Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Beginning

April 21, 2012 marked the beginning of the path towards Yale's summer program. The blogging tutorial  was very informative. I learned how to use blogger and overviewed the what to do's and what not to do's. Aside from learning how to blog, I met a few members of the other Ivy League Connection programs. It was interesting to see fellow cohorts of the ILC. This makes me even more excited to meet the entire body of 2012's Ivy League Connection program during the orientation.

I love learning and hearing more about the ILC and what it has to offer. Every meet up that involves the ILC in some sort boosts my morale. This will be my first year and I know the intensity of the program will be beyond anything I have experienced. I know there will be many challenges and obstacles but I'll just have to set the bar higher for myself. 

The summer is creeping day by day. What seems so far from now is in reality, right around the corner. Yale's Ivy Scholars Program will be a life changing experience and I know it. Until the "real deal" comes, my fellow peers and I will be preparing for this wonderful opportunity. Let's rock and roll '12 YISP!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

One Sunny Saturday...

The remaining third of the Ivy League Connection students, as well as a few parents and chaperones, congregated yesterday morning at Hercules High School for a blogging tutorial led by Don Gosney.

It was an exciting opportunity to meet some of the other participants of the program, and as I flipped through the thick pamphlet of an agenda that was being passed around the computer room, a wave of familiarity washed over me.

I had the most wonderful opportunity to have participated in the Ivy League Connection the previous year. As part of the pioneer group that traveled to Vanderbilt University last summer, I absorbed more than just the blazing sun down South; the culture, the people, the knowledge - those aspects and more expanded my understanding of the world around me and led me to appreciate culture more than ever. I am very excited for what this year's Vanderbilt cohort has in store for them!

Returning to the program as what I hope is a seasoned participant, the lessons I have learned and the experiences I have gained through my previous experience will hopefully bolster me up for what is to come at Yale this summer.

Summer is just around the corner - and by the time that warm morning in July rolls around, we'll be ready.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Skull & Bones 1

Did John Kerry and G.W.Bush have to read 3,900 pages of Thucydides, Clausewitz, and Sun Tzu? Yes they did, in the original Greek, German, and Mandarin. 

And so will we! Mustapha Mond, after all, wasn't made in a day. I, for one, can't wait to get the kids in the van,  flying up from Georgetown to UPenn, Columbia to Yale, the highway to the heaven of higher learning, quizzing my captive cohort on the pertinent points of the Peloponnesian War, musing with them on the mishaps in the Middle Kingdom, conquering the concepts that made the Kaisers. 

In the immortal words of Roy, everyone's favorite Nexus 6 Replicant: Queen to Bishop 6, check.