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Cornell, despite its flaws, is really an inspiringQuite BrightPolitical Science
Cornell, despite its flaws, is really an inspiring place to be. There is a crowd for everyone- yes, you have your upper-crust white jerks, but you also have a lot of very down-to-earth people from a wide range of backgrounds. I have met, worked with, and made friends with people from all over the country and the world, in a very wide array of fields (fields not found in any other Ivy). It is amazing the diversity of viewpoints and knowledge people bring to the table.

Expect to work hard. There are a couple of schools/majors (sorry Hotelies, AEM, PAM) that are pretty easy, but AAP, Arts, and Engineering promise an extremely rigorous courseload.

Students are comptetive, but usually helpful. Pre-meds are known to be cutthroat.
We are intense. We work really really hard, but most people know how to have fun too, whether partying (frats dominate the social scene for underclassmen, for juniors and seniors it's Collegetown) or one of the some 700 clubs or organizations.Professors are, of course, all brilliant, but you'll find some variation as to how much contact you have with them. It's possible to be have a lot of guidance from profs, to do research with them etc., but you really need to put yourself out there.

1st Year Female -- Class 2009
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: B
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I loved my time at Cornell because IQuite BrightAnimal Studies
I loved my time at Cornell because I made the most of it. There are an incredible number of opportunities, and if you make the effort to look you can find people interested in just about anything. As a pre-vet I was in amongst many with similar ambitions and interests to my own, so finding a niche wasn't difficult. It was the people with whom I spent my time at CU and the trips and activities I was involved in that meant the most to me. Also, while the interesting courses aren't difficult, you can find yourself learning about a huge variety of subjects you are interested in as well as those pertaining to your career. CU will always be my alma mater, even though I have moved on for grad school.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2008
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Education Quality: B
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Cornell will definitely push you harder than youBrightMechanical Engineering
Cornell will definitely push you harder than you ever have been, but that's what you come to college for. Your experience here depends on how you take the challenges you are faced with. You can either sit down and whine about it (like it seems like quite a few people on here have done) or take some initiative and push through it. Hardest part for me was the multitude of distractions that would be much more fun to do than sitting down and studying (which isn't necessarily bad, would rather have options than nothing else to do). My advice: find a solid group of friends you can study with (very hard to do well without some help, so find that help. It's not as hard to come by as other people make it out to be. Also friends can really come in handy when you need the answers to the practice test that the teacher never released but your friend somehow got a hold of it), do your work (don't skip an assignment because the homework is only worth 5% of your overall grade, doing the homework directly correlates to doing better on the test, you can't argue with that), and just try things (you're not going to be the best, but not to be too cliched you can't succeed if you don't try. Also you'll be 10x happier doing things besides just schoolwork). Most importantly, don't freak out, you'll do fine. It's just a school not the dungeon of torture some people make it out to be. In my opinion Cornell was probably the best thing for me in my entire life. Not only has it been a blast, but it shows you what the real world will be like. I can tell once I graduate life will be much easier because I'll be ready.
1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B-
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