Ever since this whole “college” process began, the whole idea of going away from home seemed like such a far away thing–something that would come around eventually, of course, but not anytime in the near future. Now that I’ve been getting things like my housing assignment, orientation materials and Cornell e-mail, it’s finally beginning to hit me that hey…I’m going to be on my own very soon!
I’ve definitely been keeping myself busy this summer. I’ve been working as a camp counselor at a local day camp every day, and while it’s a lot of fun, it’s really tiring. I’ve been coming home exhausted every day and have frequently just fallen asleep on the couch. I do love the work though, and get along with kids (in this case, 5 year olds!) well, so I’m glad that I’m doing it. Every day that I’m out there in the sun and find myself wishing that it was a little cooler temperature-wise, I keep thinking about how much I’m going to be begging for weather like this when I’m in Ithaca (where the snow, from what I’ve been told, starts in November and ends in late April). Ah well, good thing we get a good chunk of January off for break–maybe I can take that time to go somewhere nice and warm.
Cornell-wise, I’ve had a lot to do as well. For all attending students, Cornell has a website set up that tracks all your required documents that looks like this:
Everything seems to be going well on my end, except for the fact I’m kind of stressed out about where my final report is. It was supposed to be sent from my school before the deadline, July 12, but Cornell doesn’t seem to have it. I guess I’m going to have to call the friendly people at admissions or something to ask about what I should do…unless it looks the same for everyone?
It is kind of fun making all these minor decisions about Cornell, I have to admit. Recently, for example, I had to choose between Meal Plans–something that would otherwise be kind of a dull thing. However, hearing all the good things about Cornell food (does the Ag school really grow all the fruit/vegetables on campus?!), gave me all the encouragement I needed to sign up for the Traditional Bear meal plan. To be honest, I completely forgot the perks of it at the moment but I do remember that it involved a good amount of food (something like 14, 15 meals a week maybe?). Ah well, it should all be worth it.
Ok, and something else surprised me while filling out all these forms: we actually have to pay for a gym membership?! I figured it’d be included since, y’know, we’re paying $40-50 thousand a year to the Big Red…but I guess not. Anyways, I signed up for just the fall semester CFC (Cornell Fitness Center) membership because I figured I have no idea how everything will work out time-wise next year.
Since I’m only working for 4 weeks at camp and get off July 23rd, a lot of people have been asking me what I’m going to be doing the 3 or 4 weeks before I head up to Ithaca. The answer? Absolutely nothing, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s basically the last time when I can hang with my friends (some of which I’ve known since preschool) without any stresses or worries, and I can’t wait. Oh, and I’ll be reading the (required) book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It looks pretty interesting; I’ll let you know what I think of it.
Today in West Hartford it’s supposed to be like 95 degrees, according to the Today Show. It’s apparently hotter here than in Miami today, so I’ll probably be going to the local pool. See you later for now…