didn't reach $10,000. I wanted it so much!
Next week, we will get to work with CHESS again, but this time as a group project. With four brains put together and all our ideas, I am sure we will be able to reach a revenue beyond $10,000.
After class, we met up with Ms. Kronenberg and Mr. Crossley. It was quite lovely to see her again. We discussed a little about the class, Cornell, and being in Ithaca. Everyone was all smiles and laughs. Our short meeting together was very enjoyable. In the midst of our talks, a little old lady approached us with an article in The Ithaca Times about saving the deers that live in Ithaca. She expressed how she felt about the atrocity of the decreasing populations of deer. She had so much determination to make everyone aware of the issue. Determination is something I always admire.