About Corina G

Cori is a senior at Riverdale. She enjoys singing, sports, and eating chocolate with her fellow bloggers.

Posts by Corina G

  1. Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday!

    [ By on April 23, 2014 ]

    Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! A faculty member organized a fun day of activities surrounding Shakespeare, including music from many of his plays, a birthday song written by a junior student, and many more. All of these activities are hosted by faculty members and all students are invited to watch (and in some cases, even participate). There are bake sales and auctions, from which all the profits will be donated to Oberlin's Children Shakespeare Project, run by a Riverdale student alumna.  Shakespeare has influenced so many people with his work, it is nice to commemorate his life and all he has done.

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  2. Africa

    [ By on April 10, 2014 ]

    The title of the post might be misleading. Africa is a class that I am taking. It is a 7-person class that is based on collaborative learning from a research paper. I am writing about the South African apartheid; other people are writing about the AIDS crisis in Botswana, the commodification of coffee in Africa - concentrated in the Ethiopian area - and the Rwandan genocide. The learning in this class is done through the students presenting their research that they are gathering in order to write a term paper. I have learned more about Africa from this class than I think I could learn in a normal class setting. The vast array of topics allows for a more meaningful learning experience. I ...

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  3. Physics Integrated into ILS

    [ By on March 12, 2014 ]

    Half of our grade (seniors) is in the ILS unit "Climate Change". Yesterday the people involved with that unit went to the theater and a physics teacher, Dr. Stark, talked to us about the different weather patterns and how our actions are causing the ecosystems on our planet to change. There was another science teacher there, Ms. Findlay, who discussed the oceans and how our carbon emissions--as well as the glaciers melting--is heavily contributing to the rising temperatures and the changing climates on land and in the oceans. It was really interesting to see the many connections between the hard sciences and a literature course.

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  4. The Falcon Games!!

    [ By on January 30, 2014 ]

    The entire Upper School is participating in The Falcon Games, also known as Assassin. I am participating and as paranoid as ever! Everyone is chasing people around the school trying to tag them with a colorful sticker, but can only complete the "kill" if no one else sees it. It is very hard both trying to avoid being killed and also killing other people. The prize for this is 5 free breakfasts and the priceless glory of winning! I really want to win but I'm neither sneaky enough nor talented enough to avoid killing or being killed. An update will come soon as to is who the winner of the Falcon Games!

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  5. One World Day

    [ By on November 18, 2013 ]

    This Friday, November 15th, Riverdale is hosting One World Day. One World Day is a day that the entire Upper School participates in and this year it is based on the book "Into the Wild" by Jon Kraukauer. There are a number of different activities that are offered and I am participating in the Brooklyn Bridge Park activity. There are many other options that you can participate in. You can stay on campus and do different activities in the morning and afternoon, or you can go on a hiking trip the Kaaterskill Falls. Each activity is related to a different aspect of "Into the Wild".    

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  6. ILS

    [ By on October 08, 2013 ]

    ILS stands for Integrated Liberal Studies, and it is required of all seniors to take this course. There are two sections the first semester, discussing the self and virtue. Half the grade right now is learning about the self, and the other half is learning about virtue. In about 8 weeks the whole grade will switch and learn about the other topic. I am learning about the self, and we are discussing what it means to have a self and a conscious mind. The thinking that we do in ILS is very abstract and philosophical. We read many authors, including Plato and Aristotle. ILS really tests your ability to think abstractly.

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  7. SENIOR YEAR!!!!!!!!

    [ By on September 18, 2013 ]

    It is my senior year at Riverdale and the college process is starting. Although many of you won't be going through this for a few more years, I thought I would write about it anyway. Over this past summer I was writing essays, supplements, and practicing for ACT testing almost every minute of the day. It might seem completely overwhelming, but I realized that you just have to take it one day at a time. Now that I am a few weeks into senior year, I have to start making a list of where I want to go to college. I cannot say this enough: make sure you do a lot of stuff over the summer. There is a lot ...

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  8. The Last Blogging Post

    [ By on May 08, 2013 ]

    This is that last time that I will be writing a blog post this year. We have four more weeks of school, which means that I have four more weeks of junior year. Junior year has been an interesting year filled with many emotions.  We started the college process, took many standardized tests, and took Constructing America. Even though there are many stressful things about junior year, there are also many fun activities that you complete as the whole grade. Last Friday we had Constructing Olympics, a fun day of games and activities where the Constructing classes competed against each other for the winning title. There was an apple pie baking contest, trivia, quotation identifications, and a relay race. Another fun thing ...

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  9. The Infamous College Process

    [ By on April 24, 2013 ]

    The junior class as a whole is embarking on their journey of the college process. In the winter we had an assembly about all the details of the college process and what to expect from it. We are now way past that point, and are meeting with our college counselors, discussing our extracurricular sheets and SAT and ACT scores, etc. Going into the college process I was terrified; I thought that it would be the death of me, but going through it, it is not as bad as I thought it would be. I think that every person reacts to this process differently. Many people throughout my grade are freaking out about what college they are going to go to ...

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  10. Best Buddies Prom

    [ By on February 28, 2013 ]

    The Junior class' community service project is to host a prom for kids with special needs. This prom could be the only prom that they will ever go to, and it is the first one in New York City. I am unable to go to the actual prom on Saturday so I have been preparing decorations for the cafeteria, where the prom will be hosted. Everyone in our grade is bringing things, or has a job throughout this week, or that actual day. This prom has been organized by the Best Buddies program at our school; we do not have actual Best Buddies at our school because we do not have a special-ed program, but many schools from around the ...

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