Members of the Cornell Real Estate Club (CREC) are used to getting off campus. Each year they visit real estate firms in New York City and Philadelphia, where they network with industry executives, tour properties, and experience the industry firsthand.
For their most recent trip off East Hill, club members stayed a little closer to home. CREC co-presidents David Weinstein ’15 and David Fitzpatrick ’16 traveled to Ithaca High School to introduce students to the commercial real estate industry and the many different career paths available in the field.
“We had been looking for a way to get more involved in the Ithaca community, and we wanted to give the high school students the chance to talk to current Cornellians like us—in addition to guidance counselors and admissions staff,” explained David W. “I would have loved it if a student from a college I wanted to attend had come to my high school.”
Dan Quan, professor of real estate and CREC advisor, agreed that the visit was valuable for everyone involved: “We were excited about the opportunity to engage with Ithaca High School students. Having our students share their passion for the Cornell real estate education with potential future Cornellians was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”
The information session attracted more than a dozen IHS students, who learned the basics of real estate valuation and discovered that the industry comprises a variety of jobs, including ones in design, development, accounting, construction, and more.
“The students’ interest in the industry was inspiring, and several students were looking to get more involved in real estate through summer jobs,” said David F.
Students also had the opportunity to ask questions about Cornell and college in general.
“The students had great questions about everything from what we did in high school to cultivate our career interests and get into Cornell to how getting a real estate education complements learning on the job,” said David W.
David and David explained that real estate education—as well as any other college education—is much more than the classes that make up a degree program. Cornell’s undergraduate real estate minor, which enrolls students from all seven undergraduate schools and colleges, is the core of real estate education at the university, but each student differentiates his or her own experience through activities like international case competitions, internships, mentor programs, and the Real Estate Club of course.
“We talked about how the School of Hotel Administration is special because you come here to learn about a particular field. You come here for more than just the major or minor; you come here for all the other co-curricular activities,” said David W.