Eerily Full Circle, Part I

Monday, April 18 was probably the busiest day of my last semester here. I spent a good five hours helping out the ILR Undergraduate Admissions office with the last of Cornell Days, our series of events for admitted students. I love Cornell Days, even if it makes my calendar explode. On every open house day, our office coordinates a great series of receptions, discussions, and information sessions.  I’ve mentioned this here before, but my choice to come to Cornell was very much sealed by conversations with ILR students and faculty, so I’ve always tried to create those same experiences for the young people in the same shoes I was in c. 2007. Monday was the last Cornell Day (though, for the readers of this blog who might want to visit, we can still arrange all of that for you! 607-255-2222!). It often strikes me that I’m conducting the information session that made me want to come to Cornell in the first place.

But it was never more dramatic than Monday, when our information session was held in the same room as the first ever ILR class I attended: a section of ILRLE 2400: The Economics of Wages and Employment open to visitors during my first trip to Cornell. And there I was speaking at the front of the room! During that visit, I also distinctly remember reading a course description for an ILR writing seminar about Bruce Springsteen posted on a bulletin board in Ives. At that age, I had only been a Bruce fan for about a year, but I was pretty impressed that there was a major out there with those kind of offerings. On Monday after the admissions marathon, I got to see on that professor lecturing on Born in the U.S.A. I couldn’t help but think how much I’ve grown, from just thinking about Bruce’s place in American Studies to really engaging with that material. I’ve also grown from casual fan to certified crazy, but that’s another story… though, no lie, I’m sure it’s been helped along by knowing that my alma mater funds and encourages faculty members to study the guy. I’m expecting many more of these “full circle” moments in the next thirty-six days to graduation.

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