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Meet the Peer Advisors

We encourage you to find out more about your Peer Advisors and some guidance they offer first-year students.  If you are unsure about how to approach your Peer Advisor or what questions they might be able to help with, feel free to refer to the following list as a place to start the conversation!

  • What do you enjoy most about your major?
  • How did you decide to select your major?
  • Which classes have you liked the most in your major?
  • Did you have any major classes that you didn't like, but you still enjoy your major?
  • Which electives have you taken and why?
  • How did you decide which liberal studies courses to take?
  • Have you completed any internships, co-op, or research? How did you find the opportunity?
  • Are you involved with any project teams?
  • Do you know anyone who is involved with (fill in the blank)?
  • What are your plans after you graduate?
  • Where's the best place to study?
  • Do you have any study tips for a certain class or subject?

2022-23 College of Engineering Peer Advisors by Major

Biological Engineering (BE)

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Lyndsey Wright

 Lyndsey Wright (ljw226)

 Academic Advice? It’s never too late to change your study habits! If something doesn’t work for the first few weeks, or even after your first exam, try something different. I love finding time to work between classes at Duffield or the Physical Sciences Building. The new Toni Morrison study space is great on North Campus!

 How did you decide on your major? I chose a major that would put me on the right path to accomplish my future goals. After researching different concentrations within majors, I found that biomaterials within Biological Engineering was something I really wanted to pursue.

 What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with?  I love painting to stay connected with my creative side and socializing with friends.

 What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Biomedical Engineering (BME)

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Emily D'AngeloEmily D'Angelo (ed439)

Academic Advice? Achieve what makes sense for YOU to achieve. It can be easy to fall into pits of comparison and overwhelming stress throughout your semesters here at Cornell. However, you should be proud of yourself as long as you consistently put forth your best efforts.

How did you decide on your major? I have always known that I loved medicine, problem solving, and patient care from many years of interning, volunteering, and experiencing first-hand the difference that biomedical engineers make on the field of medicine. I believe the Biomedical Engineering major meshes all of my interests together, and has even given me new avenues to find passion in my studies, professional career, and beyond

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am currently one of two College of Engineering Representatives on Student Assembly (SA). I love being committed to making a difference in my institution, whether big or small. My involvement in SA has given me the opportunity to meet a large amount of amazing students, ranging from freshmen to seniors!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kaelyn Gaza (kgg39)Kaelyn Gaza

Academic Advice? Use time in-between and after classes, as well as before dinner to do your work. If you wait, it is so much harder to start again.

How did you decide on your major? I chose BME because it combined the classic engineering approach to problems with incredibly interesting biological/human applications and techniques. If you are unsure of your major, I recommend the major information sessions and talking to upper class students in the major (ask your PAs if they know any!).


What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a part of Cornell Hunger Relief, which I absolutely love because it connected me with other people who truly care about volunteering and helping others. It also helped me better understand the surrounding Ithaca area.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Rachel HercekRachel Hercek (rmh285)

Academic Advice? When I study, I love to use the Pomodoro technique where I repeat cycles of studying for 50 minutes and taking a break for 10 minutes. I like to follow along with a Youtube stream because this allows me to hold myself accountable for doing my work and staying focused. Also, playing Lofi background music while studying is perfect for keeping focus!

How did you decide on your major? I really enjoyed the concepts involved in the medical field and the problem solving/critical thinking skills involved in engineering so Biomedical Engineering was the perfect combination! I am on the Pre-Med track, so Biomedical Engineering allows me to not only explore my interest in medicine, but also understand the medical field from an engineer's perspective.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really enjoy walking/hiking and I've found that it has helped when I've been stressed or overwhelmed with work. Cornell's campus is so big, so I definitely take advantage of the different areas of campus to walk to, (my favorite place to walk is on Tower Road near the Dairy Bar). Even taking a short 15 minute walk break in between studying helps clear the mind and return to studying rejuvenated!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ashler LalAsher Lal (al2333)

Academic Advice? Try and find people to do homework with! I know that's made getting problem sets done much easier for me. Also, you can all help each other study before prelims. Things are so much easier when you have friends to help you.

How did you decide on your major? I picked BME because it's at the intersection of health care/medicine and engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm a part of Science Olympiad at Cornell which made transitioning to college easier since that's similar to activities I did in high school. Other than that, I do a lot of baking for my friends which is one way I channel some of the stress I experience during prelim season.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Clarice LimClarice Lim (cxl3)

Academic Advice? Go to office hours. It's a great place to get to know your teachers and TAs, and to make friends.

How did you decide on your major? I decided after taking the Introduction to Engineering class for BME. I really enjoyed the hands-on labs we did in the class.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a part of the fencing team and it has been a great resource for academic and social support.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Josie ReillyJosie Reilly (jar578)

Academic Advice? Go to office hours and reach out if you need help.

How did you decide on your major? I chose BME because I wanted to combine my interests in medicine and engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm in the rock climbing club, which is a fun way to meet more people.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Maddie SlavettMaddie Slavett (mrs368)

Academic Advice? Make sure to stay organized so you don't forget to submit something! An online agenda works great, as you can open it on any of your devices! Some people use a word document, a spreadsheet, or Google calendar to keep themselves on track!

How did you decide on your major? I felt like BME is a nice balance of STEM topics, solving problems, and helping people! I get to do what I am passionate about and what excites me, while making a significant difference in people's lives.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? E.Motion is a K-Pop dance club that is such a supportive family! I've made so many friends through the club and have built a really strong support system in E.Motion because of how welcoming and incredible everyone is. Everyone is accepted.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Veronica VilaVeronica Vila (vbv5)

Academic Advice? It’s okay if it takes you a bit to get into a good groove of studying, but you’ll get there. My favorite place to study is definitely Mann Library or Gates Hall.

How did you decide on your major? I was really interested in the intersection of medicine and engineering, the innovation and creation of devices, and treatments to help make people’s lives better, which is why I chose BME.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I joined a sorority my freshman year. This experience has allowed me to meet so many new people, as well as give me the opportunity to participate in activities that include community service and philanthropy.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Chemical Engineering (ChemE)

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Jumana AlamJumana Alam (ja528)

Academic Advice? Start planning your schedules from day one. Don’t slack off the first week - it's the most important one!

