Meet the Ambassadors

Name Major / Minor About

Abrahm Magana ’19

Computer Science Hobbies and Interests: Photography, Strategy Board Games, Hackathons, Dining Hall Hopping.
Why Cornell: There are many opportunities to explore and engage in a multitude of things from tasting desserts from around the world to interviewing students who have interned at major corporate companies.

Adelaide Winton ’19

 Biology and Society / Business Hobbies and Interests: I love being active on campus and being around other people. I am the Director of Marketing for my sorority, a Cayuga’s Watcher, play club lacrosse, and am an undergraduate TA.
Why Cornell: There are so many opportunities and resources available, fun places to explore around campus and Ithaca, and such a diverse student body filled with so many different backgrounds and interests- it’s an inspiring place to be a part of.

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.

Allie Silvestri ’17

Performing and Media Arts / Communication Hobbies and Interests: Slope Media.
Why Cornell: I love that there are so many different types of people at Cornell. From the animal science majors to the hotelies, Cornell brings together people from so many different backgrounds.

Anahita Shiva ’20

Biological Sciences Hobbies and Interests: I love exploring the cute things Ithaca has to offer, including small brunch places, the farmer’s market, and hiking trails. I am also involved in several community service and pre-medical organizations around campus.
Why Cornell: The community is my favorite part of Cornell! There is such a large diversity of interests and personalities that I constantly find myself meeting new people. Cornell also offers a large pool of resources so if you ever need something, someone is there to help.

Anna Ravenelle ’17

English Hobbies and Interests: I primarily enjoy reading, writing, and hanging out with my friends. On campus, I do this by writing for Slope Media magazine, as a member of the Quill Guild, Cornell’s creative writing club, being involved in Greek life, and, of course, as a part of the Arts & Sciences Ambassadors!
Why Cornell: One thing I recommend to all incoming students: do a pre-orientation program, if you can. There are a lot of great ones, but I did POST (pre-orientation service trip) where I spent five days doing community service with dozens of other like-minded incoming freshmen and transfer students, and it shaped my entire Cornell experience. I can honestly say all of my closest friends at Cornell are because of POST or through friends from POST. Though I was skeptical at first about leaving home almost a week early, I don’t know where I would be without it.

Arlinda Shehu ’18

Philosophy, Psychology / Linguistics Hobbies and Interests: Learning new languages.
Why Cornell: It is very easy, I believe, to create a good mathematician, or a good biologist. But it is much harder to create a good, well-rounded individual that will make an impact in the world. Through its many opportunities, Cornell University works to expose its students to diverse minds, ideas and cultures so that they can learn from one another, as much as – if not more – than they learn in the classroom.

Austin McLaughlin ’18

Government / Law & Society, Business, History Hobbies and Interests: Cornell International Affairs Society, College Republicans.
Why Cornell: I love the pull that Cornell has in regards to speakers. Already in my time here, I have seen people as diverse as Nick Offerman, Ben Carson, and the President of Iceland come to speak, not to mention many others.

Becky Barnett ’17

Spanish (premed) / Latino Studies Hobbies and Interests: I love to spend time exploring Cornell, learning its history, and photographing the campus.
Why Cornell: I was certainly hesitant about coming to a university of 14,000 undergraduates when my high school has about 900 students in its entirety. From the moment I’ve arrived on campus, it has gotten smaller and smaller. One of my favorite things about this place is that I have the chance to meet a new person every single day; it was my goal to do so and I’ll continue until I graduate.

Belan Antensaye ’18

Biology and Society / Global Health Hobbies and Interests: Hearsay A Cappella, Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Tradition Fellow.
Why Cornell: One of my favorite aspects about Cornell is the endless amounts of resources that are available to students on campus. This makes “any person, any study” an even more attainable goal. If you need help on an essay, there are writing walk-in services where you can have someone review your essay and discuss your writing with you. If you don’t have a computer, or your computer breaks, there are several different locations on campus where you can sign out computers on loan for anywhere between 3 hours and 2 weeks. During times when you’re feeling depressed, stressed, lonely or are having trouble with any area of life, there are resources on campus that with people who will listen and help your through it. While you learn, you live in a community that is able to supplement you in all areas of life. For me personally, I feel that I am able to be successful here at Cornell because of all of the resources available to me.

