SPEAKER 1: OK. OK, let me think about that. We pull up to Court-Kay-Bauer, you know, through the little towers. And so we're there.
SPEAKER 2: So it's amazing who I am today compared to who I was that first day I stepped on campus.
SPEAKER 3: I remember feeling both very excited and very overwhelmed.
SPEAKER 4: I came in thinking that there was not much that was going to change. I was just going to get my degree and continue along the same sort of mindset and path that I had. I can't explain or express how wrong I was.
SPEAKER 5: You think, why did they choose me out of all of the people that applied?
SPEAKER 4: And all the time, you can see the question on everyone's face is, do I have what it takes to make it?
SPEAKER 1: Coming to Cornell, I was really humbled, because you know, you come from your schools, and you're, like, the big fish in, like, these little ponds. And then you come here, and then they set you straight.
SPEAKER 6: I learned so much so quickly.
SPEAKER 7: When I realized that I could still be artistic and still be really technical and do all the math and science I really liked, that was a big revelation for me.
SPEAKER 8: And my mind has been extended in a million different ways. I had no idea.
SPEAKER 9: Well, I know there's, like, the me when I got here, versus me now.
SPEAKER 10: I've basically found a new passion that I never thought I'd have.
SPEAKER 11: Being at Cornell, I became an adult. I grew up.
SPEAKER 12: My path has completely diverged from what I had imagined as a freshman.
SPEAKER 6: I'm now looking at having a great career in a field I never, ever thought about entering until I got to Cornell.
SPEAKER 14: So I always thought that I would graduate and either go get, like, a PhD or go into a bigger company. And now I'm graduating and willfully going into a startup.
SPEAKER 4: I can truly say that I am not a completely different person, but a different person in the sense that I am a better version of myself than when I came in.
SPEAKER 5: I think I've become the person that I want to be here.
SPEAKER 15: I feel empowered to go out and be a scholar.
SPEAKER 7: I don't know, I think I was a little bit more of a nerd. I'm mean, I'm still a nerd, but I'm, like, a cooler nerd now.
SPEAKER 16: And I've exceeded any expectation that I ever would've set for myself.
SPEAKER 8: I question so many things so much more now, and I've transformed into this really curious person who, after taking four years of courses, now realizes there's so much I don't know, rather than now I know so much more, but there's so much more that I know that I don't know, if that makes sense.
SPEAKER 2: And I think that is what the Cornell community is about in terms of feeding off of each other's enthusiasm and learning from other people to kind of make you into this whole person, but with all these different aspects.
-It was so much fun.
-A lot has changed.
-It was amazing.
-So many changes.
-Cornell has exposed me to so many things.
-I'm more confident.
-A phenomenal experience.
-My time at Cornell has made me more connected to so many different communities.
-A lot has changed.
-I cannot be more grateful.
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Members of the Class of 2016 look back on their time at Cornell and talk about their experiences.