On May 9, 2016, the Cornell Cohort met up at Mod Pizza in Pinole for an informal meet and greet. I arrived first after the chaperone, Mike Myrga. Mike usually teaches environmental science and chemistry at De Anza to seniors, but on the side he’s a traveling extraordinaire. Within minutes of meeting him, I learned that he’s been to several countries and he loves strolling around college campuses which is how he first became interested in the Cornell chaperone position. He heard traveling to Cornell and found the position interesting enough to apply for. After a short ten-minute interview, he later received a call from Don, informing him of his acceptance to the position. He then went on to contact us, per Don’s instructions, for a meet and greet.
Throughout the dinner the entire cohort chatted over our interests, likes, dislikes, etc. and by the end I was already enamored with our cohort. We talked about our love for food, flying experiences, worries about going to the East Coast, and much more. Despite this being a small Ivy League Connection event, I already love it and am that much more excited to board the plane to Cornell.