Succasunna, New Jersey
Taking classes outside of the department and exploring ideas and viewpoints that were not directly related to architecture really helped me feel like I had control over my education.
Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?
I had an initial interest in becoming an architect when I was younger, but I was never certain. I knew that I wanted to be in a creative and stimulating field, such as design. The B.Arch. degree from Cornell seemed like the highest and most comprehensive design education available to me. On top of that, there are so many other educational resources and opportunities available at Cornell because it is not just a design school. The campus is also beautiful and expansive.
What experiences have contributed to your sense of belonging at AAP?
I think the importance of representation is hugely underestimated when it comes to creating inclusive spaces. Sometimes seeing someone in a position of respect and authority within your field who has had the same experiences, the same culture, or the same way of thinking, or even the same appearance is enough to make you feel like you belong there. In education, it makes a difference if the course material reflects your own experiences and your understanding of things in a way that honors it as valuable or educational in a universally recognized way. Taking classes outside of the department and exploring ideas and viewpoints that were not directly related to architecture really helped me feel like I had control over my education. Meanwhile, taking part in some of the AAP traditions made me feel like I was a part of something larger than my own experiences.
What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?
This will be my fourth year as a member of Cornell NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students). I have also been a member of the Thai Boxing Club for a couple of semesters and Thread magazine for one semester.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?
I would like to continue my studies in graduate school.