'The Latina/o Studies Program was my biggest support system'

Tomás Daniel Chávez Reuning

Literatures in English
Miami, Fla.

Why did you choose Cornell?

Cornell was my dream school. Although I was originally an animal science major, I really appreciated how well-rounded it was as an institution. In particular, I really admired our Literatures in English department, which I eventually ended up transferring into.

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

Serving as the first openly trans LGBTQIA+ Representative on the Student Assembly has given me the opportunity to advocate for queer, trans, URM, and first-gen students on a large scale, as well as connected me with students, faculty and staff across the university.

What Cornell memory do you treasure the most?

student with dog

Working at the Louie's Lunch truck. While working 20-25 hours a week during the semester has been extremely difficult, I genuinely enjoy having the opportunity to interact with people during late night shifts while jamming to music and making orders. Some of the best times I've had at Cornell were in that truck. 

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

As a result of my efforts, as well as the help of countless students, faculty, and staff, the Latina/o Studies Program will soon be offering a major, in addition to the minor.

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

The Latina/o Studies Program was my biggest support system throughout my time at Cornell. I am truly grateful to everyone on the 4th floor of Rockefeller, as well as every LSP professor I had the honor of learning from. I would not be the student or person I am today without them.

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