Meet the Ambassadors

Name Major / Minor About

Aidan Weed ’19

Computer Science / Business  Hobbies and Interests: In my free time, I enjoy playing Jazz Drums and working out. On campus, I am involved in the Cornell Concert Commission, which brings concerts to Cornell and organizes them, and the Cornell Poker Club.
Why Cornell: I chose Cornell for the reputation and the depth of the programs here, but since coming here my favorite part of Cornell has definitely been the people. Everyone here is intelligent and driven, which creates an incredible learning environment both in and outside of the classroom. From intense problem-solving in class discussion groups to speculations on the meaning of life at two in the morning, I always learn something new spending time with my fellow students.

Charles Cotton ’19

Government, Economics / Spanish Hobbies and Interests: In addition to being an Arts & Sciences Ambassador, I am a staff writer for the Cornell Daily Sun in the Sports Department, a DJ for WVBR — Cornell’s student-run FM rock station, and a member of the Sports Business Society and the Cornell Democrats. I am also a huge fan of Big Red sports, attending nearly every home football, hockey and lacrosse game. I love to play the guitar, hang out with friends and explore Cornell/the greater Ithaca area in my
spare time.
Why Cornell: Cornell combines an extremely diverse and talented student body with a beautiful 2000-acre campus and a seemingly infinite amount of academic and extra-curricular opportunities. The large undergraduate population allows you to find just about any type of person you’re looking for, and before long, you find your niche and you quickly forget about any fears the size of the student body may have caused you. Exploring Ithaca and the whole Finger Lakes Region has also been a truly unique and rewarding experience for someone coming from New York City.

Colton Poore ’20

 Biological Sciences (concentration: Systematics and Biotic Diversity) and English major; Medieval Studies minor  Hobbies and Interests: I love to read and write and am a member of Rainy Day, an undergraduate literary publication, as well as The Quill Guild, a creative writing group on campus. I also love to hike, and so I like to explore all the little trails around Cornell and Ithaca.
Why Cornell: Practically every day of the week there is something interesting going on around campus, whether that be a great movie at the Cornell Cinema, a cool lecture from a visiting professor, or simply an open event featuring free food. Cornell has endless opportunities to have fun and explore your interests outside of classes; I’ve quite literally stumbled upon some really cool things happening around campus just while walking around in between and after my classes.

Dean Kim ’20

Chemistry / East Asian Studies Hobbies and Interests: On campus I play the bassoon in the Cornell Wind Symphony, am a member of the Korean American Student Association, and am a brother of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. I’m also involved in research. In my free time, I like to juggle and take walks around campus (not necessarily at the same time though)!
Why Cornell: I love that there’s so much to explore at Cornell. There’s so many different classes, clubs, and other activities to choose from that I never feel bored here. Sometimes I stop for a moment and take a look around and remind myself just how gorgeous the campus is. Take some time to explore Beebe Lake or the Gorge trails, and definitely stop by the Clock Tower and listen to one of their great Chime Concerts!

Emma Bryan ’19

Economics, French Hobbies and Interests: Diving (springboard, but I’m also SCUBA certified), running, sampling Cornell Dairy ice cream, exploring the Plantations, going to the Farmer’s Market when it’s not winter, dancing while I walk to class, and singing really loudly at somewhat inappropriate times.
Why Cornell: Though I haven’t been here for that long, I can already feel myself transforming, and I can guarantee that it has something to do with this place. Cornell is amazing–you’re definitely going to encounter difficulties and work harder here than you have ever had to before, but it is well worth it. The professors are top notch, the students are inspired to learn for the sake of learning, and the campus, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful college campuses in the universe (yes, dramatic, but at how many other schools will you walk over gorges thrice daily minimum?). I cannot single out my best experience here simply because there have been so many moments that have reminded me how much I love this place and how special it truly is to be here; however if I must pick, it would be any time I’m walking around campus at night.   The sky is so expansive, the lights on campus (I’m super into the lights at the Johnson Museum) as well as the Ithacan skyline below (it exists, I promise) are spectacular, and though I feel mildly overwhelmed by how massive everything seems and how it seems that time is flying by without any sign of stopping, I’m quickly reminded how fortunate I am to be at a place like Cornell.

