Jennifer Fischell

Class of 2013

Hometown: Fair Haven, N.J.

What was your College Scholar project?
I wrote my senior honors thesis on puns in English and Mandarin—including tackling issues of linguistic understanding, classification, and translation.  I also investigated cultural influences on wordplay.  My undergraduate courses (and resulting majors) in Linguistics and Asian Studies played key roles in shaping my research.  The title of my honors thesis was "Pacific Rimshots: Analyzing, Appreciating, and Translating Puns Overseas."  

What are you doing now?
I am currently a law student at the University of Michigan, and will graduate in 2016.

How do you think your experience as a College Scholar has shaped your life or your career? Are there ways that you have applied the skills/knowledge/life lessons you learned as a College Scholar throughout your life?
The College Scholar program permitted me to spend much of my time at Cornell studying Mandarin, which was crucial to my thesis—and was one of the best experiences I had as an undergraduate.  I learned to love interdisciplinary thinking, and to appreciate the creativity of my peers.