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I chose Cornell over my state college becauseQuite BrightComputer Science
I chose Cornell over my state college because of its prestige in CS. Boy did I make the biggest mistake of my life. The program is so big, all the grading is done by TA's who often mess up and will give you 0's when you should have gotten full points on a particular question (happened to me on multiple occasions. I learned first semester that it is really up to you to make sure you get the grade you deserve.

Furthermore, the social life here sucks. I made the biggest mistake of not joining a sorority since I'm not that in to drinking. However, all the clubs here seem either too big, or too exclusive. If you're not extremely talented at anything besides myself, it is near impossible to get into a club.

Lastly, this school is cold and depressing and in the middle of nowhere. Everyone says Ithaca is poppin' but downtown Ithaca has almost nothing to do. If you are from the city as I am, make sure that you are prepared for this transition. I am finding every day that it is not one that I was prepared for. The one thing I was banking on was its lush environment for hiking, rock climbing and such. However, it turns out you can't even count on that, since Ithaca has had a drought for 5 months. I will say that Cornell has really helped my career though. I was able to get multiple job offers as a freshman at top companies. Nonetheless, I constantly question myself if another 3 years of this depressing bullshit is worth it or not.

1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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Cornell is tough.BrightEngineering Department
Cornell is tough. Even tougher for engineering students. There will be days you feel like your the stupidest kid in the program, and you'll wonder if you belong with everyone else. But then you remember that your experience at Cornell shouldn't be shaped by your performance relative to everyone else. Rather, your experience there should be shaped by how much you've saturated yourself in the learning environment. There is no better place to expose yourself to all sorts of knowledge than Cornell. There is no better place to meet so many brilliant people in one concentrated area. Everything you learn here really makes you a different person.
1st Year Female -- Class 2019
Innovation: A+, Extracurricular Activities: B-
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Cornell is *THE* most overrated school is America.Quite BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Cornell is *THE* most overrated school is America. The Greek scene as well as the lack of off campus entertainment here makes it much less about school and much more about who's who. The classes are a joke- this place is basically an extremely nice looking state school with mediocre academics. Those who complain that the classes are too hard do so because they spend to much time getting smashed Wednesday to Sunday. The students are uninspiring and rely on the Cornell network to become successful, not on their own initiative and hard work.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2018
Campus Aesthetics: A, Education Quality: D
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