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College of Arts and Sciences

Arts & Sciences Ambassadors

Dedicated and passionate students, proudly representing the College of Arts & Sciences

The A&S Ambassadors

About the Ambassadors

Arts & Sciences Ambassadors are dedicated and passionate students who serve as proud representatives of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Together, we provide the student angle on life at Cornell, help prospective students make the important decision of where to attend college, and then support them as they transition into life as an A&S student. We host lunches, information sessions, receptions, one-on-one meetings, and many more activities committed to answering all the questions that prospective students and parents may have about the college and the university as a whole. We also advise & support incoming students throughout the summer and into their first-year as they prepare to become Cornellians.

Prospective Cornellians: via this blog, we hope to share our Cornell experiences with you no matter where you live in the world, so that you may get a glimpse into the life of a Cornell student even if you don’t have the opportunity to visit campus.

Current Cornellians: interested in joining our team? Check out the Become an Ambassador link to the right!

 

Contact the ambassadors

Please email us with any questions!

cornell.as.ambassadors@gmail.com

2020 Executive Board Members
Name Position
Hassaan Bin Sabir ’21 President
Michelle Abramowitz '21 President
Shilpy Agarwal '21 President
Jenny Della Santina '21 Co-President
Karen Jiang '21 Co-President
Julia Kim '22 External Communications Chair
Serena Uliano '21 Internal Communications Chair
Sarah Kebaish '22 External Social Media Chair
Tatiana Whitman '22 Internal Social Media Chair
Valerie Odonkor '22 Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Meeting Coordinator
Justin Ong '22 Alumni Coordinator
Raksha Krishnan '22 Alumni Coordinator
Youssef Aziz '22 Peer Advising Coordinator
David Chen '22 Peer Advising Coordinator
Jayla Greene Advisor
Alyssa Bachmann '11 Advisor

Meet the Ambassadors

 A gathering of A&S Ambassadors

Name
Major and minor

About

Aine Keel ‘22

Ambassador Aine

Majors: American Studies and Psychology

Hobbies and Interests: Around campus I am a part of College Mentors for Kids and work as a research assistant in a legal laboratory. I spend too much time in Olin basement, but when I'm not there you can find me taking advantage of all Ithaca has to offer--like hiking, swimming, or perusing the farmers market.

Why Cornell: I had no idea what area of study I wanted to pursue when I was applying to colleges. Thus, I was attracted to Cornell's promise of any person, any study. The College of A&S offers so many different departments and I wanted to dip my toes into all of them. I knew that a school that encouraged exploration of interests was the best fit for me. And the cherry on top was the beautifully quaint but lively town of Ithaca!

Alec Giufurta ’21

 Ambassador Alec

Majors: Government, History

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I’m a reporter for The Cornell Daily Sun, the independent student paper, and I am on research team studying international security assistance. I am also the co-president of ConsentEd, leading engaging conversations about social responsibility, and I am a fellow of Pi Lambda Sigma, Cornell's pre-government society. Off campus, I love visiting the Ithaca Farmer’s Market, skiing, and (when home) surfing with friends. 

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell as a transfer student because of how many opportunities a school of this size had to offer; There is, quite literally, something for everyone on this campus. Arts & Sciences, in particular, has a strong community and makes the size of the campus seem a little less daunting. I also love Ithaca, and the amazing culture the city has to offer. 

Alexander Chung '21

 

Alex Ambassador

Major: Biology & Society

Hobbies and Interests: Having been a swimmer since the age of 6, I am involved with the club swim team and love exercising in my free time. I also do neurobiology research at the Vet School which is where you can find me most of the time outside of the classroom. When I'm not doing either of those things, I enjoy relaxing by watching movies or discovering new music.

 

Why Cornell: What drew me to Cornell and specifically to Arts and Sciences was the breadth of study available and an academic rigor which I knew would push me to learn about my interests to a great depth. Despite being a Biology and Society major, I have been able to take classes in economics and political science to name a few fields, which I think has given me a very well rounded education. Furthermore, like its academics, the Cornell student body is incredibly diverse as well and I knew I would be able to meet people from a plethora of backgrounds. Finally, the campus is gorgeous. 

Alexandra Glasgow ’22 

 Ambassador Alexandra

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Inequality Studies, Business

Hobbies and Interests: In my spare time, I get away from all things pre-med and science, and delve into the arts. I love to dance, whether that means in rehearsal, my room, or a salsa club. When I’m feeling creative, I write poetry and short stories, or find and listen to new music. Spanish is my favorite language, and while I’m trying to become fluent I’ve accumulated a long list of already watched telenovelas, and frequented Spanish playlists. I am passionate about cultures and meeting different kinds of people. In the future I plan on studying abroad, so I can experience more, and learn as I live.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because it is a school that fully embraces the idea of learning as you live. Whether through research, friendships, classes, or obstacles you will constantly learn here. As soon as I visited I felt the open-minded, intellectually creative, and worldly spirit that drives this school. Cornell facilitates an interdisciplinary education which was very attractive to me. I didn’t feel as though my true potential could be expressed when choosing one passion over another. Only in a culture that nurtures diversity, like Cornell, could I truly see myself finding a home. 

Andrea Quezada Vargas ‘22

Ambassador Andrea V

Major: Biology & Society

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I enjoy tutoring at the Biology LSC. In my free time, I like to swim and try new workout classes with my friends. I also love anything related to food, from trying new restaurants in Ithaca to cooking and baking.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because of the diversity and opportunities available. In my time here, I've met people from many different backgrounds and with very different interests and passions. Thanks to Cornell, I have learned a lot outside the classroom from my peers. Additionally, I knew I wanted to major in something related to Biology but, I also wanted to explore my interests in languages, history and more. Cornell has an abundance of resources to explore anything and everything.

Annie Fu ‘21

 

Ambassador Annie

Major: Information Science

Minor: English

Hobbies and Interests: Trying new restaurants and cafes in the Ithaca Commons, practicing piano in Lincoln Hall, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Kitsch Magazine, breaking my brain over crosswords, and cursing Ithaca hills on long distance runs.

Why Cornell: I knew Cornell would be a place where I would grow immensely, learn deeply, and find myself surrounded by some of the most interesting and amazing people I've ever met, and I wasn't disappointed. From coming in as an ILR student to transferring to Arts and Sciences, Cornell has empowered me to grow into myself in ways I never expected, not only academically but also emotionally, artistically, and musically. I was sure I wanted to do something law or non-profit related, and I still do, but Arts and Sciences allowed me to explore a new interest in Data Science and tech in the process. Even if you think you're sure about what you want to do, this school will never cease to amaze you in how many unique people and activities there are to do on campus.

Andrea Wilson ‘23

Andrea W

Major: Chemistry

Hobbies and Interests: You can almost always find me with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. I love sitting in social settings as I immerse myself in books from all around the world. Having lived in places ranging from (but not limited to!) Taiwan, to Morocco, to Bulgaria, I love interacting with the incredible schools of thought unique to each person and their own culture. When I'm not learning more about our world, I study Taekwondo and participate in research groups across campus. In my free time, I also love to take long hikes and go for cross-country runs to submerge myself in nature. And of course, meeting new people and grabbing food with friends is also a frequent of mine.

Why Cornell: Cornell offers an incredible range of diversity—not just in its traditional definition, but also via its diversity of thought, of perspective, and of opinion. Having been immersed in this kind of variance all my life, it's become an essential part of the way I learn. Cornell speaks to an inherent motivation to not just learn, but to understand and, further, to discover within each and every one of its students. With this, I've encountered, and will continue to encounter, what it really means to succeed. Cornell is helping its students to thrive not just academically, but also as a medium for the drive to stride into the future and help one another.

