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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Middle of the End

Good evening, my darling readers!

Today marks the midpoint of our final week in Ithaca, NY. How are you all feeling? I know I couldn't be more depressed! I've fallen in love with this campus and this experience overall. With every passing day, I am more and more reluctant to leave. But home IS where the heart is, and it will be nice to be back in my own bed! I guess it's bittersweet.

Today was the infamous "Penultimate Lecture." It was a continuation of yesterday's lecture on Karl Marx...

V. Alienation
VI. Economic Determinism
VII. Superstructure
VIII. Religion and Patriotism
IX. Proletarian Consciousness, Revolution, and the State
X. Communist "Utopia"?

Discussion for the next few days is going to focus on studying for our 2 1/2 hour long final this coming Friday. 

After class, Justine, Ramiah, and I had a meeting with Abby Eller. She just asked us a bunch of questions on our experience here at Cornell University's Summer College. It was nice getting to talk to her on that personal level. We basically just told her what we've been discussing in our blogs - how we're taking to the environment, the abstractness of our class, how much we love our TA, Professor K's amazing lectures, and the overall experience we've had living in Mary Donlon and being on our own. It was a fun discussion. (:

I have two days and in that small period of time, I must complete MANY things. Our third and final draft of our Plato essay is due tomorrow, and so I must get started. SO MUCH TO DO, SO LITTLE TIME. I will talk to you all tomorrow!

Take care and enjoy the remainder of your days.
- xoxo, Julia.

1 comment:

  1. Julia,

    You have plenty to keep yu busy without worrying about a blog from home and any questions we might ask that you feel compelled to respond to.

    Let me write a few simple words and move on to other blogs: enjoy your last couple of days. Study hard, ace the final and come home with a head filled with new ideas.

    Lastly, there’s a fundamental truth about life, Julia: there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. Your bed might be a thin piece of cardboard inside an old refrigerator box with yesterday’s newspapers as your blankets but it’s still your bed and there’s nothing quite like it.