“Perspectives” is a venue for brief first-person essays by members of the Cornell community on a variety of topics, whether directly related to the University or otherwise. Do you have an idea for an essay of 500–800 words—about your time on the Hill, a memorable experience as an alum, or some other aspect of daily life, family, work, and more?  Email us at Please note that if selected, contributors will be asked to provide images to accompany their essays; topics not chosen can be forwarded to Class Notes for mention in a future column.