The Business World
Summer College 2010
My name is Brian, and I’m from Avon Connecticut. I just finished my junior year at Avon High School and I’m glad to leave AP tests, SATs, and finals behind me so I can enjoy summer. I’m a conscientious student and study a lot during the school year, but I always make time on the weekends to hang out with friends and have fun. I enjoy running and playing tennis, especially during the summer. If anyone’s looking to go for a run or play some tennis up at Cornell you’re certainly welcome to find me. I’m taking The Business World program and I’m really excited. Business may be a career path I’d be interested in taking or exploring in college, and I hope to get a good idea of what to expect from the Summer College program. I visited Cornell this February, and even in the frigid months of the winter it’s an absolutely beautiful campus. I can’t even imagine how it will look during the warm summer months. Cornell is definitely one of my top choice schools so I’m also interested in experiencing the college environment of Cornell and Ithaca for a few weeks this summer.
For the past several weeks I’ve worked closely with a team of three other students for our business management class. We had to do two major assignments together: a written paper and an oral presentation. Our group was hard working and diligent, and all four of us possessed unique talents that helped contribute to our success. We had a talented writer, a motivating group leader, a reliable researcher, and an analytical thinker. At the end of the day, I learned more from our group disagreements, problem solving techniques, and collaboration than I could ever read in a book on business management. Business management is the art of helping, motivating, and working with others, and my experiences in the group aspect of the course were truly rewarding.
I found a lot of free time when I wasn’t reading or studying to explore the campus and its surroundings. My friends and I took a day trip to Flat Rock, a popular swimming location off the Cornell campus. Since we can’t swim in the gorges and it’s been pretty hot lately, the trip was refreshing. On both weekends I explored the Ithaca Mall and went to the movies, a popular spot for Cornell student during the year. My runs have taken me all over Cornell, from West Campus to the edges of the Cornell Plantations.
These past three weeks have truly been a rewarding experience for me, and I’ve really gained some insight into my future decisions about Cornell and pursuing business in college.