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Student blogs


Avon, CT
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.

My first few days here so far have been amazing. The school looks even more impressive during summer months. When I first arrived I met my roommate and then headed out on a run to explore the campus. I passed my building, Warren Hall, where I have my business classes, went down to see Uris Library and the famous Cornell clock tower, then ventured out onto some of the numerous trails Cornell has for running around the more wooded parts of campus. When I got back I met all of the kids on my floor and headed off to dinner at Appel Commons, the freshman cafeteria. After dinner, the counselors held an ice cream social for all the new students on the green outside our dorm and served the famous ice cream from Cornell Dairy. The ice cream was absolutely delicious and probably the best I’ve ever tasted. On the first day of business class I didn’t know what to expect, but I met our professor, Dr. Taylor, who’s energetic, engaging, and does a great job of involving the entire lecture hall in discussions. Every night we have a reading assignment after our book, but after I’m done I’ve found time to hang out with friends at night, go to Collegetown, and explore the vast campus. I’m really looking forward to the next several weeks at Summer College.

Over the past few weeks at Cornell I have experienced different cultures from around the world, a unique inside and outside the classroom learning environment, and the benefits and drawbacks of teamwork. I’ve met students from China, Hong Kong, Dubai, Turkey, Russia, India, Thailand, South America, Canada, and of course the United States. My own learning experience has been enriched from people of these diverse nationalities and cultures from their different perspectives and input in the classroom, and from stories about their culture, school, and religions in causal conversations.

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.