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.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
When you see pictures like these, you know one great day is coming your way! And that's exactly what happened today.
Not only were there clear blue skies and warm sunshine, I felt better from the start of the day. It was very kind of Mr. Crossley to take all six of the Hercules students out to our final brunch at Banfi's in the Statler Hotel. Besides eating the great culinary creations, we all had time to sit around one round table and catch up.
After our meal, we headed back to the dorms to do homework. The F&J students needed to finish reading and writing their second draft for their final Plato essay while the Hotelies needed to plow through the rest of our text packet of required readings. Although we all had a lot of fun this weekend, we knew that our priorities are still our classes. Afterall, it is as Professor Marc McCarthy stressed, "This is summer college, not summer camp."
In the peace and quiet setting of my room, I finally realized just how much I love this whole college experience. I know for certain that I will miss seeing all of my new friends. It will be strange waking up in a week and not seeing my roommate Rachel. It will be strange not listening to Elyssia and Jessica's jokes. It will be strange not laughing along with Sheena. It will be strange not going on this website and blogging about my day. Most importantly, it will be strange not hanging out with Louisa and Stacy everyday and Justine, Julia, and Ramiah on the weekends.
Knowing me, I will probably shed a tear the day we depart from Ithaca, New York, but I have made myself a promise. I will not think about all of the people and activities I will miss. Instead, I will strive to make this last week even more exciting and eventful than the first two. Knowledge, memories, and a few souvenirs are all that I can take back with me so I plan on having as much fun learning and socializing as possible.
Even if the weather does decide to change back to the rainy, humid state, I know the next six days can still be as beautiful as today. Just in a different way.