Anya Ji ‘23

Anya Ambassador
Majors: Computer Science and Psychology

Hobbies & Interests: I further pursue my passion in cognitive science by working as a research assistant in a psychology lab on campus. During my spare time, I’m into developing apps and exploring different cultures and languages. Aside from English and Mandarin, I’m fluent in German and started learning American Sign Language in my freshman year. My other hobbies include traveling, ballet, piano, and cooking (or trying to cook).

Why Cornell: I was amazed by the gorgeous Cornell campus when I first came here in my junior year of high school. Cornell has been my first choice since then, because I have a vast interest across different subjects, and College of Arts and Sciences offers a huge variety of academic fields that I can explore. Cornell also provides me with valuable research opportunities, where I can integrate my interest and knowledge in technology and humanities and gain hands-on experience in lab studies. Besides, I’m looking forward to joining the Study Abroad program to immerse in another culture and further my education at a Cornell’s partner university abroad.

Ashley Song ‘21

 

Major: Sociology

Minor: Information Science

Hobbies and Interests: During my time at Cornell so far, I have been a part of various organizations such as the Cornell Annual Fund, Cornell Hillel, and Pi Beta Phi (a social sorority) which all gave me incredibly unique and valuable experiences. Between classes, I can usually be found in Temple of Zeus with a blueberry kombucha.

Why Cornell: I went to a very small high school; while I valued the close-knit community that my school had provided, I was also hoping to experience having a larger student body for my college experience. Turns out, Cornell has the best of both worlds. Cornell is a big institution with countless opportunities and students from all walks of life, but it also feels like a family because the people here are caring and compassionate. My three years at Cornell so far has been filled with academic, professional and personal growth, genuine friendships, spontaneous adventures and exploration, and happiness.

Ava Niemeier ‘21

Ava Ambassador

Major: Psychology

Minor: History

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of class, I am a Cornell tour guide and work at the rock climbing gym on campus. I am also a body-positive facilitator and the president of my social sorority, Kappa Delta. I enjoy reading, history, and rock climbing. When not in class you can find me hiking in the Ithaca area, drinking smoothies from Libe Cafe, and studying on the slope during sunny days.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell, and more specifically the College of Arts and Sciences because I wasn't sure what I wanted to study going into college. I wanted the freedom to take different classes and explore my interests and I was able to accomplish that in the college of A & S. I also wanted to study on a campus that was surrounded by nature and was drawn to the gorges, hiking trails, botanical garden, and many acres of land on campus. This space gives me the opportunity to learn about my surroundings and grow as a student.

Bella Somoza ’22

 Ambassador Bella

Major: Biological Sciences

Hobbies and Interests: When I'm not doing DNA extractions in the Vitousek Lab, you can find me around campus at various club meetings. Sometimes I'm hanging out with the my peers on the Dean's Student Advisory Council for Arts & Sciences, planning the annual spring fashion show with the Cornell Fashion Collective, or curating cute images for the Birds of the World Project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology! Off-campus, I love to bike, hike, camp, and backpack in the beautiful nature around Ithaca or in Oregon, where I'm from. I'm also an avid reader and tea-drinker!

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because I fell in love with its motto: any person, any study. I thought it beautifully reflected the diversity of its students in their various identities and their academic and extracurricular interests. When I visited, I remember meeting person after person who studied things I had never heard of. One person was a double major in math and French, while also minoring in global health. On top of that, everyone was involved with a million cool things on campus, like the Tea Club or research on butterfly genetics. I was excited by the vast amount of opportunities Cornell offered, and by the unique ways each person decided to take advantage of them. Every day I am constantly surprised and inspired by the diverse interests of my peers! 

Bree Parker ‘21

Bree Ambassador

Major: Statistical Science

Minors: Business, European Studies, Performing & Media Arts

Hobbies and Interests: I find myself fascinated by performing arts and, as such, spend a large portion of my time dancing with Cornell DanceSport and Cornell Ballroom Club. When I’m not in the classroom or the dance studio, you can most likely find me editing videos, taking photos, cooking (especially Italian food), or hosting spontaneous game nights!

Why Cornell: The breadth of opportunity was what drew me to Cornell; I was also awed by the sheer number of course offerings and the flexibility of the college. After six semesters at Cornell, I can confirm that my initial impressions were correct! I have had the ability to take classes in a handful of diverse subject areas ranging from Italian Food Culture to Sound Design to Survival Analysis.

Cece Thieberger ’21

 Ambassador Cece

Major: Astronomy

Minor: Astrobiology

Hobbies and Interests: When I’m not studying, you can find me in Space Sciences doing research or working at my favorite cafe, Temple of Zeus. I love the outdoors, whether it be a hike, gorge swimming, or just walking around campus. I also volunteer through Alpha Phi Omega, a community service organization, and am President of the Cornell Nature Society. To relax, I love baking and reading books.

Why Cornell: I was drawn to the diversity of the Arts and Sciences curriculum; I loved the fact that I was encouraged to learn about any subject I was interested in, even if it was outside my major. Not only are there a great variety of classes, there’s also over 1,000 different clubs at Cornell. The wide range of classes, clubs, and people at Cornell foster an environment that supports you as you venture outside your comfort zone, and that was really important to me when choosing a school.

Clarice Pertel ‘22

 

Ambassador Clarice
Major: Mathematics

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy hiking around Ithaca, swimming (safely) in the gorges, and tennis. On campus, I’m on the E-board for Cornell Running Club, I’m an active member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and I am also an Orientation Leader. In my free time, you can find me working on some sort of puzzle, reading, or hanging out on the slope.

Why Cornell: I chose to attend Cornell because of the interdisciplinary nature of CA. In Arts & Sciences, we are encouraged to take classes that explore fields other than our major, through which I have grown as a learner. It was clear from my first days at Cornell that everyone here– students, faculty, researchers– have a diverse set of interests and enjoy discussing their passions. I have loved being surrounded by this enthusiasm for learning.

Collins Horinda ‘22

Ambassador Collins

Major: Mathematics

Hobbies and Interests: I love reading and being active. My favorite books and movies are the Harry Potter books and movies. I enjoy watching and playing football(soccer). My favorite sport to play is field hockey. On campus, I play social soccer and I am in the Cornell Actuarial Society.

Why Cornell: I come from Zimbabwe. Being far from home, I wanted a place that I could feel at home and feel welcomed. The second I stepped foot on campus for a visit, Cornell just felt like the place I was looking for. The campus was stunning and the people were incredibly kind. I have enjoyed my time here learning with exceptional people and I look forward to continue working with and learning from such phenomenal people.

Courtney Harris ’22

 Ambassador Courtney

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Spanish

Hobbies and Interests: I am active in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) community, was a part of the Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) 2018 and am currently a member of the Biology Scholars Program. I am currently an undergraduate research assistant in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and am a TA for both PSP and general chemistry. Outside of my academic commitments, I joined the Cornell Chorale during my freshman year as a soprano. I also love listening to a variety of music such as pop, oldies (think Motown and the Beatles) and reggaetón just to name a few.

Why Cornell: What really attracted me to Cornell was Diversity Hosting. I was able to stay overnight with a current student while also meeting those who would be my future classmates. It gave me great insight into the resources that the university has to offer. One of the experiences I am most excited about is doing field research in Santiago, Chile during winter break with my plant science class! Cornell has so many opportunities available, and what especially caught my eye were the A&S Career Development department and OADI programming, which really shows Cornell’s efforts to make sure that all students have the ability to thrive academically, socially and professionally.

