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From Israel to Cornell

Tamar among the autumn leaves on campus
World-Class Food Science

Studying at Cornell made me more sure of my ability to live far away from home, family, and friends—possibly paving the way for my continuing my education elsewhere in the world.


Why did you choose to study at Cornell University?

The Department of Food Science at Cornell is one of the best in the world. I also really wanted to study in a place that had a real campus feel to it. It was a no-brainer that Cornell would be a good fit for me! I was an exchange student at Cornell for a fall semester.

Tamar at Cornell’s Homecoming football game vs. Brown University

Describe a typical day for you on the Cornell campus.

On a typical day, I have class from about 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. I meet my American friends during class—we work on some homework together during a gap between classes and then I'll grab lunch with one of my international friends at Trillium in Kennedy Hall. After classes I'll go to one of the many Cornell gyms or attend a sports class! On campus  there's also a lot going on during the day: various events, fundraisers, etc. 

What was something surprising that you saw, learned, or experienced at Cornell?

I always thought everyone here would be studying 100 percent of the time, but that's not the case. I was able to find people to hang out with and do fun stuff with!

What’s one of the best things you experienced at Cornell?

Being in upstate New York meant I could travel to many different places—Canada, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia—always with other international students who were just as eager to explore as I was! Additionally, Homecoming weekend is one I will remember forever. I've never seen such school pride and unity, and learning about American football was really fun! The laser light show is also something out of this world.

One last thing (can you tell I loved it here?): sitting on Libe Slope on Thursday evenings, around 6 p.m. when the chimes play—since my Fridays were very light, this signified the end of another week at Cornell for me, and the music and views were always spectacular. 

How do you expect your Cornell experience will affect your future?

After this experience, I can't really imagine going back to my home school—Technion-Israeli Institute of Technology. Everything at Cornell is just on another scale of grandeur, and I'm really going to miss it.

It's also made me more sure of my ability to live far away from home, family, and friends—possibly paving the way for my continuing my education elsewhere in the world. 

What advice would you give other international students who are thinking about studying at Cornell?

Ithaca is such a beautiful place to live, and while it is quite remote compared to major American cities, you can do a lot of exploring and traveling from here. Make sure to plan for that and build your schedule wisely. Also, make sure you don't miss the ice cream at the Cornell Dairy Bar—it's so so good!


Visiting International Students
United States
Agriculture & Life Sciences
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