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  1. Hanging with Cornellians – Daniel Somekh

    March 29, 2013 by Ian Perry

    This week’s interview is with current Cornell student, Daniel Somekh. Daniel is a freshman majoring in computer science and minoring in business. He is involved in many groups on campus, such as CUAir, and is also interning at Vimbly, a New York City startup. In the interview, we talk about getting involved on campus, what Daniel has enjoyed most about Cornell so far, and more.



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  2. Hanging with Cornellians – Sam Lundin

    March 22, 2013 by Ian Perry

    This week’s interview is with Cornell alum Sam Lundin. Sam majored in applied economics and management and entered the world of finance after graduating. After spending several years in investing, Sam made the transition to the startup world when he co-founded Vimbly. In the interview, we talk about switching from finance to startups, the idea behind Vimbly, and what Sam misses most about Cornell.



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  3. Hanging with Cornellians – Clayton Dubin

    March 15, 2013 by Ian Perry

    This week, I was excited to interview my first current Cornell student, Clayton Dubin, as a part of the Hanging with Cornellians series. Clayton is a senior from outside of Seattle, Washington and is double majoring in government and philosophy. In addition to being on the sprint football team, Clayton is also involved with Greek Life, and has been a part of a number of groups/organizations on campus including Cornell Racing. In the interview, we talk about Clayton’s process of deciding to pursue a career in finance, getting involved on campus, and what Clayton enjoys about the environment at Cornell.



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  4. Hanging with Cornellians – Chris Kurdziel

    March 8, 2013 by Ian Perry

    This week’s interview is with Cornell alum Chris Kurdziel. Chris studied computer science as an undergraduate, and worked in corporate America before deciding to go to Cornell to get his MBA. He graduated from the Johnson School in 2012, and now works at in New York City. In the interview we talk about startups, the NY tech scene, and what Chris misses most about Cornell.



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  5. Get out of your comfort zone

    March 5, 2013 by Ian Perry

    If you’re constantly in your comfort zone, then you’re not trying hard enough.

    Chances are that you have interests outside of what you consider yourself good at. Instead of just going through college doing what you know will make you comfortable, take some risks. Put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. If you don’t, then you’re not taking advantage of what Cornell has to offer. There are over 900 student organizations on campus. Nine hundred. Join some just because they sound cool, even if you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.

    Not good at writing? Take a creative writing class.

    Shy? Take an oral speaking class.

    Engineering student? Take a film class.

    Film student? Take an engineering class.

    Don’t miss out on all that Cornell has to offer just because you think you don’t belong in that situation. If you feel uncomfortable because you’re the only engineering student in a psychology class, that’s good. Getting out of your comfort zone is one of the best ways to become multi-faceted, learn a ton, and meet lots of new people that you otherwise might not have crossed paths with. Sometimes having a major can feel restricting, and it may seem hard to take the random classes that sound very interesting, but won’t count towards your degree. Find a way. Sit in on the class, join a club that is centered around the same topic, work on a side project. There are many ways – choose one.

    Stress can suck, but stress from being out of your comfort zone is what will help make you even more awesome.

  6. Hanging with Cornellians – Professor Tarleton Gillespie

    March 1, 2013 by Ian Perry

    I’m excited to announce that I’m starting a video series on my blog. Each week, I will interview someone who has some affiliation with Cornell, aka a Cornellian. This can be a student, faculty member, staff member, alumnus, etc. I’m hoping to feature a wide variety of people. Each interview will be conducted over Google Hangouts, and every Friday, I will post the YouTube video and a brief description here on my blog.

    Each video can be found at, which is a roll of video that I’ve created on just for this series!

    Below is the first one in the series, in which I interview Professor Tarleton Gillespie. It was the first video I’ve ever uploaded to YouTube and I’m excited to share.

    Professor Tarleton Gillespie
    Professor Tarleton Gillespie is a professor here at Cornell in the Departments of Communication and Information Science. He has written a book on digital copyright, titled Wired Shut, and has two more books under contract that are set to be published in 2013. Professor Gillespie’s recent work has been on algorithms and how they relate to public discourse. In the following interview, I ask questions about the importance of algorithms in finding relevant content on the web.


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  7. Screen Dependence

    February 27, 2013 by Ian Perry

    As the world becomes more and more dominated by screens of all shapes and sizes, it’s crucial to remember the importance of the real life interaction. Do not let screens impede on this extremely important part of everyday life. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions are all changing the way we interact with people, both close and far. It’s up to us to keep this effect as positive as possible. Some of the responsibility falls on the changing technology, but it also falls on us.

    Give people the in-person attention that they deserve. Your phone should not take precedence over the person who you’re sitting across from. You already spend enough time during the day looking at a screen. Don’t waste yours and other people’s time by becoming too dependent on your screen. Emergencies are understandable. However, I didn’t ask you to dinner to watch you text someone who you’ve probably been texting the whole day anyway. I didn’t agree to grab coffee so that I could watch you respond to emails. Be connected, but not dependent. Look away for an hour and enjoy some in-person interactions.  Don’t waste my time, and I won’t waste yours.

