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
A Nice Twist
When we left Mr. Crossley we all knew it was time to hit the books; regardless of what else is going on, I know that what I take away from this class is the main thing that will truly last. I came back to my room and spent even more time reviewing the comments my TA gave me on the first draft of my Plato essay. Some of them were similar to the ones he put on my freedom essay. The reason I had not already tried to correct these issues by the time the first draft of our Plato essay was due was because we did not get our previous (freedom) essays back in time to do so. I have, however, been working on my writing in multiple aspects. At first his comments were concentrated more towards using simpler and clearer examples, but there was also a part of the text that I was thinking too much about. A part of The Republic is known as “The Allegory of the Cave.” It is how Plato explains that some are chosen to be exceptionally wise and subsequently to be the rulers over others. When I used this part of the text in my essay I focused too much on the details of the story, rather than its overall meaning; which is what I had to revise. I reread that section, and did my best. It would be very nice if teachers would give comments the way the TA’s do. It really helps me to see what I am saying clearly, and what I need to clarify for the reader. Also, there is no grade given when the papers are edited for comment, and I am not sure yet what exactly I think about that. It would be nice to know how far away I am from an A grade, but at the same time not knowing my grade pushes me to focus on what I am doing and how deeply I can get into the text.
I cannot wait until I am able to interview my roommate and get an in-depth look at how she feels. We actually talk quite a lot, and have really bonded over the past two weeks. I have also gotten to know the RCAs, and especially Leslie. She and I have had a couple of interesting conversations about Cornell and college life in general. Next time I see her I will be sure to mention the carnival.
Not do I feel like I have bonded with my roommate and the RCAs over the past two weeks, but also - as I have mentioned before – I truly feel closer to the rest of our Hercules group. I am also making outside friends, I am actually getting pretty close to the the students in my discussion group. It is interesting because some of them stay in the Balch dorm, so we do not see each other too much outside of class. We do however text each other, as almost all teenagers do.
I did in fact look up the Cornell alumni information, but unfortunately – because this is not my areas of expertise – I have been unable to find definite information. I have been able to find contact information for Cornell Alumni, but unable to find a specific location on campus. I will keep looking, and will make sure I get to speak with someone before I leave.