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Meet the Peer Advisors

While you may already know your Peer Advisor at this point, we encourage you to find out more about them 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?

The 2020-2021 Peer Advisors will be updated in late August.

Find out more information about your 2019-2020 College of Engineering Peer Advisors (by major)

Biological Engineering

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Anuj BaskotaAnuj Baskota (ab2297)

Academic Advice? Make use of the office hours even though they might not seem important at first.

How did you decide on your major? Tried out different classes and talked to professors. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? International Students Admission Ambassador. I made bunch of friends interested in the same thing as I am.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, him, his.

Biomedical Engineering

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Haley AntoineHaley Antoine (hla37)

Academic Advice? Make time to explore Ithaca! There are great trails to walk and great restaurants to eat at!

How did you decide on your major? I chose to major in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell because I really liked math, biology, and robotics in high school. As I grew to learn more about the major during sophomore year, I came to realize that Biomedical Engineering was so much more than a combination of those things. I had always been interested in the health care field but what really drew me into BME was the opportunity to use engineering to advance human health. Whether it be an innovation within diagnosing, treating, regenerating, or preventing, I have the privilege to directly impact the lives of others by being a biomedical engineering major, and that's what keeps me motivated in the day-to-day.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I have mentored the Ithaca High School Robotics team for the last three years and it has been super awesome! I have learned so much from the students and have loved engaging with the next generation of innovators in STEM.

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

Alexandria CalderAlexandria Calder (anc66)

Academic Advice? Don't be afraid or ashamed to ask for help -whether it be from your classmates or TAs or professors or advisors or academic services.

How did you decide on your major? I have an interest in medicine. I decided on the biomedical engineering program as I believed that it would give me a solid foundation on how to think about and approach novel problems, on why biological systems operate the way they do, on what methods are currently used to improve human health, and on where new scientific discoveries could be applied in creating medical devices and therapies.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? One non-engineering activity I am involved in is the Empathy Assistance and Referral Service (EARS). From the training program, I believe that I became a better communicator and more emotionally aware. From the organization itself, I found a community of amazing and supportive individuals who also understand the importance of promoting mental health and wellbeing.

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

Alexa ColincoAlexa Colinco (ac932)

Academic Advice? Cornell Engineering is a very different environment than high school. Be prepared to struggle academically and in other ways you haven't before. Understand how you learn and study and learn in ways that are best for you. I personally like to study in different places around campus throughout the week so I don't feel trapped in one location. Other people work best with a set schedule and routine.

How did you decide on your major? In addition to majoring in Biomedical Engineering (BME), I'm also pre-med. Medicine and the application of medicine is what originally enticed me to choose BME. Additionally, I really crave interdisciplinary work, and BME combines all the other engineering disciplines and applies them to the human body.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a part of Cru, a Christian fellowship on campus. In addition to leading a bible study (called community groups), I also coordinate community service events for Cru. Cru has allowed me to live out my purpose in life, and I've met amazing and loving people in Cru who have supported me through the most difficult periods of my life so far. I've grown in my capacity to love others, have created long-lasting deep friendships, and was able to discover my love for mentoring others. College and pursuing an engineering degree can be very lonely and isolating. Finding a supportive community that continuously reminds you that your worth is not in your grades is incredibly important.

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

Naseem DabiranNaseem Dabiran (nd378)

Academic Advice? My favorite place to study is in the small spaces in Upson Hall. It is much quieter than in Duffield, but still close enough to Mattins for a quick snack/coffee. 

How did you decide on your major? I enjoyed being in my high school's Robotics Club and was toying with the idea of being premed. I basically combined both of my likes and ended up at Biomedical Engineering. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, has been a wonderful way to make friends freshman year, as well as it is a great way to learn at the Cornell campus and Ithaca when you volunteer.

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

 

Kaelyn GazaKaelyn Gaza (kgg39)

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

How did you decide on your major? I am planning to choose BME because it fits my career goals and seems very interesting. If you are unsure of what major to choose, I would recommend using the major info sessions to learn more about the majors you might be interested in and what they claim to focus on, and then, meet with upperclassmen in those majors (ask your PA's if they know any!) to see how they feel about it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a part of Cornell Hunger Relief (CHR), which I absolutely love because it connected me with other people who truly care about making a difference in the lives of others. With it, I got to meet some lovely people and also explore and better understanding the surrounding Ithacan area. 

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

Chemical Engineering

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Apoorva AgarwalApoorva Agarwal (aa992)

Academic Advice? Don't stress over one bad grade. It's very easy to get caught up in one bad test score but in the grand scheme of things, it's not significant. Just keep trying your best and don't get discouraged. 

How did you decide on your major? I took the intro class for that major and talked to several upperclassmen about different aspects of it (classes, professors, career potential).

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in Social Business Consulting (SBC) and it has allowed me to make new friends outside of engineering and work on my professional development skills. 

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

Sabrina Chen Sabrina Chen (ssc252)

Academic Advice? Find places with windows to study during the day! I personally frequent the Sage Hall atrium, PSB, and anywhere outdoors if the weather is right.

How did you decide on your major? I knew I loved chemistry, and after looking through the research profiles of several professors, I found that the projects which excited me most were housed in the chemical engineering department.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cornell Symphony Orchestra has been a second home for me since my freshman fall. Playing my instrument is consistently a great break from the stress of studying, and the people I have met in the group have become a second family.

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

Emily CostelloEmily Costello (ecc224)

Academic Advice? Make sure you keep track of due dates and test days.  I like writing everything down in a planner so I can see when I will have a busy week and I can plan when I will get my work done.

How did you decide on your major? I took the Introduction to Chemical Engineering course my first semester and really enjoyed the topics I learned which helped me decide on my major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with the Cornell Club Swim Team. The team has given me the opportunity to meet people outside of classes and is a fun way to take a break from studying and hang out with friends.

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

Deniz ErkanDeniz Erkan (nde26)

Academic Advice? After graduating high school where you passed all your classes with flying colors you might feel like a small fish in a great big pond once you reach Cornell. My advice would be: DO NOT FEAR. Every single one of you is capable of doing great things in here and beyond. Study hard and have faith that it will all be okay. 

How did you decide on your major? I knew I wanted to be Chemical Engineer before coming to Cornell. I decided on it by looking at research groups and projects that interested me as I was applying to colleges, and most of the stuff that excited me were done by ChemE professors! So here I am!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love cooking and coming up with recipes. It is definitely one of my biggest passions since it always allows me to be creative. Whenever I feel stuck in a problem set or something, I find myself in the kitchen creating new combinations and taking my mind off of things.

