The Individual in the Social World
Summer College 2012
Hey! My name is Frantzie! I am a rising senior at Mount De Sales Academy, an all-girls private high school in Baltimore, Maryland. I was born in Queens, New York, but have spent my childhood and teenage years growing up in Baltimore. Both of my parents were born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the United States when they were in their early teens. I am very excited to have the opportunity to study Personality and Social Psychology: The Individual in the Social World at Cornell’s Summer College this summer. I am so fascinated with psychology, especially since I was able to take a class this past school year.
I am in the National Honors Society and National English Honors Society, and have taken many rigorous courses in my past three years in high school. I do a large amount of service in my community, especially since Mount De Sales Academy has taught me that serving others allows us to make a gift of ourselves. Other than being a studious and active student, I swim and run track! I love to bake and watch the Food Network channel every chance I get. I cannot wait to spend three weeks of my summer in Ithaca, New York and grasp everything Summer College has to offer me!
The first week was FAST paced, but Cornell provided enough help, so it was successful! One of the workshops was a Crash Study Skills course with helpful study tips that allowed us to find the best way we learn. Although the workload may be heavy, I have had the time to look around at Cornell's lovely campus. The gorges are peaceful to listen to, and the shady trees on campus are my favorite spots to relax and do homework. Other than studying and homework, this past weekend I took a trip to downtown Ithaca. There were many stunning clothing and antique shops. The vibe downtown was relaxing and the people were friendly. I would definitely recommend the restaurants downtown because of the delicious food. Stay tuned for my next blog!
On July 4th, the Summer College staff hosted a barbeque for us. It was exciting and the burgers were tasty! Everyone was outside on the fields having a great time. This past weekend, I had a chance to just relax in my dorm and recuperate. I worked on my final paper for psychology and started to get ahead on homework for this school week. I cannot believe in less than a week I will be leaving Cornell's campus. Time flies when you are having fun and working hard. Ta-ta for now!
My last few days at Summer College were busy, yet memorable. I had to get all my assignments for the last week finished, and start studying diligently for my final exam. Although there was much to do in the last week, I made sure to enjoy the last few days to the fullest. I took multiple photos around campus with my new friends, and made sure to exchange contacts. Later during the last week, my friends and I attended a talent show that was hosted by the Summer College staff. We had loads of fun, and the talents were astounding. On closing day, I was unhappy that I had to leave so soon and say goodbye to many amazing people I met and became friends with, but the memories I made and the experiences I had will always stay with me.
My Summer College experience has changed my outlook of college life. YES, college life may be difficult and fast, but it is the friendships you build that can make your time during college more gratifying. I came to Cornell feeling nervous. I was not sure how I was going to be able to handle college work. I quickly found out that I had the Cornell faculty ready to help me and friends to make me laugh when times got difficult. If I could relive my Summer College experience, I would without a second thought! Cheerio!