Danny Proano ‘21

Danny Ambassador

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Computer Science

Hobbies and Interests: My passion for healthcare and technology has driven me throughout most of my time at Cornell. It has led me to pursue a related career in which I hope to better access and quality of healthcare through advancements in technology. Aside from being an Arts and Sciences Ambassador, I am also the Recruitment Chair for Alpha Iota Gamma, an Orientation Leader (OL), and a member of EARS. Over the last few years at Cornell, I have also been involved in Habitat for Humanity and the LGBT Resource Center. Outside of school, I am a big Mets fan and love watching horror movies! In my free time, I love to paint, find new music and play video games. I am also really interested in cooking and fashion!

Why Cornell: The academic rigor and endless opportunities that Cornell offered are what initially attracted me to the university. After a few visits and more research, I learned about Cornell's incredible tight-knit community and the beautiful city of Ithaca. There truly is no limit to what you can here and you have the support of entire university every step of the way!

Danny Shokry ’21

 Ambassador Danny

Major: Biological Sciences (Concentration: Neurobiology and Behavior Concentration)

Minors: Environmental Sustainability Sciences, English, Law & Society

Hobbies and Interests: I love to get involved in several ways around campus. You can find me in the Law School practicing for Mock Trial, volunteering for Alpha Phi Omega, or conducting research on seizures in flies. Otherwise, you can catch me watching (and getting too emotionally involved in) The Great British Baking Show and other competition shows.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because I knew it would be an opportunity for me to surround myself with people of all types of intellectual interests, which would allow me to hone in on what I wanted to study. Cornell also offers many different classes, which has allowed me to pursue my interests in English, Biology, Law and the environment simultaneously. 

Dean Pucciarelli ‘22 

 Ambassador Dean P

Major: Psychology (Concentration: Evolutionary Neuroscience)

Minor: Business

Hobbies and interests: I’m extremely passionate about medicine and medical research, and as such am a part of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity on Campus. I also conduct undergraduate research in the Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan Laboratory of Ophthalmology Weill Cornell Medicine over summer breaks. In addition to this, I love increasing awareness circa childhood health. For this reason, I’m involved with the executive board of Big Red Thon which raises money and awareness for the Children of Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital. Aside from that, I love to read online publications (personally, the New Yorker is my favorite), cook, and hike! 

Why Cornell: When I was applying to colleges in high school, I knew that I not only wanted to be surrounded by academic rigor, but that I wanted to be able to learn from fellow classmates. The best way for me to do this was to be exposed to a plethora of different people, cultural backgrounds, languages, among other factors. During my time at Cornell thus far, I can personally attest to learning as much, if not more, about diversity and varied cultures from my peers, enhancing my perspective of the world around me. Other than that, Cornell is an extraordinarily interesting setting to be a part of from a variety of studies to almost monthly festivals in the Ithaca Commons. Cornell offers so many ways to get involved in the community in fun and exciting ways and I couldn't imagine having the same experiences elsewhere!

Diego Burga, ’21

 Ambassador Diego

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Anthropology, Global Health

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I'm on the Global Health Student Advisory Board and am employed as a student assistant to the Global Health Program. I'm also involved in Partners In Health Engage, the Cornell Healthcare Review, and the Biology Scholars Program. In my free time I enjoy listening to new music, watching SNL, or visiting the 5th floor of the Johnson Museum!

Why Cornell: When deciding where to apply for college, Cornell initially caught my attention due to its renowned biology program. Aside from its great biology-related resources, Cornell's Ithaca campus houses several colleges and diverse graduate programs that allows for undergraduates to have a truly unique experience. The academic and personal curiosity at Cornell is one that I had never experienced before. I knew that I wanted to attend a college that was not going to just provide me with excellent resources to support my academic and professional success, but rather an institution that would spark more curiosity within me and, ultimately, teach me how to think.

Elena Lie-A-Cheong '21

 Ambassador Elena

Major: Government

Minor: History

Hobbies and Interests: Cornell International Affairs Review, Class Council 2021, Student Assembly Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Hong Kong Student Association


Why Cornell: Attending Cornell was the best decision I've made thus far. I chose Cornell because it embodied my ideal learning environment. Every Cornellian shares a high-level of intellectual curiosity and are encouraged by the collaborative culture to strive towards our maximum potential. Not only have I explored my interests at Cornell, but I have also discovered new opportunities that I would not have found if not for the wide array of resources, classes, and student organizations. Cornell is a place where everyone around you supports you and wants what's best for you!

Emma DiGiovanni ‘21

Ambassador Emma

Major: Government, College Scholar

Minor: Law and Society

Hobbies and Interests: As a volunteer for Cornell’s newly created chapter of Justice for Migrant Families, I enjoy working with other students to advocate against detention. I'm also a tutor with Cornell Students for Students, which has been a great experience for meeting new people and learning about youth incarceration. To exercise my interest in writing, I also work as a writing tutor for the Knight Institute and write for the Cornell Daily Sun.

Why Cornell: As a high-schooler, I had very diverse, undeveloped interests which ranged from politics to zoology. When college applications season rolled around, I really wanted to choose a school that would give me time and resources to explore every study. After three years here, I’m grateful for my acceptance and happy that I chose Cornell. I was able to take a class on chimpanzees and the origin of politics in my first semester, and I have been able to pursue both a major in Government and a College Scholar project focused on farm animal rights. Cornell has so many course offerings and undergraduate departments, and I think it’s a great place for academic exploration.

Eugene Kim '21

 Eugene Kim

Major: Biological Sciences

Hobbies and Interests: Satisfying my inner science nerd slash lab rat, I am involved in Debate in Science and Health as well as The Research Paper, an undergraduate research magazine. Whenever I need a study break, I love taking walks, especially enjoying beautiful nature-niches scattered around campus with a phone camera in hand. I also enjoy writing short stories that sometimes end up being not-short stories. On a lazy evening, you can find me in my dorm room or basement, probably singing along off-key to alt rock and/or gathered around a board game with my friends.

Why Cornell: Cornell truly is filled to the brim with interesting people and experiences. Instead of worrying whether I'd find a place I belong, I actually ended up finding several in my first semester – and still continue to meet fascinating people with diverse passions and stories. There's a niche for everyone and everything, big or small. The environment is just so stimulating, socially and culturally as well as academically and intellectually.

Evelyn Li ‘23

Evelyn Ambassador

Major: Psychology, Art History

Minor: Business

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of class, I enjoy playing badminton and playing golf. Music is also an important part of my life - I love singing while playing the guitar or piano. On campus, I am the vice president of the CME (Cornell Media and Entertainment) club as well as a member of the Cornell CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association). I also love playing with children and am involved in 'College Mentors for Kids' at Cornell where we get to spend time having fun with little buddies.

Why Cornell: I feel that there are so many things that are offered on campus that you simply cannot run out of things to do! Academic-wise, Cornell offers such a diverse range of interdisciplinary courses and allows me to explore all my areas of interest ranging from psychology to visual arts to business. There are also so many clubs on campus which gives me so many opportunities to try new things and find out about new passions! Cornell also has a friendly environment and makes me feel at home.

Gavin Clark '22

 Ambassador Gavin

Major: Biological Sciences (Concentration: Biochemistry)

My hobbies and interests: When I’m not pursuing my interest of biological sciences in academics, I can usually be found chatting with friends in Temple of Zeus Café and drawing some doodles in my sketchbook. I enjoy trips to the Johnson Museum, exploring downtown Ithaca, and the occasional night in (with Netflix). Frisbee and the service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega are two clubs I participate in as well, and I enjoy meeting new people in the Cornell community.

Why Cornell: When I first stepped onto Cornell’s campus, I was filled with a sense of familiarity. The environment felt very inclusive, warm and welcoming despite the cold winter wind. That was when I knew I wanted to come here. Cornell is one of the most accepting and inclusive communities I have ever seen, and their ability to accept people from all backgrounds was a huge appeal for me. In addition, I wanted a school that would challenge me and force me to grow as a person, and I am happy to say that Cornell still does both of those to this day.

