Distance from SUNY Corning Community College to Cornell University: 45 miles.
Distance from Edinburg, Texas to Cornell University: 2,001 miles.
For many of us who grew up in the Southern Tier, or in Western or Central N.Y., Cornell is known as the Ivy League school in Ithaca. We tend to forget how unique and special it truly is.
But for Jeremiah Lazo ’19, who grew up in Edinburg, Texas, attending Cornell has been a dream of his since high school. He came to New York to get his start at SUNY CCC, where 100 percent of his environmental science credits will transfer to the agricultural sciences program at Cornell.
“The curriculum I am studying now and the curriculum I’ll be studying at Cornell are identical,” said Jeremiah. “It made sense to get my start here and to establish a good foundation. It also taught me how to be an academically successful college student.”
Jeremiah also loves the fact that the SUNY CCC Spencer Crest Nature and Research Center is in his backyard.
“I hike Spencer Crest nearly every single day,” said Jeremiah. “It’s absolutely gorgeous, and a great place to learn about nature. It doesn’t even matter if it’s snowing, I am always there.”
Growing up in Texas, Jeremiah worked on a 300-acre farm. He harvested crops, took care of cattle, built sheds, and fixed broken fences. During this time, Jeremiah discovered a passion for farming. This led to his decision to pursue a career in agriculture.
“I just want to help farmers around the world,” said Jeremiah. “I want to give back to the agricultural community that has taught me so much.”
According to Jeremiah, pollution and other human factors are affecting the soil and crop production, making it harder for farmers to make a living. He also says that our rising population is going to start making it harder to grow food.
“My focus is going to be on how we can make the earth better – not the seeds,” said Jeremiah. “Our ground should be able to produce the amount of crops we need to sustain human existence. At some point we are going to run out of space to grow food, and we have to find ways to manipulate and use the earth the best we can.”
Jeremiah is looking forward to starting his journey at Cornell in the fall and plans to study abroad during his time there.
“I’m really excited to see what opportunities I’ll have at Cornell,” said Jeremiah. “I would love to study in China and be able to research different environments around the world.”