Ben Picket ’18

College Scholars Program / Business Hobbies and Interests: I love working with animals and have gotten involved with Guiding Eyes for the Blind on campus. I’m also a member of the Cornell Consulting Group and Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.
Why Cornell: Even though the size of Cornell may seem daunting at first, I quickly realized there are so many ways to make it feel navigable and homey. Involving yourself on campus is a great way to meet new people and make yourself comfortable in this new environment.

Brandon Mok ’19

History / French Hobbies and Interests: Kappa Alpha Pi Professional pre-law fraternity.
Why Cornell: Breadth and depth of courses.

Braulio Castillo ’18

Biological Sciences, French Hobbies and Interests: I am an active member of the Cornell Lion dance team and love helping to volunteer with the Biology Service Leaders and at other biology themed events like Insectapalooza. I am particularly interested in biodiversity and microbial ecology, and am an amateur cinema fanatic.
Why Cornell: Cornell is a place where you are exposed to people from all walks of life. Talk to them! Get to know them! This opens doors in many ways you may have never previously imagined, and can lead to life long friends.

Brett Chatterton

Bio coming soon!

Brittney McFarlane ’17

Information Science / Game Design Hobbies and Interests: I hope to use my knowledge of technological systems to promote social change. I have a passion for the performing arts, cultural exchange, and social justice. In my free time, I enjoy cooking new dishes and watching Korean dramas.
Why Cornell: Cornell is really a place for any person, any study. Moreover, there are countless amounts of resources for students and it’s important to be proactive about seeking them out — help included!

Carlee Moses ’18

History, Government Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I am involved in my sorority, College Mentors for Kids, Cornell New Student Orientation, and the College of Arts & Sciences Peer Advisors. I love attending speakers and events that are hosted on campus, and trying different fitness classes, either in the Cornell Fitness Centers or the greater Ithaca community. In my free time, I love hanging out and chatting with my friends in either the Temple of Zeus or Amit Bhatia Libe Cafe.
Why Cornell: The people! The amazing Cornellians — professors, faculty, staff, and students — I have met during my time here have completely shaped my college experience. I feel at times that no person here is exactly like another — everyone seems to bring something unique and different to the table. I have loved getting to know so many different people, and have grown so much from the friendships I have made here.

Caroline Boldt ’17

Psychology / French, Applied Economics and Management Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy walking around the Arts Quad and looking at the trees and people passing by. I’m a Temple of Zeus fanatic: I’m there usually every day, sometimes twice or three times a day, for their soups and their coffee! I also love the local eateries in Ithaca: among my favorites are Carriage House, Zazas, The Nines, and, of course, the Farmer’s Market!
Why Cornell: One thing I would want new prospective students to know about Cornell is that your experience here is what you make of it: college only lasts for four years, and there are so many opportunities and experiences waiting to be discovered here. One of my favorite aspects about Cornell is that it truly makes an effort to host many events and fundraisers on campus to make students feel like they are part of a strong community.

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.

Chelsea Sincox ’18

Government / Law and Society, Inequality Studies Hobbies and Interests: I am a member of the Women’s Varsity Volleyball team, as well as an editor for the Cornell International Affairs Review. I also work as a Research assistant to a Professor in the Government Department.
Why Cornell: Ithaca, campus, and of course Big Red sports! Cornell has exposed me to so many unique opportunities thus far, and will continue to expose me to many more opportunities for the rest of my time here and beyond.

