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CORNELL CLUB MEMBER PROFILES

Would you like to be featured?  We plan to have a new profile of a Cornell graduate on our Home Page every week, and maybe it will be you.  All you have to do is answer the questions at the bottom of this article  and send those answers, along with a picture, to Nancy Mills at NLM5@cornell.edu.  Meanwhile, please enjoy reading about Adam Vagley and Andrea Berloff .  All profiles can be accessed here:  http://www.cornellclubla.com/featured_members.html  

 

Justin Samuels ’9

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Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

I got into the humanities at Cornell.  My BA is in history.  Someone told me I should write, as I told bizarre stories.  I ended up writing screenplays and teaching English.  I'm in grad school at Columbia University in NY, but moving to LA permanently in December after graduation.

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

It set up a good foundation in which to go to grad school.  I was able to get my first teaching jobs with just my bachelors, but I eventually had to go to grad school, which is where I am now.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

My favorite memory of Cornell is what led me to be an undergraduate at Cornell.  I was in the high school summer college program.  There I met people from all around the world.  It was such an amazing experience I knew I wanted to go to Cornell undergrad.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

I had a good lunch at The Grove with a friend who updated me on LA.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

If it's for the film industry unless you're backed up by a lot of money from your family, come with some more stable way of earning income.  Many artists have second careers and graduate degrees.  You do not have to end up working in a bar or restaurant.  I would think a Cornell grad would be especially unhappy working in the service sector in those kinds of capacities long term.

 

 

Deborah Arrindell '79 

 

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Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?  

I came to live in LA after I took a job working for a biotech company located in the valley. At Cornell I was a bio major, went to Yale for medical school, got tired of practicing medicine and went into the pharma industry (after going to law school at night).

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

At Cornell the bio program is pretty rigorous (5-credit genetics course) and requires you to think, which is what post grad life is all about.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

Eating pancakes at the pancake house (I am dating myself as it is no longer there).  I think I must have tried all the flavors.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

There is a plethora of small start-up biotechs, and they are looking for well-trained grads.

 

TO BE FEATURED IN MEMBER PROFILES, PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND SEND THEM TO NANCY MILLS AT NLM5@CORNELL.EDU 

 

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

 

ALL MEMBER PROFILES CAN BE VIEWED HERE:

 http://www.cornellclubla.com/featured_members.html