I fence. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to stab your friends (and enemies).
I started fencing in middle school, began taking it seriously in high school and knew going to college that I wanted to continue with the sport. To me, that meant competing on a team, fencing at a local club, or bouting recreationally on campus.
Cornell offered the best opportunity for me to fence in college of the schools to which I was admitted. I got to know the captains immediately after coming to campus, one of whom I had actually fenced in high school. Cornell Men’s Fencing, a competitive club team, is the non-varsity counterpart to the women’s varsity program. While I do not, many of my teammates practice with the women’s coach and their squad as described in this New York Times video. Our dedicated practices also use the phenomenal facilities of Stifel Salle, located in Bartels Hall.
When we hit the road to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association, we square off against a mix of club programs and established varsity teams, including Haverford, Rutgers, Lafayette, Army and Navy. We also attend the annual United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs tournament, a massive, multi-day event held every year on a different campus. In general, we do pretty well, even against better-funded varsity programs. These events are also a blast – they’re basically road trips with friends mixed with competitions.
Joining Cornell Fencing gave me much more then an opportunity to stay active and compete at the collegiate level in a sport I love. It also gave me a close group of friends, on and off the strip. Knowing that I can lean on my teammates and that they can lean on me is a wonderful feeling. All united by our mutual love of stabbing.