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

 

Catherine GureckyCatherine Gurecky (ceg226)

Academic Advice? Never be afraid to ask for help; learning to articulate what you don't know is a great first step to figuring it out. Office hours are one of the best resources for when you're stuck on a problem set...professors and TA's are eager to help!

How did you decide on your major? In high school, I knew that I wanted to combine my love of math and chemistry to help people by solving complex problems. ChemE, with its broad applications from consumer products to pharmaceuticals to petroleum processing, was a relatively obvious choice. Early sophomore year, when I described a distillation column as "elegant" in casual conversation, I was confident that ChemE was the right major for me!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to hike and explore Ithaca outside of Cornell. Cornell is surrounded by tons of breathtaking waterfalls and is only a short drive to the Ithaca farmer's market. Gathering a group of friends and taking a break to explore the outdoors is one of the most relaxing things I've found at Cornell and is a great reminder that there's more to college than academics.

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

Eduardo HernandezEduardo Hernandez (esh67)

Academic Advice? When setting your daily schedule: sleep more than you study, study more than you have fun, and have as much fun as possible.

How did you decide on your major? I decided based on the classes I was interested in and the career path I plan on taking.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Rugby- gave me a fun way to burn energy. Social fraternity- gave me things to do during weekends and a positive support system.

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

Feifei HuFeifei Hu (ffh22)

Academic Advice? Figure out what type of studying conditions (type of lighting, noise level, with or without other people, etc.) work for you as early as you can!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major after I took the Intro to ChemE class during the fall semester. I really liked the subject material and the type of thinking we had to do for it. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in the Cornell University Chorus, and have made some of my favorite college memories while singing! I've become good friends with people from other majors, and rehearsing every week keeps me from being too stressed about academics.

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

MaryClare KellyMaryClare Kelly (mek296)

Academic Advice? I would encourage all first year students to use the resources offered by Cornell as much as possible including office hours, tutoring, etc. Find a group of people in your classes that you enjoy working with--they will become your lifeline!

How did you decide on your major? I chose chemical engineering as my intended major when I was applying to colleges because of my interest in chemistry and physics and I was excited by the number of career paths that chemical engineers can work towards.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has benefited me in many ways including meeting new friends, volunteering in the Ithaca community, and learning about other groups on campus.

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

 

Alexis MottramAlexis Mottram (apm97)

Academic Advice? Find people in your classes to help you! You will need a community!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on ChemE because I've always been interested in both the biology and chemistry of the human body and various issues that can occur such as diseases. I hope to be able to solve these problems with my knowledge from ChemE. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Phi Mu, my sorority has really benefited me by opening up a whole new community of people and also a lot of various opportunities in philanthropy and social events.  

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

Ellen ParkEllen Park (erp67)

Academic Advice? Make sure to schedule study breaks and down time for yourself throughout the week. During stressful periods in the semester, this has really helped me stay focused and productive. 

How did you decide on your major? I chose ChemE because it is a very versatile major!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cornell Triathlon Club. Before college, I had never done a triathlon. I joined the team freshmen spring and am now the VP. This club has benefited me because I have made a lot of good friends and it helps me stay in shape. 

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

Sarah SteinerSarah Steiner (ss2867)

Academic Advice? Time management is critical - you need to allow yourself time to relax and hang out with friends just as much as you need to schedule in time to work.

How did you decide on your major? I intended to be a ChemE from the start; I stuck with the major because it affords a really broad range of specialties, and lets you really explore many areas in depth.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm a Student Services director for SWE. Being part of SWE has allowed me to meet so many awesome people, and provided the opportunity to get off campus and do things that directly benefit the Ithaca community

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

Emily SpiekEmily Spiek (eas397)

Academic Advice? Start problem sets early enough that you still have time to go to office hours if you need to!

How did you decide on your major? I chose ChemE because I enjoy the classes (chemistry, math, etc.), and I have a large array of options when it comes to picking a career.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Camp Kesem at Cornell, which has immensely helped me socially and helped me find a niche on campus!

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

Isabella ValdezIsabella Valdez (imv6)

Academic Advice? I suggest going to office hours. It may seem intimidating but they are there to help you so take advantage of it. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on chemical engineering because it had a lot of options once I graduated. I want to go into renewable energy and I feel engineering has a great impact on the world. It is about solving problems and helping others. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I do yoga sometimes. It is great for the body and mind. It is a good way to get away from work but still helping yourself. 

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

Clara WaltonClara Walton (ckw36)

Academic Advice? Go to office hours!

How did you decide on your major? I liked Cheme because it is broad and very applicable to most fields

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am in a social sorority and it has helped me meet people studying non engineering majors, which has helped me expand my knowledge about other things.

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

Camelia WuCamelia Wu (yw427)

Academic Advice? Academics are important, but grades are not everything. You should also try to participate in different types of activities on campus and explore classes that you are genuinely interested in.

How did you decide on your major? In high school, I liked math, chemistry, and physics, but not really biology, so ChemE was an obvious choice. I liked the intro to ChemE course at Cornell, so I just continued with my major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am the President of the Language Expansion Program which allows me to practice different languages regularly without the commitment of having a class and develop valuable leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.

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

Yilun ZhouYilun Zhou (yz464)

Academic Advice? Aways plan ahead of time. It's hard to keep up with everything in college and sometimes things come up at the last minute. Planning ahead helped me stay in charge of my life and have extra room in my schedule.

How did you decide on your major? I always liked chemistry and wanted to be a chemical engineering major when I applied to college. I took intro to chemical engineering in Freshman year. The topics covered in class were very interesting to me and I really enjoyed the class. Also, I liked the career path for chemical engineers to work in consumer product companies. I'm excited for my next three years as a cheme major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in western equestrian club. I've always wanted to learn how to ride a horse and this club made my dream came true. I like to take a break from school work and pet the animals in the barn. People in my team are very nice as well and I learned a lot about animals from them. 

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

Civil Engineering

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Julia BausanoJulia Bausano (jpb352)

Academic advice? The best pearl of wisdom I could give is to do what works for you. If you're not someone who studies super late, don't start. If you want to set new goals for study habits make sure you start small and work up to it. Also, I love to study in Uris library because of the windows. 

How did you decide on your major? I had a good idea coming into school, but my Intro class and project teams helped me solidify that Civil engineering was the career path for me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in a sorority Pi Beta Phi. I absolutely love spending time with my girlfriends and making an impact in the community. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Olivia LiaoOlivia Liao (ol64)

Academic advice? Take advantage of all the office hours and resources available on campus. Don't be afraid to reach out to the other students who may be in the same boat as you.

How did you decide on your major? I have always been fascinated by the construction of skyscrapers in the city and my passion is to turn bizarre architecture into a reality.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Being part of Alpha Omega Epsilon, I was able to meet great people who have common goals as I do. We explore Ithaca and participate in Cornell's events together as a way to relieve stress.  

