College: College of Arts and Sciences

Class of (year): 2018

Major: Psychology

Minor: Linguistics and Spanish

Activities: HEOP Scholar, PorColombia Co-President, OADI Student Assistant

Hometown: Queens, New York

About Paola

I can confidently say that choosing Cornell was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Originally my family migrated from Colombia, and now we all reside in Queens, NY . I attended high school in Manhattan, so when it came time to apply to College I knew I wanted to go away. This was huge news to my whole family, because no one has ever left home for college. However, my family members were my biggest cheerleaders when I got my acceptance to Cornell, and it felt great to be able to share this accomplishment with them. As I now reflect on my first year, I cannot believe how fast that went by, but I am very proud of the journey I have started here. My best memories of freshman year revolve around all the new people I met. I met most of my great friends last summer during PSP when we were all still prefreshmen and still really nervous about beginning our first year. During the year I also developed relationships with many faculty members from OADI. It meant a lot to me to know I could come to OADI and speak to them about any concern or happy moment going on in my life. Lastly, finding the student organization PorColombia made my freshman year all that much more rewarding. PorColombia is a club that fundraises for Colombian organizations and promotes a positive image of Colombia. Finding this club for me was finding a home away from home, as well as finding something that I am very passionate about. During the year I became very involved in fundraising, and I even got the opportunity to travel to D.C to learn about current political issues going on in Colombia. This Club ignited a passion in me to become aware and educated about a country that I care deeply about. Next semester I return as Co-President, and I am very excited to continue my efforts to fundraise for special causes. 

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