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 27, 2009

Yellow jackets & dandelions

After an extremely fun Friday night, everyone woke up early on this Saturday morning to visit University of Rochester -- home of the yellow jackets and dandelions. I must admit, it was very difficult to wake up early after a busy week, but I do not regret doing that. University of Rochester left a great impression on me.

I am most impressed by the 5 year masters program for business and medicine. Usually an 8-year program, students who are interested in getting a masters degree in medicine have the option of applying for the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program. Likewise, the typical 6-year business program can be shortened to a 5-year program. Both are highly competitive to get into; for example, the REMS program accepts only 10 student applicants each year.

In addition to that, I found the collaboration between University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music intriguing. Students attending Rochester have the chance to use facilities at the Eastman School of Music to complete courses that satisfy their music major requirements.

Like other schools, Rochester also provides students with opportunities to study abroad. For me, studying abroad must be offered by the schools I am interested in attending. I believe the experience of living o another continent for a semester will provide me enough resources to learn about different cultures. In addition, the school has a need-based, need-blind admission program and provides those in need many scholarships, loans, and work-study options.

After our group's 1-hr campus tour of the University of Rochester convinced me that I should consider it as a possible college option.


  1. Great, great post. I value and appreciate how you construct your thoughts. In reading your posts it appears that you have a command on what you want to convey to the reader. I do hope that you will expand your impressions to include comments that provide us insight into how we can improve our educational services for students.

    Your comments reveal your impressions and next steps, but what they fail to include our comments about the district's preparation of students and how we can better serve our students. Was it a wake up call being at Cornell? Has it given you additional insight into all that exists in the eduational community.

    Let us know? We want to make a difference. I know that you are part of the planning team for the first Ivy League Connection "Hip-Hop" dance, but maybe include as part of the program a discussion section where city leaders can hear from each of you about how we can make our district stronger.

    Thanks again, Yueming for your impressions. You are in a valuable place because you are just a rising junior and you will have another summer with the ILC. So, please continue to spread the "good news" and give other students a much needed lesson in what exists here on the East Coast.

    Take care.

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

  2. Yueming,

    Once again it's wonderful to read your posts.

    I can fully appreciate your comments about having to arise early (being one who hardly ever rises early) but it's sometimes necessary in order to mesh with the schedules for the rest of the world.

    Sounds like your trip to Rochester also had some value for you.

    I'm really not sure if it's a good idea to accelerate some of these programs. Cramming in so much information (book learning) has some value but taking in life's experiences also has value. Interning in the business world allows you to see the practical applications of business practices that you can never get in a classroom.

    The same can be said about the medical field. I've watched enough ER and House to know that there's no amount of classroom training that can prepare you for a helicopter crashing into your ER or having a megamaniacal hospital CEO that's gunning for you. You need real life experiences to help prepare you for stuff like that.

    On the other hand, cutting short your studies by a couple of years means that you'll graduate maybe a hundred grand less in debt.