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

Divya MaheshwariDivya Maheshwari (dsm258)

Academic advice? There's so much more to Cornell than studying - make sure you prioritize having fun sometimes. To study efficiently, every single time you sit down and study, think about what you want to accomplish within the hour or the next two hours. Do whatever you need to accomplish that, then take a break if you need to. After a short mental break, set another task to complete and focus on that one task. Break up studying into attainable tasks for maximum efficiency and to prevent your brain from giving up. 

How did you decide on your major? It is what I'm interested in. I like roads and bridges and infrastructure, and I always have. I intrinsically know that if I work in fields related to infrastructure, I will be happy.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Contra Dancing - it is honestly such a blast, it can be intimidating at first but it is so fun. It is one of those things that you have to do to understand. I am also involved with COE, I went on an odyssey trip and now I rock climb a lot. It is a great community and a great for of exercise. It can be a solo or a group activity depending on how I feel that day and what I want to do. It is also a great study break because it uses a different style of thinking so my brain is still engaged which means that I'm ready to get back to studying after. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Vanessa MartinezVanessa Martinez (vmm52)

Academic advice? My greatest advice for study places is to find two. Find one location that you can really focus in and grind on solo missions (Carpenter is my go to), and find a location that you can flourish with a group (Upson or project team space). Working in a group is essential for most things, find people you can depend on and who can depend on you, but never forget that you are the one who worked hard to get yourself here and sometimes you need to spend time working by yourself to really understand the material. Find a balance between what you need to work on in a group and what you should work on by yourself to fully understand it. 

How did you decide on your major? I have been interested in civil engineering since I was ten. I love the idea of helping communities around me grow in a sustainable way. Civil engineering is a close-knit community of people who are passionate about the structures around them. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am an active member of Habitat for Humanity. I love using my skills set to help people move into affordable homes and move away from potentially toxic situations. Habitat is one of my strongest passions, I had never really heard of it until I arrived at Cornell and joined my first semester. Since then, I have helped build playgrounds, restore homes, and build trusses in Ithaca and its surrounding communities. This club has also benefited me by teaching me more about structures and how to physically build them, giving me a more holistic understanding of how structural design works. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Jing Jing WangJing Jing Wang (jw977)

Academic advice? Study during gaps.

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

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Anita ZhangAnita Zhang (yz626)

Academic advice? Make genuine friends who can study with you and have fun with you!

How did you decide on your major? I came in knowing that I want to be a civil engineer. I grew up in urban areas, and I'm always in awe of city infrastructure. I took Modern Structures my freshman year and really loved it, so I applied for affiliation as soon as I could do it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in the Cornell Chorale. It provided me with an escape from problem sets every Friday evening!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

Computer Science

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May ChenMay Chen (mc2249)

Academic advice? Never feel pressured to study in the library just because that's where everyone else studies. Feel free to find what works best for you and do your own thing. You can study wherever and with whoever you want or even by yourself. Classes pick up pace quickly, so make sure to not fall behind or the rest of the semester will be spent catching up, which is not fun.

How did you decide on your major? Find something that you actually enjoy learning about and like doing. It is difficult to focus, pay attention in class, and succeed if the material is not fascinating and intriguing to you.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with the Peer Review Board. It provides a break from my normal routine and allows me to meet people outside my college. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ashneel DasAshneel Das (ad665)

Academic advice? My number one piece of advice is definitely to study with others in classes you're struggling with! It's easy to learn from other people as well as to help other people, and it really sheds light on the fact that none of us are alone in this. 

How did you decide on your major? I knew I wanted to major in CS since high school when I took programming courses. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in Cornell Science Olympiad which involves helping organize events for high school and middle school students. I've had a lot of fun, met some cool people, and definitely found a club that I want to be involved in for my whole time here. 

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Meredith DobrzynskiMeredith Dobrzynski (mmd272)

Academic advice? Google calendars saved my life, because being organized is half the battle. You can schedule not only your classes but also time you will go to the library, eat meals, and relax. When it comes to studying make a plan way before the day of the exam. As for handling stress, there are so many resources at Cornell. I found that going to Engineering Advising was always helpful, so I would go and discuss classes. I feel that study groups are the best way to study certain topics, and everyone in this school is willing to help each other, rather than compete with one another. 

How did you decide on your major? I started Cornell thinking I was going to be a BME major. However, when I took the required CS course, I ended up falling in love with computer science.  

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Exploring Ithaca, beyond just Cornell. Every once in a while you may feel stressed or overwhelmed and the best way to overcome this is to clear your mind: take a walk, go hiking at one of the gorges, try a new restaurant, etc. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Evelyn FitzgeraldEvelyn Fitzgerald (acf67)

Academic advice? Practice self-care. No matter how busy you are with academics, career development, and extracurriculars, you can always make time to take care of your physical and mental health. Also, remember that Cornell has resources to support you academically as well as socially. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to major in CS before I started at Cornell. Although I probably wouldn't have chosen differently, I wish I had explored other engineering majors during my first year so I would at least have a broader perspective on technology and maybe planned for an info sci minor.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Last semester, I took a jogging class. It was just for fun and to improve my health, as I had already met my PE requirement, and it was really nice because I effectively wrote exercise into my schedule, so I actually had to exercise for once. I also made a few friends in the class.

Preferred pronouns? They, Them, Theirs or She, Her, Hers.

 

Maddie FrankeMaddie Franke (mmf239)

Academic advice? Make a study plan for your prelims and schedule time to study and review everything so you don't fall behind and have to cram at the last minute! 

How did you decide on your major? I have loved coding since I was 15 and found that the CS major allows me to explore a broad set of my interests.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Forte Campus @ Cornell, a professional development organization for women at Cornell interested in business. It has helped me navigate the recruiting process and meet a lot of empowered women at Cornell!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Joseph FulgieriJoseph Fulgieri (jmf373)

Academic advice? Figure out the environment in which you work best--some people prefer silent libraries, and others study best from their beds. Do what's best for you!

How did you decide on your major? I entered Cornell unsure of what major I would be, leaning towards Mechanical Engineering. My first semester I was unable to enroll in a course for that major and took a Computer Science class. I really enjoyed that class and it led me to take other Computer Science classes and eventually settle on the major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a member of Reflect at Cornell. As an organization we host monthly dinners in which members of the community can talk openly about issues in their lives to help destigmatize talking about mental health. It has helped me meet members of the Cornell community whom I would have never otherwise met, and has helped me feel more at home here.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Amanda GangAmanda Gang (ahg54)

Academic advice? My biggest advice is make sure you manage your time well. In college you will have so much free time, but all your time is very valuable. 

