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Meet the Peer Advisors

We encourage you to find out more about your Peer Advisors and some guidance they offer first-year students.  If you are unsure about how to approach your Peer Advisor or what questions they might be able to help with, feel free to refer to the following list as a place to start the conversation!

  • What do you enjoy most about your major?
  • How did you decide to select your major?
  • Which classes have you liked the most in your major?
  • Did you have any major classes that you didn't like, but you still enjoy your major?
  • Which electives have you taken and why?
  • How did you decide which liberal studies courses to take?
  • Have you completed any internships, co-op, or research? How did you find the opportunity?
  • Are you involved with any project teams?
  • Do you know anyone who is involved with (fill in the blank)?
  • What are your plans after you graduate?
  • Where's the best place to study?
  • Do you have any study tips for a certain class or subject?

Here are the 2021-2022 College of Engineering Peer Advisors by major.

Biological Engineering

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There are no Biological Engineering Peer Advisors this year.

Biomedical Engineering

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Christian AbbadessaChristian Abbadessa (cra65)

Academic Advice? Use breaks as an effective way to reset your mind.

How did you decide on your major? I wanted to go into healthcare but did not have any interest in going to medical school.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Varsity Football.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Anna AshfordAnna Ashford (aka59)

Academic Advice? Don't worry too much about the results of one prelim! Remember, it's a marathon not a sprint.

How did you decide on your major? Taking the Intro to BME course made me sure that BME was the major for me! If you aren't sure of your major, talk to professors! They have great stories of how they got here and chose their majors/interests.


What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love going for runs by Cayuga Lake on a sunny day. The sunshine and breeze from the lake can cure any school worries you might have!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kaelyn GazaKaelyn Gaza (kgg39)

Academic Advice? Use time in-between/after classes and before dinner to do your work. If you wait, it is so much harder to start again. 

How did you decide on your major? I chose BME because it combined the classic engineering approach to problems with incredibly interesting biological/human applications and techniques. If you are unsure of your major I recommend the major information sessions and talking to upper class students in the major (ask your PAs if they know any!).

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am apart of Cornell Hunger Relief, which I absolutely love because it connected me with other people who truly care about volunteering and helping others. It also helped me better understand the surrounding Ithacan area.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Rachel HercekRachel Hercek (rmh285)

Academic Advice? Focus on time management because organization is the key to reducing stress and managing academic and other responsibilities. I suggest using a planner and marking all important deadlines that are given on the class syllabus!

How did you decide on your major? I chose Biomedical Engineering because of the application of engineering principles to important medical challenges. I believe BME directly impacts the public in a positive way by generating innovative solutions to difficult medical issues.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in Big Red Ambassadors, a club that organizes social events for prospective Cornell students. From this, I have benefitted in the meaningful connections I have made through the club and knowing that I have positively impacted a future Cornell student. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Clarice LimClarice Lim (cxl3)

Academic Advice? Find a study place that works for you. Some things to consider are sound, comfort, and accessibility. 

How did you decide on your major? I am deciding on my major by taking more in-depth classes that explore the career as well as the major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with the fencing team and it has helped me manage my time as well as let me work out stress during exam time.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ketaki LondheKetaki Londhe (kl465)

Academic Advice? Reach out to professors and TAs. Take advantage of office hours or even studying in academic buildings after class because TAs may hang around and answer questions.

How did you decide on your major? I love biology but I also wanted something where I can more easily innovate, in addition to theory, which is why biomedical has resounded with me. It has innovative approaches to biology and invention and discovery inform each other.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am apart of West Coast Swing. It's a great way to get some exercise, do something fun with friends, and get a good break from engineering.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Oluwatofunmi OlaoreOluwatofunmi Olaore (ooo26)

Academic Advice? Be open to going to tutoring, offices hours, and study sessions. They are very helpful and don't make it seem like that you are less smart than you are. 

How did you decide on your major? Because I intend to go to medical school and I liked a tissue engineering class I took over the summer I chose to study biomedical engineering with a pre-med track.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to read and draw so doing that in my free time is a great de-stressor while I am on campus.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Riya SinghRiya Singh (rs885)

Academic Advice? Time management is so important, but it is also so important to remember that college is not just about getting the best grades that you possible can. It is important to work hard, but there are so many opportunities that Cornell has to offer. 

How did you decide on your major? I chose BME because I wanted to combine my interests in medicine with a more hands on field such as engineering. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cornell Bhangra - South Asian Dance Team. Bhangra has taught me how to be confident in myself and has introduced me to so many different people across Cornell's campus. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Veronica VilaVeronica Vila (vbv5)

Academic Advice? Something that helped me a lot was finding a great group of friends in my same classes to go over homework and review for exams together. It really helped me manage my time and work with others better. 

How did you decide on your major? I've always been very interested in the medical devices and biotechnology fields so for me, BME was a no brainer and it had everything I could ever want to succeed in those fields. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am apart of Greek Life on campus and it has given me the opportunity to participate in community service and meet so many amazing women from all different schools and majors.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sarah WestSarah West (sew277)

Academic Advice? I've found that studying and doing homework outside my room has made me way more productive, reduced distractions, and helped me with my time management. Even if you think that you might work better in your room (like I used to), try giving libraries and other study spaces a try because you might be surprised. 

How did you decide on your major? I was lucky enough to have a pretty clear sense of my major before I even applied to Cornell. But if you are unsure my advice is to listen to other students and professors talk about their major. This solidified BME for me when I heard professors and students talk about their research and BME projects. I got really excited and always wanted to hear more, and I really didn't get that feeling when I heard about other majors. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in On Tap Dance Troupe which is a group that specifically practices and performs tap dance. This group[ is super fun, has introduced me to friends, given me leadership experience, and is an opportunity to do something creative and active. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Nayal ZaidiNayal Zaidi (nz62)

Academic Advice? Find friends to study with, studying is much easier when there's other people to rely on and motivate you!

How did you decide on your major? I have always been interested in Biology and Life Sciences, and found that I enjoyed Engineering through High School Robotics. I found out there was a major where you could combine both, and went with it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I served as a committee chair at Cornell's Chapter of the American Cancer Society, where I got to help organize our yearly Relay for Life event. Serving in ACS helped solidify my desire to research cancer in the future, and getting the opportunity to directly help families and researchers struggling with the disease was deeply and personally rewarding.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

Chemical Engineering

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Steve JiangSteve Jiang (sj346)

Academic Advice? The Cocktail Lounge is a great place to study. If you get a seat by the window, you compliment your studying with a great view of the sunset!