Grace Lu ‘21

Grace Ambassador

Majors: English, Government

Minors: Law & Society, Philosophy

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I am a part of Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, the Cornell Daily Sun, and an organization at the Cornell Law School concerned with the ethical, environmental, and humanitarian ramifications associated with animal agriculture. I love exploring Ithaca's scenery with my friends, thrifting all over upstate, and doing yoga on the slope in the mornings.

Why Cornell: I chose to attend Cornell because Cornell is a school that proves, year after year, to embody intellectual diversity. The students at Cornell are passionate and engaging, and the faculty are incredibly inspiring in their various fields of academia. I am impressed time after time with the people I meet and the interests they explore, and believe that this environment is ideal for the growth and discovery imperative to a college experience.

Grace Tian ‘23

Grace T.

Major: Psychology

Minor: Creative Writing

Hobbies and Interests: Academically, I'm drawn to psychology because it's fascinating to find patterns in thought and action that we might personally not even be aware of. Outside of academics, I love to write! I love writing poetry and short stories, and recently have been working on songwriting. In my free time, when I'm not writing, I also enjoy taking walks in nature, which Cornell's campus is so great for. I love boba and coffee, and hope to own a cat when I am able to get my own apartment!

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because it seemed perfectly suited to fit all I wanted in a college! I wanted a large, diverse campus with plenty of nature, and as a pre-medicine student, I also looked for a college which was strong in the sciences and offered plenty of interesting laboratory opportunities. Location wise, I looked for a school which was isolated enough to build a strong sense of community, but also had attractions off campus, which Ithaca provided. Cornell seemed like the perfect place to attend, especially after I visited the campus during the summer and found how beautiful it was!

Hassaan Bin Sabir '21

 Hassaan Bin Sabir

Majors: Government, History

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

Haoshen Li ‘22

Haoshen Ambassador

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Business

Hobbies and Interests: I love classical guitar and singing. I joined Cornell Chorale at my freshmen year and had much fun with other members. We performed in church publicly at the end of every semester. Unexpectedly, Drama walks into my life after I was selected as one of the main characters for CCDS spring drama show. I had many unforgettable experience and memories with my drama team at that semester. Since then, I love performing and watching other good dramas. For outdoor activities, I love soccer and play intramural with my friends.

Why Cornell: I was attracted by Cornell for two main reasons. First, I did not know which major was appropriate for me. Cornell provides the most diverse and flexible course selections. Thanks to the incredible academic resources of Cornell, I finally decide to pursue Computer Science after trying many classes in other majors. Second, locating at Ithaca, the special and beautiful environment of Cornell leaves me great impression when I did research for my future university at high school. I enjoy the peacefulness which make me better focus on my work and have chat with my friends.

Ingrid Comella ‘23

Ambassador Ingrid

Major: Environment & Sustainability

Hobbies and Interests: When I’m not in the classroom, you can find me at meetings for the Society for Natural Resources Conservation, lifeguarding at a pool on campus, or working on a Cornell University Sustainable Design project team. I also love cooking healthy recipes, knitting hats, moving my body, watching documentaries, and trying new things.

Why Cornell: Cornell is the perfect place to step out of your comfort zone on all fronts: academic, social, and extracurricular. I came to Cornell unsure of my major and knew that I would be given the flexibility to thoroughly explore all of my interests here. So far, I have taken classes in archaeology, fiber science, Italian, and more that have very little to do with my major. While taking classes in a variety of subjects, I am still able to focus on courses for my Environment & Sustainability major. At Cornell, there is such an abundance of diverse topics to study and countless extracurriculars where anyone is free to explore their passions and interests.

Ishini Gammanpila '22

 Ambassador Ishini

Major: Mathematics

Hobbies and interests: I love playing the violin, the piano and the ukulele. I also enjoy singing (I sing for The Touchtones all female a cappella group), so I guess you could say I’m an ardent fan of music in general. I’m really into stand-up comedy (I don’t know if I’m any good at it though). So much so that at one point I thought I’d not go to college and just pursue a career in it. As you could guess my VERY Asian parents wouldn’t let that happen. I also like graphics design and did a few internships in high-school (One of my designs even went up on a billboard in Sri Lanka!)

Why Cornell: For me, one of the great appeals of CAS is the sheer breadth of courses on offer. I love trying new things; it is perhaps what defines me as a person, and so Cornell’s flexibility matches my personality. The variety of different sub-fields especially in mathematics, like complex analysis, speaks to my inquisitive nature. I am greatly attracted to the Active Learning Initiative because it helps narrow the gap between mathematics taught in the class and mathematics applied in reality, a gap which is obvious in South Asian education. And of course, as a small-town Sri Lankan, CAS’ reputation and academic excellence gives my parents the bragging rights I have denied them by not becoming a doctor!

Jack Liufu '21

 Jack Liufu

Majors: Chemistry, Classics

Hobbies and Interests: I love singing, whether that be with the Cornell University Glee Club or alone in my room, I rediscovered my love for dance through Hanchum: Traditional Korean Dance. My free time is spent watching movies or TV shows, or taking walks through nature. And of course, getting bubble tea with friends is something I never turn down.

Why Cornell: I grew up in a small town, and as much I do love cities, I love the feeling of being somewhere small, somewhere homely. The nature (and views!) here are simply stunning, and the community is so close-knit. As for Cornell itself, it's bigger than other Ivies, and that really lets every single person find where they belong. Everybody finds their niche, their group, and everybody succeeds together. Everyone here is also so driven and motivated, never settling, always striving for increasing greatness, and that is something I knew I wanted to be a part of and carry forth myself.

Julia Dinmore ‘21

Julia Ambassador

Major: Biology & Society, Spanish

Hobbies and Interests: Although I'm not great at it, I love playing the guitar and singing. I've been getting into listening to new music and branching out lately, so I spend a lot of time browsing Spotify and making playlists. I'm also really into reading, especially fiction books. My all time favorite book series is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I also enjoy spending time playing tennis and going on bike rides.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because of the wide array of opportunities it offered me and its environment. Here at Cornell, I can pursue anything I so choose while being surrounded by a breath-taking natural landscape. On top of that, the people here are wonderful and curious, so the campus is always filled with life. After my first visit, I knew Cornell could help me grow and learn not only academically but also personally.

Julia Kim ’22

 Ambassador Julia

Majors: Statistics, Economics

Minor: English

Hobbies and Interests: At Cornell, I'm the Finance Chair and Recruitment Chair of the Cornell Business Review and a part of Medium Design Collective's Experience Team.  This past year I also served as an Arts and Sciences peer advisor where I had the opportunity to meet new students and help them adjust to life at college.  In my free time, I love to take hikes with my friends at nearby falls in Ithaca, read Jane Austen novels, and journal.  

Why Cornell: When I first visited Cornell the summer before my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the beautiful campus.  At the time of college applications, I was very much undecided in what I wanted to study in college and I appreciated the flexibility Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences offered.  Being able to come into college with an open mind about declaring a major helped me explore my options during my first year and have now found my passion in Statistics and Economics.  I look forward to continuing to spend time and grow with other motivated and driven students in the coming semesters!

Justin Ong ’22

 Ambassador Justin

Major: Biological Sciences

Hobbies and Interests: When I’m not in the library studying, I love to hang out with my friends on campus. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to go try out local restaurants and explore the many different trails around Ithaca. During the week, I always make time to go to the gym or run to unwind after my classes. I’m also involved in research, community service, and a cultural fraternity on campus. I also enjoy just staying in my dorm and watching movies.