How did you decide on your major? Chemistry was my favorite subject in high school. I was also fascinated.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like exploring the nature in Ithaca by taking hikes with friends on the weekends, and having lunch/dinner at Collegetown.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Burke Combs

Burke Combs (bhc42)

Academic Advice? Find others to study with as soon as you can--your peers are your best resource. With their help, hard classes become much more approachable.

How did you decide on your major? I took various chemistry and engineering classes in high school which heavily inspired my decision to pursue CHEME. When I got to Cornell and took Introduction to CHEME (ENGRI 1120), I fell in love with the major and its real-world applications.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I spend a lot of my free time researching the history of popular music. Music is one of my greatest passions and modes of relaxation. This research enhances my appreciation of the music that inspires me.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Lauren de SilvaLauren de Silva (lwd37)

Academic Advice? Stay focused but also make time for fun! Academics can quickly swallow you up, so make sure you are making time to take care of your mental health while also staying on top of your work.

How did you decide on your major? CHEME allows me to dive deeper into studying chemistry and chemical processes. I’ve had a passion for sustainability and CHEME is the perfect gateway into working in sustainable energy! CHEME will academically prepare you to tackle any challenge, but the challenge of CHEME itself teaches you good discipline and how to work hard! 

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? My favorite thing to do is hang out with friends and crochet/knit while watching a tv show. Doing something completely mindless with friends really helps take your mind off of school and destress.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ashlyn DumawAshlyn Dumaw (ad733)

Academic Advice? Give yourself the proper time to try out different study strategies and figure out what works best for you. If you can find a method that's both effective and enjoyable, it'll make your future studying a lot easier.

How did you decide on your major? I'm very interested in chemistry, and I want to have the versatility of an engineering degree. I've really liked my ChemE classes so far (especially upper-level chemistry classes), so I'm much more sure of my choice now!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love going thrifting with my friends on weekends! Ithaca has some pretty great thrift stores, and it's nice to take a break from academics and shop sustainably.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Steve JiangSteve Jiang (sj436)

Academic Advice? Using a planner really helps prioritize your work and makes your workload more manageable when you feel stressed.

How did you decide on your major? Do research on the courses you will have to take on the majors that you are deciding on. Spend your first year exploring what major interests you.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Doing some sort of outdoor activity daily helps me feel less stressed; whether that be running or just eating dinner on the Slope.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

Steve also serves on the Peer Advisor Executive Board as the Vice Chair of Retention. 

Kayla JohnsKayla Johns (kmj68)

Academic Advice? Create a calendar to keep track of all of your classes, assignments, meetings, etc. Having one calendar with everything on it is so important to stay on top of everything that you need to do and ensure that you don’t forget anything!

How did you decide on your major? I was interested in a couple of majors when I first came to Cornell. Over time figured out that I liked Chemical Engineering the best through researching and talking to other students affiliated with the major. I didn’t decide on a major until the end of my freshman year, so don’t worry if you don’t figure it out right away!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like going to the gym or going on a walk around campus when I can. It’s good to take a break from the academics and do something you enjoy.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ailen LaoAilen Lao (al975)

Academic Advice? Things will get overwhelming sometimes, and it's easy to look at others and feel like you're behind. Remember that everyone's path is different, and Cornell has a ton of resources--it's never too late to utilize them. It's important to go at your own pace and not compare yourself to others!

How did you decide on your major? I came into college with a few different majors in mind, and I narrowed down the options by trying different classes and activities. I enjoy the chemistry aspect of the major, as well as how versatile it is.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Because my major is STEM heavy, I try to stay involved with the arts. I enjoy reading and writing when I can, and I also love music. It's a good way to destress and build other kinds of skills!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Maggie MacNeel

Maggie MacNeel (mam732)

Academic Advice? Try to block out times in your week! It helps you stay on top of things and gives you free time.

How did you decide on your major? I really liked the range of possibilities with ChemE!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Melenie Mendez-RangelMelenie Mendez-Rangel (mm2583)

Academic Advice? Everyone’s college experience is different! If it takes some time to get used to the workload that is perfectly fine. You are here because YOU CAN DO IT. Everyone has their struggles. Find a way of studying that works for you, and remember this will be trial-and-error, so do not be discouraged.

How did you decide on your major? I was unsure whether ChemE was the right choice for me. In high school, I focused more on upper-level math courses but enjoyed the complexity of chemistry. Chemical Engineering was appealing to me because it combines both and allows for applications in a wide range of fields. Although ChemE is most definitely a challenge, it teaches determination and perseverance. Taking Intro to ChemE is a great way to see what the major is really about!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Joining Salsa Pa’lante has allowed me to meet so many inspiring individuals. Being able to go to practice and leave all worries about school at the door, has been a great stress reliever!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Brianna MorrisBrianna Morris (bpm75)

Academic Advice? I would recommend making a checklist of tasks you want to accomplish during every study session. It helps me stay focused and be way more productive. Try to find a partner or group to do work with. It is extremely beneficial as you continue taking more difficult classes within your major.

How did you decide on your major? Chemical Engineering opens the door to a multitude of career paths and industries which was very appealing to me. Although it is a challenging major, I find it very rewarding!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the Club Ski team which is a perfect time to get away from campus for a little bit and have fun with some friends!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Dominic OlahDominic Olah (dio6)

Academic Advice? Classes at Cornell can be pretty challenging. A time will come where you will perform worse than you hope, despite your best efforts. This is OK and normal! These grades should not define you and there is always opportunities to bounce back. Any bump along the road is an opportunity to learn, improve, and re-evaluate your approach to studying, which will make you a stronger student in the future. (Side Note: Study Groups/Partners are also invaluable. Don't be afraid to reach out and make new friends to work with!)