How did you decide on your major? Getting to hear from a few of the faculty from the CHEME department during my ENGRG 1050. Looking at the 4 year course plan for your intended major is also helpful.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Running helps me relieve stress. 

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Christopher KronlundChristopher Kronlund (cdk72)

Academic Advice? Find a good balance between academics and social life. Social life is very important but academics should be prioritized. But at the same time, social life is important to reduce stress and manage mental health with difficult classes. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Working out - besides keeping physical health I find it benefits me mentally much more. 

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Amy KruegerAmy Krueger (apk58)

Academic Advice? Keep a schedule of everything you need to get done in a week so you can spend more time on harder assignments and make time for office hours if needed. And also remember to include down time to watch TV or hang with friends!

How did you decide on your major? I knew I wanted to do CHEME when I graduated high school and taking CHEME classes solidified that. There are also so many career paths you can take with CHEME that interested me a lot. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am apart of the varsity gymnastics team at Cornell. Being apart of the team gives me a good outlet from academic stresses and I know my teammates and coaches are always there for me if I need them. They have truly become a second family for me here at Cornell. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Ailen LaoAilen Lao (al975)

Academic Advice? This is definitely easier said than done, but try to separate your academic life from your personal life. Schedule time to relax or hang out with friends otherwise the burnout can be real. As for study spaces I love the PSB cubbies and the big desks in the Architecture Library (both of which are close to North!).

How did you decide on your major? I took classes and tried extracurriculars in a few different areas, and that helped me decide that CHEME was the right major for me. I like how it combines many different disciples and has many applications. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? When I am stressed, I make little origami cranes and strawberries. (Which means I have a lot of little origami cranes and strawberries.) Jokes aside, it's a way to relax and get cute decorations at the same time. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Maggie MacNeelMaggie MacNeel (mam732)

Academic Advice? Always start working on assignments, at least a little, whenever you have spare time to make everything more manageable. 

How did you decide on your major? I've always enjoyed sciences, my favorite being chemistry. I also liked the more technical application of concepts so CHEME was a good fit. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Whenever I paint I lose track of time and forget about the stressful things. Also walking/hiking around Campus and Ithaca are great!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Brianna MorrisBrianna Morris (bpm75)

Academic Advice? Plan your work out at the beginning of the week and try to stick to it. Try not to procrastinate and do all your work at the end of the week. It will save you a lot of stress and give you more time to be with your friends. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided I was interested in Chemical Engineering before I came to college. It is a major that opens the door to so many different fields that I knew that I would be able to find a passion within the coursework.  

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a member of Cornell's club ski team and it is a fun way to meet knew people and get off campus everyone once in a while.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Kaleigh SoucyKaleigh Soucy (krs258)

Academic Advice? Create a master calendar (either on paper or online using something like Google Calendar) for the semester with exam dates, project/assignment due dates, important events, etc. This has helped me keep track of long term due dates on top of the normal weekly assignments and be better prepared when large assignments come along during the semester. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on Chemical Engineering because I love the intro class for the major and felt drawn to the material! The class made me realize I could see myself pursuing many of the possible career paths, like consumer products or pharmaceuticals, and I genuinely looked forward to the class on a weekly basis. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with the Pandora Dance Troup. Through Pandora I was able to make friends in many different majors that all shared my passion for dance. It's a great space for getting away from academic stressors and the group has given me a creative and social outlet on campus. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Dave TirtariyadiDave Tirtariyadi (dt393)

Academic Advice? Focus on finding work-life balance and building a system to manage your activities and priorities. 

How did you decide on your major? I am currently deciding between CHEME and ECE. My interest in CHEME stems from my interest in renewable energy and clean technologies. My interest in ECE started to really develop this past spring semester. I am currently doing research with the Abruna Group, which focuses on electrochemistry. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I was apart of the organizing committee of Splash! at Cornell. Other than being able to meet other people, being apart of Splash! helped me improve my organizational and communication skills. I got to experience a larger scale of event planning that I haven't really tried before. 

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Alexis VaranoAlexis Varano (av357)

Academic Advice? Don't leave things until the last minute. It's easy to underestimate how long something will take and it's better to have extra time than not enough. Also this way you can ask for help if you need it. 

How did you decide on your major? I had always liked chemistry and liked the problem solving aspect of engineering so affiliating with the Chemical Engineering program was an obvious choice for me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a very active person so going to the gym, running, or going on an Ithaca adventure with friends has really helped me to keep moving. It has helped me clear my mind when I am stressed. I never regret getting active and doing the things I love. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Emily YuehEmily Yueh (ey94)

Academic Advice? Don't be afraid to go to office hours because Professors and TAs want to help you. It allows you to ask clarifying questions but you can also make friends and study buddies in office hours! 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to major in CHEME because in high school, I was exposed to a lot of advanced chemistry classes and was even able to take an Intro to CHEME class which I really enjoyed. I like how the major allows me to explore different career fields. I want to go into the pharmaceutical or food industry so I knew choosing this major would be the right decision. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? APO! It helped me get to know more people from many different majors from across all the colleges and hold various leadership positions. 

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Civil Engineering

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Talia AugustTalia August (tra49)

Academic advice? Find a study group or study buddy, other students are such an amazing resource (and bonus friends!). 

How did you decide on your major? I really enjoyed my intro to engineering course and that definitely helped me decide civil was right for me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Art Beyond Cornell uses art to learn about the American carceral system. It has provided me with the opportunity to learn so much outside of Engineering and engage more broadly with social issues. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Emily KerstetterEmily Kerstetter (eck86)

Academic advice? Finding good places to study is a great way to get yourself on track when trying to study. Picking one or two favorite study places gives you a place to go when you need to get in the zone and helps separate study time from relaxing time. 

