Student Highlights: Tim Krueger

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Tim Krueger at Collegetown Pizzeria on College Avenue. Krueger led the Cornell and New York state student branches of the Obama campaign for the first half of the primary season.

Major: Government, concentrations in urban studies and Latin American studies
College: Arts and Sciences
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Why did you choose Cornell?
It's at once secluded and large, and I liked that.

Main Cornell extracurricular activity – why is this important to you?
I've poured a considerable amount of my time and personality into The Roosevelt Institution, last year as founding director of Cornell's chapter and this year on the national senior staff. Roosevelt is a nationwide student think tank of about 7,000 students and academics and provides the organizational infrastructure to pull academia and the public sphere a little closer to each other. We've created types of transcollegiate political networks that have never existed before.

Did any of your beliefs or interests change during your time at Cornell?
When I came here my feelings toward America were fairly negative and monolithic, and I think Cornell has complicated those. Now I think of the U.S. as a part of the world that can't be explained in the same way other regions can, regardless of whether that's good or bad. I think my interest in my country has changed as a result.
One experience I've had that most other undergrads haven't is that of parenthood. My 3-year-old son, Luke, is an incredible human being, and a lot of the moments I spend with him are nothing short of cathartic for me. Other areas of my life don't really compare to this one -- plus the drive to Cleveland and back every other weekend to see him lets me take my mind off school for a bit and listen to some good books on tape.

While at Cornell, what other accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?
I'm somewhat in love with the freedom an op-ed gives to raise and frame issues as the writer sees fit, so I've tried to do that with social and racial issues as an opinion columnist for The Cornell Daily Sun. Also I led the Cornell and New York state student branches of the Obama campaign for the first half of the primary season, so when Tompkins County went for Obama I felt like I had some stake in that.

What Cornell memory do you treasure the most?
One of my housemates and I have push-up contests in the government reading room. I definitely hold the record.

What are your plans for next year and beyond?
I'm working at a think tank called Policy Matters Ohio next year and then either a J.D. or a Ph.D. or both.