Eric Shen ’20

Physics, Music Hobbies and Interests: I am always on the hunt for good food, photo ops, and flowers (which Ithaca has plenty of)! I love all kinds of music and am a violinist in the Cornell Orchestras and Eastern Music Ensemble. For the Chamber Orchestra, we play a wide variety of concerts and will each be mentoring a student from the Cayuga Heights Elementary School! I am also a part of the Society of Physics Students, which hosts Pizza Talks with researchers, and the Taiwanese American Students Association that holds events like Night Market, Little Formosa, and our culture show eCsTASy! In my spare time, I like to learn other languages by gaming, listening to music, and watching television.
Why Cornell: I think of Cornell as a spice rack. There’s every type of person, activity, and idea to explore by itself or combine together and create a harmony of flavors that resonates specifically with you. Everyone and everything is welcoming and encourages you to try new things or even try something old in a new way. All the people that I meet are interesting and give me another glimpse of the world that makes me want to see and experience even more of what the world has
to offer. But above all else, I am in love with the climate! Cornell is in such a location that the warmth of the summer and cool fall are the perfect opportunity to be outside and see the vibrant colors of Ithaca. Meanwhile, winter is a wonderland that makes me want to prance through the snow and explore a frozen campus.

Graham Cohen ’20

College Scholar: Computer Science, Linguistics, Spanish Hobbies and Interests: Pi Sigma Epsilon, Pilot Programs Committee Chair and E-board Member (Cornell Undergraduate Research Board), Undergraduate Research Assistant (DSC Lab), Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, Orientation Leader

Hassaan Bin Sabir ’21

Government, History Hobbies and Interests: Cornell Political Union, Pi Lambda Sigma Fellow, Cornell International Affairs Society, Cornell Cricket Club, Foreign Policy Analyst (Cornell Roosevelt Institute)

Islam Elsaid ’20

Chemistry Hobbies and Interests: I love meeting new people and mentoring my peers, so in addition to being an Arts & Sciences Ambassador, on campus I am the VP of Academic Events for the Cornell Association of Medicine and Philanthropy, involved in the Muslim Educational and Cultural Association, an Orientation Leader and Arts & Sciences Peer Advisor. If I am not in class, spending time with my peers, or at work in my research lab in the Chemistry Department, you can find me playing basketball, listening to music (especially pop, hip-hop, and rap), and making people laugh!
Why Cornell: Cornell is an amalgamation of the some of the best and brightest young minds from all over the world. With this incredible mixture inevitably comes a great amount of diversity on campus, not only in regards to race, ethnicity, and religion, but especially with respect to diversity in thought, perspective, and opinion. Being exposed to new ideas, viewpoints, and attitudes each and every day has allowed me to grow both inside and outside the classroom. Cornell’s continual
emphasis on personal exploration and discovery is something very few institutions in the world can rival.

Itai Levin ’19

Chemistry Hobbies and Interests: I am involved with research in the molecular biology department and I am part of the iGEM genetic engineering project team. I like running, rock climbing and biking, and I teach the backcountry cooking PE class for Cornell Outdoor Education.
Why Cornell: You will have a hard time finding something that you want to do or learn that you cannot do or learn through one of the courses or clubs at Cornell. The incredible amount of opportunities to explore here is mind-blowing but navigable with the help of friends, mentors, and advisors, and creates a very exciting environment to learn and to grow.

Jady Wei

Economics, Government / Law and Society Hobbies and Interests: I love anything that has to do with music, the outdoors, nature and global cuisines. In my free time, I like to swim, run, play piano, and learn new surfing tricks from time to time.
Why Cornell: My favorite aspect about Cornell is the abundance of resources and opportunities for all students, regardless of your interests or background. From the breadth of student organizations, to the diverse array of courses, to the different ways to get more involved on campus, you can always find a niche for yourself and build your own narrative at Cornell. In addition, Cornell’s natural beauty will give you so many opportunities to explore outdoors and have fun. Take
some time in between classes to walk past the waterfalls, stroll around Beebe Lake, or just sit on the grassy slope and enjoy a dazzling view of the Ithaca skyline!

Jeremy Borden ’20

Physics (Astronomy Concentration) Hobbies and Interests: I’m a bit of an astronomy nerd, so stargazing has always been one of my favorite activities. I love running, especially around the beautiful trails on and near campus. I enjoy visiting the Johnson Museum and the Cornell Cinema, and I’m also an embarrassingly avid fan of terrible shark movies (think Sharknado).
Why Cornell: Cornell combines so many wonderful attributes: a beautiful campus, a vibrant and diverse student body, incredible professors, great food, and so much more. I’ve met so many amazing people here, and I truly believe I have found a home within the Cornell community. I’ve been able to immerse myself in the subjects I already knew I loved, but I’ve also been able to find new passions to explore. Even though walking up the slope is still a challenge, I love this place and
I’m so grateful to be a member of this community.