How did you decide on your major? I have always been interested in buildings and tangible products, so civil engineering was a natural draw. I took the Civil Engineering ENGRI in the fall and really enjoyed it. However, I am also keeping an open mind to the Independent Major as I explore my interests in larger-scale projects. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I play flute and participated in Cornell's Symphony Orchestra in the fall and Wind Symphony in the spring. Music is a creative outlet for me.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

Keying LaoKeying Lao (kl563)

Academic advice? My favorite place to study is the cubicle in the Physical Science Building, it is very quiet there and the cubicle helps me to concentrate. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to major in Civil Engineering because of how much it is related to sustainability (e.g. green buildings, transportation systems), which is an area I want to focus on in my future career.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in Epsilon Eta, a professional sustainability fraternity on-campus! I was able to meet others who are also interested in sustainability in the group. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

Divya MaheshwariDivya Maheshwari (dsm258)

Academic advice? There's so much more to Cornell than academics. Don't study more than you need to. Put your time and energy toward making friends and memories, because they matter just as much as the academics.  

How did you decide on your major? Growing up I liked the idea of architecture and loved math and physics. Civil engineering combines the two exactly how I wanted.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to rock climb at Bartels! I grew up in the Midwest, where there really isn't a climbing culture, but found that the people here are very welcoming. I've made some of my closest friends through climbing. It always challenges me, but is also really rewarding to see progress. It's a great stress reliever and I love that I can go with friends and make it a social activity or I can go by myself for some alone time.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Angela MeluginAngela Melugin (arm299)

Academic advice? Make an effort to find friends outside of engineering, whether through a club, residence hall, or otherwise! It can really help you feel more of a connection with people beyond having classes in common, and will make Cornell feel like a more cohesive community. 

How did you decide on your major? I came to Cornell pretty sure I would major in Civil Engineering, but that decision was really solidified by my project team. I met upperclassmen in my major that spoke highly of their classes and were excited to help all the freshmen interested. Once I took more of the core requirements for affiliation I knew I was interested. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am interested in thrift shopping and learning about sustainability within fashion, which has encouraged me to reach out to others in my organizations with similar interests and given me a new lens through which to explore Ithaca.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Adigun OlusolaAdigun Olusola (abo29)

Academic advice? Make sure to prioritize taking breaks, especially when feeling overwhelmed. This can involve removing yourself from a screen, going for a walk, or even watching part of a movie. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major based on the things I enjoyed doing in high school and the impact I wanted to have on the world. For me, my favorite subject was math, which led me to a STEM field, and I always wanted to help my community. 

 What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy working out. It provides a break away from Cornell academics and gives me the opportunity to stay physically fit. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Kevin ReyesKevin Reyes (kbr45)

Academic advice? Make sure you figure out how to prioritize and know what needs to be done immediately verses what can be pushed back. It will take some time but prioritizing done right will save you from some regretful situations. 

How did you decide on your major? I came to Cornell with some mentorship experience in Civil Engineering concentrations and was just really passionate about the problem solving involved and the collaborative nature of the field. 

 What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Hiking is something I've been trying to do more of because it's definitely helped me just get a mental cleanse throughout and after a semester. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Jing Jing WangJing Jing Wang (jw977)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to ask questions and take advantage of the resources Cornell provides. 

How did you decide on your major? I have always been interested in structural design. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in CUEmpower. It allowed me to make more connections and meet people of diverse backgrounds. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Zoe WeissbachZoe Weissbach (zrw5)

Academic advice? Don't doubt your intelligence. As long as you put forth genuine effort and go to office hours, when needed, you will do well! Don't be afraid to ask for help either - that's what TAs and professors are here for!

How did you decide on your major? I went into college with a fascination with skyscrapers. I always liked the idea of a management role but as I started taking more classes at Cornell, I realized I liked the technical aspect as well. Civil engineering allows me to learn those technical skills while also taking project management courses. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Getting to play with puppies every week is such an amazing part of Cornell for me, and I'm even raising my own dog this year! Dogs have always been sort of a stress relief for me, and being around these amazing pups is the best support I could ask for.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

Computer Science

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Simone GreenSimone Green (sfg63)

Academic advice? Cornell is full of unlimited and amazing resources - make time to explore and take advantage of them!

How did you decide on your major? I have always been interested in computers and saw myself pursuing a technical career. It wasn't until I looked into current events, research topics, and possible job options that I was able to identify where my passions lie. The best thing I did was align my interests and goals and from there I could decide on a major that allowed me to pursue them. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. Not only has the organization allowed me to connect with other students and build friendships, but it provides many opportunities to grow as a leader and serve the Cornell and Ithaca community. APO provides many ways to be involved and caters to a wide range of interests. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Lauren GreenhillLauren Greenhill (ljg227)

Academic advice? Find a study group - working together is always more fun. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on CS by taking both CS and ECE my first year at Cornell.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a member of the Outing Club. I have been able to go canoeing on Beebe Lake and hiking on the Finger Lakes Trail!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Emily HurEmily Hur (esh76)

Academic advice? My advice would be to find a place you like to study on campus as I think there are fewer distractions. 

How did you decide on your major? I actually switched majors quite a few times - I went from biomedical engineering, to mechanical, and finally CS. It all came down to taking different classes and joining a project team to figure out what I liked. It helped me think about my big picture goals and choose the best path to get there.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really enjoyed meeting people through my on-campus job at Goldie's and also joining a social sorority. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Megan JungMegan Jung (mj374)

Academic advice? It's easy to think you are not doing enough and end up getting burnt out pretty quickly. Don't forget it's ok to take a little breather. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on CS because I was really interested in cybersecurity. Technology is the future, but technological advancements will introduce new security issues. I realized through code and programming, I have a way to improve human life without wearing doctor attire. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to dance! I am in Loko, the k-pop and Korean hip-hop dance group. Being on this dance team has given me a chance to use my leadership skills and practice cooperation with many different people. Dancing is also a way that I express myself.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Skyler KrouseSkyler Krouse (smk362)

Academic advice? At the beginning of the semester write down all of your deadlines in a planner to keep track of them. College is busy and due dates can sneak up on you, so it's important to be organized!

How did you decide on your major? I knew I wanted to major in CS before I came to Cornell, and I chose CS because it involves a lot of problem solving and allows me to find new ways to create. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a member of the Big Red Marching Band, and it has benefited me be introducing me to a wide range of people. Through the band I was able to meet students from every college and make friends outside of my classes.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Changyuan LinChangyuan Lin (cl859)

Academic advice? Go to sleep early! I slept almost 8 hours every night last semester and have never felt better. Also, my grades went up a lot. 

