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Jonya Chen, Cornell ECE Undergraduate, Class of 2016
I chose ECE as my major at Cornell because I noticed that it's such a large part of our society nowadays. An ECE background can be applied to so many different fields, from the tech industry to financial corporations to energy conservation - there are so many possibilities! I've always been curious to learn about how things work and through ECE, I've been able to do just that. It is a lot of hard work and perseverance, but at the end of the day, it feels completely worth it when I realize that what I'm doing has potential for great impact.
One of the best things I've noticed about being a part of ECE at Cornell is the strong sense of community. Everyone here works hard but at the end of the day, if anyone is ever in need of any help, we all have each other's backs. Students here enjoy spending time with each other both inside and outside of the class. For me, the positive learning environment is definitely a huge reason why ECE has been enjoyable so far. For example, whenever I don't understand a certain concept learned in class, I can usually count on a classmate or TA to be open to helping me out. Not only that, but the professors here are a great resource - they are all extremely knowledgeable and genuinely interested in helping us succeed.