Christopher-James Llego ’17

Comparative Literature, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Creative Writing, LGBT Studies Hobbies and Interests: To put it simply: I’m a bookworm. I spend far too much time at cafés reading books from my “should’ve-been-read-by-now” pile rather than novels actually assigned for my classes—shhh, don’t tell my professors! On campus, I write and edit for RICE Magazine, Writer’s Bloc, and TAKEOVER. I’m also heavily involved in Cornell’s LGBTQ+ Student Union, where I am co-founder of “Queer & Asian” and editor-in-chief of “The Dear Queer Cousin Project.” I’m also interested in horror films (I’m not a scary person, I swear!), foreign languages, baking (and devouring) sweets, and playing volleyball—when Ithaca’s weather permits, of course.
Why Cornell: Hands down, my favorite part of Cornell are the First-Year Writing Seminars (FWS). Every student is expected to complete at least one of these writing seminars, so it’s a shared joy (or pain) that every student will experience and can reminisce about right before graduation time. The seminars range from literary-analysis workshops to philosophy discussions to film-viewing sessions (literally, “any person, any study”) and the classes are full of students from every major at the university. There likely won’t be another opportunity for a Comparative Literature major to discuss texts with a Fiber Science and Apparel Design, Gender Studies, Chemistry, AND Industrial Labor Relations student. The seminars will expand your perceptions of the world, of people, and of yourself.

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!

Dylan Van Duyne ’18

Spanish / Psychology, Global Health Hobbies and Interests: I am a long distance runner and am involved with a variety of community service and pre-med organizations on campus.
Why Cornell: Cornell is a place for you to find yourself! Take your time at Cornell to try something completely new, take advantage of every resource available to you, and find out who you truly are!

Elizabeth Kletsel ’18

Government / Law and Society, Russian Hobbies and Interests: I love exploring the natural beauty of Ithaca, being with my friends, eating lots of pizza, and drinking lots of coffee.
Why Cornell: My favorite aspect of Cornell is the extreme dedication to education that both professors and students share. Cornell professors are some of the most passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to their professions and who truly want their students to learn. While Cornell students are diverse in their interests and motivated to work hard. I believe this unique environment is what makes Cornell the wonderful institution that it is today and I am proud to be a part of this community.

Elizabeth Martinson ’17

History / Archaeology Hobbies and Interests: I am a member of the Big Red Pep Band and Marching Band. I also love attending movies at Cornell Cinema.
Why Cornell: Join a club. You might think that you will be too busy, but you won’t be. It’s easy to adjust and it’s nice to have a group of people that may or may not be the same major as you, but are all interested in the same thing — be it Taekwondo, Jazz Band, or designing a Formula 1 race car. There are loads of opportunities, and clubs are a great way to unwind.

Elizabeth Schmucker ’19

Mathematics / German Studies, Education Hobbies and Interests: One of my favorite activities I’m involved in at Cornell is The Cornell Claritas, a journal of Christian thought. I have never characterized myself as a writer, but through the urging of some upperclassmen, I got involved last year and have found it as a great way to continue in learning about a range of topics while still focusing on my one major.
Why Cornell: Amid the large Cornell campus and various student groups and activities, I love the smaller communities that I have found here at Cornell and in Ithaca. I’ve loved becoming part of Cornell, but also part of Ithaca over the past year and a half.

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.

Emma Korolik ’17

Sociology, English / Education Hobbies and Interests: I really like reading and writing. I participate in National Novel Writing Month every November, which is an international event where people write 50,000 words in one month. On campus, I’m involved with REACH tutors; the historical journal, Ezra’s Archives (I’m a copy editor); and Cornell Splash! (a one-day event each semester where college students teach classes on any subject — I teach creative writing — to middle and high school students).
Why Cornell: While the campus and the community seem big, it shrinks considerably once you get here. I can’t walk across campus without seeing several people I know, and the size of the school really just means that there are that many more opportunities to take crazy classes, meet new people, join clubs or find a new favorite place to eat. One of my best experiences here so far was last winter, when I got to watch our men’s hockey team beat the Harvard hockey team – we were tied with less than a minute to go, and we scored in the final 20 seconds to claim victory! The game was sold out, and there was just such great energy in Lynah Rink, with all the students and local residents there, on their feet, supporting our team against a great hockey rival.

Eric Shen

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.

Hadassa Jakher ’18

Government / Law & Society, Spanish, International Relations Hobbies and Interests: I’m a Zumba instructor and love to dance, especially salsa and other Latin rhythms. I enjoy playing volleyball and the piano. On campus, I am involved in various organizations, such as CRU Cornell, PorColombia, Society for India, and Cornell International Affairs Society.
Why Cornell: There are so many opportunities here at Cornell! For example, this semester I am taking a course called Hindi Service Learning and Language Immersion. At Cornell, I get to learn how to write, read, and speak Hindi and during winter break I will travel to Varanasi, India for community service with NGO’s and cultural engagement.

