College: CALS

Class of (year): 2017

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: None

Activities: Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Pre-Professional Program, Active Member of the Cornell First in Class, 2016 Inter 1vy League First Generation College Student Conference at Harvard University; InterGroup Dialogue Project, Teaching Assistant, Community Manager of the CALS First in Class “Chatter” page, Secretary of the Nepal Student Association at Cornell, Boldt Hall representative at The Cooke Collective, Neuroscience research Intern at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse (Summer 2015 and 2016)

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

About Sagar

I transferred to Cornell from a community college in Maryland. While at community college, I was a full-time student and worked multiple jobs so I could pay for college and also help my family. While I was thinking that a four-year college was not an option for me because of high tuition, I was surprised to learn that I was a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a prestigious award for low-income, high achieving students. This generous scholarship opened the doors of Cornell for me. As I climbed up the slope from the West Campus every morning for my classes in the beautiful fall weather, I was incredibly excited for my new identity: a proud Cornellian. I was thankful for the opportunity given to me. But soon, I realized that many students did not come from the background like mine. It was not until I found OADI, I was comfortable with my transition to Cornell. OADI is where I met some of the kindest people at Cornell. I am grateful for the mentorship that I have received through the P3 program. 

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