Brothers and sisters

They’ve shared bedrooms, toys, clothes, and their parents’ attention, and now they share a campus. When classes started in August, there were 15 sets of siblings among 1,121 students on the Hilltop.

“We both participate in tennis, we work in the same office, and we share almost every meal with one another. She has become my best friend within a few short months,” first-year Joanna Loewen says of senior Emily Loewen, both of Lawrence, Kan. “I knew that she would take care of me as my older sister when I entered Cornell, but I had no idea that she would watch out for me as a friend.”

Emily wanted her sister at Cornell because she hoped “to build that special bond with her, just as I did with my brother,” Mark Loewen ’04.

“Spending that year with my brother was one of the greatest experiences of my life. That is why I encouraged my sister to join me at Cornell. I knew she would receive a great education and have tremendous opportunities,” Emily says.

Typical of friends, college siblings share books, friends, and rides home, but none of the same-sex sets share a residence hall room. Rules prohibit underclass students from living with upperclass students.

First-year Nathan Mundell and junior Matt Mundell, of Muscatine, Iowa, ended up in the same politics class. “He definitely was an influence in my college decision, and I believe that it was a great choice,” Nathan says. “We share social time throughout the week, and it is great to mingle with upperclass students via my brother, but at the same time to establish myself as Nathan and not Matt’s brother.”