Isabel Caro ’18

Government / Inequality Studies Hobbies and Interests: Horseback riding; creative writing; reading; swimming in the gorges; going to the farmers market; going to the observatory once a week with my astronomy class.
Why Cornell: Cornell expects academic excellence and hard work from its students but, even though it’s tough, it’s completely worth it and makes achieving success here that much more meaningful, and makes its students feel proud of their work and accomplishments. One of my favorite aspects of Cornell is the uniqueness of the University and Ithaca because we, as a student body, are the only ones who understand what it is like to live here and experience the wonderful things about Ithaca and upstate New York which I find is something that brings us closer as a community.

Itai Levin ’19

Chemistry Hobbies and Interests: I am involved with research in the Food Science Department. I like running, rock climbing and biking, and I teach the rock climbing 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.

Jack Nienaltow ’18

Psychology / Business, Spanish Hobbies and Interests: Other than being an Arts & Sciences ambassador, I am a tour guide, the social chair of my fraternity, a member of the mock trial team, a Psychology Research Assistant, a Student Activities Funding Commissioner, a tutor for the Introduction to Psychology course, an involved member of Hillel, and play intramural soccer.
Why Cornell: While, at first, Cornell may seem daunting with its plethora of opportunities and diverse people, it is important to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new, whether it’s a group on campus you don’t know anything about, or a new group of people you choose to meet. In taking this first step, you will learn and grow in ways that will shape your future both at Cornell and for all your years afterwards.

Jade 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!

Jae Noh ’18

Economics / Music, Business, Film Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy singing with my friends in the Cornell University Glee Club, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and The Hangovers. When I’m not singing, I love watching movies, getting coffee with friends, and sleeping in random locations on campus.
Why Cornell: I came for the beautiful campus, and stayed for the lovely people. Cornell is so large yet so intimate – everyone finds their home at Cornell one way or another, and along the way gets to meet the most amazing people from an array of diverse backgrounds.

James Haber ’18

Physics / Mechanical Engineering, Astronomy Hobbies and Interests: My main interest is anything to do with space. I am currently involved in the Cornell Mars Rover project team and spacecraft research.
Why Cornell:  My favorite thing about Cornell is the diversity and resources it has to offer. I can’t think of any other institution in the world where I could pursue my interests in space sciences, aerospace engineering, and liberal arts so well.

Jendayi Brooks-Flemister ’18

English / East Asian Studies, Art Hobbies and Interests: We Step Into the Light Art Show, Language Corner, Japanese Language House, Pokemon Club, Anime Club.
Why Cornell: One thing to know: Cornell is the type of place where anyone can have fun at any time. It’s all about putting yourself out there! Favorite aspect(s): Walking to the Plantations, though a long walk, is one of the most beautiful scenic routes that ever existed. There are so many amazing plants and flowers, and there’s wildlife everywhere. Cornell has an amazing relationship with nature.

Johnna Margalotti ’19

Government, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Music Hobbies and Interests: Cornell University Chorus, After Eight A Cappella, Cornell International Affairs Society, Consent Ed, Cornell Democrats.
Why Cornell: I remember sitting under the tent on the Arts Quad my first day here and having all of the speakers say that half of us would change our majors, that an Arts education would lead us down unexpected paths. As an ex-biology major, I can lend veracity to this claim. I have fallen in love with the culture of exploration that characterizes Cornell and especially the College of Arts & Sciences, and many of my best experiences have come from navigating my diverse interests and embracing this unique culture with an open mind.

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.

Julia Montejo ’17

Biology and Society, Anthropology / Spanish, Science and Technology Studies, Latino Studies Hobbies and Interests: On Campus and in Ithaca I am involved in Cornell Speech & Debate Society, Student Assembly City and Local Affairs Committee, Cornell Chess Club, and volunteer at a local juvenile detention center. I am also interested in education, cooking, studying Maya culture, politics, canoeing, swimming, and painting.
Why Cornell: Our founding motto of “Any person, any study” actually feels real and tangible here. My favorite aspect of Cornell is that I’ve been able to explore all of my interests during my time here in one way or another, which is quite a feat, since I like things from politics to ecology to visual art. While exploring all of these opportunities, I’ve met people from all corners of the globe. It’s great to have friends from South India, Peru, and Brazil, among many other places. My experience as a Cornell student has been nothing short of amazing.

