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Cornell Engineering student Amida

Meet Amida

Cornell Engineering student AmidaMajor: computer science and civil engineering
Hometown: Cockeysville, MD

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell Engineering because there are so many opportunities to develop my interests in engineering. Everyone here truly loves to learn which creates such an inspiring academic atmosphere.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the student body. You can meet so many different types of people who have amazing personalities.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Joining clubs, project teams, and attending campus events are just the beginning of what you can do outside of the classroom.

Cornell Engineering student Yiqi

Meet Yiqi

Cornell Engineering student YiqiMajor: electrical & computer engineering and computer science
Hometown: Beijing, China

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I am first impressed by the Cornell founding principle: any person any study. Cornell education has always been designed to not only train accomplished engineers but also to teach us to embrace the diversity of the world. Cornell supports students of different religions, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, and other identities to promote a world that is equitable and kind.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
Cornell Engineering provides abundant opportunities for students with different interests to study and thrive. Students here could find fascinating research groups, diverse project teams, and maker labs for self-design projects. The only thing that bounds ourselves is our own imagination.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
I’ve been proud to be part of the many clubs that support underrepresented communities in sciences; my peers and I have gained confidence and motivation through these networks. I was involved in a research group during my freshman year. At my junior and senior year, I became a mentor at WICC and ACSU. Additionally, I joined the badminton club at Cornell, competing in the Eastern Collegiate and secured Championships.

Cornell Engineering student Christopher

Meet Christopher

Cornell Engineering student ChristopherMajor: computer science
Hometown: Dover, DE

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I knew that Cornell was the best of the best and wanted to further my education at a place that would best prepare me both in and outside the classroom!

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
At Cornell Engineering the professors are personable and supportive. While the classes are tough, everyone is in it together and it brings about a collaborative spirit like no other!

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, I am one of the PR & Marketing chairs for the Underrepresented Minorities in Computing (URMC) organization here at Cornell! I am also a member of the Cornell AppDev Project Team as an Android Developer (and am also one of the course instructors for our Intro to Android Dev course). I work as a CS 1110 consultant as well and am a part of the Big Red Marching Band!

Cornell Engineering student Yesenia

Meet Yesenia

Cornell Engineering student YeseniaMajor: computer science
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I love computer science, but I also have interests in other engineering fields such as electrical and computer engineering.

What inspires you the most at Cornell Engineering?
There is an effort to support and encourage women to pursue fields in STEM that other colleges do not push for.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
I love helping other people and working with people. I work in residential life, mentorship programs, and am a part of diversity initiatives here at Cornell.

How was your experience adjusting to life at Cornell?
At first it was difficult due to the nature of the pandemic, so I had to I learn to step out of my comfort zone and make the initiative to meet new people.

What advice do you have for other first-generation college students as they begin their college journey?
Don’t be afraid to do things on your own.

Cornell Engineering student Kunal

Meet Kunal

Cornell Engineering student KunalMajor: computer science
Hometown: The Hague, Netherlands

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell after touring the campus and engaging with students and faculty from various schools and departments. Deeply impressed by the caliber and breadth of opportunities offered here, from projects teams and research groups to club sports and outdoor societies, I knew this was a place where I would grow in every dimension, and rarely suffer a dull moment.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the ease of accessibility to a body of passionate, industry-leading faculty. For every niche interest one can find open doors here to engage in conversations and opportunities unobtainable anywhere else.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Cornell has hundreds of clubs, teams, and organizations of every category and commitment level. Whether through attending events like ProjectFest or ClubFest, or just filtering through Cornell’s listed organizations, it is extremely easy to get involved with activities and students beyond the classroom.