Julia Curley ’19

English, Art History / Performing and Media Arts Hobbies and Interests: Outside of class, I love to write, read, hike and do yoga. I write for the Arts section of the Cornell Daily Sun. I review new albums, films showing at Cornell Cinema, and other Arts related events occurring
around Ithaca. I also spend time each week tutoring at Fall Creek Elementary, a school five minutes from our campus, and working at Mighty Yoga, a local yoga studio.
Why Cornell: I love Cornell because it has given me the opportunity to explore my interests, from environmental biology to film, and find out what I want to do. In just two full semesters at Cornell, I’ve been challenged and rewarded
in countless ways.

Julian Kroll ’20

Government, English Hobbies and Interests: Though I’ve only spent one full semester at Cornell, I’ve become involved in the CU orchestra as a cellist, took a painting class to count towards an intended fine arts minor, joined several clubs as an activist for environmental and human rights causes, and joined a social fraternity. Looking forward, I plan on becoming more involved in long distance running and political/literary clubs.
Why Cornell: As an institution that is simultaneously elite and extremely egalitarian, I felt that Cornell was a perfect fit for me. Coming from a predominantly midwestern, working class family, I knew that I wanted to study at a place that accepted students from all walks of life and integrated global perspective into all courses of study. Ultimately, I wanted to gain a better understanding of the world around me in the company of people from across the world; I haven’t been

Kaitlyn Hefferline ’20

Government Hobbies and Interests: In my free time, I enjoy being active and exploring Cornell and Ithaca. I love spending time with friends, traveling to new places, and meeting new people. On campus, I am involved in Greek Life and community
Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because it provided me with the academic environment I sought –  a collaborative liberal arts education, where I was exposed to academic areas I had never been introduced to before, while still a major research institution. Outside of academics though, my favorite part of Cornell are the people. Every member of the Cornellian family is passionate about varied academic, social, and political areas, and learning in an environment where students and professors are excited to share what they learn with each other has been a defining characteristic of my Cornell experience.

Kimberly Koh ’20

Comparative Literature/Computer Science Minor Hobbies and Interests: If and when I have a free moment, I enjoy singing off-key while playing the ukulele, reading, and practicing yoga. I love eating ravioli in my friend’s basement in my hometown while chatting about college and eating poke bowl in collegetown while chatting with friends about home. On campus, I write for the Cornell Book Review, am on staff for Rainy Day Literary Magazine, and live with a bunch of freshmen as a Resident Advisor on North Campus.
Why Cornell: Because of the sheer volume of resources and number of students at Cornell, anyone can find a club, class, or study space which suits them perfectly! The size of the campus forces me to take a relaxing (invigorating) 15-minute walk across the beautiful campus every day. Cornell, despite the winter weather, is such a warm and welcoming place. I’ve met so many kind people and have discovered so many unique opportunities which I hope to continue to make the most of for the rest of my Cornell career!

Kyle Abrams ’20

Government Hobbies and Interests: Circle of Sisterhood, Kappa Delta Sorority (Soph. Club Chair), College Mentor for Kids

Meredith Chagares ’19

History Hobbies and Interests: Cornell Daily Sun Guest Blogger, Cornell Women’s Varsity Fencing Team, Analyst for the Emerging Leaders Program, Society of Women in Business, Big Red Leadership Institute Member, Cornell Social Media Ambassador,
Ivy Council Delegate.
Why Cornell:  I want prospective students to know that although Cornell can be challenging, there are a wide-range of resources to help students in any and every way. One of my favorite aspects of Cornell is the amazing and diverse community of students and faculty. My best experience here was orientation because I got to meet some of the most interesting people and hear about experiences and cultures that I had never heard about before.