How did you decide on your major? I discovered my interest in computer science early on in high school and ever since then I continued to pursue my interests.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really love photography. It gives me the opportunity to explore a move creative mindset and it's a good break from all the work. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Melissa GinaldiMelissa Ginaldi (mjg369)

Academic advice? Take the time to figure out what type of studying methods work best for you and do not be afraid to try new styles. I have always studied alone because I believed that was the best studying method for me; however this past semester I tried a few group studying sessions with some of my friends and surprisingly found that studying with others balanced with studying alone worked really well for me. (Also make sure to always take advantage of office hours!)

How did you decide on your major? To be honest I haven't decided yet. I am still choosing between CS and ECE or possibly trying to double major with the two. My best piece of advice as I am currently in this situation myself, is to try different classes, even ones you think you might not like. There is nothing wrong with reorganizing the flow chart so that you have the opportunity to try different classes before affiliation. I highly recommend altering the flow chart if you are stuck between two or three different majors and taking an intro class in each freshman spring/sophomore fall. The flow chart is a guide not a rigid schedule. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with both club gymnastics and the sign language club. I find the clubs a great way to relieve stress and get a chance to explore interests of mine that are less academic. It also has been a great way for me to meet other friends who are not within my major or college. Definitely make sure to go to club fest and sign up for a few interesting clubs. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Tracy GoldmanTracy Goldman (tag96)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to try studying with different styles! You may find more success or enjoyment with a different method.

How did you decide on your major? I didn't start as computer science. I thought I wanted to do ChemE, but when I took CS 1110: Intro to Python, I discovered that I loved computer science and I really wanted to study it! 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Alpha Phi Omega: Gamma Chapter. Not only have I had the opportunity to do meaningful service and gain leadership experience, but I've built a strong community and lifelong friends. APO gives me the opportunity to meet people outside of engineering and to try new things!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Cindy HuanhCindy Huanh (ch832)

Academic advice? Study smart, not hard! Know when to ask for help because there are always people who want to help you, and focus on understanding and applying material rather than memorization.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to change my intended major, and came to this decision by trying new things and keeping an open mind. I was originally quite undecided, so I took an intro CS course, and realized I enjoyed my work for that class the most and could see myself on that track for the next four years.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? The most beneficial hobby for me has been making art, mainly on my own (not affiliated with a club). It helps me have a creative outlet which makes me happy and also allows me to relax and destress sometimes.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Alina KimAlina Kim (ak778)

Academic advice? Office hours are a great resource for answering questions you might have about class material or even just to reinforce what you already know.

How did you decide on your major? I liked how the CS major requirements are fairly flexible so I can explore other interests.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to bake! This past year I only baked during breaks, but it helps me take some time to relax and unwind after prelims and finals.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kaitlyn LiKaitlyn Li (kml284)

Academic advice? Make sure to keep track of assignment due dates, test dates, club meetings, etc. It's easy to lose track of things because there's so much going on! 

How did you decide on your major? I already had an idea going into college what I wanted to do and after taking some classes in CS, I knew I wanted to major in it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? APO, it helped me get more involved in service and also meet a ton of people outside of engineering. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Haomiao LiuHaomiao Liu (hl745)

Academic advice? Go to office hours!!!

How did you decide on your major? I was in my high school's Robotics club and used to be a programmer. That was really interesting so I decided I will study CS.

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

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Vera LiuVera Liu (kl532)

Academic advice? Don't overload yourself with academic courses and take more time to explore the campus and make new friends.

How did you decide on your major? I am deciding CS (but not yet affiliated) after I took my first CS course at college. The projects we did were really fun and I decided that's what I want to do in the future. But I am still looking forward to take more CS class and to decide whether this major is really suitable for me.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I took a standup paddleboarding PE course last semester and it was really fun. It was a great opportunity to explore Ithaca's natural environment and relax yourself from academic work. Highly recommended. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Priya MallaPriya Malla (sm2427)

Academic advice? Find a few different study spaces that you like and can work in regularly either by yourself or with a group. I like my room sometimes but if I'm on campus, I like finding a computer room to work in. The extra, big screen can be useful to work on and even if you don't use it, it's a nice blocker from distractions and helps me focus on my work. 

How did you decide on your major? I applied to Cornell as a CS major and then tried MechE, ECE, and came back to CS. I tried out a few classes in each my first three semesters and worked on projects that involved each of the three and eventually I found that I enjoyed doing CS-based projects the most. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I make weekly comics for The Cornell Daily Sun! They are printed on the Thursday newspapers which get distributed all around campus. They're pretty fun for me to make and I get to share things I think are funny. Funnily enough, it nearly always come up when I'm doing interviews for CS jobs. People perk up when they find out I make comics so it's fun to pull out my phone and show some of the comics I've made. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Neil PatelNeil Patel (np294)

Academic advice? I really enjoy going to the physical science building to grab a quick bite to eat and some work done in between classes.

How did you decide on your major? I plan to affiliate in computer science since it is what I am most passionate about.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really enjoy playing golf since it lets me relax and destress.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Sean SanchezSean Sanchez (ss2778)

Academic advice? Make sure to start work/studying early because help is always available you just have to allow yourself enough time to get it.

How did you decide on your major? Taking a computer science class at Cornell gave me an idea behind the major and what my options would be upon graduation, and I really liked it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am part of Cornell Tradition. It has provided me with yet another support system, while also making finding a job easier.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Anishka SinghAnishka Singh (as2643)

Academic advice? My biggest piece of advice would be to stay with the course material and not fall behind. This was something that I did not do, and really regret it. It may be difficult at times with all of the course work, but it pays off in the end. By staying on top of material and doing it every day, it makes it much easier to understand lectures, assignments and ensures that you do not fall behind and do not have to cram at the last minute. 

How did you decide on your major? I came in to Cornell not really sure what I wanted to do, so I decided to take different classes and try to figure out if I could find something that I liked. After taking some computer science classes, info sci classes, OR classes, I decided that I liked the critical thinking that went into computer science and decided to go with that.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Visitor Relations. It is the office that gives tours, answers phone calls and emails, and works the main desk and provide any information about Cornell to visitors. It has really helped me grow as a person and make me more comfortable with communicating with all types of people. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Alia Solko-BreslinAlia Solko-Breslin (ajs644)

Academic advice? Try to get enough sleep. Even if it is 2 AM the night before an exam and you don't think you're completely ready, getting enough rest is often better than cramming for a few more hours.