How did you decide on your major? In high school, I formed a pretty deep love for math, chemistry, physics, and biology. However, I did not want to study one of those fields on their own because I wanted to experience high level concepts and applications of all these fields. I found myself interested in biotechnology fields like protein/genetic engineering. Within Chemical Engineering, I have found ample opportunities to explore these fields through my electives and research.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Weight lifting/training is something that I participate quite frequently in. I've experienced many benefits to my physical health and I frequently use it as a great outlet to destress after a long day (or night) of course work.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Sebastian Marini

Sebastian Soto (ss2736)

Academic Advice? The most important thing you can do is sleep. More often than not, you will feel inclined to stay up studying to try and cram as much in as you possibly can. It's much better to set a cut off time in the night, then go to bed once you reach that time.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to become a Chemical Engineer because of my high school chemistry teacher who really impacted my life and helped me realize that I want to end up helping people.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I work out as a way to destress, and it has been extremely beneficial for me. It functions as a new healthy hobby that also offers me a way to destress and step away from all the studying and focus on my academics.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Dave TirtariyadiDave Tirtariyadi (dt393)

Academic Advice? Explore campus and find your favorite places to study. Duffield is not the only place to go!

How did you decide on your major? Out of the three traditional sciences, Chemistry has always been my favorite. I wanted to pursue engineering in college and ChemE was quite the natural choice for me. I am also interested in renewable energy and clean technologies, and I felt that learning ChemE can help me gain access to those fields.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to play badminton and basketball with friends. It's good to keep moving and take some time off stressful work.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

Civil Engineering (CE)

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Talia AugustTalia August (tra49)

Academic advice? Don’t wait for all your work to be done before you break for fun! There is always a next assignment, but it will be more manageable with scheduled non-academic time to break it up.

How did you decide on your major? Civil Engineering has both the problem solving clarity of physics and math, but also the organic human messiness of the world around us. That combination brings together my skill set and my interests.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I rock climb and work at the Lindseth climbing wall on campus! It is a great way to move my body and meet new people.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Samaya Bullock

Samaya Bullock (ssb269)

Academic advice? The people you meet make your experience at Cornell. So don’t be afraid to talk to others in your classes or get involved in different clubs or group around campus.

How did you decide on your major? I always had an interest in structural design and all the different components of structures, so I choose civil engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), is engineering related, but it has helped me to meet other people around campus, not even just engineers. It helped make connections outside of Cornell.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Juliana ChenJuliana Chen (jkc223)

Academic advice? Take advantage of office hours and your TAs! Some classes are designed to be harder so that you get used to being comfortable with asking for help early on.

How did you decide on your major?  I knew I wanted to work with water, and even more so after my internship in the summer of 2022 where I got the opportunity to learn how my hometown’s sewage system worked. I assisted in field work with the occasional manhole opening task.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to run around the beautiful Cornell campus, which serves as a screen break and a change of pace from studying all day.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Adigun OlusolaAdigun Olusola (abo29)

Academic advice? Be patient with yourself and your journey towards learning more about who you are, what you like, and how you learn.

How did you decide on your major? I focused on the subject I liked the most in high school, which was Math, and then translated that into pursuing Engineering. I lived in New York City all my life and was always drawn to skyscrapers and tech-savy buildings. I chose Civil Engineering because I wanted to learn more about how they were built to withstand so much weight.

 What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am currently a Personal Fitness Trainer and recently created an Instagram channel for it called @a_ofitness. Working out keeps me mentally and physically well balanced and is an opportunity for me to break away from the stressors of academics.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Catie PrattCatie Pratt (cep99)

Academic advice? Take advantage of office hours! Office hours are the perfect place to get a more in-depth understanding of your class materials, get more one-on-one help from TA’s, and to form study groups. I met some of my closest friends in office hours!

How did you decide on your major?  I always kind of had a feeling that I wanted to do Civil Engineering because I really loved the high-rise structures and bridges in Chicago! I knew for certain that I was in the right major after taking ENGRI 1160 with Professor Hover. That class made me really excited to start taking more in-depth civil classes!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I’m a part of Cornell’s only all tap dance troupe, On-Tap! Tap dancing is a real creative outlet for me and choreographing for the team is a good way to improve my leadership skills and keep me active! Sometimes it can be hard to get outside and be active when you’re adjusting to a Cornell engineering workload, but it’s important to prioritize your mind and your body.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Zoe WeissbachZoe Weissbach (zrw5)

Academic advice? Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Coming into Cornell and starting classes can be extremely exciting and overwhelming but with the help of your peers and professors, you will succeed!

How did you decide on your major? Growing up I was always fascinated with the skyscrapers in New York City. After interning at a few different firms, I found an interest in structural engineering and project management - both of which are main focuses of the Civil Engineering major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am raising a seeing eye dog for Guiding Eyes for the Blind!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Computer Science (CS)

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Matthew ChenMatthew Chen (mlc338)

Academic advice? Make friends and be happy! It makes everything - school, social life, and extracurriculars - a lot easier

How did you decide on your major? I spoke to some older students I knew and people at Cornell in the CS department.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I play soccer for Cornell Mundial FC (club team), and it's been a great way to relax with friends playing the sport I love, and to have a close community outside of academics.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His

 

Stella Dong

Stella Dong (ssd74)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to take breaks and do something for yourself. College courses can easily become overwhelming and make you feel like you have to constantly be working to succeed, but a break can sometimes be exactly what you need.

How did you decide on your major? Based on classes I took in high school and in my freshman year, I realized that I really enjoyed programming and coding instead of other subjects like physics or chemistry. Once I realized this, it was easy to imagine myself majoring in Computer Science more than anything else.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I do a lot of strength training. I try to do something physical at least three times a week, by myself or with other people. It's a nice mental break for me where I can devote myself to something that isn't academic, but just as fulfilling and beneficial.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Saniya Halani (sh843)Saniya Halani

Academic advice? In your first year, be sure to try and experiment with new things -- learning styles, planning methods, class scheduling, and various clubs, but be sure to do so in a timely and efficient manner!

How did you decide on your major? I knew that I wanted to go down a path that deals with data science, data manipulation, analytics, and maybe even machine learning. I considered the majors of OR, ISST, and CS, and decided to do Computer Science with the other majors still at the back of my mind.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm a member and the dance director of a campus dance crew called BreakFree! It's been one of the most amazing experiences and meaningful parts of my freshmen year because it really gave me a family of incredible people that care about me. While it keeps me active and is a great stress-reliever, the community and comfort it has provided me is irreplaceable and I wouldn't be the same person after a year without it.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Emily Hur (esh76)Emily Hur

Academic advice? Take advantage of office hours! I didn’t go my freshman year and now find myself going every week for certain classes. Getting answers to your questions early on is really important as the content continues to get more difficult throughout the semester.

