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Student blogs


Gig Harbor, WA
The Individual in the Social World
Summer College 2006
Hello, my name is Lia. I am 17 years old and have been living in Washington State every one of those years except one. One week ago I returned from spending my junior year of high school as an exchange student in Thailand. I lived with a Thai family and attended a Thai high school.

Hi again. It's now just one week before I leave for Summer College. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. On one hand I'm really excited about the people I'll meet and things I'll learn. Everybody there will have similar goals as I, and come from all over the country. I'm also excited that I'm going to learn a little about psychology; a subject that I've always been interested in but have never had the opportunity to study. However, as I think about the three weeks I will spend at Cornell I get a little nervous. I have not had the normal pressures of school in quite some time now. Because I spent this last year in Thailand, I was focusing more on real life problems, rather than classroom studies. I know I will be able to pick up my ability to prosper in a classroom setting again fairly quickly, but it may come as a bit of a shock at first. Right now I am still dealing with reverse culture shock, but I think the time I will spend at Cornell will be beneficial to my adjustment back into American culture. I can't wait to get on that plane to New York.

I'm at Cornell now! It's nice to finally be here, and my class is going well. My plane was delayed, so I arrived around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, rather than arriving on Saturday. I missed a few things, but was updated by other people on what had happened. The crash course on surviving in college that everybody went to on Sunday was pretty interesting, but most of us found it to be a little long. I still enjoyed it though. I'm really surprised to see how many international students are here. My roommate is from Columbia and I've met people from all other corners of the world. It's a really nice feeling to have all this diversity around me. I started my class on Monday. It's nice to have it begin at 10:00 so that I don't have to get up really early. The professor is really nice and I've found the lectures to be very interesting. The time actually does fly by in that class. At 11:15 we break into 5 smaller groups with a graduate student leading each one. The one leading my group is nice, but at times is a little confusing. He's able to clear up some confusion if people ask questions though. We're finished with that by lunch, so I'm able to get my reading done with lots of time for hanging out left. The girls are a little bit too cliquey, which is some reverse culture shock that I've been suffering. I do wish we'd do some more things as a hall so that we could get to know each other better, but I have found some really nice people that I've made connections with. Overall I'm really enjoying the time I've had here so far.

I'm now at the beginning of my second week of classes. Things are going really well. I like the material that we're learning in class. We had our first quiz on Friday, so everybody studied pretty much the entire day on Thursday. Despite that studying, the class average was a D+. I was happy with my B, because he said that most people do poorly on the first test. He also said that if the average stays low, he may grade on a curve. This weekend we had a lot of time to kill. Most people went to the summer college dance party on Friday night. Before we went there, a few of us went bowling in Cornell's bowling alley. I went to the mall with a couple girls on Saturday, and we saw a movie in the evening. Sunday we went to the Commons for some more shopping, and studied the rest of the time. It was a pretty relaxed weekend. Later today I've got my first career seminar for my psychology class. I think it will be very helpful because it will give me an idea of what kind of career I could go into if I decide to major in psychology. We will have four of those seminars in all. Tonight there will be fireworks for the 4th of July, and tomorrow we won't have class due to the holiday.

I can't believe I'm in my last week here at Cornell. I've been having a really great time getting to know some of the girls here, and it's going to be sad to leave. I'm also having a great time learning about social psychology. We had another quiz on Friday. The class average was a little higher for this one, so people were in a better mood today after getting them back. We also had an essay due today. A lot of people found the topic to be really broad, so it was a little hard to write since we didn't have much direction. I was able to tie my experience in Thailand into the essay, so it was relatively easy. Some people who procrastinated in writing the essay ended up pulling all nighters to get them finished. After class today I went to a college admissions workshop. That was pretty helpful. We quickly went from that to the career seminar where we've been learning about important things when it comes to careers in psychology. In the evening I went to another workshop; this one for success in college. I'm having a great time and it's a little hard to believe that I fly back to Seattle on Saturday.

"I'm not at Summer College anymore. My last week at Cornell was a good one. We were all pretty busy fitting in some last things we wanted to do there as well as studying for the final. We had a multiple choice test combined with some short answers that we had been doing for the quizzes. Everybody studied all day on Thursday. We were happy to have it behind us on Friday, and my section even had a little pizza party down at a gorge to celebrate. It was a nice end to the class. Friday night there was a talent show, which was fun to see. On Saturday I took a taxi to the airport and headed home. It was a really great three weeks, and I'm really glad that I chose to take social psychology at Cornell this summer. I learned about a subject that I didn't know much about, made some great friends from many different places, and lived the college life. It's made me less scared about leaving for college in a year."