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Finding Community at Cornell

Cornell Engineering student RahmaMy parents came to the United States, like many others, for the opportunity to give their children a better life. They always emphasized the importance of education and the idea of seeking out knowledge was ingrained in me since birth. The American Dream that my parents had thought that I was getting was not the reality. Going to a Title I school in the Bronx meant that my school lacked funding, resources, and programs that would push me to be successful. With my parent’s support, I was able to seek out opportunities that would allow me to seek higher education. Through the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), I was able to come into Cornell Engineering.

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My First Gen Experience with Engineering

Cornell Engineering student SunnyWhen I first arrived at Cornell, I participated in the Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) to get accustomed the university atmosphere and to get started on classes. During this time, I met some of my closest friends that continue to support me. Specifically, many of my friends were other engineers that I interacted with during the Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) events and Ryan Scholars meetings. Leaning on the network that we created over that summer, many of us continued to work together as study partners throughout our introductory courses. As a first gen student, I found connecting with other first-generation students to be essential for my progress.

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A Community Rich in Diversity and Life Experience

Hi! My name is Robyn, and I’m Assistant Director of Admissions in the College of Engineering. One of my favorite things about Cornell Engineering is the strong community of students, staff, and faculty that come from truly diverse backgrounds. At Cornell, participating in a community so rich in life experiences will enhance your own experience as a student, collaborator, and leader.

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First Generation College Students are Trailblazers

Shakima ClencyHello, my name is Shakima M. Clency and I serve as the Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support. In this capacity, I work collaboratively with colleagues across campus to increase access and support for first-generation college students, those who come from families in which neither parent or guardian has obtained a four-year college degree, to ease the college transition, foster community, and connect students with resources to support their academic and personal success.

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