Santa Barbara, CA
Animal Science: Captive Raptor Management
Summer College 2011
My name is Patrick. I'm a student at Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, California, and I've just finished junior year. I have lived in Santa Barbara all my life, and if I’m not studying, at school, or asleep, I tend to be running, practicing Karate, or on a Boy Scout hike, which is lucky, because I've heard that the running and hiking trails around Cornell are great, and I look forward to training for the upcoming Cross Country season while I’m there. To be honest, I've never been to Cornell, but I look forward to going this summer. I have a lot of colleges high up on my list, but, from what it sounds like, Cornell might top them all. The very fact that the school offers a summer course by the name of Sustainable Animal Husbandry: Captive Raptor Management says something about the diversity of opportunities available at Cornell. I can hardly wait to start what promises to be the most fun and interesting summer program, and I look forward to meeting everyone.
While papers and group projects seem to preoccupy everyone in my class, there still has been abundant time to hang out at the lounge, go for runs on the enormous campus that I don’t think I will ever be able to fully explore, and head to Ithaca for truly entertaining and amazing experiences that I will not soon forget. In fact, the only two downsides to Cornell that I can think of are the boiling heat and that this summer program is only three weeks long.
The first two weeks of this program have been completely awesome, and while I'm looking forward to finishing all of the next week's work, I can't say that I am eager to leave. Truthfully, this has probably been the most entertaining, challenging, and memorable summer that I have had in high school, and I will remember the friends I met here for the rest of my life.
The three weeks that I was at Cornell went by quickly, and the only advice that I can give to any future Cornell summer students is to enjoy it while you can. To any of the Captive Raptor Management students who happen to be reading this: I miss you guys and with any luck I'll see you again soon.
If anyone reading this is unsure about whether or not they should apply to the Cornell summer program, I say go for it... and say hello to Dr. Parks for me.