"Cornell students dream bigger dreams."

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

Monday, February 23, 2015

14. Danielle Wolff

Los Angeles, California · Agriculture and Life Sciences


Twitter:  https://twitter.com/daniellewolff
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DanielleDW

Tell us about what you're doing with your life.
I’ve been in Los Angeles for the past decade, after living for a while in Washington, DC and Paris. I moved west to do a master’s degree at UCLA and am now working as a writer, primarily in film and television, but also for web series, stage, and radio. I also published my first collection of short fiction last year. I’ve done a lot of work for Marvel Television, writing for characters like Spider-Man and the Avengers, which has been a complete blast and gives me an easy answer for the question all writers get: “Have you written anything I’ve heard of?”

I also travel as much as possible – my favorites have been work and volunteer trips to Ghana, Peru, and Greece, and because Cornell made me realize how much I enjoy learning just for the sake of learning, I'm doing a graduate diploma in International Relations through the London School of Economics.  I also have a fantastic boyfriend, Bassam, whom I’m hoping to introduce to Cornell at Reunion in June.

Plus, since August 2013 I and a group of fellow Class Council members have been putting together this blog!

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

At the time I regretted not taking Psych 101 for my general education requirement, especially after I got a not-so-good grade in the class I took instead – psycholinguistics. But despite being in way over my head, it was a fascinating class about the structure and acquisition of language and it sparked a lifelong interest in learning languages.

·   What extracurricular activity or hobby from your time at Cornell was the most meaningful?
I joined the speech and debate team my sophomore year and got sucked in immediately. It was an intense schedule—traveling to tournaments almost every weekend from October through April—which left less time than I would have liked for on-campus activities and socializing. But the skills and confidence I gained in research, writing, persuasion, impromptu speaking, and so much more have paid off over and over in my career and personal life. And I even look back on the all-night van rides through the middle of nowhere and the early-morning weekend start times with fondness. Plus, my teammates and competitors from those days have become some of my closest friends.

If you could change anything about your Cornell experience, what would it be?
After spending a year and a half working on this blog, I wish I could go back in time and get to know everyone we’ve profiled here while we were still on campus. It’s been a privilege to meet and reconnect with so many people as part of this project; the accomplishment, diversity, and just general awesomeness of our class is inspiring, and I hope that it leads to lifelong friendships for all involved – both new or rediscovered.