April 25, 2009
In response to a comment from a prospective student, I’d like to take some time to describe my experience, with a specific focus on the very busy April I have had with Cornell Tradition.
Last Saturday was the National Volunteer Week kick-off event, where I think I had the most fun I’ve had volunteering… ever? The weather was perfect, and since we were working alongside the gorge, the breeze was wonderful. Today, I just got back from Bowl for Kids’ Sake ’09, a fundraising bowl-a-thon to benefit BigBrothers BigSisters Ithaca. With my impressive 78, I might be the worst bowler in BFKS history… though I did beat President Obama’s score from last April.
Tradition’s prestige and financial benefits have made a huge difference in my life at Cornell, but I still have the desire to engage more with the fellowship. I have yet to really make a commitment to a community organization. I worry sometimes that my personal definition of public service doesn’t really fit into the Tradition mold; I see being a public servant as inextricably tied to my career, all about doing good research and passing the right laws. While I have generally enjoyed all of the events I have coordinated, I know I could be getting much more out of it if I found a long-term activity. I believe very deeply in Cornell’s public service mission, and Tradition has tremendous potential to be a vehicle for it. I am optimistic that I will be able to find a long-term and personally meaningful opportunity in the fall.
For now, though, it’s 87 degrees, and I’m inside! Time to get out of the library and play on Libe Slope.