Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cornell Big Red - Day 3

University Information Session

So today I went to the university information session and the room was PACKED! There were a lot of kids from, well, I don't know where, but there were a lot of them. It was the basic yay-yay-our-school is awesome as well as the basic admissions info. After that I went to see my sister's thesis presentation but then I got a text message that I couldn't go because there were too many professors :( sad.

I did some studying in collegetown since I had to meet her after about an hour and I didn't have keys back to the apartment.

I got an email back from the professor whose lecture I loved! I hope I can keep in contact with him.

I went to the music library today! It only took me about a HALF HOUR to find it! :( They don't label it the Music Library on the map so I basically wandered around for a while. I found the main library than asked for directions. I got a great workout today! Anyway, oh man, the music library was incredible. The musky smell of old books was so cool (I sound weird, I know) but then after a while I think I got a bit of an allergic reaction and had trouble breathing...but I did get to read cover to cover a super old book about the history of music. It was really nice.

I also saw a book called Piano in Concert which has short bios of famous pianists. Guess who was in there! Daniel Pollack! I have an autographed picture of him on my old piano from my first year of piano camp with him! I feel so lucky to have gotten to work with him. I have camp again this year so I'm excited to play my new Chopin piece since I'm in love with it. I'm in piano withdrawal....I can't find one! My piano teacher called me yesterday and she said if I went to the music wing and talked to him a bit I might be able to borrow a piano practice room for a bit but it'll have to go on the backburner for a little while due to business classes being a bit higher in priority.

I'm still working on this summer session essays....this is getting so overdue! I'm so frustrated. I wonder if I can incorporate my trip to Cornell in my application essay. I feel like there is so much for me to say that I can't just ignore this great trip.

tomorrow I have a social influence and persuasion class! It looks really fascinating. I'm sad Friday will be my last day. Staying with my sister has been great! Her work finishes today so we are going out to dinner and downtown! YAYYY Cornell!

This is Sage Chapel where I heard a student playing Chopin. It's so beautiful inside! There are alot of weddings here and alot of Cornell alum marry each other inside!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cornell Big Red - Day 2

Econ Class

Today I had the pleasure of attending an Introduction to Macroeconomics Economics lecture by Professor Kyle. How? My sister's housemate's younger brother (I know, its like a separation of 5 degrees [not even 10 degrees of separation!]) is an AEM (applied economics and management) major and said I could tag along.

That 55 minute lecture flew by. It was so interesting! Call me a nerd but I started taking notes. Maybe they'll come in handy for next year's AP Econ class? Anyway, I loved it. It was like history and government and business all mixed together! Sure I don't have the highest grade in history right now but that never meant I didn't like it. Anyway it was a really great class so I'm hoping to email the professor today or tomorrow and hopefully establish some kind of relationship. He really reminds me of my 8th grade history teacher who could enamor a whole class and sustain their attention for the entire span of the class. Or maybe that's just me? I hope he's a professor for the summer program.

I should be on my way to a Principles of Marketing class today since the macro econ class was quite early this morning and didn't get in the way of anything else. I'm happy that I'm establishing some relationships without forcing it upon people. Things are melding quite naturally!

As it turns out my sister's housemates' younger brother is a player on the Cornell basketball team and as we all know..March Madness craziness!! I told my friend and he was pretty excited. Me + Cornell celebrities + awesome econ class = good day

My sister and I are eating Chinese take out right now as I organize my schedule.

p.s. I bought Cornell sweatpants and a new waterbottle today. Cornell overload? Never!

p.s.s. If anything I fell more in love with the campus. I'm more familiar with the layout of the school now. While most of my friends are going to one school per day I enjoy that I am able to stay here for so long. A week is a bit long as now I know i will be incredibly biased towards Cornell (oh well!! :) ) but it definitely beats walking around for a day. I'm hoping to drop by the Music library later today! It's a good work out walking from the apartment up to the campus, it would be good to burn all these take out calories! My sister and I are eating at home today for dinner though. That will be better on my digestive system.

xoxo, OM

Monday, March 29, 2010

Cornell Big Red - Day 1

Campus Tour

That's basically all I did today! I had a red eye flight last night and arrived here around midday. I took a big shuttle taxi with other cornell students and then was eventually dropped off at my sister's apartment. It's in collegetown I think since it's so close to everything! I really like it. I will admit that last night I didn't want to go at all...I just wanted to stay home. I felt pretty sick during the plane ride so I didn't even want to go on the campus tour but I knew that if I didn't my mom would kill me (NYC last year and failed colleged visits? Yah...don't wanna repeat that.) Anyway, so I got my butt outta lying in my sisters bed and trekked the 15 minute walk to Day Hall where the campus tour began.

First off, I really love the atmosphere. It's so serene but people still look like they're enjoying themselves. It made me realize that maybe I don't need or even WANT the city life. I always thought I'd hate living in a rural environment but so far it doesn't even seem seems pretty suburban to me! Anyway, down to the campus tour.

(A/N: the next couple days will be posts like these since I'm taking notes on my college visit to use in my future application for Cornell so it's really more like notes for me than anything else)

We started towards Sage Hall and I cannot even describe how I felt when we walked into Sage Chapel and a student was playing Chopin on the church piano. I almost cried...literally. Last night was serious bonding time with the piano before I left my Boston for a lack thereof here in Ithaca. The music was gorgeous of course but it was the environment that the music was in that really made everything sound so much more lush. It was breathtaking. I took some pictures but they were pretty crummy since I didn't want to use flash and make everybody have seizures.

Our guide also talked a bit about these things called 'program houses' which really fascinated me. She said one of them is called the Jam House where everything is based around music and another house has a lot of pianos (WOOOOOO!!!!!) and another house is called the Language House where each floor has a designated language and MUST speak that language on that floor. The piano house sounds so amazing! I wonder if I could still live there if I was an AEM (Applied Economics & Management) major. Our tour guide had a following observer named Kyle who is an Accounting TA and studies strategic marketing/accounting/finance. It sounds just like what I was planning to study! So I talked to him a little and he gave me some nice insight. I wish I got his contact information but I suppose I could just creeper find him somehow on facebook or something. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Tomorrow I'm sitting in some classes and will be buying my cornell garb. I'm thinking sweatpants, tshirt, and a mug for tea/coffee :) Basically, my eyes are set on Cornell University.

I could really get to like this atmosphere. People have been really nice and helpful so far and I really like the layout of the school. Go Big Red!!

xoxo, OM

p.s. There is something hilarious called the 'mom cam' near the center of the university. There is a large white webcam suspended on a tower that is live on the cornell website. Basically a student can call their parent and tell them to look online at the webcam. The parent gets 30 seconds to themselves to zoom in on their kid to check up on them and stuff! Funny, huh?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

can you find organimilke??

my whereabouts starting from 11pm tonight!

xoxo, OM