"My Cornell" Writing Contest
for undergraduates

The Sesquicentennial Steering Committee and the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines selected the winners of the "My Cornell" Writing Contest.

My Cornell writing and video contest winners showcased their winning entries at the Sights and Sounds event during Charter Day weekend in April 2015.

Karen L. Ortega '15, Science of Nature and Environmental Studies, CALS. Winner for "161."
Shortly after transferring to Cornell, Karen Ortega starts climbing Libe Slope every morning, then the 161 steps to the top of McGraw Tower. Does she have what it takes to become a Chimesmaster?

Lauren Frazier '15, Environmental Engineering, CALS. Winner for "Home Is Where the Heart Is."
Lauren Frazier's sense of belonging to Cornell feels strongest when she spends a semester in New Zealand, where she discovers that, to her fellow students at the University of Aukland, she is Cornell.

Lianne Bornfeld '15, English, CAS. Honorable Mention for "Becoming Jew-ish."
Cornell helps locate Lianne Bornfield in a place between religions, in a place of no religion, and in the cosmos.

Michael Levin '15, Natural Resources, CALS. Honorable mention for "A Slippery Slope.""
For Michael Levin, coming to Cornell has meant confronting discomfort, learning to adjust expectations, living with uncertainty, and discovering the importance of good footwear in the snow.

About the Contest

The Sesquicentennial Steering committee and the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines invited current Cornell undergraduates to submit an essay on "My Cornell." Winners had the opportunity to read their submission as part of Charter Day Weekend in April 2015, the culminating event celebrating Cornell's Sesquicentennial. This contest offered an opportunity for the voices of current Cornell undergraduates to be part of this celebration.