How did you decide on your major? I chose CS because computing is the future and I have the potential to improve many lives with it. I've also had an interest in computers and video games since I was young. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy bicycling in my free time. Exercise is good and I get to explore the surrounding countryside outside of Cornell at my own pace. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Neha MalepatiNeha Malepati (nm458)

Academic advice? Have good work/life balance. Treating yourself to social gatherings and mental health breaks is so essential to gain motivation to study!

How did you decide on your major? I loved talking to other people who majored in CS and hear about their experiences, it allowed me to form new connections and broaden my perspective on different career paths in the major. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? South Asian Council - I've met so many wonderful people with similar cultural experiences, and being apart of an advocacy group allows me to contribute positively to Cornell's environment. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Anne OverholtAnne Overholt (eao56)

Academic advice? Studying in the engineering school is almost 100% doing practice problems, and definitely try to find how you work best. Don't worry if that's hanging out with friends in the Duffield coves or hiding in the library stacks. 

How did you decide on your major? I just really enjoyed computer science coming into college, and have known that is what I wanted to pursue for some time. But some good signs were spending extra time on CS assignments and enjoying doing the. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? The Big Red Marching Band. It's a huge community and we do lots of fun things. I love hanging out with people and playing music, it brings me so much joy.

Preferred pronouns? They, Them, Theirs.

 

Yesenia PeregrinaYesenia Peregrina (yp328)

Academic advice? Plan! Plan! Plan! Make sure you establish a schedule so that you you can be most productive.

How did you decide on your major? I took computer science my senior year of high school and fell in love with coding.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Alpha Phi Omega Gamma, introduced me to a community of people who love to serve their neighborhood. I also enjoy running around Beebe Lake to relieve stress. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Matthew QuinnMatthew Quinn (mtq6)

Academic advice? For me it helps to be ahead in all of your classes and not procrastinate too much. 

How did you decide on your major? I enjoyed all the classes I took in CS, and I knew I'd keep enjoying it after seeing some of the future I'd take in the major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Greek Life - the opportunities have benefited me to practice leadership.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Samuel ReveizSamuel Reveiz (sr724)

Academic advice? If you are really struggling to find motivation to finish something, set a timer for a period of time that seems reasonable. This will create an artificial deadline that may help you find some extra motivation to push towards finishing the assignment. 

How did you decide on your major? I came to Cornell thinking I was 100% set on CHEME. However, after taking a CS class and having to do CS work on my project team, I realized how much I liked it and wanted to keep learning more and more about it. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in skateboarding. It's a great way to blow off steam after a stressful day and is a really good way to meet new people and spend quality time with my friends. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Sean SanchezSean Sanchez (ss2778)

Academic advice? Make sure to manage your time properly, including time for self-care. 

How did you decide on your major? I took classes in my major thanks to how the engineering program works here and loved it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a Cornell Tradition member. It showed me the importance of giving back to the community, which is something I intend to keep on doing after I leave here. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Vinita SinhaVinita Sinha (vs339)

Academic advice? Make time to explore new clubs, project teams, or extracurricular groups - there's always something new to be found on campus.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on majoring in Computer Science as that was my favorite subject in high school. Beyond that, I absolutely loved CS 1110! It's my all time favorite CS class at Cornell. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I've been exploring Ithaca's natural surroundings and engage in more outdoor stuff. Getting out for more walks and hikes has helped me be more calm and centered. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Nina TangNina Tang (nt285)

Academic advice? If you are the most productive studying in a library, I recommend finding a friend to go with you regularly. It can be hard to leave your dorm and walk to the library at night in the winter, but having a friend go with makes the cold walk much better!

How did you decide on your major? I knew my major before coming to college, but for those still deciding, I recommend using the ENGRI class to explore.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like watching different things like sports, dramas, and variety shows. It helps me destress and takes my mind off school a little while.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kinya WangKinya Wang (qw92)

Academic advice? Have study groups and study buddies! But also remember to take time for rest. 

How did you decide on your major? Mainly because I took CS 1110 and had fun with that class.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? A Capella!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

 

Sophia XuSophia Xu (shx3)

Academic advice? Don't procrastinate! Study in the library as much as you can instead of in your dorm room. 

How did you decide on your major? I tried a multitude of classes to see what I was interested in. Currently, I'm still not 100% sure, but I've also realized that there is no need to stress too much about your major. Just follow your interests. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I go on walks every day. Cornell is great for daily walks. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Samantha ZhangSamantha Zhang (sjz46)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to go to office hours if you are struggling in your classes! Adjusting to college-level workload is challenging and course staff are here to help you when are confused. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to become a Computer Science major because of the applicability of this field opens the doors to so many different careers and opportunities. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Getting involved with clubs like WICC has granted me the opportunity to meet tons of people with diverse perspectives.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Veya ZhaoVeya Zhao (wz229)

Academic advice? Don't stress too much about taking the hardest classes and maximum credits, and if you are really struggling in a class, don't hesitate to e-mail the professor or even drop. 

How did you decide on your major? I had a pretty good rough idea in high school, and by taking more classes in my field of interest, I was really able to confirm the major I want to affiliate with.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Late movie nights with friends. I feel friends are extremely important when it comes to de-stressing and relaxing. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Henry ZhengHenry Zheng (hz265)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to attend office hours because they are usually super helpful! You can find other students there to work together on problem sets too.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on Computer Science after I took an Intro to CS  course in high school and then going on to take AP CS and post-AP courses. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I took the rock climbing PE this past semester and it was super fun to meet new people and boulder for the first time! It was also a great way to get some exercise in. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

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Luke GriffithsLuke Griffiths (lsg84)

Academic advice? Learning when to say no is the most important part of time management. Know when you do not have enough time or energy to take on another project, class, etc. 

How did you decide on your major? I've always been interested in ECE because it's a diverse field that explains how nearly all of the items we use work. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Making time to exercise 5 days a week helps keep stress to a manageable level. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Ariana HaghighiAriana Haghighi (ah677)

Academic advice? The importance of sleep, especially the night before an exam. Also, on a biological level, your brain makes fewer connections when stressed, so find something that decreases stress. Maybe that studying with friends, working out, or playing an instrument, but at all costs avoid cramming and procrastinating.

How did you decide on your major? When I came to Cornell I wasn't 100% sure what I wanted to do. During my freshmen year, I thought about my favorite parts about each of the general engineering classes I took. For example: I like physics 2 but hated physics 1 and chem. I love math and liked some coding. I also really enjoyed my ECE Intro to Engineering class which took a piece from all the classes I liked. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love yoga and taekwondo. It has benefited me because it helps me get out of my mind and focus deeply on my body and breath. This focus requires my brain to set aside academics. And I find it really fun.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Zi LiangZi Liang (zl348)

Academic Advice? Do not overstress; take a breath and relax.