How did you decide on your major? I hadn’t taken a single CS class until I got to Cornell. Exploring the applications of computer science through research helped me realized its versatility and potential to solve problems in any industry.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Getting involved in Greek life has been a great opportunity to meet people outside of my major and engineering in general.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

 

Caitlyn Joyce (cej57)Caitlyn Joyce

Academic advice? The best place to study is the 2nd floor of Mann Library in the cubicles.

How did you decide on your major? After taking CS 1110, I decided to switch from BME to CS.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like going on runs because it helps me clear my mind when I'm stressed about school.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Megan JungMegan Jung (mj374)

Academic advice? Clubs are the best way to take a break from the stress and craziness of school, and you meet some lifetime friends along the way.

How did you decide on your major? I decided to become a CS major when I first became interested in cybersecurity.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to dance! It's a great source of exercise, and I met some of my best friends in college through it.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Aditya Kakade (apk67)Aditya Kakade

Academic advice? Switch up your study space as often as possible! There are so many cool places on campus with great views and it makes the work a bit less tedious.

How did you decide on your major? I chose a CS major because of the job outlook, and the fact that software and programming were genuine interests of mine.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love going on runs around campus-especially on trails like the one around Beebe lake. It helped a lot with my stress and gave my brain a break where I didn't have to do any thinking.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Skyler KrouseSkyler Krouse (smk362)

Academic advice? Take time for yourself when you need it!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major by taking classes that genuinely interested me!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I’m the Color Guard Captain of the Big Red Marching Band. This experience has helped me make a lot of friends in college and helped me to become more confident in myself!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Michelle Prior

Michelle Prior (map398)

Academic advice? Do not schedule classes at 8 AM unless you absolutely have to! Classes are already difficult enough and having to wake up that early is even harder.

How did you decide on your major? I wanted to pursue a career in computer systems and security. With globalization and the increase in computing power, there is an increased need to protect valuable assets and infrastructures. Computer Science has a lot of electives that support this career path, including databases, cryptography, and systems security.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Being in a sorority has been a really rewarding experience! I have had opportunities to take part in leadership, made lots of amazing friends, and be involved in a lot of fun socials and philanthropy events.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Jasmine Samadi (jns222)Jasmine Samadi

Academic advice? One way to manage your time is to study/do work in between classes, even if it's only 40 minutes, (that time is crucial)! Don't be afraid to reach out to people and make study groups; figuring out problems together is always more fun and keeps you on track.

How did you decide on your major? In high school I really liked the idea of business analytics, and after taking AP CSA I realized that instead of having a heavier business background, a heavier computer science background would be more up my alley. I also took the the operations research ENGRI along with CS 1110 and decided that although operations research is interesting, CS was my path.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Because being in the engineering school means a lot of sitting and studying, I try to "force" myself to exercise. Although Cornell only requires 2 semesters of physical education, I plan on taking them throughout my college experience. Last semester I took intermediate boxing and it was genuinely the best part of my day. As a freshman I would wake up early Sunday mornings and go to the Toni Morrison gym. Finding time to exercise in college gave me a clear head and ensured that my body did not feel stagnant.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Sohni Uthra

Sohni Uthra (su58)

Academic advice? Stay organized with your work and deadlines and take time to explore the numerous opportunities that Cornell offers!

How did you decide on your major? When I took my first Computer Science class in high school, I knew right away that it was what I was interested in. It became my favorite class, and I soon realized that the possibilities were endless with technology. I knew that I could make a positive impact by pursuing Computer Science in college and beyond.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Whether it's working out or exploring different parts of Cornell and Ithaca, doing something active with friends has been a great way to relax and de-stress.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sophia Xu (shx3)Sophia Xu

Academic advice? Start assignments early! It's common advice, but it actually makes them so much less stressful.

How did you decide on your major? I took a variety of classes my freshman and sophomore year. I didn't really know what I wanted to do, so I would take different classes, and then drop the one's I didn't like. Eventually I landed on Computer Science.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to go on walks. It gives me time to think and relax, while also getting some exercise.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS)

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There are no Earth and Atmospheric Science Peer Advisors for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

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Afua AnsahAfua Ansah (ama376)

Academic advice? Get started on assignments early. Don't hesitate to seek help on your courses if you're stuck, connect with meaningful communities, but most importantly, prioritize your mental wellbeing!

How did you decide on your major? I decided to be an ECE major since I felt it was a broad major that intersected areas and industries I am interested in exploring, such as power systems, telecommunications and computer architecture.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Asma Ansari

Asma Ansari (ara89)

Academic advice? Figuring out the study method that works best for you is the most crucial step in succeeding academically. Studying is not a one-size-fits-all situation. Every student has a unique background and learning ability. Trial and error is the only way to figure out what works for you, which may result in some failures along the way. The most important thing is to learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward.

How did you decide on your major? Currently, I’m torn between affiliating with Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science. I am leaning towards affiliating with Computer Science and minoring in ECE. My choice is rooted in the classes I chose to take: I was curious about how computers and programming worked, so I took classes in both subjects. Now, my interest in both areas have peaked.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I’m involved with the Women’s Health Initiative which is a club on campus. This club allows me to participate in a social cause I care about: women’s health (and more generally, women’s rights’ activism).

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Chimdi AnudeChimdi Anude (cca54)

Academic advice? Never skipping meals before exams. It is so easy to be focused on studying for an exam that you forget to eat. Feeding your mind and your body is crucial for being successful.

How did you decide on your major? I took a Digital Electronics class in high school and really enjoyed the content. I also love how versatile ECE can be. I don't feel like I am limited to one job or one industry.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to read! Whether it's fiction, memoirs, or opinion pieces, I enjoy escaping the world around me and diving into subjects and topics that use other parts of my brain. I learn new things about myself every time I pick up a new book.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ariana HaghighiAriana Haghighi (ah677)

Academic advice? Make a study group to work on problem sets together. Professors usually encourage student collaboration on homework and will design their problem sets thinking that students will work together. It can be really challenging to finish a problem set if you work entirely on your own.

