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Featured Undergraduate Major: Lydia Mrowiec '17

May 10, 2017

Why did you major in Anthropology?

I came to Cornell undecided in Arts and Sciences.  I took an anthropology class my first semester and was instantly drawn to the area of study.  I have always been interested in anthropological topics and understanding culture.  I’ve come to realize how applicable anthropology is to everyday life and other areas of study.  I have many career interests and know that my background in anthropology will help me in anything I pursue.


What activities did you enjoy outside of the classroom?

I am the president of a club called Art Beyond Cornell.  Art Beyond Cornell focuses on prison activism with a specific focus on incarcerated youth.  As a club, we go on weekly visits to a juvenile detention center in upstate New York that houses young men ages 15-21.  During these visits we facilitate collaborative art projects with the young men.  I am also a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi.


What are your plans after graduation? 

I am in the process of applying for jobs right now.  I am planning to apply to law school eventually, but am going to take a few years to explore career fields.  Currently, I am looking at various career options: jobs in the legal field, non-profits, human-rights organizations and activism, and anthropological consulting.  I am not quite sure what I want to do yet and that’s okay.  I hope to explore and find something that I’m passionate about. 


What do you think you will miss most about Cornell after graduation?

I will miss the ability to pursue all my interests and try new things.  I will also miss all the incredible people I have had the privilege of getting to know here.


What is your favorite Cornell memory?

It is so hard for me to pick just one memory from my time at Cornell.  Studying abroad in Nepal my junior year spring semester was incredible.  I learned so much about myself and was able to use things I had learned in the classroom in the real world.  I carried out my own research project and have been able to use that research to write my thesis.

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