How did you decide on your major? I am taking ECE classes to confirm my interest in ECE. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy baking and cooking. I'm also involved in IEEE and Cornell Emotion. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

 

Janeth ManyallaJaneth Manyalla (jim59)

Academic advice? As competent as you plan to be, sometimes you might not get the results you want but that is apart of the learning process that you will be grateful for. 

How did you decide on your major? I am exploring classes inside and outside of engineering that possibly connect with me and my interests.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Cru, which is a very welcoming Christian group of students from various denominations. Cru has connected me people who love God and passionately share teachings, discussions, and conversations on religious and non-religious ideas. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Jade PinkenburgJade Pinkenburg (jpp242)

Academic advice? Of course it's important to study and do well in school, but it's equally critical to maintain a healthy work-life balance so you don't burn out or lose focus. Make sure to set aside some time during the week to go have an adventure and make each day exciting. You only get four years here and they go by way too quickly, so be sure to make the most of it!

How did you decide on your major? During my freshmen year I switched my major twice because everything seemed super cool. At first I thought ECE wasn't too interesting because I didn't know much about it, but after taking some exciting classes, joining a project team, and working in a research lab, I found I really liked the hands-on focus of ECE and it's wide range of applications in fields such as robotics and biotechnology.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Marching band - it's a cool way to pick up a new instrument, meet new people, and finally do something that's not math.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Nia Reid-VicarsNia Reid-Vicars (nr346)

Academic advice? Try not to overwork yourself and take your time for each assignment. 

How did you decide on your major? I looked back on what disciplines I enjoyed the most and then chose the major that most aligned with that. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her Hers

 

 

Aparajito SahaAparajito Saha (as2537)

Academic advice? Start early on assignments - this may seem really easy, but it's a relief to have them done in advance instead of waiting until the very end. Once one piece of work is delayed, it inevitably slows down everything in the pipeline and leave you with no free time.

How did you decide on your major? I am an ECE and CS double major. I chose ECE when applying to Cornell simply because of the sheer diversity of courses Cornell offered in the major, especially in robotics which is my key area of interest. CS was a choice driven by my interest in algorithms and computer systems and I fell in love with it at Cornell.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I find that playing the guitar is a hobby I really look forward to outside of school. I've been playing for over five years, and I find it a welcome distraction from coursework, allowing me to exercise my creative side. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Amy WangAmy Wang (yw575)

Academic advice? Libraries are a great place to study. Dorms can be distracting and noisy, even if you have a single. Studying in a library allows you to be in an environment where everyone else is doing the same thing. This helped motivate me to not be distracted.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to pursue an ECE degree after taking some introductory ECE courses. These courses confirmed my interest and made me even more interested in the major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to draw and knit when I have time. It relaxes me and gives my brain a chance to think of non-STEM related things. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Maalini KrishnaMaalini Krishna (mk933)

Academic advice? Remember to use all the time you get wisely. Study more than you did in high school. Try to finish your work ahead of time. 

How did you decide on your major? I always loved learning about how the universe worked and I could do this by learning physics. However, I get to apply this knowledge through AEP!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am in the Big Red Marching Band. I've never learned the Western flute before and upperclassmen who are apart of the band teach me on weekends. I look forward to that. I've found so many friends by showing up to band rehearsals. It's a very welcoming community. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Nitya SharmaNitya Sharma (ns586)

Academic advice? Find what study methods work best for you, instead of feeling pressured by what other students are doing, or are claiming to have done. 

How did you decide on your major? I knew that I loved both Physics and Engineering, and was not ready to decide between an industry track and research/academia track. Since Engineering Physics kept both tracks open, it was an easy choice for me.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cornell Anjali: Bharatanatyam dance club. Being in this club benefited me because it helped me meet and befriend people who share my love of dance. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

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Jing-Shan HsuJing-Shan Hsu (jh2226)

Academic advice? I highly recommend using the Promodoro Technique when studying. For every 25 minutes of work/study completed you take 5 minutes off as a short break, and for every four 25 minute blocks take a longer rest to boost memory and performance. I also rely on the productivity app "Stay Focused" which restricts the usage of apps and websites based on conditions defined by me. This is beneficial for those who get easily distracted. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major primarily based on passion, with a good amount of research on the pay and career paths. By taking ENGRI 1130 and my involvement in the AguaClara project team I was able to identify my passion for environmental engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in a KPOP dance team called E.Motion, where we cover KPOP group choreography. I enjoy KPOP and found dancing to be very beneficial because it lets my brain and body take a break from studying all day long. It also created a friendly enjoyable environment to make friends and hang out together.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Caleb Julian-KwongCaleb Julian-Kwong (cmj66)

Academic advice? Take the time to go on fun little adventures and really put yourself out there since that is what college is all about. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to be an environmental engineering major because I want to feel like what I am doing with my life has purpose. With environmental engineering I feel like work will help so many people while also combining other things that I enjoy such as creation, innovation, and problem solving. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really like working out because it helps me feel productive, relaxed, and physically fit. Staying in shape has always been something important to me and it's important in college as many people no longer play sports like they did in high school. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Demola OgunnaikeDemola Ogunnaike (dko22)

Academic advice? Give yourself time to adjust to Cornell! You deserve to be here, but Cornell Engineering is difficult and it's perfectly fine if you are not doing well at the start. Don't be afraid to ask for help and utilize academic resources!

How did you decide on your major? I am interested in renewable energy so I considered mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and environmental engineering. I ultimately chose environmental engineering because I believed most of the courses aligned with my interests and I liked the flexibility within the major. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Disrupt the System, a new ideathon (non-coding hackathon) at Cornell. I learned a lot about event planning/organization, ways in which I can help address social injustice, and connected with some great people!

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

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Zilu LiZilu Li (zl327)

How did you decide on your major? I really enjoyed the info classes I've taken and I plan on exploring the field through internship, project, or research experience to fully decide. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like music very much and would like to start a band at Cornell. I also enjoy dancing and swimming very much.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

 

Hanna TormeyHanna Tormey (hat33)

Academic Advice? Make sure you come in with good mental health and have some developed coping skills. The work can be difficult, but having the right mindset can make all the difference. 

