As Cornell students, we have a duty to our community. It lies beyond achieving a perfect 4.0, receiving job offers from prestigious firms and infiltrating Wall Street with our finely-honed minds that initially entered college with hopes of changing the world. I have seen too many students fall into the finance pipeline and claim they are working to exit the industry for better, more productive jobs in the future.
As students, possibilities stand in front of us — the chance to change someone’s life and to do something that is bigger than ourselves. The resources available to us as Cornell students are not to be taken for granted. I encourage you to think broadly about how you can impact your community, whether here in Ithaca or in your hometown.