Monthly Archives: May 2012

Summer

Well, the summer has finally arrived. Those that read my previous post know that once I turned in two papers on May 3, I had two weeks before my one–and only– straightforward exam on the 17th. I ultimately decided to come home for a week and relax before heading back to pack everything up. Hanging around school without worries was fun at the beginning, but once my friends settled into their crazy study schedules I knew I’d be happier at home.

So…I’m done for the year! I can’t believe I’m halfway through college. This summer, I’ll be working at Cigna Healthcare, in an internal marketing and web development position. I’m excited, because I’m positive I want to go into business, and this internship will allow me to apply what I’ve learned in my various business classes at Cornell. Plus, the office is literally a five minute drive from my home. Talk about convenience…

Looking back over my time at Cornell thus far, I think I’ve enjoyed sophomore year more than freshman year. While freshman year was characterized by a sea of new faces and opportunities, sophomore year was when things “came together.” I felt a sense of community in Alice Cook House that I didn’t really feel up on North, I gained leadership positions in some of my extracurricular activities, and  for the most part, I got better at creating schedules and choosing courses that interested me.  

It’s also weird that many people I know in the class of 2012 are actually graduating and departing from Ithaca. I didn’t know too many seniors last year, but this year I do…and it’s odd to think that, because they’re moving to various places across the country and around the world to begin the next chapter of their lives, I won’t be seeing them for a while. That’ll be me (assuming all goes to plan) in 2 short years…

Stay tuned for next year’s adventures. Will I study abroad? Will my courses be much tougher junior year? Is graduate school admissions–i.e. law or business school–something I might have to face?

On a related note, my cousin with arguably too much time on his hands put this document together, making fun of my reliance on rhetorical questions on this blog:

Answers:

1D, 2F, 3A, 4C, 5E, 6B, 7G.

Have a great summer, and feel free to get in touch!

Camp Cornell!

If you’re an undergrad at Cornell reading this post, you might hate me until your finals are over. Just saying.

To be blunt, I’ve had it good these last couple of days. Really good. While the rest of campus is stressing out over organic chemistry exams and final papers, I’ve had very few worries. Why? I had three papers due before classes ended, and one project due shortly after. This has ultimately resulted in me only having one final exam, on May 17th, which I believe will be fairly straightforward and not too impossible.

So what have I been doing with my completely free days? Attending Camp Cornell!

At least, that’s what I’ve been telling my friends. Essentially what this means is that, because I have no worries, I’ve been taking advantage of all the fun activities on campus that I’ve never done before.

I have:

  • Taken a West Campus-coordinated tour of the Synchrotron.
I think I’ve mentioned it before, but under Cornell’s athletic fields is one of the most powerful particle accelerators in the world. Now, I don’t really know what a particle accelerator does…but I really wanted to see the underground, semi-secret facility. So when the Alice Cook House offered a tour of the place, I didn’t want to pass it up. Honestly, it was really cool. The control room had all these buttons and looked like a spaceship, and the circular ring itself–where I guess the particles fly–was awesome to see. I have to admit, though, that I was a little on-edge when we were down there; our tour guide said that if the machine had been operating, we would all receive fatal doses of radiation instantly. No thanks…
  • Headed to Chipotle.
This one’s kind of self-explanatory. If you’ve ever been, you know the joys that a steak burrito with pinto beans, cheese, salsa and lettuce can bring. It’s kind of hard to get to…but hey, the commute isn’t that big of a deal once you’ve mastered the TCAT. Ever since it opened up in Ithaca, Cornellians have been patronizing the place. Everytime I’ve been, I’ve recognized at least one or two classmates. Cornellians, if you wish to go: Take the 10 or 30 to the Commons, then take the 15 “Southside Shopper,” which comes hourly. Plan in advance…but this faux-Mexican food is definitely worth it!
  • Taken advantage of “regression dinners”–West Campus’ attempt to cheer students up during finals periods.
A poster I saw in an elevator advertised regression dinners as “taking you back to a time when you didn’t know final exams existed,” and I’d say they do a good job making us feel young. The dinners consisted of all our childhood comfort foods–grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, you name it–and they even added legos and paper tablecloths to write on . My inner 5 year old definitely showed itself when my dinner table suddenly broke out into a game of Hangman.
  • Slept in, and just all around relaxed!
This has been an interestingly hectic/stressful semester, and I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend just waking up whenever I feel like it. As I’m writing this, though, I’m on the Campus to Campus bus heading to NYC, where I’m meeting up with my mom to head home for a week before my last final on the 17th. I like Cornell, but there isn’t that much to do when all your friends are studying and you have few obligations…

Finals vs. Term Papers?

If you had told me last year at this time–when I had four finals in a week–that I might have term papers instead of exams for a few of my classes, I would’ve jumped with joy. Papers, I had always felt, are relaxing! You can do ’em on your own time, as you aren’t subjected to 2 hours of stress,  and you don’t have to worry about ridiculously ambiguous questions. Yeah, I had thought, a semester’s end without tests would be pretty ideal.

…or not! This semester, the majority of my end-of-semester assessments were papers. I had a 4 page paper to write for Cornell History, a 10 page paper in American Studies, and a 12 page paper for my English seminar (all were due last week). Now, I’m working on what’s supposed to be a 20-30 page in-depth report for business management due Monday. While I have one exam in DEA 1500–a really cool class I’d recommend–another one in business management is optional if I do well on this report.

Hence, I’m sitting here in Olin on this beautiful post-Slope Day morning plugging away, attempting to analyze Canon, Inc.’s productivity initiatives.

Speaking of which, Slope Day was yesterday; I had a great time. Last year I volunteered in the hot sun, essentially distributing water bottles to intoxicated people. This time, I didn’t commit and was able to enjoy a nice day on the Slope with Taio Cruz. Luckily, he played the only two songs I knew–Break Your Heart and Dynamite. What was the highlight for me, though, was the opening group–The Wailers, of Bob Marley & The Wailers fame. They played “One Love,” which is a phenomenal song.

It’s almost summer! Time for me to finish up my remaining work…