Oscar Rieveling: 'The requirements provide a way of studying topics we may never be adventurous enough to explore'

Mon, 05/23/2016

Oscar Rieveling

History of Art & French

Mexico City, Mexico

What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity -- why is it important to you?

As an art history major, the History of Art Majors Society provides arguably the most relevant way to meet people that are equally as passionate and enthusiastic about art. Working together with the group on our annual student-curated exhibition has been a great privilege and opportunity to affirm my interest in curatorial work in the future.

What do you value about your liberal arts education?

Originally I had intended to attend a specialized art school, hoping to fulfill my childhood desire to be an artist. In the end, being able to take classes in a wide variety of disciplines and with some of the most passionate professors has provided a better rounded and interesting education. While students may sometimes complain about the distribution requirements of the college, they provide a great way of studying topics we may never be adventurous enough to explore.

Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most? How or why?

I have found great inspiration and support from the Cornell Catholic Community. Being able to meet so many genuinely selfless and kind people has given me a lot to think about. In an environment with a lot of pressure with classes and internships, it becomes easy to only focus on yourself. However, this group has shown me that we can always do at least some small gesture that can have a great impact on others.