A Little About Me…

At the risk of sounding egotistical, I figure I should tell you a little about me. Not that I’m the most exciting person in the world–I haven’t cured any diseases, been on a game show, or played in the World Cup (which actually might be a blessing in disguise, as those vuvuzelas would have driven me insane). But, since many of you don’t have much of a clue who I am, I’ll give some sort of introduction.

I’ve lived my whole life in West Hartford, Connecticut–a town which has recently garnered some attention by being named one of the top 10 cities in the country by Kiplinger’s magazine (yeah!). If anything, I can wear a badge of honor showing that I’ve endured 18 tough New England winters. Ithaca shouldn’t be too much of a change for the worse…and I guess it will be an easier adjustment than those coming from sunny Southern California, right?

High school was fun–I mean, it was as much fun as it could be. I had a solid group of friends, and I really liked most my teachers.

Tiananmen Square, in China!

Tiananmen Square, in China!

Academically, I really liked languages…I completed 4 years of French and 3 of Chinese (Dui, wo keyi shuo zhongwen. Wo hen xihuan!) One of the highlights of my high school career was actually going to China on a school trip for two weeks. It was awesome, because we were literally able to tour such a wide variety of places–we went to small resort towns (Yangshuo, anyone?) to the large, bustling cities of Shanghai and Beijing. I’d totally recommend it to anyone interested in seeing a completely different lifestyle from our American one; I mean, I doubt the happy Chinese farmers we met cared about how many people wrote on their Facebook walls, or if Jack Bauer was going to die in the season finale of 24. (Off topic, but it is definitely worth watching! I won’t give anything away.)

Me at graduation!

Me at graduation!

I definitely kept myself busy in high school. Besides the schoolwork, I was involved in writing for and editing the school newspaper, doing Model UN, being a teaching assistant/tutor, etc. It really shouldn’t be too hard to transform these activities into something I’d enjoy doing at the Big Red.

So…what do I plan on studying at Cornell? I know that I want to do something with business management in my future, so my current academic path is uncertain. As a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, I’d have the option of majoring in something like Econ or Information Science to prepare me for a business career. Alternatively, I’d say that I’m definitely interested in checking out other programs at Cornell. The Hotel School, for one, seems awesome…as does the Applied Economics and Management (AEM) program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (which is now the Dyson School). Nothing is out of the question for me, at this point…so I’ll definitely keep all my options open. Also, as a student in CAS, I have the flexibility to take classes in all the other schools, so I’ll definitely experiment to see what interests me.

I think that’s about it for now–I’ll probably write a (more Cornell-related) update sometime soon, as now that I’ve finished work I don’t have too much on my plate. Actually, tomorrow I’m going into Manhattan to see a taping of David Letterman…so that should be pretty interesting.

Should I have some kind of sign off line? I mean, “See you later” seems kind of cliche and trite. I’ll work on it.

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