Why Cornell: Aside from its outstanding reputation in academics, Cornell’s campus was a large factor that influenced me to choose to go here. Coming from Las Vegas, Nevada, I wanted a chance to study in a new environment from where I grew up. Cornell’s beautiful forests and scenery was a great opportunity for me to expand my horizons. Despite being in a rural setting, the Cornell community has a plethora of activities constantly going on. In my opinion, the campus is small enough to build close connections while simultaneously big enough to constantly meet new people. My older brother also goes here and is two years older than me. Hearing about all the interesting clubs and people on campus was definitely another large factor that contributed to me picking Cornell.

Katerina Karaiskos Romero ‘22

Katerina Ambassador

Major: Biology & Society

Hobbies and Interests: I play in Deixa Sambar (the Brazilian samba ensemble on campus!). I also play intramural volleyball, sing in an a cappella group, and am currently the Diversity and Inclusion chair of the Cornell Democrats. My favorite TV show is Avatar the Last Airbender!

Why Cornell: I came into Cornell not at all sure of what I wanted to do. I was completely undecided and only recently declared my major about a month ago. I thought that A&S in particular offered me a wide variety of choices and encouraged students like myself to embrace this linkage of different disciplines.

Katie Fehrenbaker '21

 Ambassador Kate

Major: American Studies

Minors: Psychology, Law & Society 

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of Ambassadors, I am the Editor-in-Chief of Slope Media Group, a mentor for YOURS, a Cayuga's Watcher, and a member of a social sorority, Delta Gamma.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because I believe this school offers everything one could hope to find in an institution of higher education. This school offers more courses than I ever could have imagined having access to, a huge variety of extracurricular opportunities, and a faculty driven to help better the academic careers of the future leaders of the world. I love being surrounded by such a diverse student body, with a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. To top it all of, Ithaca is the quintessential college town, offering everything a student may need in a remote part of New York State. I believe that Cornell has encouraged me to push boundaries and become the best version of myself.

Lauren Simons ‘21

Lauren Ambassador

 

Major: Information Science

Minor: Business

Hobbies and Interests: I've been playing sports pretty much my whole life. I am an avid skier and love playing indoor and beach volleyball. On campus, I'm on the Cornell Club Volleyball team, in Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC), and Product Management at Cornell (PMC). In my free time, you can find me going to museums and concerts. Career-wise, I plan on going into some aspect of software development: coding, user experience design, or product management.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because I really didn’t know what I wanted to study. I initially applied as a math major and was able to explore different subjects and found information science and it’s ultimately led me to an area that I’m really passionate about. After taking the core courses, I did two User Experience Design internships and am doing a software engineering one this summer. I also think that Cornell’s career services and opportunities are unmatched. I transferred to Cornell my sophomore year and we always have big name companies on campus hosting information sessions, workshops, and on campus interviews. I actually got a ton of interviews after going to a career fair. I would also say that the people are awesome. I’ve made so many friends on campus and everyone is so nice and welcoming!

Lillie Steen ‘23

Lillie Ambassador

Majors: Art History, Archaeology

Hobbies and Interests: I do a lot of crafting, knitting, and embroidery! My next project is to learn how to sew, and to start making historically accurate costumes. I also play guitar and saxophone, and I’m in the Cornell BRMB.

Why Cornell: I wanted to come to a school that was rigorous and would challenge me to become a better student, but where people were also proud to be and felt a genuine connection to the campus and the larger community. Cornell is also in an extremely artistic and culture-oriented city! Being in Ithaca really makes you feel motivated and inspired.

Luke Detlor ‘22

Luke Ambassador

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Psychology

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of class I love spending time with my friends exploring Ithaca and enjoying its natural scenery. On campus I’m a Residential Advisor in the Townhouse Community and I work at Student Disability Services. By participating in undergraduate research in the Behavioral Analysis of Beginning Years (BABY) Lab, I help investigate questions related to communicative development in both infant humans and songbirds! My favorite activity at Cornell is Deixa Sambar, a Brazilian percussion ensemble.

Why Cornell: The university itself is large, allowing me to meet new people every day and explore diverse interests. At the same time, the College of Arts and Sciences has a small liberal arts school feel, fostering personal interactions between students and faculty. Similarly, the A&S curriculum gives me the freedom to explore the academic interests I knew I had since high school while also helping me to explore subjects outside of my major and find new passions. In fulfilling distribution and graduation requirements, for instance, I’ve discovered and cultivated my interests for Psychology, Anthropology, and Italian Language, even though I hadn’t considered these fields prior to Cornell. Ultimately, I chose Cornell because when I visited campus I felt both excited by the boundless opportunities and comforted by the home-like sense of a tightly knit community.

Madeleine Peel ‘22

Madeleine Ambassador

Major: Biology & Society

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I am a coxswain on the Varsity Women's Rowing team where I am a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. I am also a part of the Big Red Leadership Institute and a member of a social sorority. In my spare time, you'll find me doing work in Temple of Zeus or exploring the Ithaca Farmer's Market with my friends.

Why Cornell: When I first visited Cornell as a High School student, I immediately knew it was the university I wanted to attend. Beside the high performing athletic team and the excellent academics, I was drawn to the beautiful campus and surrounding city. I wanted to be in a town that had more than just the university campus, and Ithaca has just that. Throughout my time at Cornell, I have been able to volunteer at local elementary schools, go to restaurants in the Ithaca Commons, and explore many of the beautiful hiking trails around the city.

Madison Gamma ‘22

Madison G

Major: Economics

Minors: Biology, Italian

Hobbies and Interests: Hobbies and Interests: My favorite part about being in Ithaca is that I have had the opportunity to explore the great outdoors. I love running outside when the weather is warm and visiting the nearby state parks with my friends. I’ve been trying to keep up with playing the piano at school as well as sample every restaurant Ithaca has to offer. I enjoy serving on the executive board of Consent Ed Cornell, attending Cornell's Italian Club, and spending my free time on Libe Slope.

Why Cornell: Why Cornell: I decided that Cornell was the college for me the day I set foot on campus. Of course, Ithaca is a beautiful place to have a university, but I found the history that is showcased at Cornell incredibly captivating, along with the positive experiences that many students and alumni shared with me. I was so driven to become a part of the network that Cornell has created, and now feel truly integrated into the powerful family of students that welcomed me so kindly two years ago.

Madison Keele ‘22

Madison K Ambassador

Majors: Government, Comparative Literature

Minors: German Studies, Russian

Hobbies and Interests: In my free time, I really love to cook, and I'm always hunting for new and complicated recipes to try out. My kitchen here in Ithaca has almost always got some new experiment going. I also own tons of houseplants and spend a lot of time caring for those -- both big and small. As you can tell by my minors, I also really love studying languages. I've been studying German since my freshman year of high school, and I'm entering my second year of studying Russian. I love finding new things on Netflix in either German or Russian and trying to work my way through them. 

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell for the academics, student life, and natural beauty of the area. My hometown is very flat and mainly cornfields, so I wanted to go somewhere where I could do more hiking, not to mention all the activities Cayuga Lake has to offer. The academic rigor also really excited me. I wanted to go somewhere where I could dive deep into my studies and really challenge myself. Cornell is great for that, and I'm constantly surrounded by people who push me to do better and better. Cornell also has a great social scene, and student life on and off campus thrives. I've met some of my best friends here, and I can't imagine my life without them! 

Maya Leong ‘23

Maya Ambassador

Major: Computer Science

Hobbies and Interests: In my spare time, I enjoy exploring Ithaca whether it is hiking along the many trails or trying out new restaurants in the commons. I love visiting the many gorges and waterfalls we have around campus. My hobbies include playing soccer, violin, and watching my favorite childhood TV shows on Disney+. I also love to travel (in the pre-covid days!) and explore new cultures and try exotics foods.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because I wanted to surround myself with a diverse student body, have opportunities to do research, and for its beautiful campus. I come from a small town so I knew I wanted a big school with people from all over the country and the world, with different intellectual interests, and who would challenge me.

