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, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July

I have slept in for the past two days; my goodness I actually feel like its summer. Nonetheless I know that it is only the weekend. I plan on working on the revision of my essay today. Another assignment I am looking forward to is the one from Mr. Ramsey. When I finish my blog I will be getting on the Cornell website and look up the admissions office. Unfortunately, I am assuming they will be closed for the holiday weekend, but I do hope that I can make an appointment to talk with someone.
There was a carnival on campus today and we checked it out. Unfortunately, it was not quite what we expected so after grabbing some cotton candy and popcorn we headed back to the dorms.
I have made some friends outside of our Hercules group. Most of them live in Mary Donlon, but some do live in Balch. I have yet to actually see the inside of a Balch dorm, but I have been inside the building – and do have a pretty good idea of what they look like – because my the TAs have office hours there.



  1. Thanks Ramiah. I look forward to your comprehensive post to my questions. Julia and Justine have done a marvelous job of putting out valuable information about what we can do to improve our school district and the Ivy League Connection.

    I am off to do a little mingling at the various community events on this Fourth of July.

    Let me know your thoughts, especially about your TA. Remember, it is not just the admissions office that I want you to visit. I want you to also take a trip to the Alumni Assoication office and ask to speak with anyone who is an alum. They will give you additional information about why they love Cornell. I also want you to remind them that you have had a dinner with the San Francisco Bay Area alums and that you plan to apply to Cornell and would love for them to put you in contact with someone who could interview you.

    Time to get working.

    Take care.

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

  2. Ramiah,

    It now seems official—the carnival wasn’t such a great thing. That’s too bad for everyone. I think that maybe you all had much higher expectations of what to expect and became disappointed with what you saw. I’m sure that it became apparent to your RCA’s, too, that it was a disappointment to you all and that’s sad because I’m sure they went to a fair amount of trouble and spent their own holiday trying to make yours more enjoyable. I hope, at least, that you all thank them for their efforts. You’re all good people so I know I don’t have to mention that last part.

  3. Ramiah,

    I know you see yourself in Ithaca and look forward to hearing about your discussion with the Admissions Office. Make this a priority -- you won't get a second chance to visit the campus before they decide your fate.

    I suggest that you also ask what is most important to them in an application and an essay. What qualities are they looking for in a new student? What are the most important things you can do to show them that you have those qualities? Ask for specific examples.

    Also, I'd suggest that you let Professor Kramnick know that you are really interested in attending Cornell and find out if he writes letters of recommendation for former students.

    You want to let them know you see yourself as a Cornellian -- and ask for help to become one.

    I'm anxious to hear their responses. Enjoy your last week.