Jennifer Meo

Oneonta, New York

I just knew AAP was the place for me to grow as an artist and as an individual.

Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?

Cornell was always my dream school; I would visit during the open houses when I was young. I thought I was going to apply to become a veterinarian but as I got older art became my main passion. I never actually thought Cornell had an art school like AAP, but when I found out it did I was so excited and I knew I had to apply. I was incredibly nervous because Cornell was the only college I applied to — it was really an "all or nothing" situation. When I got the acceptance it was such an incredible feeling, it felt like a blessing. I just knew AAP was the place for me to grow as an artist and as an individual.

What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?

I love to hike, go running, ride horses, and basically go on any adventure. In my school, I am part of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP). They are two wonderful clubs where I have found a place in my heart dedicated to helping others and standing up for what is right. I love to be a leader in people's eyes — I want to be the person they look up to.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?

While at AAP I want to explore and take every opportunity put in front of me. Trying new things and learning as much as I possibly can is something I want to accomplish during my time in AAP. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, I would love to obtain my master's degree. After that, I hope that everything I have learned along my journey through AAP will benefit my future.