It’s Over!

The school year is done. I officially finished my last final (economics of health policy) at 3:15pm est. I am now a senior, which I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. This will be my last post until August when school starts back up. Thank you to all of those who have read on my blog as well as commented on my posts. I appreciate the statements you made as well as the disagreements that you put forth. High school seniors: have a great rest of the school year (if you’re not done yet) and look forward to coming to Cornell in the fall. Freshman year will be a great time! To all those juniors: when the college selection process is finished it will be smooth sailing. And if you come to Cornell it’ll be that much sweeter. Have a great summer! Peace!

The Final Turn

The school year’s coming down the home stretch. It’s the final week. A handful of students have already left after finishing their last final exams. For the rest of us (myself included) we are still slaving away at the books. For the very few of us (myself included), finals week technically hasn’t even started since my first test, and second test, are on Tuesday. Distractions run abundant seeing that the first days of summer are getting ever closer. Worry is also seeping in after the realization that senior year is only a couple months away, and the question of what am I going to do with my life is actually relevant. Hopefully I don’t cross the finish line in second and then break both of my ankles and have the doctor decide to put me to sleep for eternity (too soon?).

Study Week … Again

Study week (Monday-Wednesday before finals start) is always the most difficult time for me because it’s never used for studying. There are always so many activities going on (eg: Habitat for Humanity dodgeball tournament last night) that it’s nearly impossible to study. Add to that, that my first final is not until a week from tomorrow! What am I supposed to do? If I study now, I’ll forget it 5 days from now. If I start studying later it’s so close to summer, that’s all that my mind can focus on.

My solution would be to have 0 finals. Make each class have a “comprehensive evaluation”. For example, I’m taking this risk management class. So my comprehensive evaluation would be writing a page, single-spaced, on how my use of two daily/weekly planners instead of one is an example of risk spreading. For instance, if I lose one I’ll still have the other so I won’t be completely aloof to what I have to do. Just half aloof. I’ve spread my risk across two planners. That’s it. Add a couple more sentences to make it a page and then bam! I get an A. This can be done for every class. So if you were taking a government course you could apply the Obama-Clinton primaries tomorrow to some principle that you learned in your Campaigns and Elections class (a real class at Cornell). Of course that would be a page, single-spaced as well. If you’re in a math class you’d make your own math problem instead of solving one. This is just an idea. Obviously, I don’t see it happening anytime soon so I’ll just go and watch Countdown with Keith Olbermann and then House after that. Studying will be left for tomorrow, one week before my pre-lims start.

Slope Day the Third

I had originally planned on using a column about athletic director Andrew Noel’s destructive actions towards Cornell hockey fans that was published in the Cornell Daily Sun as the basis for this post, but taking into that it’s slope day (the last day of classes) I figured now would be a good time for a more light hearted post. AD Noel’s authoritative rule against Cornell hockey fans can be discussed next semester as the hockey season roles around seeing that nothing is going to change.

Last night was the 16th annual Cornell Hangover’s Happy Hour which is a concert put on by one of Cornell’s a capella groups, the Hangovers. It’s consistently a great, entertaining performance. What was interesting this time around, however, was not the fun-filled, quality atmosphere that they brought to the stage, but the guest appearance made by another student group during intermission – Yamatai Japanese Drum Team. The team plays the art of taiko, a form of traditional Japanese drumming.

Their performance was so united, emotional, and jaw-dropping that the entire crowd gave a standing ovation. The point that needs to come across though is not their ridiculously sick performance, but the fact that at an a capella concert a Japanese drum team can be invited to perform and bring the house down…speaks for diversity. Similarly at Pao Bhangra, Absolute Zero (Cornell’s break dancing team) was just as much a hit as the headliner group. This just goes to show that when you pay for one concert you’re never going to get just one group from one social construct.