Government & Comparative Literature
What is your main extracurricular activity and why is it important to you?
I'd actually have to say two; I was one of the assistant arts editors for The Cornell Daily Sun for
two semesters as well as an arts and culture writer before. The Sun gave me an outlet to rediscover writing for enjoyment, and while I was an editor, I loved seeing the variety of interests represented by my peers through their articles. I was also part of the Advocacy Project at Cornell for most of my time at Cornell, and the various projects and workshops that the organization has done both within the Cornell community and beyond have been incredible. The work that I've done with AdPro has always felt important and impactful, and I'm constantly inspired by the other members of the organization for their passion and dedication.
What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?
I know that saying "critical thinking skills" sounds like something you'd throw on a resume to fill up the page, but all of the reading assignments, essays and discussions I've had for my classes have made me more adept at formulating and understanding arguments, writing effectively and listening thoughtfully to others. I've also had the chance to study both Spanish and French, and I hope to continue developing those language skills even after I graduate.
What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?
I wrote my senior thesis in government looking specifically at religious nationalism and migration in India. My initial interest in the topic actually came from one of my introductory courses for the major, and I'm glad that I was able to turn that interest into a bigger project during my senior year. It also gave me the chance to connect with my own heritage, since I hadn't had the chance to study India until I came to Cornell.
Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most? How or why?
I'd definitely say that my professors influenced my education the most. The professors I've had have been so clearly passionate about what they do and open to helping students.