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High Schoolers Attend Cornell Women’s STEM Outreach Event

Thirty-six female high school sophomores engaged in scientific inquiry and discovery at Cornell’s seventh annual Women’s Outreach in Materials, Energy and Nanobiotechnology event Saturday. The event, sponsored by the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering’s Graduate Women’s Group, aimed to encourage high school girls to go into STEM fields, according to Yaset Acevedo Ph.D. ’18, the group’s outreach coordinator. “Volunteers led hands-on laboratory exercises and student panels to introduce high school girls to engineering and science, inspiring them to pursue a college education and career in these areas,” Acevedo said. Acevedo added that there are proportionally less women, especially in rural New York, who go into STEM majors. “Here in Ithaca we’re uniquely placed with Cornell,” he said.

LEUNG | Defending the Humanities

I will begin by acknowledging that I’ve always struggled with math and science courses. I don’t know whether it was my difficulty with the subjects that led me to hate them, or my hatred towards the subjects that caused me to suffer. Either way, these courses were never my forte. When I was in elementary school, I looked forward to art class the most. I waited for the time of day when I was free to draw or paint or sculpt.

ZUMBA | The Hierarchy of Studies

“Oh, cool! Do you wanna be a teacher?” is one of the questions that I am personally tired of hearing. I am  asked this by other students, people I’m first meeting and even at the dentist’s office. Once I make it known that I’m an English major, this is more often than not the response I receive from whomever I’m speaking with, and from discussions with other English majors, I know I’m not alone. This is one example that demonstrates a grander issue regarding the way certain studies are typically viewed.