How did you decide on your major? I took an Intro to Chemical Engineering class in the fall of my freshman year, and it really wasn't for me. However all of CS classes I have taken so far have been my favorite classes, so I knew the CS major was right for me.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really love to crochet. When I am stressed out I can just pull out my crochet hook and yarn and make a hat or a scarf to distract me from school for a while.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Amy WangAmy Wang (aw575)

Academic advice? Use Google Calendar and Trello to manage your time.

How did you decide on your major? Summer bootcamps/immersion programs really convinced me CS was the way to go.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Playing flute has allowed me an outlet for managing my stress creatively and productively.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kevin WangKevin Wang (kxw2)

Academic advice? Manage your time well and find a good balance between doing your work and doing extracurriculars.

How did you decide on your major? Computer science was something I was interested in since the early years of high school.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cornell Fencing has brought me a ton of close friends over the years. It's gotten me to exercise daily and has taught me leadership principles, as well as given me valuable leadership experience.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Stacy WeiStacy Wei (sw653)

Academic advice? One piece of academic advice I have for first-year students is to find places to study that work well with you. Don't be afraid to try new environments to refresh your brain. Also, try different techniques to manage your time while studying, such as blocking out time in your calendar or using productivity apps to help keep you focused.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to pick Computer Science because I really enjoyed the problem-solving, yet creative aspect of it. Also, CS can take me to any industry I would like to pursue in the future. While it can be tough at times, it is very rewarding. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Assorted Aces, a dance organization that has includes all types of skill levels. It is such an amazing community, and I am learning something I never thought I would explore. Plus, it is teaching me to become more comfortable and confident with myself. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Yuwei YeYuwei Ye (yy453)

Academic advice? I think the most important advice I will give is looking for help when necessary. 

How did you decide on your major? I am always interested in computer science. After taking  CS 2112, I realized that I am passionate about programming.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I regularly go play basketball with my roommates. It helps relieve my stress and keeps me fit. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Fausto ZuritaFausto Zurita (fdz4)

Academic advice? Go to professor office hours if you need help.

How did you decide on your major? It is what makes me happy.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? REACH Tutoring - good way to earn extra cash and help others out too.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

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Aditi AgarwalAditi Agarwal (aa2224)

Academic advice? Put everything on your calendar so that you can plan homework ahead for busy weeks.

How did you decide on your major? I looked at research available and talked to upperclassmen students and professors to see what is in the field and I found it really interesting. I then took intro ECE courses to confirm my interest.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I exercise a lot to really de-stress and refresh myself.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Vaishnavi DhulkhedVaishnavi Dhulkhed (vd89)

Academic advice? Utilize AEW opportunities. Also make a calendar and plan every event including lunch, club meetings, and classes. Keep a to-do list to help finish assignments on time. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to be an ECE because I always was interested in computer and programming and ECE is broad enough at Cornell that I will be able to pursue various jobs with this degree. In addition, I truly enjoyed ECE 2300 and ECE 1210 after I took them during my Spring semester of my freshman year 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? One activity I joined this semester is Cornell Fit. This club meets every Tuesday and Thursday and we all work out together. I hate working out alone so joining this club has pushed me to stay fit and active. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Priyanka DilipPriyanka Dilip (ped48)

Academic advice? Plan your whole day before you begin it. Especially with North Campus being so far away from many classes, plan ahead so you ave everything for a 9-to-5-like work/study schedule!

How did you decide on your major? Over my research experiences in high school, I realized that I would love to build a career at the intersection of hardware and software. Cornell ECE is renowned for its professor, facilities, and opportunities. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Join as many clubs and mentor ship programs as possible! Even if it's a bit hard to keep up and you decide to not continue with many of them, your decisions would be that much richer due to all those experiences!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Zoe DuZoe Du (jd963)

Academic advice? Stay engaged in your study.

How did you decide on your major? I've been always interested in applied science so electrical engineering teaches me exactly what I want to learn like robotics.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Snowboarding and reading are my favorite. One helps me escape study and the other one helps me to decide what I want to study.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kofi EfahKofi Efah (kae87)

Academic advice? Your first year (or semester!) May be rough. Persistence is the key to having a successful first year.

How did you decide on your major? Realizing that I didn't care for CS as opposed to future developments in computer architecture.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Figure skating! It's a grate stress reliever!

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Sophie HeSophie He (bh377)

Academic advice? I enjoy finding new spots to study in each semester, out of all the places on campus, I like Mann Library the best!

How did you decide on your major? I knew what I wanted to major in when coming to college. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy playing sports with friends, it's fun and helps me focus on the moment. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her Hers

 

Alisha KocharAlisha Kochar (ak2255)

Academic advice? Take advantage of on-campus resources early on in the semester! The earlier you learn how to study in college, the easier the semester will be. 

How did you decide on your major? After taking my Smartphones ENGRI, I realized that I was really interested in ECE and wanted to take more classes in the major. Also, I got to know a lot of professors in the ECE department by joining IEEE, which is this professional organization on campus for ECE majors. Interacting this these profs made me feel really comfortable in the major. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? On campus I am a part of Alpha Omega Epsilon Cornell's only engineering sorority. Through this organization I have met so many women in different engineering majors and have had the chance collaborate with them and interact with the way different people think. It has been one of the best decisions I have made and has helped me improve both professionally as well as socially. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Alexander KoenigsbergerAlexander Koenigsberger (ak826)

Academic advice? Don't procrastinate! Literally just don't. You could, but it just makes things more stressful. Doing homework really isn't that bad and a project or assignment well done is far more fulfilling than a rushed one.

How did you decide on your major? I like programming but also working with physical parts. Also, I took an ECE ENGRI class and really enjoyed it. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am heavily involved with Cornell Catholic, where I found a community full of really fun people who inspire me, push me to become a better version of myself, and make me feel at home.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Maria MartucciMaria Martucci (mlm423)

Academic advice? Find a study schedule that works for you!  I go to Uris library and sit in the same desk every weekend, and I get up early to go when it opens. This way by 7:00 pm on a Saturday I've finished my work for the day and can enjoy time with friends!

How did you decide on your major? I thought about the future career I want, and for ECE I could go into both the software or hardware side. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? My friends and I go rock climbing every Friday night, and it's great to have a time set aside to exercise and take a break from school!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Anusha NambiarAnusha Nambiar (aan29)

Academic advice? You may find that you need to change your study habits a lot from what they were in high school. That's okay, and being open to that change will make it easier to adjust. 

How did you decide on your major? I spoke to professors and students in the two majors I was deciding between and weighed the pros and cons of each against what I planned to do with my future. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in the Cornell Chorale which has allowed me to pursue my passion for singing and classical music with many other people in a non-competitive manner. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Pablo RuizPablo Ruiz (pdr64)

Academic advice? Manage your time efficiently and figure out what works for you whether it be studying alone, with people, in a library or in your room.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to affiliate with ECE because I really like waves and power systems. I determined that ECE would be the best fit for what I want to be doing.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a member of the Cornell Chorale and it's great to have an activity that takes me out of the head space of engineering. It's a nice break and I love singing.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Lauren ShenLauren Shen (ljs324)

Academic advice? Try to be friends with other engineers, or people in your classes. Study groups, or even group chats are super helpful when trying to figure out problem sets, or other difficult assignments. 

