Tuesday, July 5, 2011
While there was a sense of ease in the atmosphere today, the first thing thrown at us was a quiz that was meant to prove just how much we learned from yesterday's presentations. Despite Mark McCarthy's discouragement to study for the quiz, several students around me did. Feeling like I may have made a mistake in thinking I could easily ace this, I went to cramming as much info on the brands, business models, and trivia tid-bits I jotted down in my notebook during the bus ride to class. Little did I know, that last-minute studying may have made the difference between passing and failing. And after going over the answers, I actually feel quite confident with my answers!
The main drill during our lab sessions were how to make a professional report template which would be modeled off of our letter template. The more we get into the Office suite, the more interested I get in truly applying these lessons to my own high school curriculum. While I want to believe that it's only the content that counts, many teachers will get a first impression just from face value alone, and that impression can reflect on how a teacher initially judges an assignment. I'm hoping that some of the useful techniques we are learning can be easily used to help my assignments look pleasant, functional, and professional.
Our lecture focused on the specific aspects that make the hospitality industry unique. We touched on yield management, perishable inventory, and other things like fixed and variable costs. While the first week was an introduction of the people and things involved with the industry, from here-on-out, the focus will be on how and what makes the hotel business tick.
Before we started the program, I took note of the fact that we Hotelies would be endlessly working, but for some reason, I still believed in my head that I would explore the beautiful surroundings nonetheless, go jogging with friends every morning, and hang out. I still want to do all those things. What I'm trying to say is that midway through the program ( I know, I can't believe it either) I'm realizing what a painfully short time we have left here in Ithaca, whose beauty should not remain a mystery. I don't want to go home.
I want to chase butterflies at the Cornell Plantations; I want to flip through volumes at the enchanted Uris Library; I want to raid the farmers' market; I want to climb all 161 step up the Cornell bell tower; I want to jump inside Buttermilk Falls (with a life vest of course!), and most of all, I want to be successful in our hotel class.
It's all about the scheduling, as Ms Neal has reminded me. While I probably won't get to live out the Cornell experience that I had imagined, I will be taking away from this the realization of the disorganized way I manage my life. While I'm living it up in independence (not counting the laborious hours spent in the classroom), I know that there are things I need to work on which will make my future life in college much smoother.
Academic-wise, I've been fairing somewhat well, doing well on my memos and today's quiz. On the other hand, my presentation skills remain a weakness to overcome, but I'm feeling more comfortable. CHESS is a game I vow to conquer somehow. It is mind-boggling and baffling, but I must find myself a winning strategy. I've been doing better each time I try my hand at the game, but there are definitely quite a few curve-balls.
There's a week and a half left. Strangely I feel more disheartened by the fact that our return (to summer assignments, to conditioning, and to dreary responsibilities incomparable to the life we've established here at Cornell) is imminent, than I am by the many projects I should be worrying about.
Today was our ‘death’ day you might say of class. We had three lectures today plus our discussion group and have a prelim tomorrow so today was been a day filled with learning. Today has been rough but I guess this is what college is like.
Our first and third lectures today were about none other than Mr. John Locke himself. The brief intro to Locke I got from my AP World History course didn’t even scratch the surface of Professor Kramnick’s lectures. John Locke is credited as the original Liberalist. He was the first one to write down the importance of individualism. He thought, unlike the other philosophers we have read about, that the individual is where the community gains it power. It was very interesting to hear what Locke had to say because it was so very different from the others. Most of the other philosophers thought that power and government came from above and that the larger community was more important than the individual. I think I am a Locke fan. I think the individual is more important than the larger community, but I also believe that people choose to join a community because they want to feel safe; thus the community should listen to the concerns of the individuals and address them.
I am sorry for the brevity of my blog but I have a mid-term/prelim to study for. Wish me luck.
Until tomorrow, Over and Out blog readers.
After looking at my title, one might assume that I have a completely lackadaisical attitude to my upcoming midterm tomorrow, but they would have completely misinterpreted what I meant by that. What I mean to say is, while many of my classmates are cramming and in a complete panic mode, I feel calm and confident heading into tomorrow’s test. Not to say that I won’t be studying, I’ve already finished a study guide handed out to us by our TAs, but I feel more prepared then I would’ve expected to be for a test only a week and a half into the course.
But test feelings aside, today was another long but informative day in Freedom and Justice. I wasn’t looking forward to the first day of class after a three-day weekend, and those feelings were increased when I realized our day would run two hours longer than usual, because of a double lecture by Kramnick. Over the 4th of July weekend, which celebrates our country’s independence, or freedom, we read writings by John Locke, whose topic of choice was ironically, freedom. Locke had many fascinating points, and is still greatly influential today (as Professor Kramnick said, Locke started the basic ideas of Liberalism and individualism. After we broke into discussion sections in which we prepared for the upcoming exam, it was time for our guest lecture of the day, from attorney Ray Schlather. He spoke about some very interesting teen rights cases, and did a little exercise with the class showing just how few Americans actually ever exercised their 4th and 5th amendments. After his entertaining stories, it was back to a 2 hour lecture by Kramnick, which really just covered Locke’s main point, that all should be able to have property that they had made or worked on.