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
July 5: Winding Down
Today began with a need for an alarm clock, unfortunately. Mr. Crossley invited the 6 of us to accompany him at the Statler Hotel for Sunday brunch, and we simply could not deny the fine dining, nice company, and possibly last meal between the 7 of us. At 10:15am, we were all on our way to the Statler where we were greeted by a familiar face. On Saturday June 20th, our group had breakfast at the Statler prior to our trip to Syracuse University. During the breakfast, we met a student who also served as our waiter: Leslie, a rising junior in the School of Hotel Operations. To our delight, she waited our table this morning with the same courtesy and smile she had more than two weeks ago. It's a small detail, but seeing her made the breakfast special. It's another sign that my familiarity with Cornell is growing. After stuffing our bellies with every fine delicacy you could imagine, Mr. Crossley dropped us off at Mary Donlon, so that we may finish our weekend's homework. I'm glad to say that the only item left on my To-Do list is the further refinement of my Plato essay. Hopefully, it will be cinch.
Because I can never leave a blog posting too short, I would like to comment on a "situation" proposed by Mr. Ramsey: High School v. College. How do you compare and contrast these two pivotal institutions? Having been at Cornell for over two weeks now, I think I have a pretty well-rounded opinion. Overall, the two are immensely different, but there are a few similarities that exist. For instance, every student is expected to do the work. When walking into my discussion section, there should be no doubt in Desmond's mind that I have read the previous night's assigned philosopher. There is no time for special instruction if a few students do not read the material. I find this trait common in my high school classes, as well. If I do not read the night's assigned chapter, it is my duty to make it up and suffer a day's worth of learning due to the fact that I cannot comprehend the material. School is my responsibility, whether I am in high school or college.
While this is a huge similarity, differences are apparent. After classes, I do not have my mom to ask me how much homework I have or how much time I plan to devote to it. I have freedom in the sense that I control my own time. I decide whether I need a break or if it is time to hit the books. I enjoy this freedom because it has made me realize that I truly do put my schoolwork first. If there is time for relaxation, I take advantage of it, but I know when it is time to focus my academic self. I think an important difference between high school and college is the amount of involvement a teacher (or professor) and assistants express. Office hours at a high school level do not exist. You are expected to work around a teacher's schedule in order to receive extra assistance. In college, professors and TA's understand the fact that everyone isn't on the same level, so time is allotted for those who desire extra attention. Also, professors and TA's expect you to know the dynamics of a class. You will never hear Professor Kramnick say, "Pull our your planners and write down the due date for your next essay," as is commonly heard at HMHS. Overall, college requires a focused, balanced student. High school is great preparation, but college is the ultimate test.