The Last Day

I am done! Finished! Friday is being spent packing and preparing to go home, from selling back books to helping my roommate pack. This was definitely the hardest semester of Cornell so far. Sophomore slumps are real. Cornell definitely tries your resolve. Punches it, kicks it, knocks it down, and when you finally get an A on a test and think you’re back on your feet you get whacked in the face again and fall back down only to hope you can pick yourself back up and wipe the dust of your clothes when you finally see your grades in June. I’ve never been owned by a test before, never felt so utterly hopeless afterwards, never had my brain feel so confused not during but after the test, and never felt so excited to be finished – excited because it was the last final of the hardest semester in my academic career and all the other feelings because the Multivariate Statistics final that was my last one this year was so confusing and hard and weird I was speechless after I walked out and could only listen in relief to my other classmates’ confusion as well. I’ve never had a math final with NO numbers or problems whatsoever and only hypothetical questions with terms I had never heard in that class before.

But anyways, it is over, finished, completed, never to be taken again (knock on wood). Despite what I said above, I am excited for the summer ahead and going to Washington, DC in the fall. Thank you all for reading this blog and thank you to those who comment on my blogs. Hopefully, we will meet again here next fall and to those of you coming to Cornell in 2007, Congratulations! It’ll be a blast.

Cornell and The Office

Once again on The Office, Cornell University was mentioned. Fictitious Andy Bernard, an employee in the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch, went to Cornell and in this past episode he was a candidate for taking over the position of manager of the Scranton branch held currently by Michael Scott (Steve Carell). The quote that deserves so much attention:

Michael Scott: The pros about Andy…he went to Cornell.

Booh yah!!!!! He went to Cornell. Despite how bad finals week can be that certainly makes it better. Well, at least for a day.

Study week or study break

This past Friday marked the end of classes, which means slope day, dodgeball, and study week. Study week lasts from this past Monday to today, Wednesday in which there are no classes and no finals and all the time to study for them. Problem is (or it could be a good thing), I think there are more study break events in this time period than actual blocks of hours to study. I’ve received three e-mails inviting me to five or six study break socials. I went to one on Tuesday night after a disappointing Nets loss in my residential advisor’s room. On Monday a group of tour guides, including myself, went to Rochester to watch the Minnesota Twins’ AAA team face a dominant Toledo Mud Hens team that is the AAA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. On that same day, the Class of 2009 was having a study break picnic out in the Arts Quad. Today there is another study break where hot food will be served in our house professor’s apartment. On Thursday there will be free 10 minute massages given by certified masseuses (count me in for that one), and friday, a lawn bowling tournament outside the residential hall. And it keeps going on for the next week. In all honesty, if someone went to all the study break activities going on during the finals weeks they would never get anything done. So for all the critics who say Cornell is a giant place to stress about your grades and future life (which I have done many times) there is an escape if you wish to take it…and, as a result, possibly fail all your finals.

Where the Money Lies

I just wanted to give a tip of my hat to my friend Cesar who was successful in his quest for getting on the Student Assemblies Financial Committee (SAFC). It was a grueling interview process that lasted an hour. The hour was split up into two 30 minute periods where he was placed in front of 10 or so Student Assembly members who rapid-fired questions at him.

I mention this not just because he was successful in accomplishing an extremely difficult task, but also because the SAFC is the power behind the SA. They deal with the money – its distribution, handling, etc. Think of them as the Ways and Means Committee of the United States government. Once again, congrats to Cesar and if those of you reading this are interested in becoming involved in student government, it’s not a popularity contest like in high school (or at least not as drastic as it is in high school) and you can be in charge of some really important responsibilities. I am not a fan of the SA in any way for numerous reasons, some mentioned on my blog, but it is still an influential group to be a part of.

The Weekend Recap

Aside from watching the Nets and Rangers win, this weekend was quite an exciting and fun one. The tour guide softball team almost won their playoff game against the Cornell fitness club in which with runners on second and third and two outs I grounded out to third base. The speech team had our end of the year banquet. I was fortunate enough to go to a Chorale concert, which a couple of my friends are in. Chorale is the Cornell chamber choir, which I’ve always described as Christmas carolers on steroids not singing Christmas music. I attended Inherit the Wind at the Schwartz Center. It was a well produced play that included several Cornell students and several other prominent actors. The two lawyers were played by one person who was in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and in a couple of movies (I threw out the program) and another who was in Law and Order, Six Feet Under, and all these other tv shows. So if you’re thinking of being part of Cornell performing arts, these are people you will be performing with in front of a sold-out 600 person auditorium.

For non NY Giants fans and those who just want to know what life at Cornell is like, you can stop reading here.

The other event that occurred this past weekend… the 2007 NFL Draft. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN gave the Giants a C- on their pick selection (which at Harvard would be inflated to a B+…j/k, cough, cough). I was a little surprised though for such a low grade seeing that our needs at CB and WR were filled by talented, proven players. Then I saw no team got an A- or better and only two got a B+, so suddenly the C- didn’t feel like the Giants had just been put on academic probation. Now I’m a Michigan fan so I always hope the Giants draft players from Ann Arbor, but this year the one pick that jumps out is Zak DeOssie, a linebacker from Brown. I mention him because like Cornell alum, Kevin Boothe, who did it last year (drafted in 2006 by the Raiders in the 6th round) he was the only Ivy Leaguer taken in the NFL draft in an individual year. The report on him is that he is a great special teams player and long snapper, and has the potential to be a very good starting linebacker given some time. It will be interesting to watch his progression. Finally, like every season (even when Dave Brown was QB), I predict the Giants to go to the NFC championship game.