Freedom and Justice
Summer College 2011
Hi everyone! My name is Sophie and I am a rising senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. Having dreamt of attending Cornell since the seventh grade, I could not be more excited about spending my summer up in Ithaca. I am looking forward to studying Freedom and Justice, as politics and law are passions of mine. Other than surviving my torturous junior year, I spend much of my time with friends and family. I also play on a competitive all-girls ice hockey team. I can be found at the ice rink almost every afternoon, and spend a majority of my weekends traveling across the United States and Canada to attend games and tournaments.
My anticipation has been growing this past week as I have been slowly but surely packing my suitcase. It seems to be a never-ending process, as the pile in my room of clothing, athletic equipment, and other necessities grows larger by the day. I am positive that I will still forget half of what I need. But, I am happy to fill the gaps in my wardrobe with some Cornell attire. I cannot wait to get up to Ithaca!
Other than dedicating myself to my work in Freedom and Justice, I have had fun exploring the campus and Collegetown. During my first day at Cornell, I went on a run and became so lost that now I feel like I know the campus backwards and forwards! So, my piece of advise for future Summer Cornellians is to get lost; when exploring Cornell’s campus, you never know what fascinating things you are going to find.
On a less academic note, this weekend I went to Buttermilk Falls. Buttermilk is a gorge about twenty minutes off campus that people can swim in because there is a lifeguard on duty. To be frank, when I first arrived at Cornell I was disappointed to find that people are not allowed to swim in the campus gorges, but getting to swim at Buttermilk definitely made up for it! I had so much fun, and I wish there were another weekend left at Cornell Summer for me to go back for a second time.
It's odd to think that my next post will be about me leaving Cornell. I have had such a great time here—both academically and socially—and I only wish my time here would last longer!
On Monday, we got our Preliminary Exams back. I am proud to say that I did very well, which gave me confidence for my final exam and paper due at the end of the week. Outside of class, I spent my time studying in the awesome libraries (like the Hogwarts-ish one I mentioned in last week's post) and with friends. Group study sessions were definitely the most efficient way for me to study; the topics brought up when bouncing ideas off of one another and debating the ideas of the philosophers mimicked the essay questions on the exam. I find out my final grade in Freedom and Justice in a week, and I am very anxious to find out how I did!
On a heavier note, saying goodbye to Professor Kramnick, Simon, my classmates, and my friends was very sad. I hope that I stay in touch with all of them! As I look back on my experience as a whole, I know that I have changed so much as a person over just a few weeks. I am now more independent and confident in myself. I cannot wait to apply to Cornell this fall, and would be incredibly lucky to join the Cornell community in just over a year.
My senior year in high school has just begun, and already I feel as though I haven’t had a moment to breathe. Every day is jam-packed with tough classes, my internship, writing college application essays, and several hours of practice. I can honestly say that if I get into bed before midnight, I have had a relatively easy day. Through all of this, I am able to keep focused and stay strong because I know that I will be rewarded for my hard work with college. Cornell Summer opened my eyes to how freeing it is to have unlimited independence. With all of the freedom and trust I was granted, I matured into the person that wanted to be. I met so many new people from so many different places—coming back to Maryland felt as though I had been sucked back into a vortex of homogeneity and monotony. I am so excited to go to college!
With the November first Early Decision/ Early Action deadline creeping closer, I am working very hard to complete my various applications. If I am lucky, maybe I’ll end up at Cornell! I hope to see you all there!