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
July 4: 100th Blog!
Today began at a reasonably late hour with the majority of us meeting at Appel Commons at 12:30pm for brunch. After filling our bellies and chatting about the previous night's dance, we gathered our belongings and made our way to the Appel Field for the 4th of July Carnival. I love carnivals, so I hoped that today's activities would bring out the kid in me. Sadly, I was disappointed! I do have to give recognition to the RCA's who try so hard to provide entertainment for the hourds of teenagers here. At the carnival, there were several moonbounces, inflatable sumo wrestling, one carnival game, and concessions. I have to be honest, we stayed long enough to take a few pictures and grab some snacks. We decided that relaxing in our rooms is much more enjoyable than staying out at the windy carnival.
I have been asked to explain why students should apply to the Ivy League Connections. In the simplest terms: It opens your eyes to the countless opportunities that high school students have been previously blind to. Prior to my hearing of the ILC in the last weeks of my sophomore year, I had no idea where I wanted to attend college (although, I did know that I want to major in Environmental Science). I didn't consider making early college plans due to the fact that I felt like I didn't particularly stick out in my class of 250 bright students. If you do not know, I was asked to participate in the ILC in a very "spur of the moment" way in spring of 2008. Ms. Lilhanand informed me in the last few weeks of my sophomore year that I would have the opportunity, along with three other students, to apply to the University of Pennsylvania's Bio Medicine course. Because the invitation was asked at such a late notice, I had to decline due to previous family engagements. It was extremely saddened because I truly wanted to attend, but there was absolutely no way I could go. Although I did not participate in the trip to Pennsylvania, the ILC instilled a sense of academic confidence in me that convinced me to apply for this year's program. There was no way I was going to let another opportunity pass by me. Luckily, I had ample time to plan ahead for Cornell, and now I may finally call myself an Ivy Leaguer. Even though I had a chance to be a two-year Ivy Leaguer, I'm proud to call myself an Ivy Leaguer at all. There was a chance it couldn't have happened at all!
In terms of advice for prospective Ivy Leaguers, I have plenty to share. The Ivy League isn't for every student who thinks that they are reasonably smart. This program requires a strive for success, and the ILC serves as the "open door" for success. In other words, students must earn their place in the Ivy League Connection in order to reap its full benefits. So if you are considering applying, you must be willing to work in order to take full advantage of the program. If you truly want to be apart of the program, then you should look forward to working towards the best college experience you can obtain with help from the ILC. Overall, the ILC serves as the best stepping stone towards reaching your ultimate academic potential. I hope this helps! Have a great holiday!