How did you decide on your major? During my first year at Cornell, I realized that I enjoyed math, computer science, and physics the most. That said, I wasn't going to sign myself up for a triple major, so I choose Electrical and Computer Engineering which is a combination of all three.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I really enjoy running. It's the only time in my day when I'm completely focused on what I'm doing. It helps me avoid getting stressed out and can be a great way to meet people

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Minjung KwonMinjung Kwon (mk2592)

Academic advice? Explore the campus and find your favorite places to eat and study. Don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone.

How did you decide on your major? I decided based on my interest in computers and projects related to ECE.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to play video games, go rock-climbing, and do archery. I think it’s a good way to take a break and meet new people.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sarah Pambianchi

Sarah Pambianchi (scp238)

Academic advice? Ttake advantage of resources that are available to you. Cornell has all sorts of resources such as office hours, tutoring, learning strategies center, the academic excellence workshops, and others! If you are stuck on anything, do not hesitate to ask for help.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on ECE because I am interested in electronics, as well as renewable energy from an electric power perspective. I just think it currently appeals to me the most.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I was a part of the chorale first semester and it has been a great way to find balance in my life - I love to sing and it’s a great hobby that I have outside of engineering.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Elizabeth PolitoElizabeth Polito (emp234)

Academic advice? Make sure to ask upperclassmen for advice! There are a lot of ways to meet helpful upperclassmen, including joining project teams and clubs.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on ECE because throughout high school I always loved math, CS, and physics. ECE combines all three! I would say it is important to be open minded to majors while trying new things as a freshman at Cornell.           

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in Cornell Orchestras, which has given me the opportunity to play wonderful music and meet a lot of new people at Cornell.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers

 

Schuyler Seyram

Schuyler Seyram (ses398)

Academic advice? Find friends to learn from and study with.

How did you decide on your major? I decided based on my interests and what was able to capture my attention more. I had a higher attention span for stuff related to ECE , more specifically towards Computer Engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Studying music. It helps clear my mind easily. Especially when I need to take a break from academic stuff.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Amy WangAmy Wang (yw575)

Academic advice? Libraries are a great place to study. Dorms can be distracting and noisy, even if you have a single. Studying in a library allows you to be in an environment where everyone else is doing the same thing. This helped motivate me to not be distracted.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on ECE after taking some introductory ECE courses. These courses confirmed my interest and made me even more interested in the major.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to draw and knit when I have time. It relaxes me and gives my brain a chance to think of non-STEM related things.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Rachel YanRachel Yan(sy625)

Academic advice? Make a planner for each week, and write as specific as possible. That really helps you to manage your time and schedule.

How did you decide on your major? I was first attracted to ECE because I went to the major info session provided by this 1050 class. Then I took a few classes on it, and I think I really like the idea of it, am able to manage the workload, and I had fun. So I decided to affiliate to ECE.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love music so I play the piano, and I am trying to learn to play the guitar somehow. I think music can really make you feel calm when you're stressed out. Also it's a way to express yourself, or a way to let out some feelings in your head. It has really helped me when I was feeling upset during the semester.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Engineering Physics (AEP)

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Environmental Engineering (EnvE)

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Jing-Shan (Amber) HsuJing-Shan (Amber) Hsu (jh2226)

Academic advice? Study together with friends and/or form study groups! If you are someone who needs motivation to stay on track, studying with your friends or classmates will exert some positive pressure that motivates you to perform to your optimal potential.

How did you decide on your major? I’d say major in the field that feels rewarding while having the job market to support your future careers. Although passion and interest are important, applicable career employment opportunities are also equally valuable when considering what you would like to major in.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? E.Motion! I found dancing to be a stress relief activity and a wonderful time to keep you busy with making friends outside of your regular engineering-comfort zone!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Information Science, Systems, and Technology (ISST)

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Sarah BenkoussaSarah Benkoussa (sb967)

Academic Advice? Office hours will save your life more than once. Definitely take advantage of OH! You'll gain a lot of great insight into concepts/assignments, plus you'll quickly notice that most students are just as lost and confused as you are.

How did you decide on your major? I actually only decided to major in ISST my spring semester of sophomore year (the absolute last semester to affiliate). Before landing on info sci, I looked into MechE and CS. As I took more classes, I realized I wasn't really a good fit for either. I then took a few ISST courses and felt that it was right up my alley.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I'm a part of Cornell's Rock & Roll club! We meet up once a week in the evening. We sit, talk, and listen to albums on vinyl. I met some really cool people there and you don't even need to like rock music. Definitely a great way to destress.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Reid FleishmanReid Fleishman (rf377)

Academic Advice? Here's a pro-tip I've learned for studying for exams: Don't just read through the material and say, "I've got it" — rather, do lot's of practice problems! This really helps in my personal experience.

How did you decide on your major? I have bounced around between CS and ISST. After taking CS 2800, I realized that I didn't like the theory-heavy aspect of higher-level CS classes. I like how ISST places more of an emphasis on the practical, human-centered aspect of CS. It's a more interdisciplinary major where I feel I can make a bigger impact on the world.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love going to the top of McGraw Tower to take in the breathtaking views of campus, Cayuga Lake, and Ithaca while listening to a chimes concert. Apart from climbing 161 steps, it's a great way to de-stress and remind yourself of how wonderful the surrounding nature is.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Yesenia PeregrinaYesenia Peregrina (yp328)

Academic Advice? Take a minute to breathe and relax. Remember, everything will work itself out in the end.

How did you decide on your major? I chose ISST because I liked how it is a culmination of different fields and you get a taste of all of them.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved with Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity. The organization has allowed me to connect with other students and provides many opportunities to grow as a leader, while serving the Ithaca community.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Hanna TormeyHanna Tormey (hat33)

Academic Advice? Don't compare yourself to other first-year students. Everyone is on their own academic and social path. Yours is going to be unique and special to you. Focus on your own growth and it will come!