Melissa Yap '21

Melissa Ambassador

Biological Sciences (Concentration: Biochemistry)

Hobbies and Interests: I'm a huge fan of anything food related, so in my free time, I work towards my goal of visiting every eatery Ithaca has to offer. I also love all sorts of flowers and plants, and will take any chance I get to stroll around Cornell's greenhouses and gardens. On campus, I'm involved in community service and psychology research.

Why Cornell: I came from a big high school (5000-strong!), and I knew I wanted a similar environment in college. The sheer amount of academic and social opportunities Arts & Sciences offered drew me in when I was on my college hunt—I've made so many friends in disciplines very different from my own, and we never run out of things to talk about. The fantastic Asian food in Collegetown is just the cherry on top.

Michelle Abramowitz '21

 Ambassador Michelle

Major: American Studies

Minors: Jewish Studies, History

Hobbies and Interests: Cornell Hillel Cultural Programming Committee Chair, Cornell Interfaith Council, Jewish Studies Club, Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Phi (Social Sorority).

Miya Kuramoto ‘22

Ambassador Miya

Major: American Studies

Minor: Inequality Studies, Asian American Studies

Hobbies and Interests: I am a member of the Varsity Track and Field team, so I spend much of my time at Barton Hall working out. When I’m not at Barton I can be found at my favorite lunch spot, Goldie’s cafe in PSB. They have comfy chairs and great sandwiches! Outside of academics and athletics, I like to chill out in my hammock on the Arts Quad, play my guitar and ukulele with friends, work on creative writing, and pet ALL of the dogs I come across on campus.

Why Cornell: I am from Lansing, just 5 miles north of Ithaca, so Cornell has always felt like home to me. I looked at other schools, but at the end of the day, Cornell felt different. One of the things that is special about the Cornell community is that it is alive at all times of the year (even in the winter people are out playing in the snow). In terms of academics, I was drawn to the College of Arts & Sciences because I was undeclared and found that the breadth of curriculum gave me the freedom to take classes is many disciplines and in doing so, find my passion.

Naina Murthy ‘22

Naina Ambassador

 

Major: Biology & Society

Minor: Spanish

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I am involved in Students onto Scholars, which is an organization that is centered on learning about and combatting education inequality in the Ithaca community, and I'm also involved in Spanish Debate since I enjoy practicing my Spanish-speaking skills and learning about current events around the world. I am also a research assistant in the Cornell Infant Studies Lab, in which I am learning about motor and spatial cognition and language acquisition in children. In my free time, I love spending time with my friends and exploring new places around Ithaca. I also enjoy hiking, baking, and photography!

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because I wanted to attend a college that would challenge me but also allow me to explore what I'm passionate about. I have also discovered new interests, and I have met (and continue to meet) amazing people who inspire and support me. Because I am in the College of Arts and Sciences, I am able to pursue a major that allows me to take interesting classes in both STEM and the humanities, and it's really interesting to see how often different classes overlap with each other. Besides Cornell's engaging academic environment, I also love the natural beauty of Ithaca and the opportunities to enjoy nature both on and off campus.

Natalie Zaba '20

 Ambassador Natalie

Major: Biological Sciences (Concentration: Neurobiology and Behavior)\

Minor: International Relations

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of class, I enjoy skiing, reading, playing the cello, and going to the Farmer's Market. On campus, I am an undergraduate research assistant in a Neurobiology and Behavior lab that focuses on understanding the genetic basis of individual recognition. I am also involved in a medical fraternity and was on the Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board of Directors.


Why Cornell: Cornell has been the perfect place for me to explore new interests, ranging anywhere from the brain to Chinese history to International Relations. The school's dedication to fostering learning for all people in all areas of study has provided a great environment for growth. You also couldn't ask for a better college town!Something is always going on here, whether it be the annual Apple Festival, Wizarding Weekend, or just a day lounging at the Gorges. I have loved my time at Cornell and, as a junior, wish I could slow down time!

Palini Ramnarayan ’21

Palini Ambassador

Major: Computer Science

Minor: Music

Hobbies and Interests: Music is one of my biggest passions, and much of my involvement on campus reflects that. I play violin in Cornell Symphony Orchestra and I’m currently Musical Director of Cornell’s premier South Asian a Capella group, Cornell Tarana. Between rehearsals for both organizations, I make time for undergraduate research as a member of Capra Research group in the Computer Science department. I am also a head TA for CS 2800. I’ve always loved nature so one of my favorite things to do is sit on the slope and watch the sunset.

Why Cornell: I grew up with many interests and activities, so the last thing I wanted was to attend a college that forced me to pick one and drop everything else. Cornell is built on the idea that you should be able to do anything you are passionate about. This university has enabled me maintain all my interests while I work towards a degree. It was this flexibility that drew me to Cornell, and I’m constantly amazed by the people I meet at this school. I also spent my summers in Ithaca as a kid, so Cornell has always felt like home for me. I learn something new everyday and feel nothing but pride to be a Cornell student.

Raksha Krishnan ‘22

Raksha Ambassador

Major: Neurobiology and Behavior

Minors: Global Health, Music

Hobbies and Interests: I have an incredible amount of interest in research, public policy, health equity, medicine, science, music, and more. On campus, you will find me researching in the Harrington Lab of Vector Entomology, singing as part of the Cornell Chorale, leading as part of the Cornell Center of Health Equity (as the vice president), advocating and creating programming as part of the Carl L Becker House, and working and volunteering throughout campus. I love to write, read, research, chart stars, and advocate for voices often left unheard. Otherwise, I love hanging out with my friends and singing karaoke, eating food from around the world, traveling (when things are a bit more normal), and being with my family. I sing in Carnatic and Western styles of music and write my own music on occasion. I also love watching movies with my friends, and together we have started the Conscious Kindness initiative on West Campus! I also love studying the brain, its inner workings, and the many facets of how, biologically speaking, music can affect the brain. I have a vested interest in anthropology and history as well and my favorite on-campus place to study is the A.D. White Room at Uris. Its incredible architecture, surrounded by its historical significance, is quite inspiring to venture into, and it showcases another reason why Cornell truly is quite an amazing place!

 

Why Cornell: When I embarked upon the confusing path of junior year, I knew that I couldn't go to a school unless I fell in love with the place. I visited a number of schools and things just... never felt right. That was until I walked onto Cornell's Campus. I fell in love with the people, who are so incredibly down to earth, intelligent, kind, and caring. I fell in love with the spirit and the school pride, invoked by the chimes that toll oh so frequently. I fell in love with the classes, the content, and the passion of the lecturers. And I fell in love with Ithaca. Cornell affords me the chance to study all my interests, nestled in the quiet and thoughtful woods of upstate New York. It allows me to connect to nature while also exploring the incredible architecture of such an amazing place. Cornell is a school so incredible, and these many reasons are why I chose to attend Cornell!

Rory Sheppard ‘23

Ambassador Rory
Major: Government, Philosophy

Hobbies and Interests: When I am not studying in Olin Library or moving from classroom to classroom, I enjoy everything outdoors Cornell has to offer. Be it the nature trails around campus or the famous slope, spending time outdoors has been my most enjoyable break from academic life (when it's not too cold!). On a similar note, when not reading about whatever was assigned that week, I have become involved in the Kappa Alpha Phi pre-law fraternity and the project team Cornell Mars Rover. Whether I am engaging myself in everything that comes with thinking about law school, I enjoy being apart of team with plans to explore the rest of the solar system! I also love the ice hockey games and going on runs.

