Hometown: New Canaan, Connecticut
College: ILR School
When I first arrived at Cornell, I had little intention to go Greek. Like many students entering college, I had my reservations about the community. However, as I spent time on campus, I realized that Cornell's Greek community was different. It was inclusive, progressive, and socially responsible – and this drew me in.
Joining a fraternity not only allowed me to feel more comfortable with myself, it has also opened boundless leadership opportunities and granted me a platform to advocate for causes I care deeply about. As a new member of my fraternity, I was encouraged by one of my brothers to take on a leadership position in Cayuga's Watchers, a local nonprofit dedicated to mitigating the risks of high risk drinking on college campuses. My involvement with this only grew over the next two years, and eventually led me to a position on the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the governing board of the fraternity community, of which I now serve as President.
As President of the IFC, I am able to work on a broad range of issue areas, including high-risk drinking prevention, social responsibility and judicial policies. The work I do in these areas – working in partnership with students, administrators and alumni – has provided me with more knowledge and learning than I could ever receive in a classroom environment. Moreover, the impact of change I am able to encourage, facilitate and witness on behalf of my community members is incredibly rewarding.
In my opinion, the best part about Cornell – and the Division of Student and Campus Life – is its inclination to encourage involvement amongst its students. Without this opportunity and encouragement, my Cornell experience would have been significantly different.