How did you decide on your major? I chose ISST because of its interdisciplinary nature. Studying ISST gives you a lot of breadth that makes a lot of career and post-grad paths possible. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to read. Reading fun books is an escape for me when I need to take a break from academics. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Miriam CanterMiriam Canter (mec353)

Academic advice? If your class uses a textbook, try and at least to keep up with the relevant readings, if not also take notes. Professors do their best but sometimes having an alternative way to explain a concept , or simply more information is a game changer. 

How did you decide on your major? I knew that I liked Chemistry and Physics equally and tried looking for fields that incorporated both.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved heavily with Cornell Concert Commission. CCC has been a great way for me to meet people with similar interests as mine (aka music!!). 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Julia ChangJulia Chang (jc2773)

Academic advice? Stay active in pursuing new opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, through student organizations, Project Team Fest, and branching out to new people. Also, be sure to stay on top of deadlines and tasks; the desktop app Notion is also great for time management. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on MSE based on past internship experience in semiconductor materials in a molecular beam epitaxy research laboratory. I also conduct materials research for my Project Team, Cornell University Solar Boat. I will be starting a research position with Professor Musser in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology department in light-matter and organic semiconductors. These experiences piqued my interests in materials science. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in the Cornell Club of Taiwan, which aims to share Taiwanese culture with the Cornell community as well as offer professional development and social engagement for our members. This organization has brought me closer to my Taiwanese roots and made me feel at home coming from an international high school. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Bradley MorrellBradley Morrell (bwm54)

Academic advice? Find people you want to study with in your classes, it makes it a lot more enjoyable because you are going to be doing a lot of work and doing work alone will burn you out a lot faster. I also recommend trying the side lounges in Upson Hall. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major because of different projects I completed during high school that I enjoyed as well as the research I am currently involved with.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Track and Field has really benefitted me because it allows me to focus on something that is not academic which I find is really important to do for mental health throughout the semester. Event though the start might not seem horrible you want balance time because it becomes intensive throughout the semester. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Dana ProkopDana Prokop (dnp43)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid of getting a bad grade on an assignment or test. Use it to learn from your mistakes. Seeing a poor grade can be very discouraging but it is better used as motivation to do well on the next one. 

How did you decide on your major? I was initially planning on majoring with Chemical Engineering. I then discovered Materials Science and realized that it was closer to what I was looking for and involved topics that interested me more. I really enjoy chemistry and found that Materials Science included more ways for me to expand on my learning in that field and similar ones. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy playing intramural volleyball, both indoor and beach. It's a great way to not only spend your time with your friends, but also get some exercise too. I played volleyball in high school and IM gave me an opportunity to keep playing in a casual way. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Molly StephensonMolly Stephenson (mjs689)

Academic advice? Use a planner and write down every assignment you have to do. Sometimes there are a lot of little assignments that are easy to forget and not every professor will put their assignments in the same place. 

How did you decide on your major? I really enjoy chemistry and MSE was the major that fit most with my enjoyment of chemistry and application. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I always make some time to relax and take a few minutes at the end of the day to not think about work. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Alison CandyAlison Candy (aec242)

Academic advice? Figure out a study schedule and academic routines that work for you. It's easy to look at what other people are doing and feel like you should be doing the same thing, but everyone learns differently, so don't be afraid to do what works best for you. 

How did you decide on your major? Mechanical engineering is incredibly broad, so that I knew it would give me a variety of industries to choose to work in after I graduate. I'm also interested in athletics and human movement, so I find the applications of mechanical engineering in medical device design and biomechanics research super cool. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to stay active so I joined the club swim team at Cornell. I also love to go to the gym, or for a walk or run outside in Ithaca, which is so beautiful, 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Evelyn ChiuEvelyn Chiu (ewc55) 

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to approach professors and use tutoring services to succeed in your classes!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on mechanical engineering based on some research I had done in high school, and joining my project team definitely solidified my decision. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I play a lot of golf, it encourages me to go outside and be active.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Michelle deSouzaMichelle deSouza (md722)

Academic advice? Take advantage of the academic support resources! Things like office hours, AEWs, the LSC, are all there for a reason: they really do help. 

How did you decide on your major? Mechanical engineering is incredibly broad and helps you build a skillset for almost any field. (I have a friend who is analyzing earthquakes for a geology department!). I was also able to explore cross-disciplinary applications, and now my major helps bridge my interests in biomedical and electrical engineering. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Apla Phi Omega Service Fraternity. I've found it's a great way to do something meaningful and get out of the school mindset. Tons of great people (including many engineers), and I've made several close friends that I wouldn't have otherwise. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Chelsea FrischChelsea Frisch (caf238)

Academic advice? Believe in yourself. You are here for a reason, and even if college feels very different from what you are used to, you belong here. It is completely ok if it takes time to adjust!

How did you decide on your major? I initially intended to study biomedical engineering. However, I eventually switched to mechanical engineering because I was interested in biomechanics. I knew that the mechanical side of engineering interested me, but I did not know what field I was interested in specifically. Mechanical engineering is very broad and allows me to explore various fields through the many classes and electives.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Alpha Phi Omega (a service fraternity).

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Phoebe HartPhoebe Hart (pch68)

Academic advice? Go to office hours! Do it! I was too nervous to go in and ask for help in my first semester, but once I started paying good attention to the questions I had in class and actually asked them, my academic experience was totally transformed. Having a good way to work with other people and get your questions answered is so important. 

How did you decide on your major? My Project Team! I joined Cornell Baha Racing my freshmen fall, and through different projects on the team, I got experience how mechanical engineering works in a more real-world setting. By just digging into the work and trying all different kinds of things, I found out that I loved designing parts, integrating systems, making things move - all of it.  

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I've tried out as many low-commitment activities as I can, just for fun. There's so much to experience at Cornell, so I try to fill my spare time with clubs and activities that I think just sound like fun. With so much going on with engineering academics and projects, taking advantage of all the clubs and resources that Cornell has to offer without over-commitment is a great way to unwind, make friends in new circles, and feel well-rounded. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Adele KingAdele Kong (ak2333)

Academic advice? Make sure you study, but also budget enough time for rest. Burnout's a real phenomenon, and it's important to take care of your mental health.  

