Nature and Culture
Summer College 2012
Hi! I'm Jake and in the Fall I will be a Senior at Calabasas High School. Calabasas is a Northwestern suburb of Los Angeles. I love sports, music, video games, comedy and food. I will be taking Nature and Culture: History, Philosophy, and the Environment. This course interests me because I'm passionate about preserving our environment. I'm president of my school's recycling club, involved with the basketball team, and a producer of a local ESPN radio show. I'm excited to spend three weeks in a college town, learn more about Cornell, and meet everyone.
This weekend I will continue exploring the campus and Ithaca. Unfortunately, I couldn't get on the group trip to Buttermilk Falls. I'm really bummed and disappointed that the program doesn't have room for everyone who wants to go. I'll probably see a movie or do something fun in Collegetown with my friends instead.
I am one third of the way through Summer College! I am already working on ideas for my term paper and have read a full book, many articles, and just started a second book. It has been a lot of reading in a short amount of time. Each day in class is the equivalent of one week in real college. Despite the heavy workload, I really like my professor, Dr. Tantillo, and TA, Amy Kohout. Nature and Culture is a really interesting class.
There were fireworks this past Monday night for the 4th of July. On Tuesday there was a Zumba class. I was able to convince a lot of guys to go to Zumba and I even led one song! I saw the new Spiderman movie at the Ithaca Mall. I thought it was a surprisingly good reboot of the series. My friends and I have ordered late night pizza and wings a few times which is always fun and delicious.
Since writing my last blog I've decided I no longer like the wraps at Trillium. Now I really like the tuna melts. If it wasn't for the lack of air conditioning in the dorms, I think I would like to stay another three weeks.
I also miss Ithaca. I miss hanging out with my new Summer College friends, ordering pizza and wings at 1 a.m., and the reason I was there: Nature and Culture. My last week of class was intense: lectures, discussions, completing my term paper, and studying for and taking the final exam. Taking my first blue book exam was tough, but I'm confident I will be happy with my grade in the class.
I'm glad I didn't leave after the final on Friday and chose to stay until Saturday. I enjoyed a carefree night with my roommate and friends. Saturday morning I said my goodbyes and stopped at Dinosaur BBQ before getting on the plane in Syracuse.
The Summer College experience was a great introduction to college and dorm life. I'm very glad that I came to Ithaca and studied at Cornell. The class, professor, and TAs provided an interesting and challenging experience. I made friends from all over the country, and I look forward to staying in touch and getting together in person. I would definitely recommend Cornell Summer College!