Skip to content
Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell Program for International Undergraduates

Summer 2019

What our students say

Dai Siqi: Trip to Boston, July 3–5, 2015

A rising senior at Shanghai University, Dai Siqi attended in the summer of 2015. She is a communication engineering major and decided to enroll in this special program to prepare herself for continued studies in the U.S. She took two courses, Academic Writing with Professor Snow and a computer science course in Python with Professor Bailey.

Siqi loved her time at Cornell and says, “I think that spending my summer vacation at Cornell may be one of the best decision I have ever made.”

One of the things that Siqi particularly enjoyed was a weekend trip to Boston with some of her fellow students, which she describes below.

Nine of the students participated in a trip to Boston with other international students on July 4, Independence Day in the United States. Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Many people come to Boston every year for the city's July 4 celebration, which includes many special events and a big fireworks display.

July 3

After a six-hour drive from Ithaca, we arrived in Boston at around 4:00 p.m. We stayed at the Boston Hostel, near Chinatown. There were no formal plans for the rest of the day, so the afternoon and evening were on our own. We wandered around Newbury Street and then enjoyed a delicious lobster dinner.

July 4

In the morning, we took the Duck Tour to explore the city. The "duck" is an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle, which means it can be driven into water directly, and then it becomes a boat. Our guide, also the driver, told us a lot about Boston's history and stories of the surrounding buildings. He also invited one of my friends to drive the boat! Then we took a skywalk on the top of the Prudential Center, where we had a 360-degree view of Boston.

In the afternoon, we went to the bank of the Charles River to find a good place for watching the fireworks. However, we didn't know that backpacks were not permitted in certain areas, so we had to go back to the hotel to drop off our backpacks. The fireworks began around 10:15 p.m. and lasted thirty minutes. Luckily, we found a good spot to watch the show.

July 5

When we passed by Trinity Church on the first day, I was impressed by the beautiful building. On our last day, we decided to explore it. Inside the building, I was amazed to see the sunlight pouring through the stained glass windows. The church staff gave us a tour, and we listened to many stories of the church’s windows, statues, and stones.

We left Boston at 2:45 p.m., and our trip was over. I spent a wonderful and memorable holiday with my friends in Boston, and I will remember this attractive city.