Mathematics and Economics
What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?
What is your main extracurricular activity and why is it important to you?
Piano means so much to me that I’m not sure how to write the words to express how I feel. It’s been a part of me since I begged my parents for lessons at age seven, and it’ll be an old friend that keeps me company until the end of my life. Playing piano and being able to make beautiful music at Cornell with Prof. Xak Bjerken and the rest of the studio and music department has been a privilege that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
What Cornell memory do you treasure the most?
Going to Boston as the stock pitch team representing Cornell for the Women in Investing (WIN) Conference my sophomore year. This trip was my first stock pitch competition I did outside of Cornell, and it definitely sparked my passion for stock pitch competitions throughout my undergraduate time. Not only did Cornell generously sponsor our trip to Boston, but it was an amazing opportunity to be able to collaborate with like-minded female students and to represent Cornell amongst other universities. This experience not only gave me close friends whom I still am in touch with years later, but it also solidified my aspirations to pursue a career in investing.
How have your beliefs or perspectives changed since you first arrived at Cornell? What have you discovered about yourself?
My time at Cornell has shown me that I am worthy of being able to “dream big.” Before coming to Cornell, I always thought that producing meaningful change or making a significant difference in society was for people who had more privilege or were smarter than I was. However, during my time at Cornell, I’ve been surrounded by so many motivated, down-to-earth and thoughtful peers who have inspired me by the accomplishments they have achieved. They've shown me that anyone can make an impact and that any impact — no matter how big or small — is significant. And because of them, I’ve been inspired to want to be better. I want to live more meaningfully, I want to create change more impactfully, and I want to be able to use the platform Cornell has given me to give back to society more generously.
Where do you dream to be in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be living the American Dream -- being financially secure, intellectually satisfied, emotionally content, and spiritually fulfilled. Normalcy is so underrated.
But in actual words: I still want to have skin in the stock market as an investor since I’ve always been interested in it, but instead of focusing on maximizing returns for ultra-wealthy clients, I want to invest with an impact, especially for those without financial knowledge or acumen. I want to help the everyday person — like my parents— be able to financially meet their needs and goals. I have seen firsthand how the financial industry can be pivotal in creating opportunities, and I want to ensure those opportunities are open to as many people as possible.
And it would be nice if I also had a white picket fence house with a cute family in the ‘burbs. That would be a dream.
Every year, our faculty nominate graduating Arts & Sciences students to be featured as part of our Extraordinary Journeys series. Read more about the Class of 2021.