"Cornell students dream bigger dreams."

--Frank H.T. Rhodes, Cornell University Commencement, May 28, 1995

Monday, January 20, 2014

71. Alanna Coughlin

Guilford, Connecticut · Human Ecology


Tell us about what you're doing with your life.
I live in Connecticut with my husband and two sons, working as a pediatrician in private practice and at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. 

What was your favorite class at Cornell, or the one you found the most useful?

I was a student-teacher through two College of Human Ecology human development courses in the same Ithaca first-grade class. I especially enjoyed working with several of the students who had special needs related to medical and developmental diagnoses. It gave me a preview of how great it can be to work as an advocate for children. 

What are you most looking forward to at Reunion 2015?

I am thrilled that the Dairy Bar reopened after its renovation! For our 10-year reunion we arrived and drove straight there, having a large cup of what I consider the best ice cream ever – vanilla raspberry chocolate chunk. Would love to do the same thing for our 20th! 

Which Cornell classmates do you keep in touch with?

Happy to report that fellow 95ers (and fellow Cornell Med 99ers) Melissa Held Tobin and Dan Tobin live a few miles up the road with their two children.  Also lucky to have another 95er a few miles in the other direction, Lisa Brodbeck.