Cornelius’ position as the Educational Programming Assistant for the Office of First-Year Experience includes organizing Hawk Week and Common Book Events, creating programs and other initiatives to help new students transition to KU, as well as managing social media accounts.
Cornelius received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in May 2016 from the University of Kansas. In his undergraduate career Cornelius participated in a number of organizations and positions at KU ranging from being a Resident Assistant with Student Housing, an Orientation Assistant, a Student Ambassador, and Research Scholar in the McNair Scholars Program.
“My first year in college could be described as one word. Tumultuous. I was an overly ambitious student that wanted to experience all the educational opportunities KU had to offer. In my first couple of days on campus I got two jobs, joined about 5 clubs, and had enrolled in 17 credit hours with an 8am math class every day. I quickly learned my lesson when I crashed after the first couple of weeks and had to pull back my involvement. This experience taught me to take more time to savor all of the things I was experiencing at KU so I didn’t burn out.”