How did you decide on your major? I was set upon mechanical engineering throughout high school, but found out that I was not that interested in it after a summer of interning. I had a strong positive impression of my physics e&m class from high school, so I decided that I might want to do ECE. After taking some related classes and gaining relevant experience, I affirmed my interest in the field. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really enjoy going to the gym several times a week. It is a super good way to relax and release stress. It is also nice to be able to get up and move after a day of studying. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Crystal WuCrystal Wu (cw683)

Academic advice? Don't get behind, or else it will just keep piling up and be way harder to handle.

How did you decide on your major? I am deciding between ECE and ISST, largely depending on my classes for next semester.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Alpha Phi Omega is a really great way to meet people outside of engineering and take a break from classes while also making an impact on the community!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Jade PinkenburgJade Pinkenburg (jpp242)

Academic advice? It's important to study and do well, but you must have fun while doing it. This is supposed to be the best time of our lives, and while grades are certainly important and studies should generally take priority, why not live a little?

How did you decide on your major? I am looking at how much the classes interest me, as well as basing it off past experience and looking at current research/industry endeavors in the field.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Marching Band - it's really driven much of my social life at Cornell.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Hodoya ProppHodaya Propp (jl3286)

Academic advice? One piece of advice I would give is to devote time to every class each day (it can be a large chunk of time or very small). By doing this, you can divide problem sets up such that you are not completing all of it the day before and you can stay on top of the material.

How did you decide on your major? I am not yet affiliated with the major, but I decided on it by going to the information session about the major and talking to students and faculty in the major. Then, I kept reassessing my goals and interests and eventually found that they closely aligned with what the major had to offer. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with the Center for Jewish Living, which has benefitted me by giving me a community and a home on campus. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

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Lucy HurtLucy Hurt (llh86)

Academic advice? Time management! Use a planner or agenda to keep everything in order and make sure you stay on top of your work and can plant out your busy/light weeks of the semester. 

How did you decide on your major? I was drawn to ENVE because of the focus on sustainability and the need for environmentally conscious decisions to be made, and my ENGRI gave a great overview of the topics and further developed my interest. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Varsity cross county and track. It has benefitted me by allowing me to develop a support system and also leading me to focus and put effort into something other than academics. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Melissa LouieMelissa Louie (ml897)

Academic advice? Take the initiative to introduce yourself and reach out to people in your classes early on in the year and make a study group. If you prefer studying by yourself you will always have that option but it really helps to have a group of people to ask questions to or encourage you! 

How did you decide on your major? I have not yet decided between chemical and environmental engineering. I know that in the future I want to do something environmental related, and I saw that many of the environmental courses I am interested in (like the sustainable energy courses). So far I am on the Chemical Engineering track but am flexible about switching. I just spent a lot of time looking at the engineering handbook and the Courses of Study page.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am part of Food Recovery Network.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Wenjie LuWenjie Lu (wl424)

Academic advice? Develop skills to deal with stress. 

How did you decide on your major? Went to a summer program for environmental science and felt like that it's pretty suitable for me.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Boxing, made me strong enough to go through high pressure.

 

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Emily ChinEmily Chin (ec584)

Academic advice? Transitioning to college level academics can be challenging. Nothing is wrong about seeking help and advice when you need it. Make sure to reach out to your TAs or professors during office hours.

How did you decide on your major? I changed my major to ISST after realizing a lot of advanced Civil Engineering courses did not seem interesting to me. I looked at the junior/senior classes of ISST and found that I would gladly attend more than 70% of them so I chose to affiliate with that major instead.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like creating artwork when I have time. I think it is good to take a break from studies every once and a while to clear your mind.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Clara DwyerClara Dwyer (crd88)

Academic advice? When you are doing homework/studying, only be doing that.  Don't try and multitask, if you focus only on your work, you will be able to learn more effectively and be able to manage your time much easier.

How did you decide on your major? I knew that I really liked chemistry and I then learned how MSE was basically applied chemistry.  MSE seemed to work more on the chemistry I liked (molecular level) than chemical engineering which is more focused on processes.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the women's Ultimate Frisbee team (Thorny Roses) and it helped me to make friends the very first week of college.  I was able to meet people who were not in engineering and have fun bonding activities to go to with a bunch of amazing people.  I am now one of the captains of the team this year and am extremely excited to improve my leadership and organizational skills through this position.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Grace FalangaGrace Falanga (gef45)

Academic advice? Use office hours! Especially when it comes to problem sets! I was definitely scared of office hours at first, because I was intimidated by my professors who were so smart and accomplished. If this is you, I highly suggest going to TA office hours because I found it to be a lot less scary. Plus, it's a great habit to get into because as your classes get harder it becomes harder to do your homework by yourself without asking questions of the TAs and professors. Also, I have found office hours to be a really productive place to work on problem sets because everyone around you is working on them too, and it's a lot harder to be distracted from what you're doing. Plus, if you go to office hours and struggle through the problem sets, then you will learn the material much better than if you find the answers online or a friend helps you. The TAs and professors do a great job at promoting you and helping you along with the problem without giving away the whole solution. 

How did you decide on your major? The summer after sophomore year of high school I was online shopping for running clothes and found a company that made clothing with silver fibers woven into the threads. The silver prevents bacteria from growing and building up, so it helps keep your clothes from smelling bad. I thought this was so cool and started looking up what kinds of careers were responsible for this technology. I found out that it was material science, and decided that I wanted to major in it!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm on a dance team - Rise Dance Group. I have been dancing my entire life, and it is a great way for me to destress and express myself. It's also really benefited me because I was able to meet people in different majors, as well as upperclassmen who took me under their wing and helped me get through freshman year. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Allie SawinAllie Sawin (as2582)

Academic advice? Try to mix up your study spots every once in a while. Being in a new environment can help when you lose motivation, and it's always fun to find new places on campus!

How did you decide on your major? I did not come to Cornell planning on majoring in materials science, but after talking with upperclassmen in the major and taking an introductory course, I decided it was right for me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy hiking and running through the parks and gardens around Cornell. It's great to get off campus and not think about school for a while, get some exercise, and explore all that Ithaca has to offer.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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Reina Bermudez RiveraReina Bermudez Rivera (rb747)

Academic advice? Keep an agenda. You could do it online with Google Calendar, monday.com, or some other organizer. You could do it using the classic pencil and paper. I did both. Use the agenda not only for assignments and tests but also for events that catch your eye and domestic duties like laundry and cleaning. It's imperative to keep track of all the things you want and need to do because Cornell has a lot of great events and resources available.

