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Because Cornell is an Ivy, it has a "name", that only may be enough for some people, but if there is one thing I would stress, it is to look past the name. Really research your schools, all aspects of it. If not, prepare yourself for potentially four years of misery and virtually no support. And beware the whole "diversity" thing too, if you are a minority other than Asian, you are pretty much out of luck. And there are always some controversy about the program house that do try to promote diversity. Not a majority, get ready to fight hard, really hard... |
I don't know if this is true for other Ivy League schools, but Cornell have a large number of arrogant and annoying students.
If you enjoy
1) drinking as your ONLY social activity and being a nuisance to other people who have to take care of your drunk-ass
2) working your butt off, barely getting decent grades on half of your courses and wondering after it all, what did I gain from this class?
3)fake-ass people and poor quality of choice in men.
4)Fighting with the Fin-aid office all the time and wasting time with an unhelpful administrative departments
Cornell is perfect for you.
If not, you are going to have to try a lot harder to find your "niche" at this school. It is possible, but requires some work and a little luck. In terms of departments, some of them have great faculty (like CS), some of them don't. My major is small, but there are some of the greatest students (both in intellect in personality) in it. I am thankful to have found it after 2 miserable years in premed/biology. If you are a likable, friendly pre-med, don't come here, you will be eaten alive.
My saving grace at this university are the clubs. I don't know what would have become of me if I wasn't in any extracurricular activities. Some of nicest, friendliest, overall awesome people I have every met at Cornell were found in the clubs I am in.
Even so, if I had the chance, I would have transferred or never came to Cornell. So as a recap, I would suggest that all prospective students to really research their schools. Social life is just as important as academic life. If you are miserable, good luck trying to get through those 4 four years and justify all that money going to this institution. Also, if you aren't into the Greek system or lame party scene (there are some rare good one, I place emphasis on RARE), you are going to have to work a harder to find your place at this school. Also, don't expect a useful administration, Day Hall is as incompetent as one can get.
|Jan 29 2010|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| Cornell can be a wonderful or awful place to be an undergraduate. You will recieve very little guidance and even less handholding. What you will recieve is a course catalog as thick as a phonebook and access to the resources of one of the worlds great universities. If you are ambitious, brave, and capable of self direction then there is not anywhere that a Cornell education can't take you. The opportunities are truly amazing if you put you search them out. However, If you expect someone to lay out a path for you, reach out to you with opportunities, or go out of their way to help you then you are out of luck. Cornell is about as far from the liberal arts college experience as you can get. Great research university, but mediocre "college". |
|Jan 06 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2002 |