I got an e-mail from the Yale program coordinator. It had all of the forms that we had to fill out along with the reading list. Everyone told me that is was going to be a long, tedious list, but it didn't look too bad. Here are just a few of the books we'll be reading:
- Sun Tzu – The Art of War
- Kennedy – The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
- Ferrazzi – Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
I look forward to starting these books. We're supposed to finish them before we leave for Yale, but I don't think that will be a problem. Yohanna told me that The Art of War is a "life-changing" book, so I'll probably start with that one. I'm drawn to life-changing literature.
Yesterday we went to Cafe Rouge in Berkeley to have dinner with Dr. Minh Luong, Associate Director of the Ivy Scholars program. From the time we met him outside the restaurant to the end of the evening, I did not hear Mr. Luong say "Um" once in any of his stories or speeches. He was an excellent speaker and seemed to know exactly what he wanted to say before it even left his mouth. He told us about campus life, what we could expect in the classroom, and more information about Yale than we knew what to do with.
I hope that through practice I can speak like Mr. Luong, naturally and structured, all the time. I imagine my experience at Yale will definitely help me out. It looks like there will be a lot of student participation and presentations in the classroom to exercise my speaking skills.
The dinner at the Cafe was excellent as well. They passed around appetizers and I tried the cheese and crackers. It was so good I ate the whole thing, but I didn't realize the cheese had a hard, waxy outer shell you were supposed to cut off. I learned that the hard way.
The rest of the dinner was excellent. Good food, good conversation, and lots of information about Yale. I'm getting more and more excited for the summer.