Kyra Wisniewski: ' I loved being a member of College Mentors for Kids'

Fri, 05/08/2020

Kyra Wisniewski​

Computer Science & Mathematics

Dublin, Oh

Why did you choose Cornell?

Even though it's cheesy, I chose Cornell because the first time I visited the campus it felt like home. There is so much information being thrown at you when you are trying to decide what college to go to, sometimes you need to trust your gut with life decisions. Something about the atmosphere on campus drew me here.

What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?

I've learned to listen. Everyone here has such different life experiences and perspectives. It's easy to get set in a certain way of thinking or to think you fully understand a topic, but if you're listening to those around you I think you'll find that's never the case. There is always something more to learn, a different lens to view the world through, or something you haven't thought of yet.

What was your favorite class and why?

Surveillance and Privacy with Professor Levy has shaped who I am academically. At the intersection of technology and social issues, every lecture was engaging and I always left class wanting to know more.

What is your main extracurricular activity and why is it important to you?

I loved being a member of College Mentors for Kids because it allowed me to engage with the Ithaca community in ways that I would not have through academic work alone.

How have your beliefs or perspectives changed since you first arrived at Cornell? What have you discovered about yourself?

I used to see the world through a lens where everything was either right or wrong, but now I understand and appreciate all of the gray area in the world.

   kyra wisniewski