Kimberly Wong: ‘I’m proud that I pushed myself and allowed myself to branch out’

Kimberly Wong


Seattle, WA

Why did you choose Cornell?

I chose Cornell for the learning and discovery opportunities. I am naturally a curious person and I love the wide breadth of classes and activities Cornell has to offer.

What is your main extracurricular activity--why is it important to you? 

Outside of academics, I am a member of Cornell’s Varsity Sailing Team. I have been challenged physically and mentally. As a result, I have gained greater confidence in myself. It has also given me so many great memories and friendships. Last spring, we won the last race of the regatta in below-freezing temperatures and with a snow-squall just minutes away, to qualify for Team Race Nationals for the first time in program history. We had worked hard for that moment and I still remember it like it was yesterday.

What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise? 

I’m proud that I pushed myself and allowed myself to branch out. Looking back, my college experience wasn’t just focused on one subject or activity. I didn’t just take economics classes, but also physics, anthropology and viticulture classes. I didn’t just sail outside of classes, but I also helped out at the observatory on campus and was a teaching assistant.

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