Michael Unschuld ’19

Mathematics, Economics / Information Science Hobbies and Interests: In addition to being an Arts & Sciences Ambassador, I serve as a manager at the Cornell Annual Fund and as the Director of Fundraising for College Mentors for Kids. I am also involved with the Cornell Hedge Fund, a professional business fraternity and a social fraternity on campus. In my free time I enjoy skiing, playing the cello, golf, and watching reruns of The Office.
Why Cornell: Despite the incredibly high quality of education, the thing which drew me most to Cornell was the caliber of the students. Going to an institution where you are surrounding by bright, driven students creates an incredible environment to learn and be challenged in the best possible way. The diversity as well as the rigor of the coursework has pushed me to think critically and taught me so many new skills, while the diversity of the faculty and student body has helped me to expand my viewpoints and examine life from different perspectives.

Michelle Abramowitz ’21

 History, Comparative Literature  Hobbies and Interests: Cultural Programming Committee Chair (Hillel), Contributing Writer (Cornell Daily Sun), Cornell Klezmer Ensemble, Alpha Epsilon Phi

Mitchell Lee ’19

Biology, Government / Climate Change Hobbies and Interests: I love to ski and do practically anything outdoors like hiking or climbing. So to share what I love, I teach at Cornell Outdoor Education, and to protect what I love, I promote sustainability on campus through the Cornell Environmental Collaborative.
Why Cornell: For me, the best part of Cornell is the people I’ve met. My fellow students and friends have their own passions and dreams that drive them to do their best. We all have different interests which we pursue and share with others. The academic rigor may seem challenging, but with this great atmosphere of support and camaraderie amongst students and faculty, I couldn’t wish for a better place to spend my undergraduate years.

Nile Jones ’20

Hobbies and Interests: Marching Band/Pep Band, Surgical Society, Society of Physics, Mathematics Club, CAS Pre-Professional Health Association

Nitya Deshmukh ’19

Biology and Society Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy doing research on campus, hanging out with my friends, and being active on campus. I’m the publicity chair of the F-Word, and I also volunteer at Cornell Bridges.
Why Cornell: I really enjoy the collaborative nature of the student body – I’ve never felt like I’ve been alone in my interests or my questions about anything, and there is so much support from everyone on campus to make sure that everyone is learning rather than just achieving.

Rebecca Clark ’20

Asian Studies, Art History / East Asian Studies Hobbies and Interests: As a member of the sport Taekwondo club team here at Cornell, I enjoy spending time both training and simply hanging out with my teammates. I’m also a student tour guide at the Johnson Museum of Art on Campus where I show guests around the museum and help out with various events at the museum.
Why Cornell: I feel as if there is no limit to what I’m able to study and the help I can get from fellow Cornell community members —faculty, staff, and students alike— in my academic pursuits. From researching the methods by which countries and organizations, such as the Japanese Ministry of Culture, seek to preserve important cultural properties, to looking toward the future and my hope to become a lawyer in cultural property law, I feel that there is always someone or some
organization that can provide me with assistance I need as I pursue my goals.

Renée Girard ’20

Government / Law and Society, Public Policy major Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I’m a fellow of Pi Lambda Sigma (Cornell’s pre-government fraternity), the Society for Women in Politics, the Cornell International Affairs Society, and Cornell Best Buddies. I am also a passionate skier and enjoy exploring the Cornell Botanic Gardens with my friends!
Why Cornell: Cornell is unique in the way that it is both so large yet interconnected. Students have the ability to tailor their Cornell experience by exploring diverse courses, incomparable resources, and the great variety of student organizations available. Cornell’s size has allowed me to develop a multitude of networks that I will carry with me beyond my college experience.

Sheyla Finkner ’19

Biology & Society/Business Minor Hobbies and Interests: College Mentors For Kids, Colleges Against Cancer, CURB Peer Mentorship Program, Alpha Chi Sigma, Pa’lante Latin Dance Troupe.
Why Cornell: I quickly learned that there is never a dull moment at Cornell. Since I arrived in Ithaca, I have taken advantage of the wide variety of events and activities around campus. At any given time, there are numerous opportunities available for you to participate in one of your passionate interests or perhaps you want to satisfy the adventurer within and discover something new and exciting. If you choose to explore new subjects and get outside of your comfort zone then Cornell
has a wide variety of classes and extracurricular activities that will meet your needs. Becoming active at Cornell has helped create smaller communities of friends and peers that make this large school feel even more personal. Embracing all that Cornell
has to offer will enrich and shape the undergraduate experience. One of my favorite aspects of this school is the people. From friends to classmates to faculty, the people have such diverse backgrounds and experience that there is always a chance to learn something new. One of my best experiences at Cornell so far has been taking a couple classes completely unrelated to my major. In addition to introducing me to new subjects that I am now passionate about, this class in particular has also inspired me to pursue a new hobby that I really enjoy and would not have known about otherwise.