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 disappointed.

Kasey Han ’18

College Scholar: Developmental Circus Arts / Biological Sciences: Neurobiology & Behavior (pre-med) Hobbies and Interests: Circus, community service, research, learning about other cultures.
Why Cornell: I love that the students here at Cornell have something they’re super passionate about — that everyone has their own nerdy interests, but everyone embraces them for it.

Kimberly Koh ’20

Comparative Literature, College Scholar Hobbies and Interests: If and when I have a free moment, I enjoy singing off-key while playing the ukulele, reading murder mysteries, and practicing yoga. I send letters through snail mail (a surprisingly effective way to keep in touch with friends in 2017), shop online, and visit the murals in the Commons to take cute pictures. Here in Ithaca, I write for the Cornell Book Review and occasionally visit the greenhouses to check in on the tomatoes.
Why Cornell: Because of the sheer volume of resources and students, any student can find a club, class, or study space which suits them perfectly! Even the size of the campus forces busy students to take a relaxing 15 minute walk across the beautiful campus every day. Cornell, despite the winter weather, is such a 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!

Madeline Cohen ’18

Government / History, Near Eastern Studies Hobbies and Interests: My general interest on campus is campus news, as I am an editor for the Cornell Daily Sun. I find it super interesting to discuss the most pressing issues to the Cornell and Ithaca community — whether it be relating to the administration, student body, or life in Ithaca in general.
Why Cornell: Cornell is a wonderful place to meet people of completely different backgrounds and intellectual interests. I would probably say that my favorite aspect of being a part of the Cornell community is being on the Cornell Daily Sun, and I love the fact that at Cornell everyone has the chance to participate in different activities, which means that almost everyone you meet has a different perspective about the Cornell Community.

Matthew Donnelly ’18

Biological Sciences, Spanish Hobbies and Interests: On campus I am interested in participating in research, swimming, and learning about other cultures. I love listening to spanish music and taking photos of the areas around campus!
Why Cornell: One of my favorite aspects of Cornell is the diversity of interests of the students here. Everyone has something they love to do, and Cornell accommodates every person’s passion.

Maya Cutforth ’20

Spanish, American Studies Hobbies and Interests: I love running, going to the gym, and drinking tea. On campus, I am my sorority’s Panhellenic Delegate, President of the Junior Panhellenic Council, a member of the Cornell Democrats, and involved in a sexual assault awareness group.
Why Cornell: I love Cornell because of the endless opportunities to engage with other people on campus! There are so many club meetings, theater productions, musical performances, and speakers every week. Through all of these, you can learn from a huge diversity of students and truly grow as an individual.

Maya Golliday ’17

Government, Spanish / Latin American Studies, Africana Studies Hobbies and Interests: Varsity Track and Field, WeThrive, President’s Council of Cornell Women, Big Red Leadership Institute, B.O.S.S Mentorship program.
Why Cornell: One of my favorite experiences at Cornell has been being able to study abroad in Havana, Cuba.

Meg Shigeta ’17

Information Science / Science and Technology Studies, Business Hobbies and Interests: Apart from being on the E-Board for the Arts and Sciences Ambassadors Program, I am also a member of the Cornell Club Swim Team. In my free time, I love listening to music, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends.
Why Cornell: One aspect of Cornell that I’ve really grown to appreciate is the inter-connectedness of all the classes I’m currently taking. Although they cover a range of disciplines (Management, Human Percpetion, Human Computer Interaction Design,) I frequently find myself relating the classes and material to one another. In society today, I find that it is increasingly important to be able to apply what is learned to practices in real life, and at Cornell I feel the curriculum is wonderful in preparing students to do so. Another reason why I have truly found a home at Cornell is due to the friends I have made here. The friendships forged through my freshman dorm, classes, and clubs are irreplaceable.

