Savanna Lim

Houston, Texas and Singapore

I wanted to be in a smaller, more specialized college, while at the same time experiencing everything that a large research university has to offer. 

Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?

One of the things that stood out about Cornell was the fact that the university provides myriad opportunities that other smaller universities cannot. For example, I can take classes about wine tasting, proper etiquette, architectural history, objectively obscure languages, Southeast Asian independent cinema — even female icons like Beyoncé. While the idea of a large university can be daunting, I chose AAP because it provides a unique space that is smaller and exclusive. I wanted to be in a smaller, more specialized college while at the same time experiencing everything that a large research university has to offer. This has allowed me to step out when I want to, and step back when I need to. When I visited Cornell after being admitted, I really enjoyed the classes I saw, the professors who lectured, and the overall atmosphere here. I was excited to put myself in this environment and challenge myself.

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

In high school, I was involved in theater, graphic design, figure skating, photography, music, student council, Asian Pacific American Alliance, volunteer work, Model U.N., National Honor Society, yearbook, announcements, and the school newspaper.

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

I'm excited about internship opportunities, and I look forward to learning more about how architecture, art, and planning intersect.