Meet Makaya

A photograph of Cornell Engienering student MakayaMajor: chemical engineering
Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia

Why did you choose Cornell and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell because I knew that it would provide me with an experience that would allow me to develop not only as an engineer but also as a person. I knew Cornell would be the place where I would explore my interests in depth and interact with inspiring, dedicated and ambitious people.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the opportunity to take classes outside my major. As someone who is also interested in the social sciences, I value this because I get the best of both worlds!

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
I work with Engineering Learning Initiatives as an Academic Excellence Workshop (AEW) Facilitator, teaching Math 1910 and 1920. I am also involved in research about wine and grape chemistry and I am part of the Zambia Community Education Initiative (ZCEI) club that seeks to improve education in Zambia.

How was your experience adjusting to Cornell?
As an international student, it was difficult in the beginning but as I immersed myself in the community by joining clubs and being more involved, my sense of belonging was fostered. My transition was made easier by the various resources that were available and the amazing people who were always willing to help.