The Business World
Summer College 2014
Hello! My name is Sebastien and I am a rising junior at Achievement First Hartford High in Hartford, Connecticut. I was born in Jamaica but have lived in Connecticut for the majority of my life. I can not wait to attend Cornell's Summer College. I have heard so many wonderful things about it and can’t wait to be exposed to all of the magnificent things that Cornell has to offer. Currently, I am the president of the Honors Council at my school and I spend my free time writing poetry, playing basketball, and swimming.
I will be taking The Business World course at Cornell for three weeks and can't wait to rub shoulders and share brilliant ideas with some of the world's future entrepreneurs. I absolutely can't wait to experience this. Look forward to me keeping you all posted once I reach Ithaca!
My first week of CUSC is almost over and I can honestly say that every moment has been a blast. The first day I was very scared, because my parents left as soon as they dropped me off, so I was left to explore this exquisite campus all on my own. As I shakily walked through the dining hall for the first time I was a little intimidated by all of the people I saw. I sat down a few feet away from two guys having a conversation and before I could stuff the first spoonful of food into my mouth both turned and introduced themselves. Their names were William and Javier (both here for six weeks) and I would like to thank them for loosening me up and making me feel truly welcomed.
The story of Javier is a funny one because we discovered that we both went to a five- week program last year at Phillips Exeter and had never talked to or seen each other. However, there we were on the first day of CUSC laughing and having a great time. That highlights another beauty about Summer College: It does a great job of drawing together a friendly and diverse population.
Another instance that made my first day so special was that it was the World Cup championship. A large group of people from my dorm got together in one of the floor's common rooms. There was just one problem: none of the TV's in the entire dorm, except the big one downstairs, actually worked. Nonetheless, there are one thousand brilliant people here at CUSC, so we put our heads together then set up three laptops and streamed the games from there. It was actually pretty hilarious because the laptops were not synchronized, so when Germany scored the winning goal different sides of the room reacted at different times.
The Business course I am enrolled in has a lot of tedious, time-consuming work. However, the lectures and seminars are very interactive. I love our professor Dr. Taylor because he is not the traditional lecturer that just sits behind a podium and talks to the class. He actually walks around the lecture hall and engages with each student so they don't feel like just a number out of the two hundred kids enrolled in The Business World course.
There are a lot of exciting things to do on this wonderful campus. For instance, there is a Hawaiian themed dance that is coming up, and on Saturday, a group of friends and I plan to check out Collegetown, which I hear is one of the best places near campus. I won't elaborate too much because I want you all to come experience it for yourselves.
I am very happy that I made the decision to come to Summer College, because the beautiful people and elegant campus add up to a positive environment.
There is only one week left here at CUSC for this summer, and I can not believe how fast the first two weeks have flown by (wow, time really does fly when you are having fun). Anyway, I have spent most of my time unpacking Nike case studies in my business seminar class and beating the six weeker's butts in every sport known to man (well...not every sport). So far we have beaten them in football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. GO THREE WEEKERS! This week there will be some rematches taking place but the three weekers always win, so I am not too worried. The rivalry between the two groups has brought us closer together because it has been nothing less than friendly competition and loads of fun.
Besides sports I have been busy writing papers for business class. This week I am doing a stock presentation on two companies in the same industry and presenting research on why one stock is better to invest in than the other. This is one of our two group assignments, so besides learning about stocks I have also learned about teamwork and how to be a great leader in a group
We are all in grind mode because it is the last week and finals are coming up. Even though fatigue is taking a toll on some, the overall school-wide vibe is getting intense because everyone is studying so that they can perform really well on their exams.
Talk to you all soon, I have to get back to studying.
My last few days at Cornell were very memorable. Saying goodbye to all of the amazing people I met was by far the hardest thing to do. In retrospect, I wish I would have spent more time with some of the friends that I made later on in the program. My word of advice pertaining to this would be to open up to everyone and let them know your story. I would of never thought that an African American kid from Connecticut would have so much in common to someone living in China. No one knows the beauty behind someone's story until you actually sit down and have a conversation with them.
In terms of academics, my last week was stellar. My business team and I had to give a stock-pick presentation on two companies and tell why which company will be the better buy based on research. My team consisted of my friend Rishi who is from Dallas and Jing who is from China. Both members are absolutely brilliant people and at the closing ceremonies my TA Nadia recognized us for having the best stock pick presentation in her class. This was the second best thing that happened to my team because the week before we also got the highest grade in our class for our first group project.
This experience here at CUSC really cleared up my blurry vista of what college is going to be like. The first thing I found out is that it will probably entail a lot of walking. My friends and I walked about seven miles a day at Cornell. The second thing is that it is important to surround yourself with high-spirited, motivational people. This is because not every moment of college will be a great, fantasy-like day. College consists of a lot of stressful work that can be seen as too much for some people. Now I know how to effectively construct study groups and find people who will give me a laugh here or there when I am feeling down.
I would like to end this by thanking all of the students and staff members that attended CUSC for the experience this year. This was truly something that I will never forget.