November 20, 2010
Earlier this week, I had yet another one of those my-time-at-Cornell-has-come-full-circle moments: I finally got to see my alumni mentor, whom I met before freshman year, on campus. The summer before my first year here, I requested an alumni mentor through the Cornell Alumni-Student Mentoring Program, and I was matched with Seth Stern ’97, an ILR grad and writer for Congressional Quarterly. Little did I know then that we shared an interest in history and politics, and that he was basically leading my dream life — having a present- and future-oriented job in public affairs while writing history on the side. We’ve been able to meet when I’m home and stay in touch over e-mail since then. In October, his biography of Supreme Court Justice William Brennan hit the shelves, and he came up to Cornell this week to meet with students and talk about his subject, the writing process, and time as a student here. It was pretty awesome to see him in his old stomping grounds after having accomplished so much. I also recommend everyone check out the book. The reviews have been glowing, and I’m so looking forward to reading it when I get some downtime.