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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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 ’19

Biology and Society Major 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.

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!

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.

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.

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*

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.

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.

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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