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
Last Complete Weekend
Afterwards, Mr. Crossley dropped all the ILC scholars back at the Mary Donlon residential hall, so we could squeeze in time for studying, reading, and writing (the latter is only applicable to the Freedom and Justice students).
Right now, I want to highlight the difference between a high school course and a college one, specifically a condensed version in three weeks. In high school, readings are spread out in moderation and are easier to digest. However, in a business course, students have to crunch many, many pages within two nights. Aside from analyzing the charts and tables, business students have to understand the core concepts and the strategic ways hotel companies are utilizing to help strengthen profitability substantially.
In addition, in high school, teachers appear as if they are feeding you, spoonful by spoonful. What I mean by that is that they tend to give students dates of when they should finish a reading section. For college, students are on their own, and they must pace themselves in a way where they can maximize their reading experience, yet not be under stress.
To be frank, I have gotten the hang of balancing time and FINDING time to complete assignments or other top-priority tasks. This may be the fact that I have always taken seven classes in my high school career. Using a facile method, I can now better juggle activities.
Tomorrow is the start of my third and last week at Cornell University. I cannot wait to see my professors again.