Why Cornell: I chose to attend Cornell because of the opportunities that come with a large multi-focused university coupled with all the benefits of a traditional liberal arts experience, found in the College of Arts and Sciences. The academic rigor is also something I thought unique and attractive about Cornell, the possibility of surrounding myself with fellow students passionate about testing new ideas in creative, innovative ways continues to amaze me.

Ross Moseley ’21

 Ambassador Ross

Major: Government

Minors: Arabic, History of Art, Near Eastern Studies

Hobbies/Interests: Outside of class, I enjoy spending time with friends in a variety of different settings. I love hanging out in Libe cafe, going snowboarding at Greek Peak, or exploring and photographing the beautiful Ithaca scenery. Here on campus I am a member of a varsity sports team, a campus tour guide, a member of a social fraternity, and an ambassador for the College of A&S. I love involving myself on campus in different ways, and I enjoy meeting new people while sharing the many things that Cornell has to offer. 

Why Cornell: Initially I was intimidated by Cornell’s size, as it is significantly larger than the other schools I was interested in. I quickly saw the way that Cornell creates a community to counter that feeling. It was clear from my first moment on campus and even more so now, the many communities Cornell creates to make every student feel involved and included. Whether that is within your college, your major, one of our 1200 clubs, athletics, greek life, dorm-life, etc. There are seemingly infinite ways to meet people and engage yourself which is something that contributes to a tightly knit community that is difficult to find anywhere else. 

Sarah Frieman ‘21

Sarah F

Major: Biology & Society

Minor: Inequality Studies

Hobbies & Interests: On campus I'm involved in Cornell Hillel and Challah for Hunger. I am also a member of AIR (a pre-healthcare fraternity) and APO (a community service fraternity). In my spare time I enjoy exploring the Commons and solving the NYT crossword in Zeus.

 

Why Cornell: When I came to visit Cornell as a prospective student, every person I interacted with was incredibly passionate when talking about their respective fields of study. At Cornell, I found a community that shared a love for learning, and I knew it was the place I wanted to spend my college years. And, as an LA native, Cornell's campus was too good to pass up!

Sarah Kebaish ‘22

Sarah K Ambassador

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Psychology

Hobbies and Interests: In my free time, I love to dance on Sabor Latino Dance Ensemble, or at local Salsa Nights. On campus, I'm a biological sciences student advisor, and the recruitment chair for my social sorority. I'm an avid reader, cake baker, and movie fan (especially when Keira Knightley is involved). I love going on long walks, and playing the violin with my younger sister.

Why Cornell: Although I've always been passionate about the sciences, I wanted an education which would encourage me to explore other disciplines and broaden the scope of my knowledge. For this reason, I chose to attend Cornell, as I knew it would enable me to receive not only an excellent instruction in biology, but also expose me to a host of other fields. Additionally, the diversity of the students on campus, and the majors which Cornell offers, create an utterly unique intellectual environment which has allowed me to grow both academically, and in my personal life.

Serena Uliano ’21

 Ambassador Serena

Major: History

Hobbies and Interests: I am an avid reader, especially any novel that pertains to Regency fiction, and I also have a penchant for writing and editing. I am a passionate football fan and dedicate my Sundays during the season to watch as many games as I can. I love nature walks and taking photos of any flowers I see. At Cornell, I am an editor for the Cornell Book Review, a Speaking Groups Facilitator for the English Language Support Office, a member of my House Council, and a member of the Johnson Museum Club.

Why Cornell: The breadth of academic choices drew me to Cornell. I now have the opportunity to choose which classes fit me from a variety of subjects and across the different colleges. Not only was it the breadth of course selection that intrigued me, but also the overall size of the campus and community. That is, there is always a new place to take a class in, eat at, or explore. Every day, I have to chance to interact with people from all over the world. I believed that by attending Cornell, I would have the opportunity to grow as a student and as a person, and it certainly has been true. 

Siddharth Venkatesh ’21

Ambassador Siddharth

Major: Biological Sciences

Hobbies and Interests: Around campus, I volunteer and tutor weekly with different groups. Although I am a biology major with a neurobiology concentration, I am involved with psychology research centered around attention and memory. I’ve also been involved with Cornell’s boxing club, where I try and bring out the Rocky within all of us. When I’m not volunteering, tutoring, or doing research, I love goofing around with friends, working out, watching action or comedy movies, journaling, listening to movie soundtracks, taking in scenic views around campus, and reading. 

Why Cornell: A main reason I chose Cornell was to be challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone. With its incredible academic and research reputation, I was cognizant of the many academic opportunities that awaited me. Throughout my time here, however, I have become incredibly grateful of not only the challenges I expected, but also of the diversity of experiences, passions, and individual stories. By exploring different academic fields and traversing unfamiliar grounds, I’ve been able to cultivate a stronger mindset and a more worldly perspective. Thanks to Cornell’s plethora of opportunities and resources, among both the struggles and successes, I am constantly able to strive towards improvement in all areas of my life.

Sneha Nagarajan ‘22

Sneha Ambassador

Major: Computer Sciences

Minor: Business

Hobbies and Interests: On campus, I am a member of Aguaclara, an engineering project team that strives to develop resilient, gravity-powered drinking water, and wastewater treatment technologies. I am also a member of Cornell Bhangra, a competitive Indian folk dance team on campus!

Why Cornell: I applied to Cornell because of its unmatched academic excellence and its priority to be on the cutting edge of engineering and technology. However, I chose to attend Cornell because of the interdisciplinary opportunities to grow and explore everything I was interested in. I loved coding, but I also loved learning new languages, understanding philosophy, exploring the performing arts, educating myself on the current state of the environmental crisis, and so much more. Cornell allowed me to explore and further develop every part of myself and everything I was interested in.

Summer Hardy ‘23

Summer Ambassador
Major: Biology & Society

Hobbies and Interests: I chose Cornell because I really didn’t know what I wanted to study. I initially applied as a math major and was able to explore different subjects and found information science and it’s ultimately led me to an area that I’m really passionate about. After taking the core courses, I did two User Experience Design internships and am doing a software engineering one this summer. I also think that Cornell’s career services and opportunities are unmatched. I transferred to Cornell my sophomore year and we always have big name companies on campus hosting information sessions, workshops, and on campus interviews. I actually got a ton of interviews after going to a career fair. I would also say that the people are awesome. I’ve made so many friends on campus and everyone is so nice and welcoming!

Why Cornell: I initially chose to attend Cornell because I wanted to leave behind the mountains of Colorado in exchange for the gorges of Ithaca. When I first visited, I was pleasantly surprised with how friendly the students were and how beautiful the campus was. I quickly realized the wide range of opportunities Cornell offers, and it's been exciting exploring the various resources and possibilities here. I am grateful to be able to call Cornell and Ithaca home and I will always appreciate the numerous waterfalls around campus.

Sydney Flannigan ‘22

Sydney Ambassador

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: French

Hobbies and Interests: Something I am really passionate about is healthcare which is why I love being on the Executive Board of the Cornell University Women's Health Initiative! I joined this organization when it was founded and I have enjoyed seeing it grow throughout my semesters as Cornell. I also really enjoy being an orientation leader and welcoming new students to campus during orientation. For fun, I like to spend time with my friends on campus, drink a lot of coffee and love exploring Ithaca and see all the fun things it has to offer.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because when I toured it, I felt at home. There are so many amazing educational opportunities and our campus is incredibly beautiful. I have loved every second of my time here. I have met some amazing people, joined organizations and taken super interesting classes with extremely accomplished professors. For me, Cornell had everything I was looking for in a college experience and it has allowed me to grow in so many ways.