How did you decide on your major? I love the interdisciplinary nature of ISST paired with its technical experience opportunities. ISST prepares you for a variety or career paths that you can explore.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I love to read. Reading gives me a break from the stress of college life by helping me to decompress after a long day.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

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Sean GriffinSean Griffin (smg344)

Academic advice? My advice is to find the things that help you get in the study mindset. For me, it was listening to 2010's throwback music. It can be anything-working outside, going to the same library spot, or wearing a hat just for studying. Whatever gets you in the mindset to work!

How did you decide on your major? I always knew I wanted to be an engineer but for a long time, I wasn't sure what kind. I had a teacher in high school who made a big impact on my life and he was a Materials Science engineer. Because of him and the endless opportunity in the field of materials science, I decided to pursue MSE!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I've found working out to be a great activity to do at Cornell. At the gym, I have met so many like-minded people who want to work hard and better themselves. It helps keep me focused on my goals while getting stronger because of it!

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His. 

 

Carina LinCarina Lin (cll253)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid to ask questions in office hours and talk to your professors, advisors, and peers! More often than not, they'll be happy to help in whatever way they can. Having conversations about course materials can also help you discover new perspectives and insights. There are a lot of resources and tutoring support made available that you might not have heard about.

How did you decide on your major? Everything is made of  something—a material or several—and I find that diversity of material properties fascinating. For instance, the tempering process for chocolate determines its crystalline structure and that in turn determines properties like the satisfying snap of breaking off a piece or the silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Materials Science & Engineering is a very interdisciplinary field that allows me to pursue my interests in a range of subjects from chemistry to math and art.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? While editing for Crème de Cornell, a food magazine on-campus, I got to meet a lot of other students who were equally interested in cooking and baking. It was a lot of fun getting to see the new recipes they were developing and what inspired them. 

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Sebastian MariniSebastian Marini (sam579)

Academic advice? Please, please, please talk to professors. They are here to help you. It may seem daunting and you may feel it's not worth one's time because you won't get help and seem "stupid." Each and every one of you is here for a reason. You will make connections with your professors, have personalized instruction to help you guide your learning and studying, and even learn of other resources to assist you both as an academic and shape your college experience as a Cornellian.

How did you decide on your major? I knew I liked Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. I decided on majoring in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) after taking MSE 1140 taught by Prof. Van Dover. Materials Science is a combination of chemistry, physics, and all other engineering disciplines. MSE is such a fluid major that the possibilities are endless, and the ways one can apply the science is incredible since everything is made of something and anything can be engineered.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am a saxophone player for the Big Red Marching Band. Band has helped me two-fold. It reminds me that there's more to my Cornell experience than my studies and my studies alone. In addition, the band allowed me to make a hundred or so instant friends and it's important to meet new people at a university as large as Cornell.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Bradley MorellBradley Morrell (bwm54)

Academic advice? Find somewhere where you like to study and are comfortable studying. Personally, I don't like studying or doing work in my room. Finding somewhere where you always feel comfortable studying can really help to get a lot of work done. Cornell has a lot of great lounges and different places to try.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on MSE because I really like how it is applicable to many different fields in engineering. I also have been involved in a lot of research on the electrical side of MSE and have enjoyed the work with it so far.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Track and Field has helped me make many different connections for work and engineering. It has also helped me make a lot of different friends on campus and provided me with something to do in my free time to get my mind off of school work.

Preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Dana ProkopDana Prokop (dnp43)

Academic advice? Don't be afraid of getting a bad grade on an assignment or test. Use it to learn from your mistakes. Seeing a poor grade can be very discouraging, but it is better used as motivation to do well on the next one.

How did you decide on your major? I was initially planning on majoring with Chemical Engineering. I then discovered Materials Science and realized that it was closer to what I was looking for and involved topics that interested me more. I really enjoy chemistry and found that Materials Science included more ways for me to expand on my learning in that field and similar ones.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I enjoy playing intramural volleyball, both indoor and beach. It's a great way to not only spend time with your friends, but also get some exercise too. I played volleyball in high school and IM gave me an opportunity to keep playing in a casual way.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Molly StephensonMolly Stephenson (mjs689)

Academic advice? Find a balance between study time and activities outside of class.

How did you decide on your major? I really enjoy chemistry and MSE was the most chemistry based engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cooking has given me a break from academics in my day and a way to connect with friends.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Mechanical Engineering (MechE)

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Julia AdlerJulia Adler (jga49)

Academic advice? Go to office hours! It may seem intimidating at first to ask questions to a prof/the TAs, or you might not want to walk the 20 minutes, but it ends up saving so much time. The three hours you might spend staring at a math problem can be solved in 20 minutes with the help of a TA, and you will understand it so much better!

How did you decide on your major? I was originally AEP but realized I liked the hands-on elements of MechE and didn't want to spend the rest of my life doing theoretical research. I really like machining (in 2250 and on my project team) and feel like MechE is very versatile and is applicable in almost any industry so it gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of areas of study.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to skateboard around Ithaca. It's really relaxing and good to get some fresh air and reset.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Emma BrownEmma Brown (emb384

Academic Advice? Don’t be afraid to ask your professors for help. They want you to succeed. Try going to office hours or talking to them after the lecture.

How did you decide on your major? I choose Mechanical Engineering because it is a very broad field, and is the intersection between many different subjects. It is also interesting to see how different aspects of machines can work together to create one cohesive system.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on the varsity Women’s Fencing team. I get to spend time with my friends and it is a great outlet from all of the academic stress.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Alison CandyAlison Candy (aec242

Academic Advice? Figure out a study schedule and academic routines that work for you. It's easy to look at what other people are doing and feel like you should be doing the same thing. Everyone learns differently, so don't be afraid to do what works best for you.

How did you decide on your major? Mechanical Engineering is incredibly broad, so I knew it would give me a variety of industries to choose to work in after I graduate. I'm also interested in athletics and human movement, so I find the applications of Mechanical Engineering in medical device design and biomechanics research super cool.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like to stay active so I joined the club swim team at Cornell. I also love to go to the gym, or go for a walk/run outside in Ithaca. Making time for exercise helps manage academic stress and joining club sports is a great way to meet people!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Miriam CanterMiriam Canter (mec353

Academic Advice? Take advantage of office hours!! They are maybe the best possible way to ask questions about problem sets and get more hands-on help.