Meghan Hadley ’18

College Scholar Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I’m involved with Alpha Phi Omega, the Red Carpet Society, Arts & Sciences peer advising and Voices for Planned Parenthood. I also love to hike and bike and camp, and Ithaca’s a great place to do all three!
Why Cornell:  The people here are the best. I’ve had so many great conversations with fascinating people, been inspired by incredibly talented professors, and made the most wonderful friends. There are so many opportunities to branch out and try things outside of your comfort zone — and those are the times you meet the coolest people and have the most fun!

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 Glanzel ’18

Government, History / Law and Society Hobbies and Interests: Cornell Mock Trial Association, Cornell Republicans, columnist for the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell Cru, work as a program assistant for the Lyson Center at the Center for Transformative Action.
Why Cornell: I have met some of my best friends here at Cornell. The university draws in some of the world’s most interesting, diverse and intelligent people. Though Cornell is pretty big, my involvement with several groups on campus has allowed me to meet so many brilliant people and make lasting friends — which has given me the comfort to call Cornell home.

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.

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.

Nitya Deshmukh

Bio coming soon!

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.

Richard Chen ’18

Biology and Society / Business Hobbies and Interests: I love coffee, cooking, viola, the word “yaaaaaas”, and Beyonce.
Why Cornell: Cornell is truly a place where you can unapologetically express yourself and find out who you really are.

Samantha Cohen ’18

Sociology / Inequality Studies Hobbies and Interests: The Cornell Hockey team has my heart. On campus, I fill up my time as the Social Ambassador for A&S Ambassadors (the greatest people you will ever meet), a Peer Advisor, a mentor for Y.O.U.R.S., and Philanthropy Chair for my sorority.
Why Cornell: I absolutely loved my freshman North Campus experience. It is amazing to live, eat, and surround yourself with others in your class. As you can tell, I really miss being a freshman and having 4 years at Cornell still ahead of me!

Sarah Ferenz ’19

Biological Sciences Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy horseback riding, traveling, and spending time outside.
Why Cornell:  One of my favorite aspects of Cornell is that there are so many opportunities to explore your interests and find things that you’re passionate about. It’s really easy to try something new and step out of your comfort zone. The people here are very supportive and the campus is large and beautiful, making for a great college experience.

Sarvi Fahriddinova ’18

Economics, Government / Business Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I am a member of a professional business fraternity, a university ambassador for the Cornell Annual Fund, a brother of Alpha Phi Omega and a Teaching Assistant for Marketing Principles. In my free time, I love to take advantage of the beautiful campus by taking hikes around the many trails on campus and I also love to try new foods by visiting one of the many restaurants in the Commons.
Why Cornell: My favorite aspect of Cornell is that you can find or fine tune your passions and interests by utilizing the many resources here. Whether it be academic, social or professional, you will find a group here that will be a source of support for you. Because of its size, Cornell is a ton of fun — there are hundreds of organizations, clubs or sports teams you can join to really make the best of your four years here.

Shanna Smith ’18

Biological Sciences / French Hobbies and Interests: My hobbies include dancing (I’m in On Tap Dance Troupe), hiking/backpacking (I’m an Outdoor Odyssey guide), running, hanging out with friends, going to friends’ shows, and going out for dinner.
Why Cornell: Cornell has an incredible academic environment. I have professors who have won major prestigious awards, yet still go out of their way to give students their full attention and teach in a clear and fair manner.

Shay Collins ’18

Music / Philosophy Hobbies and Interests: Playing and recording music, writing for the Daily Sun (arts section, arts columnist), Logos: Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, treasurer and junior editor.
Why Cornell: It is a cliché, but Cornell is entirely what you make of it. I’ll elaborate: Cornell is a huge and vast university in many ways. Over 14,000 undergraduates, thousands of brilliant, engaging graduate students, and interesting, passionate professors in many disciplines. In your freshman dorm, you could be living with people majoring in anything from fiber design to urban and regional studies, people who want to be artists, engineers, doctors, military members, writers and many jobs that don’t even have a title yet. This, combined with the huge number of academic programs at Cornell, means that there are a nearly unlimited number of paths open to you here and you may find a passion that you didn’t even know you had. My newfound passion was music journalism and, after writing reviews and columns for the Daily Sun’s Arts & Entertainment section, I talked to professors, took introductory classes and decided to add a music major. I am now even thinking of working as a music journalist after Cornell.

