Sunday, June 26, 2011
80% of your outcome comes from 20% of your input. I think this statement is going to be the motto of my experience here at Cornell. This trip will be what I make out of it, so the more I put in the more I will get out.
Today was a “lazy” day. I woke up at 9:30 A.M, which for this trip is constituted as sleeping in. After showering and working out the Internet kinks I met my newly acquired friends (and old ones) in the lobby to mod over to the dining hall, which is more or less 25 steps from my dorm. I have been to college campuses before and eaten in the dinning halls but I must say that Cornell’s food was very tasty and just what I needed for breakfast/brunch. After that the Freedom and Justice wolf pack casually walked over to find our class. The lecture hall was AMANZING. I have never called a class room amazing but the room just made me feel ten times smarter and I haven’t even had a class in there yet. The rows of desks leading down to the professors lecture stand made me realize I was actually at college. I cannot wait to get out of high school, to be honest, and therefore this program is a dream come true for me along with the fact that I am so set (currently) on becoming a Political Science major so this course is going to be heavenly for me.
To end the day the Cornell wolf pack ventured off campus with Mr. Ramsey, Mrs. Kronenberg, and Ms. Neal to John Thomas for a dinner with two Cornell admissions officers and one undergrad student. I sat next to the undergrad student named Ashley. She was an engineer major from the Las Vegas area. She talked about her experience at Cornell and also about her love for figure skating, which played a major role in her decision process. She told me about how this coming fall she is going to work in Palo Alto, which is home to one of my top choice Universities—Stanford. I gave her some insight on the “hot spots” in Palo Alto (even though I don’t know many besides the Cheesecake Factory). I also sat across from Mrs. Schaffer the admissions officer for the engineering school at Cornell. I am personally (as mentioned before) not intending on being an engineer even though I love math but that didn’t keep me from soaking in every word Mrs. Schatter said about the university.
Class starts tomorrow and I absolutely can’t wait. I unfortunately don’t have class with my friend from JMSG (Julia Morgan School For Girls) but we still are going to get dinner together tomorrow to get all caught up since we have not been part of each other’s live for so long. I also want to shout out my best friend Masao MacMaster who just got to Colombia University to start his ILC program, Good luck Mao Mao.
Until Tomorrow, Over and Out blog readers.
All Cornell University Summer Program students met in the Alice Auditorium in Statler Hall today for a Crash Study Skills Course. The crash course was a three hour presentation by Janet Snoyer, the Assistant Director for Health Careers and Credentials at Cornell University. During the presentation, we explored four different learning types: Divergent, Convergent, Assimilators, and Accommodators. We were all presented with a set of example characteristics of different learning types. We ranked these- the characteristics, like “highly active” or “acts on feelings”- in order of how much we think they pertain to our learning style.
According to the test, I am an Assimilator, but I disagree with the test. Janet said that Assimilators trust concepts and theories they have learned over real life experiences and tend to not challenge ideas they are taught. That’s not me at all. I am constantly challenging concepts that are taught to me, both inside and outside of school. Still, the exercise was interesting just because I discovered a few of my learning preferences.
Janet covered a variety of topics, all to help us succeed in our courses. We covered the importance of sleep and how the right attitude can make or break our summer college experience. Janet also made sure we knew the difference between college and high school classes. She said high school teachers are very much judged by their students’ abilities, so they reach out to their students about understanding the course material. College professors, on the other hand are not judged by their students’ abilities, and cannot reach out individually to students about understanding. Therefore, it is the students’ responsibility.
Almost everything she covered, we have heard before, but the way she presented the advice was incredibly inspiring because she seemed so genuine.
It was interesting to observe the other students’ reactions to Janet and her presentation. The students in the audience were very respectful, and it made me think of the student body at my high school and how difficult it is to capture their attention in large-scale gatherings.
At the end of the day, the WCCUSD kids and Ms. Neal went to dinner with Mr. Ramsey, Mrs. Kronenberg, Cornell Engineering Assistant Director Jill Shafer, Cornell Undergraduate Admissions Director Terra Bubbles, and Cornell rising junior Ashley Harms. We had dinner at John Thomas Steakhouse in Ithaca.
Terra answered all of our more general questions about the Cornell experience and admissions, while Jill answered more of our department specific questions. Ashley offered a more personal perspective of campus life, extracurriculars, and how to adjust to such a prestigious school as Cornell. I haven’t gone on a Cornell campus tour yet, so besides researching Cornell online, talking with them gave me most of the knowledge I have about Cornell. Being able to talk to them was a special experience that not all students have the opportunity to receive. It was nice to get emotion along with information about the school- something the internet could not have given me.
As a Division One school, Cornell has some excellently equipped facilities, including an awesome baseball field (which Nick of course enjoyed), stadium, and skating/hockey rink. Apparently ice hockey is HUGE at Cornell, the only school I’ve seen where football isn’t big. I was also excited to discover an indoor track facility enclosed in what appears to be a giant stone fortress by the Cornell police building.
I feel like it’s a great pity that I’m buying a gym pass rather than making the most of the resources available and running in the great outdoors of the beautiful Cornell campus, which I’m dying to explore. The Hotel course schedule is pretty brutal so I’m succumbing out of convenience, and also because no one really is up for a run in the early hours of the morning. While I trust Cornell’s security system, I do not trust in my sense of direction.
The Cornell Crash Course from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM briefed us of success strategies for summer college especially for the different types of learners. Everywhere at Cornell Summer College, there is so much stress on the immense importance of a good night’s rest. Our professors mentioned it in their speech about “focus, physiology, and routine”, our RCA’s reminded us, and it was a central point in today’s crash course. We even watched a movie about sleep. So in that mindset, I should definitely get to bed.
It's the beginning of a journey of whole new experiences. Last night, I sawy fire flies for the first time in my life! I had my first taste of key lime pie just hours ago, and tomorrow is the first day of class!