We founded a chapter of European Horizons at Cornell University, because there is a large student base, which has a vested interest in the future of the European Union, whether that be due to originating from an EU member state or due to a general interest in Europe. We believe that it is important that all students (European, American, or otherwise) should understand the European Union and its impact which can be felt worldwide. As such, we hope to increase Cornell student awareness of the European Union, its structure, policies, and implications for the world. In addition, we seek to provide an informed student perspective on the future of the European Union.
Cornell University’s motto (“… any person … any study.”) speaks greatly upon what its chapter of European Horizons can contribute. Cornell students come from different backgrounds and study a wide variety of subjects and can therefore contribute diverse perspectives, all of which will provide new and unique insights on the future of the European Union. Whether it be through articles, academic papers, discussions, or other forums, Cornell students will never fail to introduce an innovative point of view on the European Union and its various aspects and do all that they can to make their voices heard, with the aim of positively impacting the future of the European Union.
Michela, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has traveled to Europe many times over the past several years, and these visits have expanded her interest in European politics, economics and culture. She is concerned with European current events, and thinks that it is important to keep up with what is happening in Europe. In addition, due to her Italian-American heritage, she is concerned with Italian news in particular, along with that of the EU as a whole. Michela cares about the European Union because of the close, beneficial relationship it has to the US and the political, economic and social ties they share.
Tracy DiPetrillo is a senior in Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Economics and minoring in Business and European Studies. She is currently President of the Cornell International Business Association and is also heavily involved with the Cornell International Affairs Society, having served on various Secretariats for the Model UN conferences they host. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Tracy has always had an affinity for Europe and was thrilled to be able to study abroad last spring in Dublin, Ireland at Trinity College. She has a deep interest in the political and economic aspects of the European Union, as well as the transatlantic relations between the EU and the US, and looks forward to not only continuing to study Europe through European Horizons, but also to providing insights for how the European Union can best take steps forward as it and its members face a wide variety of challenges.
Cris Lee is a transfer sophomore at the Cornell College Arts and Sciences. He enjoys studying U.S. foreign policy history and continues to enjoy speculating the trajectory of the world. He enjoys studying national security as well. He is a member of Cornell International Affairs Review, Cornell International Affairs Society, Cornell Historical Society, and International Humanitarian Law Society. His interests in Europe resides in the prospect of seeing Europe as a model that can be adopted in global diplomacy. From Illinois, he likes studying U.S. policy in the Far East, but has a general interest for U.S. foreign policy in general. His favorite European flag is the Belarusian flag because it looks like a Christmas sweater.
Major: Industrial Labor Relations
Minor: International Relations, Law & Society, European Studies
Major: Industrial Labor Relations
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