How did you decide on your major? I'm not affiliated yet but I decided on Mechanical Engineering before going into Cornell. I analyzed everything I enjoyed from my high school courses (some of which were engineering-centric) and found the field that incorporated most of those tasks.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I work for Cornell Fitness Centers. Through the organization, I earned my Red Cross certifications in CPR, First Aid, and AED. I earned a decent amount of money working flexible hours and doing extra on-the-job training. I learned a lot about fitness and consistently practiced my socialization and task management.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Priscilla ChangPriscilla Chang (sc2243)

Academic advice? Study/review everyday, bit by bit. This way, you won't be overwhelmed during exams!

How did you decide on your major? I've always wanted to be a mechanical engineer - hence my major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I run to relieve stress from school. I think it's great because it gave me good exercise from time to time and I could recharge my exhausted mind and body!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Adira ColtonAdira Colton (ac2486)

Academic advice? Make a weekly to do list, and stick to it! 

How did you decide on your major? I've always liked being hands-on and building things so MechE seemed a natural fit. When I took my ENGRD's, I really enjoyed them and it affirmed the major for me. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the Sport Tae Kwon Do Club team at Cornell and it's given me a place to work out as well as some of my best friends on campus.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Juliana ComerJuliana Comer (jcc388)

Academic advice? Take advantage of office hours! TA's are super helpful and really do want you to better understand the concepts, so don't be afraid to go in and ask questions. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided to study Mechanical Engineering because I like how the major is relatively broad and can be applied in a lot of different ways. When I affiliated, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to study, so Mechanical Engineering seemed like a good option that would allow me to explore various fields. Also, after taking some electives, I became particularly interested in the field of biomechanics, and I thought it would be really cool to learn more about that field from a mechanical engineering perspective. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm on the women's varsity soccer team at Cornell, and being involved with the team has benefited me in so many ways. My favorite thing that has resulted from being on the soccer team would be the friendships I've made with my teammates. I have met so many really awesome, kind people through this team who have had an extremely important and positive impact on my Cornell experience. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Mark GottliebMark Gottlieb (mg868)

Academic advice? As soon as an assignment comes out look it over and estimate how long it will take you so you can plan ahead (even if that plan is to it the night before) and figure out if/when you need to go to office hours. 

How did you decide on your major? I always liked building things and working with my hands which made mechanical engineering a great choice. Choosing a major you enjoy makes it much easier and enjoyable.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? There are a ton of parks and hiking trails that are great to visit on and around campus which are great to visit with friends.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Ambikaa JaggiAmbikaa Jaggi (aj369)

Academic advice? Take out time for the things you love and make sure you prioritize sleep!

How did you decide on your major? I experimented with different classes, went to major talks and looked into what people do after graduation with their respective majors to see what work excited me most.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am part of the Hindu Student Council, which has allowed me to contribute to the Cornell community while meeting people outside of Engineering and exploring a non-technical aspect about myself.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Amanda JuanAmanda Juan (ayj2)

Academic advice? Take advantage of the numerous resources you have offered to you if you need help. They're there for a reason!

How did you decide on your major? I wanted to do something that's more physics heavy and I was intrigued by the wide opportunities that the mechanical engineering field has.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in a club called The Women's Health Initiative and it allows me to be active in activities that aren't related to my major.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Frances LeeFrances Lee (fl296)

Academic advice? My favorite place to study first semester was the Tatkon Center because it was on North campus and a 2 minute walk from where I lived (Balch). I would grab a yogurt and work at one of the tables in the open space or inside one of the rooms. The Tatkon Center is a good place to work with classmates/friends as well as get help from the math/writing tutors there. It also encouraged me to finish my work more quickly since Tatkon closed at 11pm. 

How did you decide on your major? In high school, I've always been a hands-on person. Learning how to use 3D printers and laser cutters led to my interest in Mechanical Engineering. During my freshman year, I took the Smartphones in Tech ENGRI course. Technology, specifically computers and smartphones, are some things I take for granted. The class made me appreciate the creation process of electronics we use everyday. I am deciding between ECE and MechE as my major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I joined Alpha Omega Epsilon, an engineering sorority on campus. I am surrounded by bright, wonderful mentors and empowering women.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Margaret LoMargaret Lo (myl37)

Academic advice? It is helpful to read the textbook/lecture notes and to rewrite your notes. 

How did you decide on your major? MechE is a broad field that allows me to experience various subjects and to be able to develop a variety of skills. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to exercise with my friends, which is a good way to take your mind off of school-related stress. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Chendan LuoChendan Luo (cl899)

Academic advice? Arrange your study and entertainment throughout the whole semester wisely. 

How did you decide on your major? I first tried the major I am interested in. Then the project team made me decide my major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I go to the gym regularly and it helps me to relax.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ching PangChing Pang (cp546)

Academic advice? Plan out your schedule beforehand.

How did you decide on your major? Based on interests and experience in project team.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? APO; I have held leadership positions in APO which greatly benefited my interpersonal and leadership skills.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Julia RadzioJulia Radzio (jr932)

Academic advice? Try to attend office hours for your classes as often as you can. Professors and TAs are very helpful, and it's also a good way to meet other students.

How did you decide on your major? I enjoyed physics a lot, and after taking the intro to meche course here, I decided to take some meche classes. Even though the classes were not easy, I found the material very interesting, and wanted to keep learning about it.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I rock climb with friends at the Lindseth Climbing Center in my free time. I'm a part of the climbing club as well, and I found that it's a relaxing activity.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Caitlin TormeyCaitlin Tormey (cat244)

Academic advice? Make sure to attend office hours if you have any questions or even just to do the homework so you can ask questions as they come up. I didn't really attend office hours my first semester and I would have done so much better if I had.

How did you decide on your major? I am interested in BME but wanted to do more of the mechanical side so I decided to do mechanical engineering with a BME minor.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Club gymnastics - it allows me to take time to exercise and keep up with a hobby from high school. I also met some of my best friends on campus through joining.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sebastian TorresSebastian Torres (st639)

Academic advice? I would advise to really plan their studying. As a freshman I was still in that mindset from high school that I could study for tests in 2-3 days. Once I realized from my test results that this studying method didn't work, I began planning my studying a week ahead. This helped me a lot as a first year student.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major because of my love for mechanics. As a child my uncle always talked to me about car engines and the different parts of cars. I'd say this definitely had to do a lot with my decision to major in mechanical engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in Greek Life. It has benefitted me by allowing me to have a group of people I am really tight with and can always rely on. It also helps me balance my social and academic life because it provides several opportunities to take a break from school when I feel stressed out or just simply need a break.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Kelly WaldvogelKelly Waldvogel (kjw96)

Academic advice? It's easy to mitigate stress once you know how to study effectively, so find out what works best for you. Take advantage of AEWs, office hours, peer tutors, and other resources to positively influence your study habits!

