Ida Lowe ’68 graduated Cornell University with a degree in government. Ida began volunteering with her local Cornell Club of Fairfield County (CCFC) in 2014, following retirement. As the club’s current president, she has directed CCFC through the twists and turns of pandemic life and helped spearhead a vibrant return to in-person event programming for the community in recent months.
Tell us about your journey to Cornell.
I grew up in Colombia and went to the French school in Bogota from kindergarten until graduation from the equivalent to U.S. high school. I wanted to go to France for college, but given the political situation at the time, my father told me that if I wanted to go away to college, the choice was the U.S. He helped me with my applications, and I got into Cornell. Within the first couple of weeks, I felt this was right for me, the perfect choice. And the next four years were among the most momentous years of my life.
How did you get involved as a Cornell volunteer?
Serendipity. I was retiring from work and looking for something to do when I received an invitation to a pizza party from the local Cornell alumni club, calling for volunteers. I attended and the feeling was almost the same as when I arrived in Cornell freshman year. Just knew this was for me.
What has been your favorite volunteer moment?
I don’t think there has been a specific moment. The activities and events the club has brought about have given me great satisfaction and pleasure and I have greatly enjoyed meeting and getting together with fellow Cornellians.
How has Cornell impacted who you are today?
Cornell opened many worlds and possibilities to me. It provided an environment which encouraged exploration, trying new things, taking risks. The lessons I learned, the people I met, the experiences I had, all made it possible for me to realize the wonderful life I have enjoyed.
Is there something that the Cornell Club of Fairfield County is working on that you’re excited about?
I am very excited with the new volunteers that have joined the board and are so eager to contribute.
What makes you feel most connected to Cornell while living in Fairfield County?
Working with fellow Cornellians to contribute to our local community.
Do you have a favorite class or extracurricular from your time at Cornell?
My favorite class was American Foreign Policy with the late Walter F. Lafeber, the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Do you have a message for newly graduated alumni looking to volunteer?
Yes. Take advantage of the opportunities staying connected to Cornellians affords, the chance to expand your network, and keep the Cornell experience going.
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