How did you decide on your major? I knew I wanted to do some sort of engineering, so I chose mechanical which covers a little bit of everything. With this major, I am able to specialize in something while also exploring beyond my field. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Playing ultimate frisbee with the Roses has helped me improve myself and stay healthy throughout college. It's a great study break, a supportive growth-oriented environment, and a fantastic way to stay in shape. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Charlotte LeeCharlotte Lee (cyl53)

Academic advice? Make time for yourself - prioritize sleep, heathy eating habits, and exercise that you enjoy. College is so much more than getting good grades. It's about growing into a functional adult, so don't form bad habits now!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on mechanical engineering because I loved the hand-on aspect of MAE. I also loved the flexibility within MAE to be able to concentrate on different topics, like biomechanics or sustainable energy. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I played intramural soccer in my freshmen fall and winter, which allowed me to make friends right away and gave me a fun way to exercise/get away from coursework.  

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Nicholas NatsoulasNicholas Natsoulas (nrn22)

Academic advice? My advise is to study outside your dorm room with other students and form study groups for the particularly challenging classes. A fun place to do this as an engineer would be the group study tables in the alcoves in Duffield Hall.

How did you decide on your major? I am deciding on my major by seeing how I like my experience with MechE research, my project team, and upper level elective classes specific to MechE. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with the music club at Cornell. It's the CUMEME, Cornell U. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music ensemble. It has benefitted me by giving me the chance to enjoy playing Mediterranean music whereas as entering Cornell, I didn't have a high hope of continuing.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

L.M. NawrockiL.M. Nawrocki (lmn68)

Academic advice? The stacks in Uris are a great place to study if you like somewhere quiet and secluded.  

How did you decide on your major? I've always been interested in the design of physical objects, so it was an easy choice for me. This choice was strengthened by taking and enjoying the ENGRD classes in Mechanical engineering. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with HAVEN, which is a great place to make friends and to get to know people outside of engineering. 

Preferred pronouns? They, Them, Theirs. 

 

Ning Ting NiNing Ting Ni (nn255)

Academic advice? I know it is scary but reach out to others! Engineering is super collaborative and having a peer, professor, and/or advisor who understands your struggles can really help.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major by taking classes for the major. Also, I talked to other students and learned about their experiences so I knew what to expect from the major. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am very involved with Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity. APO has allowed me to give back to Cornell as well as the greater Ithaca community and has helped me create bonds with people who are as passionate about service as I am. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ashley PatonAshley Paton (aep85)

Academic advice? Mental health is always more important than your grades. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on MECHE because I really enjoyed physics in high school and I found that MECHE was a good way to apply my physics knowledge. I also realized I enjoyed the hands on aspects of physics provided by mechanical engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the club ski team. I think it has benefitted me because going to the mountain gives me a way to take a break from school work and get off campus.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sophia PerisSophia Peris (srp257)

Academic advice? Write things down! I know it can be tempting to try to remember everything or bear in mind that due dates can be found online, but it's super helpful to have either a physical planner or calendar or note somewhere on your computer to help you organize your to-do list. 

How did you decide on your major? After taking Intro to Mechanical Engineering (ENGRI 1170), I knew that Mechanical Engineering was the major for me. The breadth of the topics it covers allows me to learn about a variety of fields and eventually find and concentrate more on the one I am most interested in. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am currently serving as the President of the Cornell Big Red Ambassadors. I have learned a lot from my time in this organization especially pertaining to leadership and organization, since we are one of the few student faces that prospective students see when they are interacting with Cornell before, during, and after their application cycle. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sunaya ReddySunaya Reddy (sr736)

Academic advice? Study with friends! Most professors encourage collaboration on homework and it's a great way to learn more from people going through the same thing as you and also build a network that can last through your academic career. 

How did you decide on your major? I always liked fixing things around my house and knowing the inner workings of small mechanisms. In high school, I got the opportunity to take some intro engineering courses and I loved hands-on build work. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am in the Big Red Marching Band and it has been so much fun! I have made so many genuine friends and built a network of older MechEs who I have been able to talk to about their experiences in Cornell Engineering. I have also been able to hold some leadership positions, Fundraising Chair and Treasurer, that have allowed me to help the band in influential ways.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Jimmy RingsbyJimmy Ringsby (jwr247)

Academic advice? Don't study in your room! Get out of the dorms and go to a library, the lounge, or another place/setting where you can work well. Even just being in an environment with other people can be much more enjoyable experience. 

How did you decide on your major? There's no need to rush finding your major. I always knew that I wanted to do engineering but initially planned on civil. After taking my ENGRI, I decided that mechanical fit my interests better. Give it some time, talk to your peers/older classmates, take some classes, and you'll most likely be set on a specific major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I was in a few clubs freshmen year that were nice breaks from studying. I was (loosely) involved in Cornell running club and was able to mingle with a few people that way. Joining clubs with low commitment is a great way to meet people and solidify friendships. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Millie SchwartzMillie Schwartz (mrs436)

Academic advice? Start studying early. Three days before an exam isn't early anymore. 

How did you decide on your major? I'm in mechanical engineering because I want to gain a degree I can apply to the space industry.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I write for CU Nooz. It's great to have a place where you can be funny in a no pressure environment. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Julianna SiefertJulianna Seifert (js2783)

Academic advice? Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Take advantage of office hours! It's also helpful to find a group of students you can either work on assignments with or reach out to as questions come up! 

How did you decide on your major? I was originally interested in biology and medicine, but I didn't want to limit myself. Mechanical engineering so broad, so I felt like I could explore my interests as well as learn new applications. I love learning concept that I can apply to hands-on projects to see tangible results. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I play trumpet which is a nice way to take my mind off work/school and put my energy into something enjoyable and calming.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Madeline ZackeoMadeline Zackeo (mtz25)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to go to office hours! Though it can seem a little intimidating at first, the course staff in your classes really want to help you succeed. Attending can help improve your overall understanding and increase the pace  in which you are able to complete problem sets. Going to my TAs office hours once a week in my hardest class greatly helped me start out on the right track. Often times listening to the questions of others even if you don't have specific questions yourself is helpful. 

