Why did you choose the MILR program?
I chose the MILR program because I felt it was the best place to determine my long term goals and interests in the field of human resources. Coming straight from an undergraduate program, I wasn't sure which disciplines within HR would suit me best, but I knew my aspirations were high and stretched beyond the day to day aspects of organizational functions. Something unique about the MILR program is the wide array of elective courses available, making it the perfect place for someone who may want to explore different functions of HR. Not only are there unique courses within the ILR school, where you can delve deep into the world of work, but also at the Johnson School of Management and anywhere else on campus. The combination of a wide range of available courses taught by top experts in the field of HR and a supportive community within the MILR cohort has allowed me to push my limits and discover what I'm really passionate about.
What is your favorite part of the MILR program?
My favorite part about the MILR program is the community. The cohort is incredibly supportive and the faculty are outstanding at what they do. Coming into the program I was nervous it would be a contentious and competitive environment, but I couldn't have been more wrong. There is always someone willing to help if you ask, whether it's a last minute resume review or you don't know where to eat for dinner, there will be a community of people ready to assist. Furthermore, the faculty are engaging and supportive, and I know I am getting the best education in HR there is.
What is your favorite class?
My favorite class so far is Organizational Behavior taught by Brian Lucas. Coming from a background in Behavioral Science, I was excited about this class from the beginning, and it has only exceeded my expectations.
What is your favorite part of Ithaca?
My favorite part about Ithaca is easily the nature. There is beautiful hiking, gorgeous waterfalls, and the stunning Cayuga Lake. Even if you're not an outdoorsy person, there's plenty of good restaurants and activities in the downtown area as well as a close proximity to many major cities.
What advice would you give a prospective student?
I would advise anyone thinking about applying/attending to get into contact with as many current MILRs as you can and ask about their experiences both professionally and here at Cornell. It's very easy to get overwhelmed once you're here with internship recruitment and other events, but it's only because you're a desirable HR professional! You can decide if the program really is a good fit for you in terms of career goals and overall experiences, and you'll definitely feel wanted and welcomed by our amazing cohort.
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