On & Off Campus Blog

On and Off Campus, BB&N's weekly blog, features contributions by members of the BB&N community, including the student writing panel, current and past faculty, and alumni/ae.

We welcome BB&N community members to submit posts of 300-700 words for consideration. Longer submissions may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Please contact the editors for more details:

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Blog Posts

Moving beyond the molecular
Sophie Chadha '21

My parents were really surprised when I signed up for Astronomy 105 as one of my courses at Cornell, where I stayed for seven weeks this past summer. I’ve been interested in science for as long as I can remember and, as I’ve grown up, that curiosity has become more focused on biology, which in turn has branched off into genetics, biomimetics, and especially neuroscience. I’m used to dealing with things on a molecular level and I’m comfortable looking through microscopes, not telescopes.

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The Road to HOCR55
Marie Quintanar '21

Upon my arrival at the boathouse, my coach informed us that we would only have four rowers and one coxswain on the team that year. My teammates and I exchanged mixed glances; some excited, as this meant that all of us would be racing in the boat this year, and some concerned, as this meant we had no alternates and all of the pressure would be on us.

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The value of unpaid internships
By Andrew Zhao ‘21

On my first day, Ray handed me an annual report analysis and left to run meetings. Within minutes, my inability to read the Chinese characters, which included investment terms far more advanced than I used in daily conversation, brought nothing but frustration as I skimmed over the article, only understanding bits and pieces. 

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