Shoshana Swell ’20

Performing and Media Arts (Film Concentration) and Psychology major Hobbies and Interests: You can find me in the front row of a concert photographing a band, at a prison doing artwork with some inmates, swimming back in forth too many times in a pool, eating lots of Purity ice cream, or wearing lots of velvet. Oh so many places to find me.
Why Cornell:  I think of Cornell as an assortment of cheesecakes. So many options, all unique in flavor, and all yummy. My experience at Cornell has been that Oreo topping on a cheesecake. Everything you could ever imagine and more. The opportunities are endless. The laughs are endless. Whether I was in a language class, a film class, or a class about supernatural twins the content has blown my mind.*poof*

Sylvie Kuvin ’20

American Studies major; History and Art History minor Hobbies and Interests: In my free time, I enjoy reading and writing, and I’m involved with Slope Media.  I also love to explore Cornell’s beautiful campus and all that Ithaca has to offer with my friends.
Why Cornell: Cornell has the best of everything in one university. The opportunities for Cornell students are endless and I am constantly discovering new classes to take and interesting lectures or events to attend while on campus. Our campus is beautiful and there are always exciting activities going on in Ithaca as well. The people here are amazing, and I have learned so much from every individual I have met.  I’m so proud to be a part of such an incredible community!

Tait Stevenson ’20

Biological Sciences (Evolutionary Biology and Ecology Concentration) Hobbies and Interests: I love spending time outside and being in nature and with Cornell’s wealth of natural beauty there is ample opportunity to do so on campus! I also go camping or fishing any chance I get. Additionally, I enjoy playing a variety of sports and being physically active any way I can. On campus, I’m involved in a variety of service organizations, Greek life, and research.
Why Cornell: I applied to Cornell on a whim a few days before the January deadline as a senior in high school and knew nearly nothing about the school. When I visited Cornell for the first time during Cornell days in the spring and interacted with students here for the first time, I was swept away with how driven, fun, and interesting they all were. They all had such diverse interests, yet shared a common passion for learning. It was blatantly evident that they loved it here and it is this experience that ultimately swayed my decision to come to school here, across the country, instead of staying close to home in Washington state.

Taliyah Trueheart ’21

Performing and Media Arts, Psychology  Hobbies and Interests: Black History Month Committee, Men’s Basketball Manager

Yunyun Wang ’21

Government, Biological Engineering Hobbies and Interests: University Hearing and Review Board, Cornell Mars Rover Project Team, Kappa Alpha Pi (Pre-law fraternity), Bridges to Prosperity, Cornell Information Technology Lab Operator

Zoee D’Costa ’18

Psychology, Biology and Society Hobbies and Interests: My favorite thing to do at Cornell is spending time outdoors with friends around campus and exploring the natural beauty of the community, because it’s true: Ithaca is Gorges! (don’t throw shade please). Some other things I’m involved in on campus include being a Resident Advisor for the High Rise Community, being a part of Phi Sigma Pi, an honor fraternity, and working as a Research Assistant in the CholKids Child Nutrition/Psychology Lab as well as continuing my summer research focusing on Multiple Myeloma. Additionally, I’m a tutor for student athletes, as I was one myself, and act as a Red Carpet Ambassador for the Undergraduate Admissions Office and as a Cayuga’s Watcher. My most aggressive love is
for chicken tenders from Nasties and I thoroughly enjoy cheesy ice breakers!
Why Cornell: When I was looking for colleges, I wanted to find a place that was reputable for rigorous academics, but more specifically a place that challenged me to grow. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up at a school like Cornell, but that only pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and actively seek out opportunities and help that is applicable to the real world. The College of Arts & Sciences allows me to grow in this way, while simultaneously helping me
to expand my way of thinking by giving me a well-rounded education and endless opportunity to focus in diverse studies. I love Cornell because everyone I’ve met here, and I do mean everyone, has been supportive of me in some way, whether it be helping
out with notes, forming a study group, or even sending me a text saying good luck before an exam. You may feel like a small fish in a big pond when you first arrive, but you’ll soon realize that the pond definitely shrinks as you grow!


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