Jordan Twombly-Ellis: 'Cornell has allowed me to discover my passions in bees, almost to the point that I can waggle dance to communicate with them'

Thu, 04/25/2019

Jordan Twombly-Ellis

Biology

Prescott, AZ

What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?

I have learned how to do research in a capacity that most people don't learn until grad school. I have also learned how to advocate for myself and problem solve on the fly.

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

I was on the Varsity Track & Field and Cross Country teams as well as an officer of the beekeeping club, so I do a lot of running and beekeeping, running to beekeep, or watching bees until I am motivated to run. Running is important because of the sense of community and healthy lifestyle it fostered. Beekeeping club is important because bees are my passion and I love getting to share that with others.

How have you changed since you first arrived at Cornell? What have you discovered about yourself?

I have opened up, explored areas I never thought I would, and become a more outgoing person. Cornell has allowed me to discover my passions in bees, almost to the point that I can waggle dance to communicate with them.

What are your plans for next year; where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I’m going to Texas A&M next year to pursue a Ph.D. in Entomology. In ten years I see myself starting my career as a professor and continuing to save the bees.

Jordan Twombly-Ellis