What is ingenuity in action?


February 8, 2022

Ingenuity in action is a phrase you may have heard during your visit to your school counselor’s office or perhaps you heard it at the Student Success Center.

So what exactly is ingenuity in action?

It’s more than just a buzz phrase, it’s an opportunity for all students to gain the practical experiences they need to take the next steps in life.

“This is a new requirement of the Ingenuity program, and the benefit for you is that you will have the opportunity to really reflect on what you have done in order to better tell your story and understand what you have taken away. experience when you’re talking to employers or interviewing for graduate programs,” said the director of the Berry Career Institute Jodi Shafer.

The new Ingenuity program began in Fall 2020, and this Ingenuity in Action coin is only required by those who enrolled in Fall or Fall 2021 – i.e. current students first year and second year students. However, all students are welcome to participate in the program.

When students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, they are better able to see recurring patterns of local and global concerns, propose lasting solutions, and take informed action,” said the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs. Director of Experiential Learning Kate Kauper. “It is a highly motivating approach to learning, as students gain a personal commitment to their course objectives and outcomes. »

Here are the basics:

  • You must select two Ingenuity in Action experiences to complete before you graduate.
  • These experiences could fall into two of these six different categories:
    • Creative expression, civic engagement, global connections, leadership, professional exploration or research
  • On average, you can get up to $4,100 in funding to cover expenses related to the activities you choose.
  • There are several pre-approved Ingenuity in Action courses and activities that emphasize hands-on learning.
  • Your academic advisor must approve your experience and you must write a reflection.
  • Your completed experiences are noted on your transcript.

Students can take many paths and select a number of different experiences in their freshman year.

Sophomore Jonathan Azenon has already completed his two Ingenuity in Action experiences.

“I’m a resident assistant, so that falls under the leadership section of the resourcefulness requirement, and I’ve also done Cornell Summer Research Institute, which satisfies the research section,” Azenon said. “While the goal is to care for those who are needed, I believe it is beneficial to do more than what is needed, as we have a lot of resources to help us. I’m looking to do an experience that might satisfy Global Connections like study abroad in France for my French major, or something in professional exploration. With our advisors geared towards this program, they can help make the world our oyster.

Here are some additional examples of what students could do to meet their requirements:

Example of student A:

  • Completed a pre-approved course, Education Policy and Practice, in her second year. (civic engagement)
  • Traveled off campus to take a course in Germany during his senior year. (Global Connections)

Student B example:

  • Performed in a play on campus during his freshman year. (Creative expression)
  • Got an internship the summer after his junior year. (Professional exploration)

With all the options available, Azenon said it was easy to plan their Ingenuity in Action experiences. He checked the website and spoke to his academic advisor to come up with a roadmap, which he says only took about 10 minutes.

He thinks Cornell’s new program benefits all students.

“I cannot stress enough the importance and the incredible Ingenuity curriculum,” said Azenon. “I want to remind students that these opportunities are not found at other colleges, so really take advantage of these resources and opportunities. You are the captain of your ship, so really take matters into your own hands and become the complete student that you can be.

If you have any further questions on where to start, you are welcome to visit the Berry Career Institute on the second floor of the Thomas Commons, chat with your academic advisor or visit the Student Success Center on the third floor of Law Hall.


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