Monday, July 4, 2011
The lineup covered 10 different hotel companies, each of which had two different group presentations, exposing us to varying viewpoints and helping us gin a thorough understanding of each company.
My group, Interstate Hotels & Resorts A was third to present. After all was said and done, we were all so glad to get it over with early. While I definitely took away from the presentation a better idea of the to-dos and what-not-to-dos, the fumbles and jumbles are all in the past. It was great to be able to just breathe again afterwards.
Out of the hot seat, I was able to take some good notes, ask questions, and take in what all the other groups were saying. I have to say that sitting next to Mark in the audience was such a boon for my note-taking ad learning experience in general. His presence somehow helped me stay focused and gave me the confidence to raise my hand to speak out during question time. And I stayed awake (not that any of our class presentations were uninteresting in any way, but a long day of 20 presentations drags on anyone).
That was most of our day. I crashed with Terilyn afterwards, went back to my dorm in an effort to study, but ended up taking long, long nap. I dreamed of fireworks, which uunfortunately I didn't have the chance to see tonight. I hope you all had a great celebration at home.
Happy Birthday, America and good night!
Happy 4th of July to all the American’s reading my blog out there. I am spending the day being a typical American student. How you might ask, well I have an essay to write so I am doing my homework today. What is fitting about my essay coinciding with the holiday is that the essay is on Plato’s critique of Democracy. I know I blogged about my essay yesterday so I will refrain from blogging about the same thing twice. Instead I wanted to talk about this holiday and it’s connection, you might say, to my class.
Next week we move from the topic of Justice to the topic of Freedom. How better to start off our week of Freedom than with the celebration of our independence. Last week we had to write our first paper, not graded, about what freedom means to us and I wrote about our founding fathers who we dedicate today to. It is really amazing that we had such brave and intelligent leaders. I mean imagine if those men (and women who supported them) chose not to fight against the British, what/where would we be today? I’m not a “GO AMERICA” kind of person but I do think that it is amazing that we fought for our independence and won it. I also think it is impressive that we went from being tiny inferior country to the powerhouse we are today.
I also would like to say I miss my family. Not in a ‘I am home sick’ way, but it is always just nice to be home on a day like today. I guess what I am trying to say is I really wish I was home to see the fireworks from my rock. The view I have from my dorm just does not compare to the whole view of the bay that I get from my rock. I have also heard rumors that there will be no fireworks tonight that we can see here from Cornell. Though I am not sure if that is true.
Well I must continue writing my essay. Until tomorrow, Over and Out blog readers.
I now have extreme sympathy for our Hotel cohorts. My Jordanian roommate, Sami, happens to be a Hotellie, and when his alarm went off at 7 in the morning my first thought was to yell at him for forgetting to turn off his alarm on the 4th of July. I quickly realized however, that that was no mistake. Unfortunately for these Hotellies, they happened to be the only kids who actually had class today. I went back to sleep feeling bad for every Hotellie I knew, and then was able to sleep for another 4 hours. When I woke up at 11 I felt fully refreshed, and headed over for another nice brunch.
Then a large group of students were bused over to Buttermilk Falls, a short 20 minute drive away from Donlon. At first glance, Buttermilk Falls was nice, but not worth the 3 hour investment. Upon further investigation however, when Genevieve, Isabella (our new friend from Texas) and I headed up a mile-long trail along the falls, I learned just how beautiful Ithaca was. There were countless waterfalls beyond the main one, and I actually ended up feeling bad for those who only got to experience the main fall and the pool of sorts they could swim in. Further up the trail, there was a small but extremely deep pool right next to a waterfall that also happened to be next to a decent sized cliff. At first glance I wouldn’t have even considered diving in, but after seeing person after person dive in without even reaching the bottom, I decided I had to go in. By that time I was already pretty overheated, as we had to walk up a steep and windy trail just to get there, which just added even more incentive to jump in. I jumped in over and over and over, and it was just as refreshing each time. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with my camera (it’s technically my mom’s so I didn’t want it to get wet) but some of my friends took a few nice ones with their own cameras.
I came back to the dorm, cranked out a pretty impressive rough draft for my Plato essay on his critiques of democracy, and then had a very successful power nap after dinner. Joe and I, along with a couple of friends from Long Island, headed out to a massive hill known as the slope to watch some fireworks. They weren’t much, but it was still nice to be able to celebrate the 4th in some way, although Buttermilk was definitely the highlight of my day. I need more sleep though (shockingly) to rest for tomorrow’s double lecture by Kramnick on Locke, who I will discuss in detail tomorrow.
And sometimes you just don't care.
You can be so committed to what you are doing that nothing but the job matters.
Today was a day of back-to-back presentations for each hotel group, and we went somewhere within the first-half. Even though I had doubts as to how much we were committed to doing a flawless presentation, I think we all proved that we were fully focused on the task at hand.
While today's post may seem short, it only emphasizes how speechlessly and indescribably proud I am of myself and of my group. While grades are important throughout academics, today was truly one of those days in which you need to let go of a tangible score or rubric and just let your heart do the talking. Many people can easily get freaked out over a C or even a B, but when you know that you did the best you could have possibly done, then you shouldn't be ashamed of the grade you get.
In fact, you should be proud of it.