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College of Arts and Sciences

Kyla Chasalow

Class of 2020

 Kyla Chasalow

Hometown: Pennington, NJ

What is your College Scholar project?
I am studying the history and sociology of statistics and data collection, particularly questions of human data; quantification, record-keeping, and surveillance; data ethics; and the social role of statistical knowledge. I plan to double major in College Scholar and Statistical Science.

What are your most important extra-curricular activities?
I enjoy horse riding with Cornell’s Western Equestrian and Dressage Teams, and when I am home from Cornell, I continue to help with the therapeutic horse-riding program that I have worked in since 2012. I am also a dog-walker – animals are my break from the pressures of academic life. At Cornell, I also write news for The Cornell Daily Sun, have participated in various campaigns with Amnesty International at Cornell, and enjoy attending Cornell International Affairs Society discussions.

Talk about any summer internships or programs you’ve attended?
I spent the past summer working at a horse stable while learning more about psychology, history, and other interests via a summer course at a local college and study on my own. For summer 2018, I am considering various possibilities that involve my college scholar interests.

What do you dream of doing after graduation?
I am undecided about my post-graduation path, but I do know that I will want to keep learning and that I hope to live abroad. I sometimes dream of teaching and being a professor, but a professor of what? statistics? sociology? science and technology? writing? All of them combined somehow? Graduate school seems likely. At the same time, I am intrigued by data journalism and by the idea of analyzing data to improve government policy or aid in investigations. Maybe that will be my direction. There be uncertainty ahead.