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Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians will give you an inside look into the lives of some of our most notable young Cornellians. Learn who they are and what role Cornell University played in their professional and personal lives.

Created and produced by Amanda Massa.
Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13.
Artwork by Chris Kelly.
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Jeanne Hwang Lam ’04 wants to read your story. Her company, Wattpad, has created a network for users to read, write, and share stories within a platform of 80 million readers. Join host Yasmin Alameddine ’16 as she chats with Jeanne about her path at Cornell and how it led to Wattpad.“If you know there’s something else you want to do, just go do that. And it doesn’t have to be the right thing, it just has to be better than what you’re currently doing.”From Accenture to business school, Jeanne reminds us that not all routes in life are direct, but the Cornell community provides support with every turn. Don’t miss out on this inspiring interview!Created and produced by Amanda Massa.Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu.Artwork by Chris Kelly.
In this episode of Fresh from the Hill, you'll hear from Jordan Pares-Kane '18, a Resident Naturalist with the University of Georgia Costa Rica in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica.Hear about Jordan's focus of study and how it relates to her work in sustainability today, how she decided to take a gap year after college to focus on travel and changing the world (and her advice to others who want to do the same), and her interest in disaster relief and how she contributed towards relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Also learn about how her involvement with Engaged Cornell afforded her a lot of the opportunities she received at Cornell and beyond. “For a lot of my studies we would focus a lot on the environmental aspects of sustainability, and although that’s important, I think it’s really important to focus on social sustainability, because often it’s not focused on … it’s just something that was really emphasized during my program and just being able to see firsthand some of the disparities that different communities were facing because of environmental issues just really kind of inspired me to learn more about it.”Hosted by Yasmin Alameddine '16, https://www.wittypod.com/.Created and produced by Amanda Massa.Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu.Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Michael Charles is an American Indian scientist from the Navajo Nation pursuing a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University with research interest in bringing ecosystems into the design and decision-making of technical systems while exploring how to use academic research to impact social, political, and ethical issues.Whether it’s through his indigenous background, sports, music, his studies, or his friends, Michael has embraced the power of community throughout his life. It's something that helped him transition from a graduating high school class of 18 to Cornell, and eventually to a PhD program at The Ohio State University.Listen in as Michael chats with his friend and classmate Yasmin Alameddine '16 about balancing extra curriculars with a challenging major, how one of the first languages he heard on campus was Diné (Navajo), and his involvement in AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) and NAICCO (Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio), which led to his participation in the UN Climate Talks. "The first reason I ever even started getting into this work was sitting at my desk in Columbus, Ohio, my first year of my PhD and watching things unfold at Standing Rock . . . there were a lot of people able to be there and long term camp out and show their support for that indigenous community . . . it was really at an international scale of people who were coming and staying at that camp . . . I felt very, not necessarily trapped, but I just couldn’t figure out what my role was as an indigenous person in sustainability, very concerned about climate change and the impacts on our peoples . . . I think I was still trying to figure out what could be my role and how can I make change in this issue."Created and produced by Amanda Massa.Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu.Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Nina Coutinho is a Toronto native currently working as a Senior Product Manager at Shopify. Nina's path was anything but linear after graduating from Cornell in 2008 and she wants recent grads to know that they don't need to know exactly what they want to do right out of college.Hear Nina's fascinating conversation with host Yasmin Alameddine '16 as they talk about Nina's meandering path, how she was a "serial joiner" at Cornell, the number of careers she's had since graduation, how her first Cornell experience was getting ready for a wedding in the crypt of Sage Chapel, and much more. “If you are a naturally curious person, you can find interesting things in so many different industries. I think you shouldn’t be afraid of that, because as long as you are paying your bills and you are learning something and you feel like you’re expanding your mind and you’re challenging yourself, I’d say don’t be afraid of taking a total risk on a totally new field.” - Nina CoutinhoCreated and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
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Meet Yasmin Alameddine '16

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We're on to season two of Fresh from the Hill and that means new episodes, new stories, and of course new hosts!On this mini-episode you'll be introduced to new host Yasmin Alameddine, class of 2016. Hear about Yasmin's best classes and experiences at Cornell as well as her favorite campus spot and what she's up to today. Stay tuned this season of Fresh from the Hill to hear more from Yasmin and the amazing Cornellians she'll interview and also check out her own podcast WITTY: Women in Tech Talk to Yaz. Hosted, created, and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
We're opening up season two of Fresh from the Hill with a very special bonus episode featuring Cornell Club NYC General Manager Craig Lasnier.Listen in as Craig sits down with host Lou Diamond '92 to discuss the Club's history, present, and future, what special offerings they afford Young Alumni and recent grads, how the Club has aided alumni in times of disaster and tragedy, what notable Cornell alumni come through the club, and how it's a very special place for Cornellians right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.As Craig says, "There’s a Cornellian in every facet of life," and "we’re family and we want people to feel like family."Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. 
 This week on Fresh from the Hill, you'll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven't already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time. Episode 13: Meet Aaron Kominos-Smith '04Episode 14: Making Something Beautiful From a Pile of Dirt - Justin Kondrat '14Episode 15: The Value of People - Julio Casado '08Episode 16: The Business of Broadway - Dana Lerner '14Episode 17: Empowering Podcast Creators - Nir Zicherman '08Episode 18: The Lucky Break - Ritu Raman '12Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians was created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
This week on Fresh from the Hill, you'll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven't already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time. Episode 7: Meet Lou Diamond '92Episode 8: Little Sister - Irene Li '12 Episode 9: I Just Need a Beer - Jack Mason '11Episode 10: People are the X Factor - Kia Albertson Rogers '13Episode 11: Pathways - Becky Katz '09Episode 12: Connecting Artists to Fans... from WVBR to SiriusXM to Spotify - Jordan Gremli '08Episode 19: Second Chances - Darnell Epps '19Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians was created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
For the next three weeks, we'll be bringing you the best moments from season one of Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians. In this episode, you'll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven't already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time. Episode 1 (trailer): Introducing Fresh from the Hill - Alex Zalben '99Episode 2: Find Your North Star - Svante Myrick '09Episode 3: Take the Plunge - Stephen Hall '06Episode 4: Who Made Your Beats for You - Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo '08, MA '15, PhD '19 Episode 5: Why are you Trying to Study the Magic that is Love - Dr. Marisa Cohen '06Episode 6: It Doesn't Get Old - Meghan Dubyak '04Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians was created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
From the Brooklyn housing projects, to private Catholic School, to a near 17-year incarceration at Five Points Correctional Facility, to Cornell University, Darnell Epps '19 is not your typical Cornell Senior. Hear Darnell's fascinating and inspirational story about taking the wrong path in life, lessons learned, and coming out the other side.“One thing that struck me deep was seeing the pain… When I walked in the courtroom and I would see a packed courtroom and I would see families on both sides, feeling pain. I would see the tears in my mother’s eyes, the embarrassment that I caused her, the shame that I brought. She was a New York City Police Officer, but yet had to explain to her colleagues that her two sons were incarcerated for murder. And she was at trial every day. She stuck by me. She came up on the visit practically every month to see Darrell and I. It was that. It was witnessing that. It was seeing that. That really brought me face-to-face with the need to ultimately become a responsible adult and to break out of this way of thinking that seemed to dominate my teenage years.” Check out Darnell's Op Ed in the New York Times.Hosted by Lou Diamond '92.Created and produced by Amanda Massa.Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu.Artwork by Chris Kelly.    
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