Cornell University: Glorious to View (Short Version)

Cornell University: Glorious to View (Short Version)

October 11, 2019 25 By Stanley Isaacs


STUDENT: Coming here,
sometimes you think you know everything. Cornell quickly teaches you that you don’t. And I think it’s a beautiful struggle we have
as human beings wanting to know so much about the world around us…to be hungry for knowledge. ALUMNA: Being a critical thinker,
knowing what questions to ask… knowing how to write a story…
those are all skills that I honed at Cornell. PROFESSOR: As Cornell said,
“I would found an institution where any person… …can receive instruction in any study” …is something that’s very much alive
day-to-day here. STUDENT: Being in a classroom environment
where you get all of those different perspectives… PROFESSOR: When we teach, we are
enabling rather than teaching facts. ALUMNUS: I’m walking around this campus and
while I’m studying philosophy or creative writing, there’s somebody taking an industrial labor relations class, there’s somebody doing veterinary medicine, there’s somebody working on architecture… All right here! PROFESSOR: When I teach, one of the things that I
hope my students get is this curiosity that drives us. STUDENT: The difficult questions…
those are the ones that are most worth pursuing. ALUMNA: I met people from all over the world,
people with all different backgrounds. PROFESSOR: The gorges, the waterfalls…to me, the campus is a metaphor for never-ending processes of evolution, transformation….
Novelty is always around the corner. PROFESSOR: It’s an elite school
but it’s an inclusive school the same time and it lacks the sort of pretentious air
of other elite institutions…that I think really gives it a distinctive identity, a distinctive culture,
that I find very appealing. PROFESSOR: This is a very tightly knit
community of collaborative, interacting people. STUDENT: Cornell giving you the tools
to be able to develop a career based off of something that you
really, really love and be successful at that… That’s really the best.
It’s like…what else can you ask for? STUDENT: There’s always an opportunity to challenge oneself physically, socially or intellectually. PROFESSOR: What we learn here and
what we do here and what we discover here is much bigger than ourselves. PROFESSOR: Everywhere you turn, you find
people doing stuff that’s just at the cutting edge of what humanity is achieving. STUDENT: There’s a special connection between
me and every single student on campus because they’re a part of the Cornell family
and that’s what I’m a part of. PROFESSOR: That kind of learning that combines
the world and the best of Academy is truly exciting and transformative. ALUMNA: I’m thinking of all these Cornell experiences
meeting and making some of the best friends of my life. STUDENT: I’m always going to be a Cornellian
and that’s something really special. ALUMNUS: Elite and egalitarian.
I’m just so proud to be a part of the Cornell story.