Finding Community at Cornell

My 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...

My First Gen Experience with Engineering

When 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...

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,...

First Generation College Students are Trailblazers

Hello, 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...