Cornell Engineering student Jessica

Meet Jessica

Cornell Engineering student JessicaMajor: computer science
Hometown: Fremont, CA

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell Engineering because of the countless opportunities, excellent faculty, collaborative environment, and the flexible curriculum which allows me to pursue a multitude of other fields and interests while working on my degree.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite part about Cornell Engineering is definitely the excellent faculty and course staff. Cornell is filled with so many talented professors who are all incredibly passionate and knowledgeable in the subjects they teach, and their enthusiasm fosters an environment where learning is fun and enjoyable. Also, many courses are rigorous and difficult; however, professors and TAs always make time for students and are always so supportive, helpful, and genuinely want students to succeed which is amazing.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Outside the classroom, I am involved in a number of clubs such as Association of Computer Science Undergraduates (ACSU), Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). I am also an Academic Excellence Workshop Facilitator, a consultant for an introductory CS course, and a member of the Engaged IoT project team.

A photograph of Cornell Engineering student Rami

Meet Rami

A poster with Cornell Engineering student Rami pictured on itMajor: computer science
Hometown: Walnut, CA

Rami is Egyptian and writes and performs poetry and the spoken word.

Rami breaks the rules by paying more attention to his clubs and organizations than his classes, transferring into the CS major first semester of Junior year, turning down a Microsoft offer for Adobe, and drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day.

With regard to his experience in engineering, he wants prospective students to know that engineering is not as hard as you think. You are smart enough and you belong here. There will be people telling you different things along your journey, but at the end of the day, you know your worth. Show them.

Rami wants to live in a world where engineers will foster an “each one, teach one” environment to more easily pass knowledge down to younger peers.

After Cornell Engineering Rami hopes to apply his CS and product development knowledge to be the technical co-founder of a startup company aiming at bettering the Person of Color experience in colleges across America. Then, he hopes to move back to Egypt and work with the Egyptian government to better the living circumstances of poor people and their access to basic life necessities.

Current Cornell Engienering student Jensen sitting on Libe Slope

Meet Jensen

A photograph of the I am a Cornell Engineer poster with Jensen on it.Major: computer science
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Jensen is a member of Underrepresented Minorities in Computer and ColorStack, a mentorship-driven community of Black and Latinx engineering students. Jensen plays the saxophone and enjoys the scenic trails that are around Ithaca.

Jensen breaks the rules by pushing past the limitations placed on curiosity. Jensen believes all ideas are the starting point for brilliant solutions.

Jensen wants prospective students to know that “everyone has a unique path to pursue in this world. Keep pushing until your route is found.”

After Cornell, Jensen wants to pursue a career in software engineering so that he can build better products with diverse perspectives illuminated.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Navin

Meet Navin

A photo of Cornell Engineering student NavinMajor: computer science
Hometown: Edison, NJ

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell because I wanted to be more than just a technical engineer – I wanted to be exposed to other majors, ideas, classes, all while having time to explore wide ranging extracurriculars of my own choosing.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
Project teams have really helped me take the next step in becoming an engineer – the practical applications of engineering concepts I learn in class allow me to explore new areas I never thought I would enjoy. Cornell Engineering’s support for project teams lets us take on bigger and more impactful projects, allowing us so early in our careers to make a difference in a plethora of fields.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
I am a Teaching Assistant in one of the intro Computer Science courses, a job that I find quite rewarding, as I am able to act as a mentor for many students who are still trying to determine their correct path during college.

Cornell Engineering student Leul

Meet Leul

Cornell Engineering student LeulMajor: computer science
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose to attend Cornell Engineering mainly because of its collaborative environment. I wanted to be challenged by classes and at the same time learn from my peers. After touring the campus and talking with engineering students at the time, I realized this was the perfect fit for me.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the flexibility it affords you to explore your major. There are hundreds of classes ranging from introductory undergraduate to graduate level that allow you to not only learn about a topic but also challenge you to think differently about your interests, goals and what impact you can have in your field.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
Outside of classes, I was involved in independent research in the Cornell Computer Graphics lab. As an undergraduate researcher, I got a chance to be mentored by a professor and apply the things I learned about in my classes. Besides research, I loved hiking around the numerous trails in Ithaca, rock climbing at Lindseth and giving Engineering Quad tours as an Engineering Ambassador.

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