Saturday, June 25, 2011
Off the plane, we took an hour-long bus from Syracuse to Ithaca and took the opportunity to get to know the other passengers. I was surprised by the number of Californians we met attending Cornell Summer College, but there was also Thomas from cheese-capital Wisconsin, Emily from Utah, and Joshua from Puerto Rico.
We met even more people from all over after orientation, checking into Mary Donlon Hall, meeting roommates, eating in the dining hall, and having fun at the ice cream social. I’m the only one of the eight of us who was assigned a quad room. I have three roommates who all seem really nice, so I can’t wait to get to know them and see how that experience will turn out. The food selection at Purcell Hall is incredible, and I’m totally digging the raspberry sorbet.
The most distinctive part about being in Cornell is how beautifully and harmoniously the striking red-brick buildings complement the stunning natural greenery. Honestly, this is the best looking campus we’ve visited. The architecture looks timeless, like it would be distinctive and exquisite in any weather. I would love to see this place in snow.
Our professors, the McCarthys, seem really cool, and despite the merciless schedule, I look forward to the 10-hour class on Monday. The key to success in the Hotel Management course is “focus, physiology, and routine,” in the words of our professors. In light of that, I should probably go get some rest (a routine we have yet to establish), even though there is just so much to say.
I have realized that with the ILC your day starts at odd hours of the morning. This morning we planned to meet downstairs in the lobby of our hotel (the Intercontinental Hotel) at 4:30A.M, however all of us students were dead tired. I know I heard my alarm going off and I remember turning it off and sadly I remember falling back asleep. Regardless of falling back to sleep, we all still made our flight to Ohio. To make up for the sleep I have lost having to wake up early, I fell asleep the entire ride to Ohio and then from Ohio to New York.
Once we landed in New York we boarded an “Ithaca” bus that would take us from the airport to the Cornell Campus. We were the first students to enter the bus and thus became the “Welcoming party” for everyone else who entered. We met a boy named Thomas from Wisconsin, three other girls from California, one girl from Utah, and a boy named Josh from Puerto Rico. I have a desire to go to Puerto Rico because I love Reggeaton and I love Spanish. The ride took a while and the conversation died as the ride continued due to everyone being tired. Once we finally got to the school everyone’s spirits were lifted.
After checking in which made me feel like an actually college student, we had to run off to Bailey Hall for orientation. I can’t even explain to you readers how amazing the Dean’s speech was. He opened his speech with mentioning how in the “early days” introductions took hours and hours and how they weren’t really worth the length they had. As pointless as this may sound to you readers it hit home to me. He used his intro of intros to explain that being concise is a quality valued at the university; he explained that being able to get to the point and cut the extra stuff is a good skill to learn.
After the orientation Professor Kramnick and I shared an umbrella while we walked for Bailey Hall to a different lecture hall. I cannot honestly remember the name of the second hall we went to; however I can tell you that Professor Kramnick is an amazing and intelligent human being. Even though I was tired I couldn’t help but cling to his every word. I can’t wait for class to start on Monday. I am worried that I may not be prepared for the writing assignments this class will expect of me, but I know that I am not afraid to speak my opinions even in a class of people I do not know, but I do think that it might take me a minute to open up and be honest about my thoughts.
I would touch on the dorms but I think I need one more day to really take in the whole dorm experience. I haven’t really gotten to know my roommate yet and I plan on bounding with her more in the next coming days so there will be more on her later. I also (for those who knew in my middle school days) I was reunited with one of my best friends from Julia Morgan, Carrie Gershoff. I haven’t seen her since our 8th grade graduations.
Until tomorrow, over and out blog readers.
Prior to leaving, we knew that we would be staying at Mary Donlon Hall and we went through a surprisingly quick registration there where they gave us our ID cards, room keys, dorm assignments, and very vital packets and papers. Afterwards, we took a shuttle to Bailey Hall where they featured the mandatory orientation session. The orientation went through the program as a whole and how things work around campus. The auditorium was completely filled that many people were even sent to an “overflow” location on campus instead of Bailey. At the front entrance, we were greeted by Mr. Ramsey, which gave me a sense of comfort to see a familiar face from back home.
A view from my seat of the front of Bailey Hall during orientation.
After the orientation, we all split up into groups according to which course we were about to take. This was when I met my professors, Reneta and & Mark McCarthy.. They both explained the course in finer details and spoke of what was expected of us. The campus is a few clicks off, so the Hotelies and I are planning on timing a walk from our dorm to the classroom to see when the most ideal time to leave the dorm would be.
At 7:30, we all attended an “Ice Cream Spree” which gave us the opportunity to eat ice cream and then meet people during or afterwards. Everywhere around us appeared to have been occupied by bustling activity of students wanting to meet others. It was amazing to see one group playing Frisbee while another one was playing soccer.
Students mingled both inside and outside of Mary Donlon during the Ice Cream Spree.
Later that night, we had a mandatory RA meeting with our Residential Assistants so that they could help us in need. We went over policies that were featured in one of our packets. The packet itself breaks down every rule thoroughly. We learned about how Cornell Summer College required others to check-in every night as part of a strict policy on dorm attendance. The day has simply been so exciting that I can’t possibly wait for the course to actually start. I honestly hope this excitement lasts for three weeks!
|Mary Donlon Hall, behind many Summer College students |
socializing with ice cream.
We stepped out of the limo shuttle onto the campus of Cornell University at around 1:00 pm today, as raindrops fell all around us. We are all residing in the same building- Mary Donlon Hall- and we are all together in the lobby, blogging. Today after Orientation, each course had its own breakout session with its professor(s).
The Hotelies’ instructors, Reneta and Mark McCarthy, gave us a quick overview of what to expect from the course. They also warned us that focus and success in the class could only come with adequate rest and food. Both of them seemed extraordinarily excited to be teaching us, which was inspiring. We also met our head TA, a graduate student from Spain.
At 7 pm all of the Summer College students gathered on the lawn of Mary Donlon for an Ice Cream Social. Some students played games like Ninja, while others threw around a Frisbee or kicked around a soccer ball. Whatever method was used, everyone made new friends. I've met kids from all over the US, as well as from Puerto Rico, Taiwan, China and India.
It’s difficult to wrap my head around the fact that this morning, I got out of bed in Intercontinental, the hotel we stayed at in Chicago. And now we are here.
Class starts Monday and I plan on figuring out what routes to take to class tomorrow. Us Hotelies already have homework. I’m going to sleep so I can wake up early tomorrow and study before I plan out my routes.