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, July 7, 2009
Inevitable Count Down
Another reminder that we are in our final countdown came with the last guest lecture. Today we were fortunate enough to hear from an Ithaca attorney who once fought for marriage of same sex couples here in New York state. He was very specific about using the phrase "marriage for same sex couples" rather than "same sex marriage" because going into the case they did not want to imply that it was somehow different than regular marriage. He did not win the case, but he does believe that in due time this the battle over the marriage of same sex couples will be looked back on much like the one of interracial marriage.
A special treat we got today was an extra discussion session with Professor Kramnick. It was basically an open question session for us to clarify anything we were yet uncertain about. It was optional, but of course Julia, Justine, and I stayed. It is helpful for me to hear the information again, even if I do not have any questions. Also, it is nice to hear other people's questions because by looking at something from a different perspective can lead to questions and concerns I had not even thought of.
We were supposed to eat dinner with Mr. Crossley today, however there was a mix-up with the time. We always meet for dinner at 5:30, but he thought we said 6:30. We waited for him for a while, and ended up being able to check in with him at the Appel dining hall; however we did not eat with him.
We had to rush to office hours after checking in with Mr. Crossley. Mr. Desmond offered to hold a review session based on the feminists we covered last week: de Gouge, Wollstonecraft, and Mill.It was definitely very beneficial to attend this informal discussion session. Mr. Desmond really broke them down in simple terms to make sure that we have a good grasp on their concepts.
I also got to talk with my roommate more in-depth. Her name is Jessica Schnee and she is from Nassau county, Long Island. She is a rising senior and goes to public school. Jessica is taking the psychology class and likes it a lot. It leaves her with plenty of free time and she really likes that. The reason she decided to take psychology is because her older sister, who is a rising senior at University of Buffalo, is a psychology major. She therefore wanted to see what it is about and did not have room for A.P. Psychology in her schedule for next year. Jessica also wanted to get a head start on her college credits. She will definitely be applying to Cornell and it is amongst the top schools on her list. I must say, I am very glad because Jessica and I have truly bonded while here. I will sincerely miss her when it comes time for us to part, but we will be keeping in touch.