Karishma Bottari: 'I've discovered that I can overcome countless challenges with my perseverance and enthusiasm'

Thu, 04/25/2019

Karishma Bottari

Archaeology

Santa Rosa, CA

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

I'm incredibly lucky to go to a university with a very strong archaeology program. Thanks to the work of my professors, I've developed a robust understanding of both classical and North American archaeology, as well as my favorite lens of analysis, human osteology. The diversity of classes available has truly prepared me for a future in archaeology.

What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?

I feel very proud of the work that I have done on my senior thesis. It's on the life, death, and afterlife of an ancient Egyptian scribe named Penpi, whose remains are possessed by Cornell. It's my hope to remind readers of his individuality and to reinterpret a previous analysis of Penpi written in the 80s.

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

I feel that over four years I've become a much happier person. I've discovered that I can overcome countless challenges with my perseverance and enthusiasm. In contrast to my past self, I feel ready and excited for whatever challenges come my way in the future.

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