How did you decide on your major? I thought the coursework in MechE seemed the most useful and interesting!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am very involved with both the Cornell University Program Board (CUPB) and Cornell Concert Commission (CCC). Both are event clubs (comedy/speakers/concerts), and putting on a large scale event requires thorough planning, clear communication, and team work!

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Evelyn ChiuEvelyn Chiu (ewc55

Academic Advice? My favorite place to study is Mann Library because there are so many different options of seating. I can always find a place to study, and the Mann Cafe is nearby!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on Mechanical Engineering because I liked how diverse the major was. There are a lot of career options and directions you could take this degree in, whether it’s construction systems, aerospace, robotics, and more!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I’m involved with snowboarding, which is fun because on Wednesdays Greek Peak has a student special. It’s always a nice way to unwind in the middle of a tough week and a great way to enjoy the snow we get in upstate NY.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ashna GuptaAshna Gupta (ag843)

Academic Advice? Every two weeks, create a To-Do list with every assignment you need to complete and their given deadlines. Rank the assignments by priority and cross them out as you complete them.

How did you decide on your major? I love design, math, and physics so Mechanical Engineering was perfect for me. I’ve also had a lot of CAD experience from high school!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I’m in a sorority which is a great way to make friends and get involved in community service.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Phoebe HartPhoebe Hart (pch68)

Academic Advice? Actually go to office hours. TAs are really helpful, and the impact that going and asking questions can have on your grade is huge.

How did you decide on your major? Project teams! I was on Cornell Baja Racing for three years and found out through hands-on experience that I love mechanical design.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I host a radio show on WVBR on Wednesday nights! It's been really great to have a creative and low-stakes part of my schedule to let myself unwind and have fun.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Charlotte LeeCharlotte Lee (cyl53)

Academic Advice? Don't let the pressure to be perfect get to you. Everyone fails prelims, gets rejected from clubs and internships, and struggles with adjusting to college. It's impossible to be good at everything, and that's okay!

How did you decide on your major? I chose Mechanical Engineering because I had interests in biomedical and energy systems, but didn't feel like I could choose to focus on just one of those. Mechanical Engineering is applicable in so many fields, so I knew that choosing to major in it would allow me to go into any industry I desired in the future.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Intramural sports has brought me so many friends and wonderful memories at Cornell. It's exciting to bond with people over non-engineering interests and it's also a great way to stay active!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Charlotte also serves on the Peer Advisor Executive Board as the Co-Chair. 

 

Edith LiuEdith Liu (wl365)

Academic Advice? Don’t hesitate to try new things out! Try classes, activities, project teams-just give them a shot!

How did you decide on your major? After I watched Pacific Rim!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Anime Club and gaming with my friends!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Ashley PatonAshley Paton (aep85)

Academic Advice? Don't get too wrapped up in school. It's important to balance school and life, so even during the most hectic points in the semester, remember to make time for yourself!

How did you decide on your major? I decided on Mechanical Engineering because it's so broad. It's nice to be able to take classes that are cross listed with other majors, to get a sense of what goes on outside of Mechanical Engineering. It's definitely helpful when working as part of a cross functional team.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? One of my favorite things to do in Ithaca is to get outside. I'm on Cornell's ski team and triathlon club, and it's been really nice to meet a group of people outside of classes that I share interests with.

What are your preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Adhyan PrasadAdhyan Prasad (ap842)

Academic Advice? Find a good support of people that you like to hang around and who will support your interests-no matter what they may be.

How did you decide on your major? I am currently going through with affiliating with MechE, but I was initially interested in BME. After doing research in a lab and also completing a summer internship in a more biology oriented aspect, I decided that I really wanted more traditional engineering and to also not pigeon-hole myself into a relatively specific field.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Cornell Club Swimming has allowed me to continue one of my passions from high school and meet a lot of really interesting people from all different backgrounds.

What are your preferred pronouns? He, Him, His.

 

Millie SchwartzMillie Schwartz (mrs436)

Academic Advice? Studying in your dorm doesn’t work. Trust me on this.

How did you decide on your major? It came to me in a vision.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I write for CU Nooz! It’s great to have an hour to stop thinking about work and do something fun.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Julianna SeifertJulianna Seifert (js2783)

Academic Advice? Find people and activities that give you a break from school. Your studies are important, but when you struggle or fail, you’ll appreciate having a support system and way to unwind. You’ll work hard, but don’t forget to take time to recharge. Balance is key!

How did you decide on your major? I love how broad Mechanical Engineering is, and how I can learn about and get involved in so many different areas. I also love hands-on work and projects, which the Mechanical Engineering major and corresponding extracurriculars provide.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I’ve been a part of both the Pep Band and Wind Symphony playing the trumpet. It’s a nice way to take my mind off of school and meet some great people.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Nidhi SonwalkarNidhi Sonwalkar (nrs84)

Academic Advice? Office Hours are really helpful even if you don't have specific questions. Many times, it's a great way to listen to other questions and review concepts with your peers, TAs, and professor. I would recommend going to office hours regularly instead of just right before exams because they will help you learn continuously.

How did you decide on your major? I have always had an interest in spacecraft design, and the classes, research, and project teams I participated in solidified that interest in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. I would recommend trying to find activities that align with your interests, as well taking a variety of classes to see what major interests you most both academically and in research/project applications.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am involved in rock climbing which is a great way to not only exercise, but find time to relax and spend time with friends.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Madeline ZackeoMadeline Zackeo (mtz25)

Academic Advice? Don't be afraid to go to office hours! Though it can seem a little intimidating at first, the course staff in your classes really want to help you succeed. Attending can help improve your overall understanding and increase the pace at which you are able to complete problem sets. Often times, listening to the questions of others even if you don't have specific questions yourself, is helpful.

