Friday, July 8, 2011


I went to sleep at 1:30 am because I was working on my individual CHESS report last night (technically this morning). Then I woke up at 5:45 to work on it some more before heading to breakfast. Believe it or not, I actually slept a lot more than many of my classmates. People really did pull all-nighters for this report. Then, of course, we all headed to class to watch presentations from Barbara Lang and Robert La Fleur. Both are Cornell University alums.

Mrs. Lang gave an hour presentation on "business etiquette." She came in rather stern looking and sat down in the corner of the room. Reneta and Mark put on a video on the projector for us to watch while Mrs. Lang sat and waited for her turn to speak. Mark made several jokes as usual before and after the video, and it surprised me that Mrs. Lang did not smile at all and actually grimaced at his jokes. Honestly, I was shocked. This lady was teaching us about etiquette? I mean, seriously, she disrupted our video by walking in front of the screen to talk to Mark outside!

It turns out all of this was part of the plan.

She was making a point- first impressions matter. The next 60 minutes I spent engaging in one of the most stimulating lectures I have ever had the pleasure of attending in my life. Not only was Ms. Lang energetic, but she was also inspirational and interesting.

She talked about handshakes and different body language positions. She even gave the "taking initiative" speech that high schoolers always hear- except this time, it wasn't corny or preachy. She explained. If you want something, get it. If what you want is not available, make it available.

Mr. La Fleur skyped with us and talked about hotel, cruise and airline industry recoveries. I was extremely pleased to find that I actually understood most of what he was saying! He was using real industry jargon and explaining real business concepts- and I understood most of it!

After this, we had two lab hours to finish our reports. Everyone stressed in the lab rooms:

Then when we finished, that meant we were done for the day! Look how happy I am turning in my paper. :)I decided to visit the Art Museum and spent an hour in there before heading out to the Cornell Plantations with Kelly. It was breathtaking. I need to go back tomorrow.

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