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Sharon, MA
The Digital World and You
Summer College 2007
My name is Tyrone, and I live in Sharon, Massachusetts. I am a Filipino-American; I was born and raised in the United States, but my parents are from the Philippines. I'm 17 years old, and I attend Sharon High School, where I will be a senior next fall. At school, a few of my friends and I created SCAHR (Student Coalition Against Hatred and Racism), which is a club that helps bring awareness of the racism that exists at our own school. I am a member of my school's Winter and Spring Track Team, where I compete in sprinting and jumping events. I also used to play basketball, and I still shoot hoops from time to time. In my spare time, I like to draw and sketch, and I am also a graffiti artist. I took piano lessons for seven years, and I continue to play even though I no longer take lessons. I enjoy listening to music, mainly hip-hop. My favorite artists include Common, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, The Roots, and Lupe Fiasco, just to name a few. The program I am taking at Cornell is Computer Science. The curriculum includes manipulating digital media, such as music, and this greatly appeals to me because I am currently learning how to mix and create my own music. I have never attended camp, so Summer College at Cornell should bring me new experiences and I am really looking forward to it.

Today is my last day at home before I leave for Cornell. We're leaving a day early because my parents want to have time look around the town of Ithaca. It's amazing how time flies by, as it has already been a month since school ended. I've enjoyed this summer so far, just relaxing and hanging out with friends. A couple of days ago, I went to the Kanye West concert at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, and this was definitely the highlight of my summer so far. But now summer college has arrived and it is time for me to get my head straight. I hope the work load will not be too tough to handle, but I am sure I will benefit from this program; this experience should prepare me for college. I look forward to meeting new people and making many friends. I only hope that I don't get shy and look like a loser in front of everybody. Haha. I'm leaving tomorrow morning, so... I think it is best that I start packing. Cornell is going to be awesome!

It feels like yesterday when my parents were here and helping me unpack my belongings. But in reality, that was just nine days ago. This has been a really fast week, which included typing essays and doing homework, and also going out and having fun. To be honest, my class is not what I had expected it to be. I originally thought we were only going to work on a computer the whole time. However, in addition to working with computers, we are learning about the philosophies that relate to cyberspace. We have been having discussions on whether or not the Internet should be regulated, and whether music sharing should be allowed. The people in my class are pretty unique. Many of them come from other parts of the world, such as France, China, Korea, Japan, Turkey, etc. I wish there were more than just two girls in our class, especially since the other programs have an equal amount of girls and boys.

I have met so many people and made some great friends, and I love it here. There is just so much to do. I went down to the basketball court recently to play some pick-up games with some other people. The bowling alley here is great, and we only had to pay about $5 in total to play two games. I was so excited when I bowled a turkey (three strikes in a row), and I saved the scorecard from that game. Haha, I'm such a loser. But yeah, the food at Cornell is awesome; I guess it is true that Cornell has the best food out of all the Ivy League schools. When we want to try something different, my friends and I walk over to Collegetown to eat. There is a great selection of restaurants; last week, we ate at The Souvlaki House, which makes the best pizza. We also ate at some Japanese restaurant, and two nights ago we ate at an Indian restaurant. Last Sunday, we went to Buttermilk Falls for a hiking trip. This was probably the best hiking experience I will ever have, not because of the scenery or anything, but because we had the wildest adventure. Somehow, the seven of us went off the hiking trail and ended up at some random hotel/steakhouse in Ithaca. For about 2 hours, we probably traveled 10 miles to get back to our original location. And for the final 20 minutes or so, we had to run in order to make it on time. Cornell Summer College has been such a great experience, and it's only been a week since I arrived. I have two more weeks left, and I am sure that I will make the best of it.

This is now my last week here at Cornell before I go back home. For the past couple of days, I've been pretty busy with all the classwork they have given us. My term paper was due Monday, so I worked on it for a few hours over the weekend. I studied for a while last night since we had a test today, which I thought was a bit tricky. Right now I am working on a PowerPoint project because we have to do a presentation that is a part of the term paper grade. My presentation is tomorrow, so after class ends I will basically be able to relax for the rest of the time I am here. The weather here has been great recently, but with all the walking I have to do daily, it makes walking seem so dreadful in the sun. I can still tolerate the walking because I guess it's just a part of the college experience.

I can't believe that the summer at Cornell is almost over. This has been such a great experience, meeting new people, making friends, going out every night, and basically enjoying every minute here. We entertain ourselves every night when all of us go to Helen Newman Hall and bowl at the bowling alley. Tonight, I bowled a personal best, a 170, which is the highest any of us have gotten since we've been here. Bowling is now one of my favorite hobbies, and I just wish that I could bowl everyday back home and for such a good price. After bowling, all of us usually go to one of the lounge areas and set up a laptop to watch episodes of The Office. Most of the people here I have met are real cool. I feel very comfortable now when around the friends I have made. I forgot to mention in my past entry about my roommate. My roommate has been awesome; we have a lot of things in common, we get along very well, and we do a lot of things together. Tomorrow all of us are going to the Commons and to the Pyramid Mall, so it should be fun. I have 4 more days until my parents come and pick me up. It will be really sad to leave this place, but I'm just going to make the best of my last few days and not think about leaving until the day actually comes. Peace.

It has been about a week and a half since I left Cornell, and I must say, I still miss it very much over there. This was such a great experience and I will forever remember my summer at Cornell. I remember waking up on the last day and asking my roommate if all of this was seriously over. I now wish I had taken one of the six week programs, because my three weeks flew by so fast. For a few days after leaving Cornell, I had a bit of a withdrawal and did not feel like doing anything. There was just so much to do up there and so many different people to hang around with; life is incredibly different back at home. I still keep in touch with my friends from Cornell, talking with them through Facebook, text messages, and phone calls. Some of them are planning a reunion in the Bahamas next year. I really do not know if they're serious or not, but I'll be glad to see them again if we really do have a reunion.

I wish I could go back to Cornell, but it's really nice to be back home to see my family and friends that I missed so much. It has basically been the same old thing up here in Massachusetts; nothing at home has changed since I left. I start school in 2 weeks, so I have been stuck at home doing summer work for school. All my summer work is due during the first week, and I have some serious catching up to do with all the packets, writings, and readings. I recently applied for a job at Friendly's. I am able to start working once I hand in some working papers, so this should be exciting. One thing that I dearly miss from Cornell is bowling every night, and I haven't been bowling once since I've been back. I need to go bowling!

I will certainly benefit from my summer experience at Cornell. I got a taste of what college life is like. I got an idea of what it is like to learn Computer Science. Even though I do not plan on taking Computer Science in college, I am really glad that I took this class at Cornell. I have a better understanding of what opportunities are best for me, and I can now focus on other fields of study. I also learned how to adapt to unfamiliar situations. It was fun meeting so many new people in such a short period of time. It was not hard being indepedent and living on my own. I am now looking forward to going to college next year. And who knows . . . maybe I might end up at Cornell next year. Hopefully. So I guess this is it. Thank you to all who have been reading about my summer at Cornell! Peace.