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SJ Munsi '18
- Chemical Engineering
I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but I didn’t necessarily want to be surrounded by only engineers. Cornell, in addition to being a prestigious institution, is a place that has intelligent people with diverse interests and talents. And that, honestly, was what drew me to this university. The people.
Leadership positions held at Cornell:
I served as Class of 2018 President through Cornell University Class Councils during junior and senior years.
Major accomplishments as a leader:
I have been involved in student government since my freshman year, when I joined Cornell University Class Councils. We plan large school-wide events, such as Homecoming T-shirt giveaways, Movies on the Arts Quad, Convocation, and Senior Days. Since my junior year, I began serving my class as the Class of 2018 President. And now, as we approach Graduation Weekend, I will be speaking at Convocation, and will represent the Class of 2018 as I walk during Commencement as a Class Marshal. It has been an incredible honor to be in this role—without Class Councils, I would have never met some of my closest friends, or worked with other strong leaders on this campus. I planned events for 14,000 undergraduate students, which is something I find humbling.
Advice for future student leaders:
Class Councils has pushed me out of my comfort zone, and taught me so many skills about leadership. I learned how to problem solve and think on my feet, which I know is valuable to an engineer. My advice is to encourage all student leaders to try new things. Going out of your comfort with definitely make you a better and stronger leader. It won’t be easy, but at the end of the experience, I guarantee it will be worth it.
I will be a Beauty Research & Development Engineer at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Favorite Olin Hall/ ChemE memory:
My favorite memory at Olin Hall was handing out fun presents to my professors as Santa at the Holiday Party. A close second favorite memory are all the late nights in the Undergrad Lounge, which is when I really got to know other ChemEs on a more personal level.