Queens, New York
Cornell fosters an environment where diversity is a virtue with students from all around the world — I feel more at home than in New York City, and continue to learn through a global lens.
Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?
I chose Cornell because it offered the best value for my education. Unlike any other higher-level institution, Cornell has supported my family's financial situation immensely with aid and with an additional budget for research through the Hunter R. Rawlings III Scholars program. Cornell also fosters an environment where diversity is a virtue with students from all around the world — I feel more at home than in New York City, and continue to learn through a global lens. The faculty and curriculum revolve around developing not only architects but designers, problem-solvers, and altruistic, keen leaders. There is so much opportunity for interdisciplinary exploration within AAP that I know it will guarantee a fruitful learning experience. The students at AAP are not only challenged to their limit with rigor, expanding the horizon of their talents, but they also share a horizontal cloud-like studio that increases student spirit and camaraderie. I'm also excited about the opportunities of professional development through club involvement and abroad experiences.
What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?
I'm interested in organizations that will assist with networking and career growth. My hobbies include art and design. I have multiple sketchbooks for different occasions. I also like poetry, and sometimes interweave my poetry with art and general thoughts. Music is also big part of my life even though I don't really play any instrument. Whenever I work and listen to music, it isolates me from the current location and I feel closer to myself and my inner thoughts. But at the same time, it's a way for me to connect with those who share and try out new things. I like adventure and exploring the environment without the aid of technology. I also enjoy riding bicycles recreationally.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?
I hope to give back to Cornell in some way or another for giving me the opportunity to learn architecture. I also want to contribute to my hometown and my family in the Dominican Republic. Some of my loved ones, friends, and neighbors go through troubling times, so I hope that I can be able to use architecture and design to facilitate their way of life. In addition, since I was selected to do research, I hope that I will be able to carry out studies that are not only fruitful for my own endeavors, but also meaningful for others in the field as well.