How did you decide on your major? I came to Cornell knowing that I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. I have always been fascinated by machines and how we can build physical mechanisms to accomplish tasks that we otherwise could not. I am studying what I feel can use my skills and interests to make the greatest impact on the world.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I have always loved running and found that making the time at the end of a long day of classes to take a run allows me to reset and clear my head. Exercise is often a great way to manage stress and there is a wealth of lovely trails both on campus and in the surrounding area that are great for runners and walkers.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Hannah ZolockHannah Zolock (hez8)

Academic Advice? Go to office hours. It is one of the best places to get homework done. Even if you don't already have a question to ask your TA, it can be helpful to just go and work in the OH room. That way, if you do have a question, you're already there and can just ask. Build time into your schedule to go to office hours for classes you find difficult. Try to go a few days before a problem set is due rather than the day of. It helps you stay on top of homework.

How did you decide on your major? I knew coming into Cornell I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. This mostly came from being on a robotics team in high school, but also just a general enjoyment in building and learning how things work. What really solidified my MechE choice however was taking ENGRD2020-Statics and Mechanics of Solids. This is the class I have most enjoyed thus far and reassured me that I would enjoy the Mechanical Engineering path.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? One hobby that I have is reading for fun. This is something that I have found over the past couple years really helps me get some time away from classes to do something I enjoy. When it's warm out, I love taking a book to the arboretum or the Cascadilla Gorge trail and reading outside. This hobby helps me to manage my stress and gives me a chance to take a break sometimes.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

Hannah also serves on the Peer Advisor Executive Board as the Vice Chair for Communication and Outreach.

Operations Research and Engineering (ORIE)

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Julia AllenJulia Allen (jra264)

Academic Advice? Remember that everyone gets a bad prelim grade or a bad grade in a course at some point. It doesn't mean you're not cut out for Cornell! Remember that everyone faces imposter syndrome and you're not alone.

How did you decide on your major? I was first exposed to ORIE during ENGRI 1101. I loved everything you could do with the major and all the different real-world applications there are.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I have been heavily involved in Cornell Running Club since freshman year. The organization has helped me meet some great people, and exercising has been really good for my mental health.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Abby DruckerAbby Drucker (ald95)

Academic Advice? Utilize office hours and don’t be afraid to ask questions, because chances are, someone else has that same question!

How did you decide on your major? I looked for a major based on my interests and I knew I was interested in business and computer science, which aligned nicely with ORIE.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Tour guides! It's a great way to meet people, spread your knowledge, and learn more about the school and yourself.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

Abby also serves on the Peer Advisor Executive Board as the Vice Chair for Training and Professional Development.

 

Rongyi (Caroline) HeRongyi "Caroline" He (rh463)

Academic Advice? It's fine to feel confused about the future! Exploring different opportunities around you can help you figure it out.

How did you decide on your major? I chose ORIE because I enjoyed probability and linear algebra.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Singing has always been my stress reliever.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Samantha KleinSamantha Klein (slk247)

Academic Advice? Office hours are a great way to get extra help and reinforce what was learned in class. Take advantage of the time that professors and TAs schedule to help with problem sets, study for exams, and just get to know the course staff and other students in the class.

How did you decide on your major? I decided on my major during the major information fair during orientation week of my freshman year. I came into Cornell Engineering undecided about my major but after attending, my interest in ORIE became clear. I was fascinated by the research being done in the ORIE department and all of the practical applications of it. I could not wait to learn more!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? TAMID--a consulting and investment fund club that works Israeli companies. It has been a great way for me to explore my interest in business and gain real world experience.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Yichen "May" MaYichen "May" Ma (ym287)

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How did you decide on your major? I chose ORIE as my major because I wanted to pursue the field of finance in the future and one of ORIE’s master degree is financial engineering.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I like skateboarding because it helps me release stress and focus on the present.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

May also serves on the Peer Advisor Executive Board as the Vice Chair for Recruitment. 

 

Samantha ReimSamantha Reim (slr248)

Academic Advice? There are so many amazing places on campus! Make a point of finding one new place on campus each week to study, eat, or just hang out with friends. I am still finding new places on campus as a senior.

How did you decide on your major? I came into college and spent most of my freshman year undecided. What really helped the most, was talking to friends and older students about their majors until I found something that really interested me.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am on a few different intramural sports teams with my friends. It is an amazing way to stay active, have fun outside of school work, and meet new people.

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

​Samantha also serves on the Peer Advisor Executive Board as the Co-Chair.

Emma RethyEmma Rethy (evr8)

Academic Advice? Find study habits that work best for you and take advantage of all the resources that Cornell Engineering has to offer throughout the semester. My favorites are the ELI peer tutors and professor or TA office hours, and I love forming studying groups with my friends.

How did you decide on your major? I took ENGRI 1101 (Engineering Applications of Operations Research) in the fall of my freshman year and discovered that ORIE is the perfect fit for my interests. I love how much problem solving there is and how it involves optimization and efficiency. The major provides diverse options for fields to go into, which is also very exciting to me.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I am ballet dancer and a member of Cornell PMA's Dance Company. I love the outlet it gives me to perform and share my art form with the Cornell community. I really enjoy dancing with students in all the colleges and years at Cornell.

Preferred Pronouns? She, Her, Hers.

 

Kate SawinKate Sawin (khs72)

Academic Advice? Prioritize sleep! If it comes down to studying for an extra hour or going to sleep, choose sleep! It's so important, especially before an exam, and I've seen a remarkable difference in my academics after prioritizing sleep.

How did you decide on your major? I was searching for the intersection of engineering, technology, and business, and ORIE seemed like the perfect fit. This decision was further solidified after taking the ENGRI 1101 class!

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? Greek life has allowed me to meet people from different majors across the entire university and help build my own community. It's also given me the opportunity to take on leadership roles and explore my interests outside of engineering!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers. 

 

Lily YoungLily Young (ly274)

Academic Advice? Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help. It may seem scary at first but that is how you will learn best, and it is more than likely that the people around you have the same question as well.

How did you decide on your major? Although I am not yet affiliated, I decided on my major after taking the Intro Operations Research class(ENGRI 1101). I came to Cornell having no idea what ORIE was, and now it is hard to imagine myself doing anything else. ORIE combines my love for math and problem solving into one. I am excited to see what else it can do.

What is one non-engineering activity you are involved with? I have ice skated my entire life and it has allowed me to connect my high school self to my college self. It has given me unique friendships and a common ground with others I may not have known otherwise!

Preferred pronouns? She, Her, Hers.