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Erika

New York City
The Individual in the Social World
Summer College 2011
Hello! I am Erika from New York City. I have just completed my junior year of high school and am looking forward to arriving at Cornell. This summer I will be taking The Individual in the Social World. Psychology is something I have always been interested in, and Cornell Summer College seems to be an ideal opportunity to study it. In addition to academics, I love journalism, movies, community service and sports. This year I was the sports editor of my school newspaper. I hope to combine some of these interests by writing about my summer experience at Cornell. I am thrilled to spend time at Cornell's beautiful Ithaca campus. I am looking forward to spending time outdoors, playing sports, hiking, or just admiring the gorges. I cannot wait for the summer to begin!

6/24/11
Hello! The time has finally come for me to head up to Ithaca. I am so excited about Cornell's Summer College. I am almost finished packing and am just about ready to go. I am not entirely sure what to pack, but I think that is part of my excitement. I am so eager to begin my classes and to meet everyone!

I am thrilled to begin taking Psychology. I have been interested in psychology for a long time, and I can't wait for my first class on Monday. I attend a small school and have never been in a lecture type classroom before, so I am curious as to what it will be like. I am a little nervous, but I know that it will be a great experience.

I am also excited to meet all of the other Summer College students. It will be fun to meet people from all over the country and world with different backgrounds and experiences. I am pretty sure that many of them are like me, packing at the last minute.

I am so psyched to spend time outdoors on Cornell's beautiful campus. I have heard it is particularly wonderful in the summer! I am super excited to arrive in Ithaca to begin my class and meet everyone! See you soon!

7/5/11
Hello! I cannot believe we have been here for an entire week. I am really enjoying Cornell Summer College. My Psychology class is excellent. Each morning we have a lecture and then break up into smaller groups to discuss the material or talk about something new. We also have a seminar in the afternoon twice a week. The lectures and material are so interesting, and I love learning in a new setting. We had our first quiz on Friday.

I have also met so many awesome people here. It is exciting to meet unique and interesting people from all over the country and world.

The week was a little hectic at first, but now that I am well adjusted I think I am in a good routine. On the first day, in an effort to find the gym, my friend and I inadvertently found ourselves on an hour-long adventure around Cornell's campus. Over this past weekend, we finally got a chance to further explore the lovely Cornell campus in depth. The size was a little daunting at first, and I will admit that I actually got lost once last week, but my friends and I had a great time walking around, exploring, and familiarizing ourselves with it. Cornell is so beautiful! Although it seemed like a challenge navigating the bus system, we figured out how to go into Collegetown and Ithaca Commons, which were also nice destinations.

There are so many other activities to consider. There was an ice cream social when we first got here, and on Saturday there was a carnival outside. Both were a lot of fun.

I cannot wait to see what the next two weeks bring!

7/12/11
Hello! I can't believe that it has already been two weeks. My time at Cornell seems to be flying by. This week has been filled with excitement, both academically and leisurely. I love my Psychology class. Each morning the lectures are fascinating and provocative. I have never taken a class like Psychology before, but I am getting used to the format. Today we did a fun demo in our section, led by my teaching assistant Jeremy, which demonstrated our inability to detect lies. We have now completed two quizzes and a paper, so we just have our final left which is on Friday.

Cornell's beautiful campus never gets old. Just walking around the campus and exploring has become one of my favorite activities here. Even after two weeks, we still encounter new buildings and new scenic grassy areas on Campus! On the Fourth of July we had no class, so my friend and I found a nice sunny spot outside on the grass to do our reading. We also had an opportunity to explore the Ithaca Commons, which is a nice place to walk around. The weather has been amazing, even a little too hot at times, which I definitely was not anticipating.

The activities have been fun as well. Last week there was an art party, where we were able to make spin art and decorate tee-shirts.

I can't believe we only have one week left, but I'm sure it will be the best one yet!

7/29/11
Hello! I cannot believe that Cornell Summer College is over. My time at Cornell went by unbelievably fast. The last week probably went the most quickly. It was filled with final readings and preparation for our final exam.

I miss my class, my friends, and living in the dorm. It was strange to wake up this morning and not have a lecture to attend.

Cornell Summer College was a truly amazing experience for me. I got so much out of the program on many levels, and I have numerous people to thank for that. I learned a tremendous amount, both in and out of the classroom, in just three weeks. I have also developed an interest in psychology, which I cannot wait to pursue further in college.

My daily psychology lecture was definitely a highlight! Cornell is a wonderful community. I met so many smart and interesting people from all over the country and world, and definitely grew as a student from this program.