Tarangana Thapa ’21

 Ambassador Tarangana

Economics, Government, Minor: International Trade and Development Minor

Hobbies and Interests: On campus I am involved in Kappa Alpha Pi- Pre-Law Fraternity and the South Asian Mentorship Program. I also do research with the Government department, and am the organizer for Peace Action Cornell, a nuclear non-proliferation advocacy organization. In my free time, I am an avid podcast listener and enjoy reading and writing poetry.

Why Cornell: I was looking for an intellectually stimulating environment that offered opportunities of interdisciplinary studies with a strong base of liberal arts education. Cornell offered unmatched academic rigor, career exploration and professional development opportunities, and an environment that cultivates personal growth and responsibility. Especially being in the College of Arts and Sciences, I’ve gotten the opportunity to explore different fields of study and discover interdisciplinary linkages that match my areas of interest. Whether it’s in the classroom and through assignments, or discussions with peers and guest seminars, etc. Cornell has challenged me to grow and never stop learning.

Taylor Bazos ‘23

Taylor Ambassador

Majors: Performing and Media Arts/ Spanish

Minor: Education

Hobbies and interests: I love theater, specifically musical theater, and I love acting in shows and movies. I am in Cornell’s Delta Kappa alpha, a professional film fraternity and have been acting since I was little. I also love music and singing and am a part of Cornell’s all female, pop culture a cappella group, Less Than Three. I love teaching and working with kids as well, and watching Spanish telenovelas!

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because it gave me the flexibility to learn about all of my interests and take a huge variety of classes. I hope to produce Spanish Theater around the world, and Cornell gives me the ability to study both of these things and a space to create and learn. The faculty is extremely supportive and masters in their areas, and these are the kinds of people I want to learn from. Of course, the gorgeous campus doesn’t hurt either.

Valerie Hu ‘23

Valerie Ambassador
Major: Psychology and Biological Sciences

Hobbies and Interests: I'm passionate about studying childhood contexts and how they shape the adult brain! In my free time, I can be found singing and dancing my heart out with the Anything Goes Musical Theatre Troupe, practicing for Mock Trial, hanging out with my Bible study group, and conducting research in the Life History Lab. I love learning new languages, journaling, and being near bodies of water of all kinds - though oceans are preferable.

Why Cornell: I chose Cornell because it just felt right when I visited. I remember sitting on the slope watching the sunset with my mom, and knowing with absolute certainty that this was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. The campus and its surrounding natural features are beautiful, there is a huge range of classes so I can pursue my hodgepodge of academic interests, but most importantly, I've met people who have made me laugh and challenged me to think about the world in new ways.

Valerie Odonkor ’22

 Ambassador Valerie

Majors: Government, French

Hobbies and Interests: In my free time, I love learning about the world around me. I like keeping up with world news, reading, creative writing, discovering new music, taking long walks and being surrounded by nature, and, of course, taking pictures everywhere I go. Thankfully, I was able to hone this passion for photography through photojournalism, shooting for the Cornell Daily Sun and artistically shooting for Cornell Thread fashion magazine. I work as a barista at Carol’s Cafe in Cornell’s residential Balch Hall. I also love volunteering! Currently, I volunteer through the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies to teach kids in the local area the beautiful and historically rich language of French, the country of France and the diverse Francophone world. I am also a part of a social sorority in which I am able to also contribute to the nonprofit Service for Sight and give back to service men and women who have experienced vision impairment, eye trauma, or vision loss. And lastly, to keep active and continue pursuing a hobby I have had since I was 11 years old, I also play for the Cornell Club Volleyball team. 

Why Cornell: The first thing about Cornell that really caught my attention was the beautiful campus. As someone who loves taking pictures and loves taking long walks, Cornell never fails to supply me with new paths to take and picturesque sceneries to shoot. I also really loved how large Cornell’s campus and population is because it just presents so many new opportunities to experience new things and meet new people. The College of Arts and Sciences offers so many niche and interesting classes that caught my eye when choosing a place to further my knowledge in any and all aspects of life. There is truly no other university like Cornell, and experiencing such a unique culture is an opportunity I will never regret taking advantage of. 

Victoria Watson '21

 Victoria Watson

College Scholar

Hobbies and Interests: Besides sharing my passion for Arts & Sciences with others, I am part of a team in the Government Department researching International Security Assistance, as well as a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. In my spare time, I love attending events sponsored by the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, running, and listening to BBC Arabic to practice my language skills.

Why Cornell: I chose the College of Arts and Sciences because I wanted flexibility with my education. I have always been intellectually curious about the world, and I knew I wouldn't be able to take a plethora of courses in other schools without jeopardizing time for my major. I've wanted to take classes in an array of disciplines without spending my time in a lot of requirements, which was why Cornell was such a clear choice. Further, the departments I am interested in – Arabic, Government, Anthropology, and History – are particularly strong at Cornell, and I knew I wouldn't have time in other schools to explore other disciplines while simultaneously taking on a challenging curriculum.

Vishal Sundaram '21

 Vishal Sundaram

Majors: Chemistry, Chemical Biology

Hobbies and Interests: Outside of the classroom, I am the musical director of Tarana, Cornell's only South Asian a cappella group, and I play the cello for fun in my spare time. As such, I have a great love for all things music (singing it, playing it, listening to it, talking about it, etc). I am also a part of a research lab on campus working to develop synthetic antibiotic alternatives. Some other hobbies of mine include hanging out with friends, playing basketball (with average success), and supporting my hometown professional sports teams (go Cavs/Indians/Browns!).

Why Cornell: Besides the obvious appeal of its stellar reputation and academic rigor, Cornell offered me an opportunity for academic flexibility in an excellent learning environment. As the name implies, the College of Arts and Sciences lets me satisfy my appetite for the intricacies of chemistry, biology, and mathematics while broadening my present outlook and future prospects with offerings in such areas as foreign languages, music, economics, and government. A beautiful campus and a fantastic community of friends and peers make for a complete package that is both fulfilling and inspiring.

Youssef Aziz ’22

 Ambassador Youssef

Major: Sociology

Minor: Inequality Studies in Health Equity

Hobbies and Interests: Some of the things I do around campus include Alpha Phi Omega, BSU, the 2Gen Scholars Program, and an on-campus job. I also play the flute in a quartet to keep my musicality in check. I'm also a First Generation Student Union mentor to help FLI students on campus feel more comfortable navigating Cornell. In my free time, I hang out with friends, listen to music, and explore new restaurants around Ithaca.

Why Cornell: Coming from California, I wanted to explore something new. Being surrounded by the warm sun, beaches, cities, and everything anyone can want, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. Ithaca's nature and Cornell's beautiful campus took my breath away and allowed me to explore a different side of myself. The tight-knit community and long-lasting friends I found here allowed me to grow in ways I never thought I could.

Yunyun Wang '21

 Ambassador Yunyun

Majors: Government, Biological Engineering

Hobbies and Interests: I enjoy using my engineering skills to maximize the time I spend in Zeus cafe, and listen to lots of NPR while sipping on iced chai. One of the most meaningful organizations I have been a part of here is Cornell University Bridges, a student-driven project team committed to building sustainable infrastructure in rural communities. In addition, I also serve on the University Hearing and Review Board and enjoy living out my SNL dreams by writing and performing in a sketch comedy group.

Why Cornell: My time here has truly been a formative experience. Not only did I venture out of a comfort zone I didn't realize I had, but Cornell's supportive learning community allowed me to combine my wide-ranging academic pursuits and gave me the courage to pursue a rather non-traditional career path. As a third year student, I still find myself learning more about this school everyday, whether it's a new campus eating spot or a niche club that I'll probably sign my net-id away to, and these small discoveries keep me charged up for my next find here at Cornell!

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