I like to think of myself, in general, as a fairly humble person to others–I self-deprecate myself very regularly and am my own toughest critic. Believe me, I’m not perfect. After all these years at Cornell, though, there are a few insanely bizarre things that I’m proud of myself for…and I can’t help but share ’em. So here goes:
1. I have not lost my Cornell ID for good yet…and am still using the one given to me my first day of orientation. I gotta say, I’m pretty darn proud of this one, as I know a few people that are on number 2 or 3. For all the usage that it’s gotten–swiping me into dining halls and helping me pay for meals, being checked at exams, in addition to letting me gain access to a lot of places–I’m just shocked that this original one is still kicking around. (There was the time I was separated from it temporarily, though).
2. By graduation, I will have taken a class in 6 out of the 7 undergraduate colleges at Cornell (AAP, thanks for ruining my track record). Yep, that’s right; I’ve enrolled in courses from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Human Ecology, Industrial and Labor Relations, Engineering (if CS/INFO 1300 counts), Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Hotel Administration. I was this close to completing them all! Unfortunately, for the sake of grades, I think it’s for the best that I didn’t enroll in an AAP class…my art skills have gone downhill since I passed third grade. Though, I did sit near AAP Dean Kent Kleinman on a Campus to Campus bus once…does that count?
3. I’m excellent at snagging seats in StudentCenter. During the pre-enrollment and add/drop periods, there’s always stress amongst students as many classes become full–and you see the dreaded blue square, meaning you can’t enroll in the course due to capacity. In very large classes, though, the second that 1 kid drops the class and the green circle appears, you’re good to enroll (unless someone else snatches it before you). Here’s a pro-tip: if you’re really desperate to get into a class, check StudentCenter during odd hours–like a Sunday night at 11pm.
4. I’m this close to getting rewarded at Manndibles, CTB, and Hot Truck (and was really close at Yogurt Crazy, too). Lots of eateries around here have those cards where, if you get x amount of stamps/punches, you get a free coffee/sandwich/etc. While I’ve definitely redeemed a card at Hot Truck, the 2nd closest I’ve gotten was at Yogurt Crazy…which now has conveniently gone out of business.
5. If my I-Clicker track record means anything, I’d be a helluva game show contestant. I seem to have a knack for answering I-Clicker questions correctly. (These are the little 5 button devices that some professors use to have you answer multiple choice questions in class, shown at right.) I can’t really explain why, though…
6. I proudly took an 8:00am intermediate French class that met 3 days a week freshman year. Hours before half of my hall was awake, I was on the Arts quad speaking French. Truth be told, though, I honestly don’t mind early morning classes–you get a great feeling of productivity early on in the day (and that’s why I’m not ashamed to admit that, even as a second semester senior, I still have an 8:40 on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
Are these all things to genuinely be proud of? Eh, I’ll leave it up to you. While they may not be suitable accomplishments for my resume or LinkedIn profile, and this blog post is kind of written in jest, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little proud of ’em.