My name is Patricia Moscoso. I am a senior in Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and possibly the #1 fan of my major. Trust me, my friends are really sick of hearing about our six awesome departments, research opportunities, and beautiful library.
I grew up in Germantown, Maryland, not far from Washington, DC. I am a proud alumna of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland, which was unequivocally worth the sacrifices. Cornell is no cakewalk, but learning to manage my life in high school made my transition to college very smooth. Full nights of sleep and a respectable GPA might have made my four years easier, but the kind of balance that I’ve found at Cornell would not have been possible had I gone to high school anywhere else. IB kids, if you’re out there, it’s so worth it. Chin up!
IB also gave me a clear idea of what I wanted in a college: a strong, supportive community based around intense academics. ILR was a natural choice. I am one of 800 fabulous ILRies in a university of 13,000, our professors are a tight-knit group of 50, and we still have access to all the resources and opportunities of a giant research institution. Also, I have three advisors.
My coursework keeps me busy, but I also rep the Cornell Tradition, a work and service fellowship, serving on its Student Advisory Council this year. I am also a research assistant for the Theodore W. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives, Cornell Ambassador, ILR Ambassador, and ILR Student Advisor. I’m a big fan of swimming and pilates, and I love to spend time outside.
I love 30 Rock, Mad Men, my crazy friends, DC sports, and Bruce Springsteen. Unlike most of his young fans, I’m not from New Jersey and I wasn’t raised by Bruceheads, but his beautiful lyrics, timeless statements on American life, and amazing live performances resonate with me nonetheless. I borrowed the title of this blog from the song Factory, which decidedly isn’t about a happy college girl. It’s about an American experience that could not be different from mine, but like so many Bruce songs, I can understand and feel exactly what he’s talking about, even if I haven’t lived it. I know how lucky I am that my “Working Life” is about committing myself entirely to the Cornell experience while studying the workplace. As usual, Bruce found a way to tie together my personal philosophy with my academic passions. The lifestyle involves a lot of late nights, critical thinking, and one giant day planner that goes with me everywhere, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s to four great years, figuring out my career plans, and plenty more Springsteen shows. I’ll be documenting every step of the way.