Monthly Archives: February 2012

3 AM Police Interviews in Underwear

If you could take a guess as to what I was doing at 3 AM last Thursday night/Friday morning, you’d say sleeping, right? (Keeping in mind I have classes early on Fridays.)

That’s what I would’ve guessed too. However, it didn’t exactly turn out that way. My night started out pretty uneventful; I got in bed around 11, surfed the web, then passed out because I was tired.

At 2:50 AM, I heard a pounding on the door. Thinking it was for someone else, or that I was imagining it, I ignored it and turned over on my pillow.

At 2:51, I heard pounding on my door again. Okay, this time I was certain someone was at my door. In a groggy daze, I got out of bed, neglecting to put on pants/a t-shirt. For reasons unclear to me now, I figured it’d be okay to open the door wearing nothing but my short boxer briefs.

I open the door, and there are 2 Cornell Police officers. I look at both of them, fully decked in their police uniforms: belt, gun, badge, and all.

I then look at myself: wearing nothing but short underwear.

I manage to mumble: “Good evening, Officers.”

They say back something along the lines of, “Is anyone else in there?? What does your window face? What have you been doing?

I groggily replied that I was just sleeping…and had done nothing suspicious at all. I even invited them to look around the room–hey, I had nothing to hide. The worst they’d find is an awful music collection.

Something about the way I was talking, or the way I handled myself must have proven to them that I was innocent. After a brief conversation they basically told me that someone had reported suspicious activity in one of the rooms facing west, and they apologized for waking me. Inevitably, the conversation was a tad awkward because I was, in fact, wearing nothing but really short boxer briefs.

Lesson learned: From now on, I’ll take the time to put on sweatpants when someone knocks on my door at 3 AM. Or not…it was a pretty amusing incident in retrospect.

After telling the story a few times the next day, people have asked me if I was bothered by the incident. I said repeatedly, of course not! If waking me up in the middle of the night is what it takes to stop potentially criminal activity around me, I’m all for it.

Adventures in the Career Services Office

Talking to people about their post-Cornell aspirations can be a pretty intimidating task–after all, there are some pretty determined people here. You can meet the hotelie who’s always dreamed of being the VP of Marriott, the engineer who loves science and plans on owning a green energy firm by the age of 30, and the fiber science major who knows clothing is their passion–and they want to do it for the rest of their life.

Gotta love generic business photos!

Then, there’s me.

I know that I like the world of business and dealing with people…but what does that mean? There are a million jobs that could interest me, from consulting to hospitality. I’ve also developed an affinity for television and media as of late, and would love to pursue interests there too.

Looking for some guidance, I turned to the helpful folks in Arts and Sciences career advising. After meeting with one of the career counselors last week for an overview session, I was instructed to take the “Strong Interest Inventory,” an assessment that would supposedly help me narrow down my abilities and suggest career paths. Today, I went back to career services to get the results:

So, what did I learn from the results? It turns out, my inclination towards business was solidified. I was given the personality designations “enterprising,” “conventional,” and “social.” It also suggested numerous careers for me, such as buyer, operations manager, and ‘top executive.’

Do I feel like career services and the psychological tests helped me out? Sure; it was great feeling knowing that I had solidified my interest in business. But do I feel like I know exactly what I want to do with my life? No way! Maybe I could just turn my “Life on the Hill” blogging position into a full-time job…

Maybe the BEST Cornell class EVER?!

As classes started 2 weeks ago, it’s safe to say that the spring semester’s in full swing. I am back, (somewhat) re-energized from break, and have already felt the work piling on.

What’s been my favorite class so far this semester?

AMST 2001: The First American University! It’s a one credit class that discusses the history of Cornell, from its beginnings as a land-grant college under the Morrill Act to current day student life. It meets in Uris Auditorium on Monday nights, and is taught by Cornell aficionado Corey Ryan Earle ’07. To say that this class is a blast is an understatement–Corey is incredibly enthusiastic about Cornell’s history, and his excitement towards the material is passed over to us. He cracks jokes, the audience cheers and boos (particularly when the H-bomb is mentioned), and it’s overall a great time.

I’ve learned a ton of cool facts about Cornell. Who knew, for example, that Ezra helped to invent the telegraph…and there’s a often-missed telegraph depicted behind the Cornell statue?

Plus, it’s awesome to learn about the people behind the building names on campus–now, when I walk by McGraw, Sibley or Warren I’ll know just what each of their contributions to Cornell were. The course should totally be required for all students to graduate; it really has instilled a sense of Cornellian pride in me.

Another cool part? We’re encouraged to live-tweet the lectures with the hash-tag #amst2001–so if you log into Twitter on Monday nights and look for ’em, chances are you’ll learn quite a bit about Cornell.

The readings are interesting (see last year’s syllabus here), the course is fun, and there are a ton of familiar faces taking the course. What else could you ask for out of a class?

A sampling of tweets with the #amst2001 hashtag

Happy Wednesday!