Student Highlights: Jarett Goldman

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Jarett Goldman in Carl A. Kroch Library. An adviser described Goldman as "a definite star in our program and the brightest teaching assistant I have ever worked with."

Major: Policy analysis and management
College: Human Ecology
Hometown: Woodbury, N.Y.

Why did you choose Cornell?
The flexibility of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management's curriculum and its opportunities to allow students to reach outside the major and study other subjects that could prove useful in the future.

Main Cornell extracurricular activity – why is this important to you?
Being a teaching assistant for the course Introduction to Policy Analysis, beginning as a second-semester freshman, immediately after completing the course. This was daunting to say the least, but it turned out to be an extremely rewarding experience. Being responsible for handling academic material and leading a section of students forces you to learn just as much as it does to teach. Having the opportunity to influence even just one student and stimulate him or her to change majors, acquire new interests or even just think about the vast public policy problems that our generation will have to address in the future has made every minute that I've spent on the class worth it.

Your most profound turning point while at Cornell?
Spending a semester abroad in Beijing, China. Learning Mandarin Chinese at Cornell was just as much an extracurricular activity as it was a class, but the pinnacle of that experience was to live, work and study at a Beijing university. It provided the opportunity to take everything that I learned in the classroom and apply it in the real world, in a truly independent way. My days often began at 5 a.m., and I wouldn't return home until 11 at night. Thankfully I had a great host family (who spoke no English) looking after me during the whole experience.

Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most?
I cannot think of any person who has guided my education more than Professor Rosemary Avery. Working with her every semester has provided me with opportunities that I could have only imagined when I entered Cornell – from course advice, career advice or just life advice, she has been there.

While at Cornell, what other accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?
Writing and editing for a number of student publications, including the Prelaw Journal and Cornell Moderator. Having the chance to connect with other students on an intellectual level outside of the classroom taught me how to take my views and express them in a clear, concise and erudite way and work with others to develop their own works.

What are your plans for next year and beyond?
Working as a global transactions services analyst at Citigroup in New York City next year, taking the knowledge I've learned in the classroom at Cornell and on the ground in China and using it to help multinational corporations and governments do business around the world. After that, we'll see where the world takes me.