Coming to Cornell, I believe all students understand that they are choosing to make Cornell one of their homes. What we seem to forget (and what I forgot as a 17-year-old applicant), is that we also have the opportunity to choose Ithaca as our home when we choose Cornell. Whether you arrived as a freshman or transferred as a junior, Ithaca is where we live, eat, work and sleep. Ithaca provides for us, and we in turn provide for Ithaca. It’s our choice to identify as Ithacans or just temporary visitors.