How did you decide on your major? I came to Cornell knowing that I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. I have always been fascinated by machines. Participating heavily in robotics in high school solidified my interest in mechanical engineering and the intersection between creativity and the physical world which it represents. I am studying what I feel I can use my skills and interests to make the greatest impact on the world. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I have always loved running and find that making the time at the end of a long day of classes to take a run allows me to reset and clear my head. Exercise is often a great way to manage stress and there are a wealth of lovely trails both on campus and in the surrounding area that are great for runners and walkers. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Hannah ZolockHannah Zolock (hez8)

Academic advice? Take advantage of outdoor space, walking or sitting outside is a great way to clear your head. 

How did you decide on your major? I am currently deciding to pursue MechE because I enjoy building and learning how things work. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy reading (outside of class requirements) which benefits me because it allows me to spend a short amount time focused on something else, helping to manage stress I have about school. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Julia AllenJulia Allen (jra264)

Academic advice? Find study spots that aren't in your dorm! There are so many great libraries and other great study spaces, find one that works for you. I personally love Mann Library. 

How did you decide on your major? I was interested in the types of subjects that ORIE majors studied when I started school, but my ENGRI in ORIE my first semester really reaffirmed that. That class was so interesting that I knew this was the major for me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am in Model UN - in addition to giving me great friends, it's also nice to have a break from engineering work, and it's improved my communication skills so much. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Zachary CroenZachary Croen (zgc4)

Academic advice? Time management is huge especially on the weekends.

How did you decide on your major? Taking a variety of classes during the first 3 semesters.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Going to the gym.

 Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

 

Abby DruckerAbby Drucker (ald95)

Academic advice? Don't forget to give yourself a break. There's only so much you can internalize at a time and to make sure the academic rigor of your courses doesn't take over your mental health, don't be afraid to have fun!

How did you decide on your major? I went for areas I found interesting. I knew I like math, business, and people so ORIE seemed to encompass all those fields. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Greek life! It has given me a support system and environment outside of engineering, opened me up to events and discussions that I normally would not be apart of , and is an outlet to help re-center myself. Not to mention meeting so many amazing people and giving me the chance to be a leader for now 2 years!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Samantha KleinSamantha Klein (slk247)

Academic advice? Explore all of the buildings on campus -- you will find some really random but great study places that many people do not know about. Some of my favorites are the ORIE undergraduate lounge in Rhodes, Clark Hall, Weill Hall, and the eLab!

How did you decide on your major? ORIE was a major that I had never heard of before entering Cornell. I learned about it during Orientation Week, After learning about the curriculum and the research being conducted in the department, I decided that ORIE was the major for me because it is so relevant to modern life and I love efficiency. Beyond interesting courses and great faculty, I also love the flexibility that being an ORIE major provides in terms of career goals.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with TAMID on campus. TAMID is a consulting group and investment fund that focuses on startups in Israel. This club has greatly benefitted me because it has exposed me to principles of finance and has allowed me to learn more outside of my classes. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Lily KosnikLily Kosnik (lk442)

Academic advice? Use the first couple of weeks to find a study schedule that works for you. Try different tools, different places, different times because it took me almost a semester to do that and find something that was most advantageous for me. 

How did you decide on your major? I took an ENGRI course in ORIE (1101) and loved it so I decided to pursue the major. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am in Cornell Tech Consulting which has allowed me to use what I have learned at Cornell and apply it to a more pre-professional setting. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Yichen MaYichen "May" Ma (ym287)

Academic advice? Check out Engineering Tutoring! A great way to improve your grades and get to know upperclassmen. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to pursue a major in ORIE because I am interested in going into the field of finance. ORIE is the undergraduate preparation major of financial engineering master degree.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really love distance running and really go into skateboarding. It is a good way to destress and stop my mind from worrying. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Margaret QuirkMargaret Quirk (mrq7)

Academic advice? Join clubs freshmen year - it's a great way to get to know people especially those you might not meet in your classes. 

How did you decide on your major? I took ENGRI 1101 during my freshmen fall and I love it! It really solidified my decision to major in ORIE.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm involved in the rowing and ski clubs which were both a great way to meet people and take a break from studying. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Samantha ReimSamantha Reim (slr248)

Academic advice? I think something that is really important is to get a planner (or something similar) so that you can write down everything you need to do in the short and long term. 

How did you decide on your major? I knew I wanted to do ORIE because of my ENGRI was very interesting to me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Intramural sports with all my friends is great way to exercise and let loose!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kate SawinKate Sawin (khs72)

Academic advice? Always over estimate the time that you think it will take you to compete an assignment or study for a test - a short looking problem set will probably take more time than you anticipate. 

How did you decide on your major? I was searching for the intersection of engineering, technology, and business and ORIE seemed like the perfect feet. This decision was further solidified after taking the ENGRI 1101 class!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? A social sorority has allowed me to meet and connect with people outside of my intended major, with interests very different than mine. I've also already had the opportunity to take on a leadership role within that and explore my academic interest in finance through serving as my chapter's VP-Finance. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Deniz TerkantDeniz Terkant (dt379)

Academic advice? Explore everything Cornell has to offer students! I went to Club Fest and signed up for every mailing list I found interesting. As a freshmen, I met many of my friends through different organizations around campus and recommend it 100%.

How did you decide on your major? Coming into Cornell I knew I wanted to be an engineer but was not sure if I wanted to study ORIE, ISST, or BME as they were all fields that I felt passionate about. I decided to take Intro to Operations Research (ENGRI 1101) freshmen first semester. I ended up loving everything I learned in that class, met some of my closest friends who are also studying ORIE, and knew it was the right fit. I decided to combine my interest in ORIE and ISST by pursuing an ORIE major with an ISST minor. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? As someone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen, coming up with concoctions, I joined the Culinary Team on the Creme de Cornell magazine my junior year. Through this, I was able share my favorite recipes both on their social media and "Pop" magazine. I always love meeting people outside of my major and being involved with Creme allowed me to do this. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Ariana WardenAriana Warden (ahw74)

Academic advice? One piece of advice is to not be afraid to try a bunch of different classes at the beginning of the semester because some of my favorite classes I have taken are classes that I was not sure about initially but sat in on a few lectures and ended up loving them. 

How did you decide on your major? I initially came to Cornell as a CS major in CAS. However, I took ENGRI 1101 (which is the ENGRI for ORIE) my freshmen fall semester, and I loved the material so much that I decided I wanted to major in ORIE. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am apart of DEBUT (Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Team). While BME is a very different major than ORIE it has given me the opportunity to learn about other engineering disciplines and meet people from all across the College of Engineering. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.