Sheyla Finkner ’19

Biology, Chemistry / Business 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.

Sofia Da Silva ’18

Anthropology, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Education Hobbies and Interests: While I am at Cornell, I can be seen working with the First Generation Student Union as well as Early College Awareness. In my free time, I love to sing, dance and do karaoke. I also really love to watch Food Network shows – my favorites are Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen. I also have a strong interest in social justice activism, particularly in relation to the first generation college student community.
Why Cornell: Though my majors (Anthropology & Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies) have changed completely, I originally intended on doing Biological Sciences with a minor in the Fine Arts. I loved that Cornell offered the opportunity to combine completely different tracks that worked to influence each other. Even though my path has changed, I still find this to be true. I use the skills that I have learned in both my Anthropology and FGSS classes to support what is being taught in the classes that I take to fulfill my distribution requirements. To me, this feels like a truly liberal arts education and it lets me narrow my focus while still being informed by outside disciplines. Cornell is also a beautiful place to be, especially in the fall!

Solveig van der Vegt ’18

Biological Sciences Hobbies and Interests: Field hockey, skiing, walking around campus, modern dance, theatre.
Why Cornell: Be open to all the opportunities you get on campus, you may be suprised by what you’ll find!

Suzy Park ’18

Economics, Psychology / Communication Hobbies and Interests: I am interested in journalism, and I write for The Cornell Daily Sun’s News section and make videos for the Multimedia section. In terms of career, I am interested in marketing and advertising. I am on the Communication team for AIESEC Cornell, a student-run organization that sends Cornell students abroad to intern or to volunteer, and also brings in foreign students to work in Ithaca. I am also starting to develop interest in law, as I am very much enjoying my Psychology and Law class right now. I will likely work towards a Law and Society minor in the future. My hobbies include watching movies and tv (especially Korean dramas) and trying new restaurants with friends.
Why Cornell: I want new prospective students to know that it is completely okay to be undecided because Cornell provides an incredible amount of resources that will help you find out what you like and what you are good at. For example, through a Communication course (Media Communication), I developed an interest for marketing and advertising, and am currently gaining interest in the field of law through my Psychology and Law class. Apart from classes, Cornell invites numerous distinguished alumni to visit Ithaca and speak to students about careers. I recently attended a talk by Will Gluck ’93, the director of Easy A, Friends with Benefits, and Annie, who spoke about his experiences in Hollywood and the film industry. Cornell is the place to be if you are unsure of your career aspirations because it will provide you with all the resources you need to find your intellectual niche and move towards a career path.

Sydney Mann ’18

American Studies: Media and Society / Law and Society, English Hobbies and Interests: Aside from being a Cornell Ambassador of Arts and Sciences, I am a part of Cornell’s all-female a cappella group Nothing But Treble! I love to write and intend to become a part of Cornell Slope Media!
Why Cornell: Aside from Cornell’s beautiful campus, I love the connected community that Cornell provides! One of my favorite memories from my freshman year was definitely living on North Campus, there is truly nothing like it.

Teng Wei Nicholas ’18

Economics Hobbies and Interests: I’m very passionate about tennis, and am on the Club Tennis team here in Cornell. I also am really into other sports, such as snowboarding, badminton, golf, squash and eating good food. Food is life. Don’t let anyone tell you eating good food is not a sport.
Why Cornell: Cornell gave me the chance to have a completely different college experience and immerse myself in a different culture, an opportunity that I could not have had back home, and it hasn’t disappointed at all. So much of my time here at Cornell has been shaped positively by great classes, wonderful people and great memories,

Yousuf Anwer ’19

Economics / Law & Society Hobbies and Interests: I love reading sci-fi novels and comics. I watch an insane amount of tv shows and sports. I absolutely adore board games, in fact I always cary a deck of cards on my person. I like going for long walks, unfortunately I have terrible directional sense.
Why Cornell: Growing up listening to my dad’s stories of how great Cornell was, I always thought this university was almost mythical. Coming here I realized what a truly magical place this is, and I fell in love with the raw nature, the people, the professors, and everything this marvelous institution stands for.

Zoee D’Costa

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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