Saturday, July 4, 2009

New York!

First off, Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope everyone has a great day with lots of barbeque. Unfortunately, i won't be able to enjoy any ribs or hot dogs, but that's okay.

Yesterday I woke up @ 5 am to get ready for our big day in New York. We took a 6:45 train and arrived in New York at about 10. We then took the subway to the best school ever, Columbia! We looked around Columbia for about 20 minutes and snapped a couple of pictures. We then ventured across the street to Barnard and looked around a little.

We got back on the subway and took a long ride to the South Ferry line, I think. We met up with Mrs. L and other ILC students tp get on the ferry to Ellis Island. Ellis Island was very interesting and all the pictures were intruiging.

After we got back to New York, we visited Ground Zero. Then we took a little rest which almost made us miss our train. Thankfully the train was a few minutes late so we didn't miss it.

Today was a very tiring day, but I'm really glad that we got to see Columbia. Now that I have actuall seen the school, I've gotten a better picture of how I might fit in their. Columbia is still my top choices, even though its tied with UC Davis. Hopefully I'll be able to visit again and get a real tour and learn a lot more.


Don Gosney said...


Sounds like you had a pretty good time.

How about doing us a little favor: tell us about what you saw and what you thought about it.

You had positive things to write about Columbia, about Ellis Island and Ground Zero but you didn’t write anything about WHY you found them to be interesting.

With Ground Zero and Ellis Island, both of these places exude some serious emotions and feelings in people for a lot of different reasons. Was this the case with you or were you indifferent to the symbolism and magnitude?

And Columbia, surely there has to some reason why you’ve now elevated it to the same lofty status that UC Davis holds for you. Was it the architecture, the location, the people you saw or maybe was there something about the academics they’re know for.

Tell us, Avuana. Amplify and expand on what you saw so we might be able to share it all with you.

Charles Tillman Ramsey said...

Yes, I agree. Avauna you were the only one prepared when we went to Tufts, Harvard and MIT. You actually brought a pad and pen. Expand on why you felt that Columbia was your first choice. I am curious why you were so impressed with the school. Many of the others did not get the vibe and now have taken Columbia off the list. I think that it is a great school and has a lot to offer. It has a first class study abroad program, studying in New York City provides all the benefits known to man and it has a great network of alums. Hell, it is the alma mater of our current president, Barack Obama, so it can't be all that bad. Anyway, give us your additional views.

I would love to read them.

Hope all is well and I am glad that you are having a great time at Brown University. I did notice that you did not mention Brown as a possible choice, has the school not met your expectations?

Take care.

Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
School Board Member
West Contra Costa
Unified School District