"Cornell students dream bigger dreams."

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

Monday, August 11, 2014

42. Danielle Gensch

San Francisco, California · Engineering

Name at Cornell
Danielle Sveska


Tell us about what you're doing with your life.
I'm a partner at a California-based law firm, am married to a fellow attorney (although he went to Stanford) and have a wonderful one-year old daughter.

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

I really enjoyed Prof. Stedinger's class in Risk Assessment.  It was an excellent introduction on how to accurately communicate risk to a non-technical audience, and I use the skills I learned there nearly every day as an attorney.

If you could change anything about your Cornell experience, what would it be?
While I value the skill set I gained at the College of Engineering, I didn't last long as an engineer.  I might have enjoyed urban and regional planning or history as majors.

What advice would you give to a student starting at Cornell this year?

Take advantage of as many opportunities outside your college and your major as you can -- you will spend a lot of time in class with people in your major, and it is really helpful for your sanity and for becoming a well-rounded person.