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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 Kian

Meet Kian

Cornell Engineering student KianMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Commonwealth of Dominica

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I applied to Cornell University early decision mainly because of the the fact that I could really explore what I wanted here because I would be able to take courses outside of my major in my other interests like Architecture and Food Science.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I really love my project team Cornell Seismic Design. I came to Cornell not even knowing project teams existed, but this team has allowed me to explore my curiosity in design while learning from and becoming close to an extremely talented group of students.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Besides working on Cornell Seismic Design which takes up most of my outside of class time. I am currently doing research on earthquake mechanics with the McLaskey research group. I am exploring techniques like photo-elasticity to view stresses in laboratory fault experiments in a new way. I also really enjoy baking all sorts of desserts during my free time.

Cornell Engineering student Jahnavi

Meet Jahnavi

Cornell Engineering student JahnaviMajor: mechanical engineering
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Why did you choose Cornell University and/or Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell Engineering because of the vast opportunities it had to offer to develop hands-on skills and become a better engineer. I felt that I could get involved in anything in any field and truly find a way to pursue my interests.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell are the people I’ve met. I’ve never been in a more open-minded or welcoming community and everyone here is always willing to help you achieve your full potential whether it’s friends, classmates or some of the amazing professors that teach here.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
I’m part of CU GeoData, a project team that collects and analyses climate data around the Cayuga Lake region. I also work as an Academic Excellence Workshop (AEW) facilitator for Math 1920. I’m a member of the Big Red Marching Band where I play clarinet and generally have a good time!

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.

A photograph of Cornell ENgineering student Reina in front of a painting

Meet Reina

A photograph of Cornell ENgineering student Reina in front of a paintingMajor: biomedical engineering
Hometown: Shizuoka, Japan

Why did you choose Cornell and/or Cornell Engineering?
I loved the enormous opportunities Cornell offered such as meeting with friends from various background, attending clubs, joining in research project, etc. Also, all of the students I met during virtual visit were very supportive and welcoming.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I love the people here! Many professors here are so dedicated to teaching and helping students. Students are also so passionate about their study and extracurricular activities.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
I participate in research, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, and Engineering Ambassador.

How was your experience adjusting to Cornell?
It wasn’t easy but many people offered me help including an Engineering Advisor, an orientation leader, RA, etc.

A photograph of Cornell Engienering student Makaya

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 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.

A photograph of Cornell Engineering student Temesgen

Meet Temesgen

A photograph of Cornell Engineering student TemesgenMajor: mechanical engineering
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Why did you choose Cornell and/or Cornell Engineering?
I choose Cornell Engineering because that was the only place I got into! In hindsight, I feel pretty blessed to have had the opportunity to be a Cornellian. It has pushed me both academically and socially. It has not only broadened by view of the world but also I find that my lens can be narrowed down to things I want to focus on.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
The people are definitely my favorite thing about Cornell. The people are so awesome; they’ve made me, a self-proclaimed introvert, social. Cornell has also given me the chance to meet professors who have ended up being amazing mentors.

How do you get involved outside the classroom?
Along with a few friends, I was able to work on a seminar to introduce high school students in Ethiopia to the benefits of robotics and AI. Additionally, I am also involved in research with Professor Ruina on improving motor response while taking into account backlash and friction.

How was your experience adjusting to Cornell?
It was hard but also exciting. There were lots of assumptions I had about people that were not accurate and coming here really gave me an opportunity to come out of my bubble and interact with people that had different backgrounds from me.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Deniz

Meet Deniz

A photo of Cornell Engineering student DenizMajor: chemical engineering

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell Engineering for the nearly limitless options it offered me. From starting to do research from my very first year to leading project teams and becoming a teaching assistant, CoE allows each of us to learn as much as we can in the time we are here.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I love the fact that although we are undergraduates, the doors are open for us to try out new experiences and fields.

What do you do outside of the classroom? Reaching out is the key here!
There are so many opportunities I would have missed if I just didn’t take a shot at them. Through professors, your teaching assistants, peer advisors, and all those people that CoE put you in contact with signed up for their position to help you; use that.

How was your experience adjusting to Cornell?
I have to be honest as an international student I didn’t have much of a chance to come to campus to see if Cornell was good for me. So, I had to deal with that question in my first semester here. As time passed and I adjusted to the time difference and had a routine I realized I was adjusting. Also, if I could give one piece of advice to upcoming freshman, it would be: don’t put pressure on yourself to find the perfect friend group on your first week here. Friendships take time to build and new friends also tend to pop up out of nowhere.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Stavrini

Meet Stavrini

A photo of Cornell Engineering student StavriniMajor: engineering physics

Hometown: Nicosia, Cyprus

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
Because of the great feedback from people who attended Cornell and the potential opportunities that I could have by being part of this community!

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
The amazing opportunities you have to work on side projects in addition to your academics, as well as the opportunity to meet people in your fields through Cornell’s Engineering alumni.

What do you do outside of the classroom? 
I am doing undergraduate research which is exciting and there are so many amazing teams at Cornell that you can always find the one that fits you best.

How was your experience adjusting to Cornell?
Adjusting to life at Cornell was good. There are a lot of smaller communities that you can get involved in that let you have friends from many different smaller communities like clubs, classroom, campus work etc.

Cornell engineering student Samuel

Meet Samuel

Cornell Engineering student SamuelMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I knew Cornell was a wonderful place, a place that’s vast, with immense opportunities. A place known for it’s academic rigor and it’s rewarding programs.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
At Cornell Engineering the professors are personable and supportive. Classmates are go-getters and friendly. It really makes for an inspiring community of like-minded individuals. You will certainly make friends.

How do you get involved outside of the classroom?
I have been part of multiple student organizations on campus such as S.O.S.A. (Scholars in Our Society and Africa) and EAST. I was also part of a project team which was quite an experience!

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