'Being able to help students has been extremely meaningful to me'

Andrew Salib

Neurobiology and Behavior
Orange County, Calif.

What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?

I have learned how to better have a scientific mindset. I learned how to be more versatile and open-minded when approaching problems. I learned how working collaboratively is extremely powerful. I learned to be more curious and how to apply what I have learned more critically in a real life setting.

What was your favorite class and why?

student at waterfall

My favorite class at Cornell was Mind and Machines. We learned about ethical considerations for AI and how information processing can relate to consciousness. It was a very philosophical class that really pushed me to think deeply about a cool topic I hadn't considered seriously before.

What is your main extracurricular activity and why is it important to you?

I love tutoring and TA'ing at Cornell. it has allowed me to meet so many interesting and passionate students. Being able to help and guide students here has been extremely meaningful to me and is one of my favorite things to do on campus. I also really enjoy working in my research lab where I get to learn more about the psychology and neurological basis of human attention and memory.

What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?

I'm very proud of my involvements on campus. This includes tutoring, advising and teaching other students at Cornell. In addition, working on experiments in my lab has been a very fun and insightful process. I have also been working on a project for two years with my biomedical engineering team.

Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most? How or why?

Learning from my peers and friends and seeing how hard they work to achieve their aspirations has really pushed me to make the most of my time at Cornell.

Every year, our faculty nominate graduating Arts & Sciences students to be featured as part of our Extraordinary Journeys series. Read more about the Class of 2021.

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