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|Not so bright|
| I was a double major - Math and Computer Science, and the two departments measured in terms of faculty and students, were very different. The Math department seems very relaxed and while some students may come across as... eccentric, most are friendly. My advisor was incredibly accessible. I could pop in to discuss any questions/issues I may have with him anytime. The Computer Science department was a bit more intense. My advisor had not gotten tenure and came across as very high-strung. What I did like about the school was the seemingly endless options. Where else can you take a class to learn how to milk a cow and a wine-tasting class? While the central campus is frequently bustling, you can always find a quiet spot to study and unwind. There was an extensive selection of housing and dining options. Also, the campus is absolutely gorgeous. |
|Jan 26 2014|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2001 |
| I came here from a state school hoping to escape closet racism, anti-intellectualism, and overall apathy. I have found all of those aspects here at Cornell. If you aren't hearing about "how f*cked" someone is for their upcoming "prelim" (a snooty word that Cornell loves to use instead of the word "test") because they "totally didn't study at all and will completely fail, lol!", then that might be because you are instead overhearing some guys talk about how they snuck into a crowded frat party and stole 2 beers from their cooler.|
People here think they're the shit because they are better at playing the admissions game than students at other schools but I haven't really seen any glaring differences between my peers at my state school and here.
Academically - I am only taking 12 credits and am just as busy as I was when I was taking 15. I do think its a little more rigorous here and I guess that's why the degree carries such weight. Unfortunately about a third of what I'm doing is busywork that is harshly graded by nitpicky TA's who would much rather be doing their own research rather than grading students' hastily scribbled worksheets.I don't know what I expected coming here from my old school. College is college... do your 4 years and get out.
|Oct 29 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| I am a premed in Arts and Sciences, and I hate this damned school. If I could pick schools again, I would pick Princeton over this place. If you are premed, do not come here. Every other person is premed or engineer, and the classes are so poorly organized that in the core science subjects (orgo and gen chem), you will be ranked against engineers and perform miserably. My parents are paying $80,000 for me to take the same classes that the CALS and HEC students take. The faculty are extremely arrogant and feel as if students who actually come to their office hours put them in a huge imposition. I feel as if I am ruining my chances to get into medical school because Cornell works against its students. Everyone is competing against the other person and no true learning takes place in this rat race. The professors are too involved with their dead end research to give two cents about their students, and everyone is walking around the campus ready to jump off the bridge (they even installed bloody metal nets to catch any jumpers). DO NOT COME HERE FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN ENGINEERING. Cornell is a school that is only good for engineering, just be sure to be able to handle the pressure. |
|Sep 29 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2015 |