Sunday, June 26, 2011

Crash Start

Sunday usually signifies the beginning of the week, or the beginning of something new.  It is not technically the beginning but this is the first time I woke up to the Ithaca birds on a Cornell bed.  The weird part is that I woke up at 6 AM without an alarm.  I guess that is a good sign.

I spent my morning reading up on my Hotel Management material, before we head off as a group to brunch.  It was a very filling, and a very nice way to start the day off.  Then, I left with my fellow Hotelies to map the way to Statler Hall, where our classes would take place over the week.  It was an essential part of learning how to schedule ourselves once the program began.

Following this, Janet Snoyer, an assistant director at Cornell, gave the entire Summer College a Crash Course seminar that lasted three hours.  She gave one of the most interesting lessons of the entire day.  She gave us pointers on how we should set a focus and know how to pace ourselves at Summer College.  She left us with words of encouragement and anticipation.  Most importantly, she (and the video she showed us) told us to sleep, sleep long and well.

Right after, I arrived at the Robert Purcell Community Centre and waded in the sea of people that tried to get Harry Potter tickets.  Seems that college crowdedness is not absent here.

Finally, Ms. Neal, Ms. Kronenberg and Mr. Ramsey picked us up and brought us to the John Thomas Steakhouse.  There, we met with undergraduate admissions director Terra Bubbles, engineering assistant director Jill Schafer and engineering major Ashley.  The conversation was light, but interesting.  We covered the essentials, such as the easiness of transferring schools within the university, and the core classes we were required to take, as well as the interesting sights to see in Ithaca, like the Buttermilk Falls and the Bell Tower.

The food proved to be as good as ever, and at the end of the night, I was tired and informed as ever.  Tomorrow, classes start, and night falls to bring a new day.

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