"It was a big adjustment, but I am so happy I am here."

Gabriela Zamora '17 

Major: Psychology and Spanish
Hometown: Chicago

How did you decide on your major? Have your plans changed since you started Cornell?
When I first came to Cornell, I knew I really enjoyed biology and psychology because of my prior exposure. My first year, I took a few courses from both the biology and psychology departments and I was still unsure what to major in. After my second year, I got involved in research in a psychology lab. That’s when I discovered that I absolutely loved psychology and that it was the right major for me.

My second major is Spanish because although I am a fluent Spanish speaker, I wanted to learn more about the history of Latin America and Spain. Additionally, I really enjoy reading Spanish literature!

Can you tell us a little about your career plans or goals?
I plan to go to medical school or graduate school for psychology. I aspire to become a psychiatrist and work with children!

Are you involved in any research on campus? Or special academic projects with a professor or other students?
I am a research assistant in the PAC (Personality Attachment Control) Lab in the Psychology Department. I started my research summer 2015 and I absolutely love it!

What activities/organizations are you involved in at Cornell?
Currently, I am the president of an organization called Student Technology and Education Programs (STEP Up). This organization focuses on mentoring Ithaca elementary school students in STEM fields. We co-sponsor a big competition between all the elementary schools in the spring and a lot of Cornell students come out and volunteer!

Additionally, I currently hold two student jobs. I am a student office assistant in the CALS Human Resources office and I basically help students get their paperwork in order when they get hired for a student job. My second job is a Research Assistant at the Public Service Center. I am researching the history of the PSC and how it got established at Cornell.

What has been the most life-changing lesson or experience you've had at Cornell so far?
I think the hardest thing about coming to Cornell was leaving home and my family. It was a big adjustment moving to New York and making new friends and getting involved, but I am so happy I am here.

Where is your favorite place to study on campus?
My favorite place to study on campus is the Physical Sciences Building!

What was the last book you read?
Harry Potter! 

   Gabriela Zamora