Coming into college, I knew that I wanted to get an on-campus job in order to maintain the work-life balance I had always had in high school, and be able to support myself for splurges like bagels, froyo and the always necessary cappuccino. My job at the Cornell Annual Fund has been more than just an after-class destination; it has allowed me to meet new people and talk to alumni from all over the world. In addition, it taught me interview skills that I used to get a summer internship!
When searching for an on campus job, you gain the opportunity to learn about things you’re passionate about. Something that I looked for when browsing around the different on-campus jobs was an organization that would allow me to interact directly with the university. Being a double-legacy, I felt like I had been talking about Cornell since I was able to speak. I knew I was comfortable talking about my time at Cornell and how passionate I am about the education I’m receiving, and the school environment I am in. I also love talking about anything and everything; therefore I wanted a job with a lot of communication. The best option for me was a caller at The Cornell Annual Fund.
The Cornell Annual Fund gains financial support from alumni who wish to give back to their alma mater. As a student caller, I am calling alumni from across the country and talking to them about their past Cornell experience and telling them a little more about mine: my major, things I’m involved with on campus, and the classes I’m taking. At first, the experience was nerve-wracking, just like any new job can be. I was calling alumni of all ages to get the typical “gift” and hoping to convince them that their support is more than just a donation.
Every gift given to the Annual Fund is different from Cornell’s endowment in that it is used right away for any campus need. Whether it be support of the Cornell Abroad program, library acquisitions or debate team clubs- Cornell Annual Fund covers it all. Once I got used to the task of talking to alumni, I truly enjoyed going to work twice a week. I was able to remind them about Homecomings, reunions, and concerts, new building constructions- and even big news like the incoming President Elizabeth Garrett. I was able to get everything I wanted out of this job and all its incredible perks. I loved meeting other Cornell callers from every inch of campus. I knew they also wanted to make connections, find new friends, and learn communication skills that will allow them to talk to any kind of person in the future- and that was nice to know.
In my interview for my summer internship, my interviewer asked me about my Cornell Annual Fund job experience and I was able to tell him about all the meaningful conversations I have had with alumni, and how it has made me appreciate every part of the university. I ended up getting the job and he approached me after the interview saying that he had also worked at the Annual Fund at his university and appreciated someone else having pride for their school.
Jobs on campus can play as much of a role in your Cornell experience as you want them to be, and if you’re lucky, like me, you’ll find a job that feels just right: fulfills your passions, allows you to meet new people and exposes you to a new area you weren’t familiar with. These are all signs that this is the job that you should be accepting, and if communication is key for you like it is for me, an application to the Cornell Annual Fund is the perfect start!