  8. Cornell Career Services Keeping Up With the Times

    February 26, 2013 by Ian Perry

    Yesterday, Cornell’s Arts & Sciences Career Services department held its second LinkedIn workshop in the past three and a half months. The turnout was great and students seemed to get a decent amount out of it. I think workshops like this show that Cornell’s Career Services department is doing a good job of keeping up with the times. While emphasis is often put on having the “perfect” resume, or practicing for an interview, tools which make those things easier, like LinkedIn, are often overlooked. It’s amazing to me how many students are not on LinkedIn (and part of the reason why I decided to start the Cornell Social Media Club). It’s not that students don’t understand the importance of networking, it’s just that they aren’t aware of how to use all of the tools at their disposal. This is why it’s necessary to have sessions purely devoted to creating, maintaining, and successfully utilizing a LinkedIn profile.

    From Paper to Digital

    Traditionally, stress has been put on the paper resume, but in today’s world, almost everything is digital. Whether you like it or not, you have some sort of online presence. This can be through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., but people can find information about you online if they want to. And guess who wants to? The company that you want to work for. Giving people one place where they can go to find your portfolio, just makes their job easier. One of the best ways to do this is probably through a personal website, but if you don’t have the resources or time to put together a site, a LinkedIn profile is a great alternative. It’s one place where you can go beyond the restrictions of a paper resume. You can summarize your career, life, and/or personal goals, and give a much more detailed explanation of what you’ve done in your professional career. It’s also a great place to link to other sites where you maintain a presence (Twitter, a blog, etc.).

    Showing Your Human Side

    Having an online presence to show to potential employers or just people you want to connect with is a great way to show your human side. This is something that can be extremely difficult to do through a paper resume. It has been done in some very creative ways though. The Internet makes it much easier to show multiple sides of who you are. You can show your professional experiences through text on your LinkedIn profile, but then also link to a blog, Twitter, YouTube channel, Shelby roll, etc. It’s a great way to say, “Yes, I have lots of experience and I work hard, but I also like to have fun and do other things besides work,” which can be tough to say on paper. There are also less restrictions in terms of length (especially if you generally stick to a one page resume). It’s also really easy to show off your work. Did you have a blog post featured on a prominent news site, do you write for the school paper, did you make an awesome web app? These are all things that are super easy to link to from a LinkedIn profile. Showing what you’ve done is much more impressive than describing it, and your projects often show who you are and what your interests are. Make sure you’re showing your human side.

    Building and Maintaining Connections

    “People love helping students.” You’ve probably heard this before, and from my experience, it’s definitely true. People are often more than willing to help students. They’re even more willing if they’re an alumnus of the school that you’re going to. They’ve been in your shoes and understand what you’re going through. In my opinion, LinkedIn is one of the best ways to connect with alumni, besides face-to-face interaction. The ability to join groups and search by company, industry, school, and keyword makes it extremely easy to meet people who are doing what you think you might want to do with your life. While I don’t suggest connecting on LinkedIn with people you don’t know (especially not with the generic LinkedIn connection request message), there are many other ways to connect with alumni. For example, try looking them up in your school’s database of contacts and send them an email. LinkedIn amplifies the power of a school’s network, and can lead to great opportunities. Remember though, ask for advice, not jobs.

    I could go on and on about LinkedIn and maintaining your online web presence/portfolio. I think it’s extremely important, and I’m glad that Cornell Career Services thinks so too. Let me know in the comments if you have any other tips for students using LinkedIn.

  9. 3 Positives a Day

    February 18, 2013 by Ian Perry

    A few days after 2013 began, I stumbled across the following tweet by Zack Shapiro:


    For those of you who may not know, Lift is an app for the iPhone that helps you set, track, and achieve goals. You choose goals that you want to try and keep, and then check them off every day that you meet them. For example, one of my goals is to eat breakfast every day, because for a very long time I have been in the habit of skipping a morning meal. Lift has been a great way for me to track my progress and hold myself accountable for meeting the goal.

    Anyway, I saw the tweet above, and checked out the goal for writing three positives about today. It seemed like a really cool idea, and is exactly what it sounds like. At the end of every day, or sometimes the next morning, I write three things that were positive about the previous day. It’s a great way to make yourself look at things in a more positive light. Even if you had a “bad” day, you still have to find not one, but three good things that happened. In the end, what you may have thought was a bad day, might not seem so bad after all.

    Another neat thing about Lift is that it tells you how long your current streak is for every goal. I’m in the middle of a 42-day streak for this goal, and I’m hoping to keep it up for the entire year. One thing that I think will be cool after a few months of this will be to look back at each thing that I’ve written.

    While keeping up with this goal, I’ve noticed that the positives I tend to write are often things that I’d consider “small.” These may be as simple as, “played FIFA with friends,” or “had time to read A Game of Thrones.” However, they’re the things that I see as positives every day. This observation has given me a greater appreciation for the little things in life.

    I’d love to hear if anyone is keeping a similar goal. Let me know in the comments.

  10. Nemo found Cornell

    February 9, 2013 by Ian Perry

    Below is a panoramic photo of the Arts Quad this afternoon after winter storm Nemo. (Click on image for full panoramic.)

    Nemo found Cornell


    Also check out this video I took using Vine:

    Cornell Arts Quad after Nemo