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Hyderabad, India
Design Immersion
Summer College 2011
Hey! I’m Aneesha from Hyderabad, India. I have just completed my first year of the IB programme from The International School Bangalore. It has been a rewarding yet stressful year with assignments, exams, SATs and other tests. But now I have the chance to explore a passion I have nurtured ever since I was a child. I have always been innovative, and painting has been my hobby. So when I learned that Cornell has a Design Immersion Program, I immediately registered for it and know it will provide me with an insight into the realm of design as a career. I also hope to get a peek into Cornell’s college life and to make loads of new friends. I am counting down the days to summer, and I can’t wait to have the Cornell experience!

I've been in NYC for the past 4 days and I'm taking the bus to Cornell today. I'm one day away from attending Summer College and I still can't believe I'm here. I've been counting down days to the Design Immersion course for the past 2 months and I'm so glad now that it's here!

I've been living in a boarding school in India for a year now, but I know staying in Cornell is going to be entirely different. It is going to give me a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I've also heard wonderful things about Ithaca and I can't wait to see the Cornell campus.

The Summer College Facebook page also got me very enthusiastic about the next three weeks. I thought I was extremely excited until I spoke to other Summer Cornellians. Believe it or not, each one seems more excited than the other! And I realized that all of us are just waiting to have this Cornell experience! And for this reason, I know for a fact that these next three weeks are going to be amazing.

I'm really eager to make lots of new friends and meet my roommates, of course! I am so happy that I get to meet them tomorrow! In all this excitement a small part of me is worried about how much work we will have to do as I am trying to balance my schoolwork with Summer College. But, I am sure that everything will fall into place.

Everybody back home has been wishing me good luck and telling me to have fun. And I know for certain that I will!

Can't wait to meet you guys! More next week!

I can’t believe it's been only a week since I've come to Cornell. Something about this place makes me feel like I've been here before. And so far, I have only one phrase to describe my experience: It's everything I thought it would be.

The Cornell campus is really beautiful with gorges and bridges, but I cannot tell you how many times I've gotten lost. The first day was exciting but tiring. I finally met my roommate and I was so amused when I found out that she was from Puerto Rico.

There were many ice-breaking sessions organized for us over the weekend. Initially, I was really hesitant to attend them. But now, I am so glad I did because that's how I befriended some pretty amazing people!

The first day of class was kind of scary. I was surprised when I learned that my course, Design Immersion, was one of the smallest. I made an attempt to learn all the names of my classmates that day (which was admittedly, quite difficult). I also grew really fond of my teachers. They are so helpful and encouraging and they are always there for us! Our class also has lots of field trips to show us different buildings and allow us to design things in nature. But, they are so tiring! The days at Cornell seem so long.

If there's one thing I learned about college this week it's that it is nothing like high school. I feel like I'm so much more independent and responsible here (and I'm sure my parents would agree)! But apart from that, I definitely got an insight into design and it's much harder than I thought it would be. We were assigned our first individual design project this week where we work on a system that improves the dining hall experience at Cornell. I'm really scared how it's going to turn out.

I was hoping I would be able to balance my summer school work with my high school work. But I'm disappointed about that because we have lots of work to do for class every day.

Apart from exploring the campus, I've also visited the Commons, the Ithaca Mall and Buttermilk Falls with my friends. It was really fun and Ithaca is filled with tiny, unique stores that make this place so different!

I've noticed that in and around the campus, there are always things that constantly remind you that you are in Cornell. And the pride you get from being a part of it, even when you're attending summer school for a short while, is wonderful!

It's only been a week and I'm eager to find out what's in store for me next week!

I can't believe the past week at Cornell flew by so fast! In class, we were briefed on the different areas of design such as product, graphic, interior, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and exhibit design. It has really broadened my perspective of design. I discovered so many new things that I never thought were possible before.

Our design class also visited Corning this week! It was a much-enjoyed trip. We visited The Corning Glass Museum and attended a glass-making class there. I'm waiting for my piece to be mailed to Cornell. We also visited a couple of restaurants there in order to study their interior designs. It was a tiring but interesting trip!

My final individual project on redesigning the dining hall here is due on Monday. I've been working on it all week and I now realized that designing things isn't easy.

I hadn't been able to do much this week as I was working on my project in the Studio. However, over the weekend, my friends and I went to The Commons and to Collegetown Bagels again. And it was just as fun as the first time. I don't think I will get tired of it!

In spite of all the work we have to do, I'm still having so much fun. And this really amuses me because it's a strange mixture of feelings I’ve never experienced before.

I've also slowly begun to realize that I have only one week left at Cornell. I've had so much fun here the past two weeks and I don't want to even think of leaving. I'm really dreading this week and I hope it doesn't fly by!

My third week in Cornell is done! And unfortunately, like my friends and I predicted, the last week flew by! I graduated from Cornell University Summer College on Saturday. And I can say that CUSC has definitely changed me and the way I perceive at things.

I hoped to do a lot during my last week at Cornell! I planned to visit Collegetown Bagels again, and shop at the Commons. My friends and I also planned to climb the clock tower. But, sadly, that didn’t happen. I was pretty busy with class during the last week. We visited Urban Outfitters and studied their exhibit design. During the last two days, we had to design an exhibit of our own, to display the work we had done over the past two weeks. We worked together in groups and managed to put it all together just in time. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.

I hadn't realized how fast time flew by until the last day of class arrived. That was the day I met my parents after 4 weeks! They came to see the exhibit and they said they were very proud of me for doing this at Cornell. It was awfully sad when we bid goodbye to our professors and classmates. We exchanged phone numbers and email ids so we could keep in touch. Like I said before, one of my most favorite things about my class was that there were only 18 students and so, I felt like I knew everybody on a personal basis.

My parents and I attended the graduation ceremony on Saturday. I showed them around Collegetown, the Commons and West Campus. It was so sorrowful because I wasn't ready to leave. I wish I had more time to spend in Cornell. I love everything about this University—the Campus, the people, the professors, the classes, the activities offered.

It was very painful to say goodbye to my friends that day. We are from different parts of the world, but we promised ourselves we would see each other soon. They were a major part of why I loved my stay at Cornell so much and so I thank them for being there for me.

My Summer '11 at Cornell has been incredible. I now feel like I belong there. It's been only one day since I’ve left the University and I already miss the place and my friends so much!

My time spent there seems almost surreal now, like a good dream I was forced to wake up from!