How did you decide on your major? I've always been interested in learning about how things work, and mechanical engineering classes were the perfect way to fuel my curiosity with hands-on experiences.  

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? No matter how busy I am, I always try to schedule some time in my day to exercise.  Whether it be weightlifting or dancing, I have found taking time off from schoolwork definitely helps me de-stress.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Nicole WangNicole Wang (new45)

Academic advice? Start your work early! It may seem like it's possible to to do it all last minute, but it's not worth it!

How did you decide on your major? Although I was originally interested in BME, I wanted a deeper understanding of the mechanical side of things. In particular I enjoyed the very hands-on curriculum that the MechE curriculum offered and wanted to further pursue the hands-on aspect of mechanical engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Alpha Phi Omega -- I've been able to meet so many amazing people that became close friends. It also exposed me to leadership opportunities and have allowed me to become more of a leader and a better person.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

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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.

 

Matthew D'AlessandroMatthew D'Alessandro (md647)

Academic advice? If you are struggling, don't be afraid to ask for help. Professors and TAs want to see you succeed.

How did you decide on your major? I was originally a Chemical Engineering major, and after my sophomore year, I decided to switch to ORIE. I wish I had not been so closed off to all the different engineering majors as a freshman.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a part of CornellFit, a fitness club on campus. We meet twice a week, and it is extremely nice to workout in a relaxed environment with a bunch of my friends. It lets me take my mind off of all my engineering coursework.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Erica LeeErica Lee (el559)

Academic advice? Make a clear study plan when preparing for exams! It helps to have a schedule instead of just cramming for several hours.

How did you decide on your major? I appreciate the breadth and versatility of Operations Research and Engineering. The undergraduate academic program can be easily tailored towards several specific interests, and the real-world applications of the subject matter are extremely clear.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Working part-time at the campus fitness centers has been a great experience. I've made several friends during my shifts and have had many opportunities to learn more about health and wellness.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Maggie LiuMaggie Liu (ml958)

Academic advice? Start assignments early. It can be really easy to put things off, but even if you just read the assignment ahead of time to start thinking about it, that can be super helpful. It also allows you to gauge how much time you'll need and what office hours you could go to, if need be.

How did you decide on your major? I came in knowing that I was interested in Operations Research, but after taking my first class (ENGRI 1101), I knew that I was interested in the field of data/decision science where I could use quantitative methods to help.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Every week, I try to set aside a few hours to do some reading for fun. It gives me something to look forwards to as well as letting me take a break from school.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Abigail MacalusoAbigail Macaluso (arm289)

Academic advice? Reach out. It's normal to struggle academically in the beginning of our Cornell career. You will get grades that you have never gotten before (yes, below an A). There are so many resources available to help you thrive, just don't be afraid to reach out and use them. 

How did you decide on your major? I found ORIE through Cornell's CURIE Academy when I was in high school. I had never heard of it before. The major is a mix of statistics, probability and optimization. It lays a great foundation for lots of career paths. I am hoping to use it in the entrepreneurial world. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I have been a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) since I was a freshman. I have made some of my closest friends through the club and have held numerous leadership positions. I was also able to attend the SWE National Conference the past two years in Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kaitlyn MacGillisKaitlyn MacGillis (kem274)

Academic advice? If you need help don't be afraid to get it. Seek the many help options between office hours to group study halls. 

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major by talking to those who are already affiliated. I am also interested in efficiency in the workplace works directly with the Orie Major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the field hockey team. I have learned the importance of leadership and collaboration to work towards a common goal. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ayman NajiAyman Naji (an443)

Academic advice? Avoid procrastination habits, study in DPE lounge in Olin basement, take AEW classes to help with harder courses.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to take an intro ENGRI class for OR that was very intriguing to me and ultimately helped me make the decision to affiliate to ORIE.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am currently a member of a Greek organization, LUL, which has helped me evolve my leadership skills immensely and is a great source of networking and involvement in the campus community.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Clayton NelsonClayton Nelson (cjn53)

Academic advice? Find your study spots early. Check out all the libraries and buildings and know YOUR spot to go to when you have to do an essay, group work, light homework. There might be a different desired ambiance for a different type of assignment. 

How did you decide on your major? I wanted a mix of business and engineering, and felt that ORIE was a great in-between where I could develop skills for a finance/investment banking career while keeping my options in software and computer science open (I am doing the CS minor).

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the club rugby team and it has benefitted me by giving me an athletic outlet for my energy.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Priya PatelPriya Patel (prp59)

Academic advice? Your courses at Cornell are structured differently and are at a harder level than high school courses, so don't be glued to your old studying habits as they might not be the most effective here. Be open to trying different study techniques until you find one that works for you. 

How did you decide on your major? I'm currently affiliated with CS but intend to switch to ORIE. I decided to switch to ORIE after realizing that CS wasn't quite for me and that I wanted to focus more on data analytics and mathematical models and algorithms.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm involved in the Society of Women Engineers as a committee member for SWENext Outreach. As a committee member for specifically the middle school outreach, I've been to Boynton Middle School here in Ithaca to help facilitate various science experiments and coding exercises with the girls there. This activity has greatly benefited me by allowing me to articulate why I think that engineering is so important to study. It's also rewarding to help further young girls' interest in STEM, as that is super important to me. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Kritika SekarKritika Sekar (ks974)

Academic advice? Time management is key to success. 

How did you decide on your major? I liked how versatile ORIE was and it was good for my career progression.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars. Great for leadership and meeting executive mentors.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Emily WandererEmily Wanderer (ebw65)

Academic advice? Try to make friends in your classes. Everyone wants a buddy to help them! 

How did you decide on your major? After taking into to OR, I realized I really enjoyed the material and the applications of the problems. 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am part of the TAMID group, which is a consulting club. It has allowed me to meet different kinds of people and use my technical skills to help startups. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Jody ZhuJody Zhu (qz245)

Academic advice? Studying is important but so is taking breaks and enjoying fun activities with friends to avoid burnout.

How did you decide on your major? I thought ORIE sounded interesting, and so far I have not been disappointed. ENGRI 1101 was a great class!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? AAIV is an amazing Christian fellowship on campus. Being part of such a community has granted me the opportunity to learn from upperclassmen and the chance to bond with friends outside of engineering.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.