Cornell University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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.
The classes were graded on a bell curve when I went and about 40% of the kids failed the course and the other passed. They might not do this anymore but it was brutal when I went.
As for professors, I had a professor who worked on the manhattan project and he was my physics professor. The majority of the kids failed the class because the problems on the board were basically the same physic problems used on the manhattan project. Yes it is cool to think back my professor had this opportunity and shared this with his students but it doesn't mean I was able to grasp the concepts of physics like I was suppost to.
I ended up going on to get a PhD. in computer science and work at wyeth now but I might get laid off in the summer because of the economy and I am an IT.
It really doesn't matter where you get your degree, when you decide to go to cornell, you are guarranteed a few things, 100K in debt and a well-known name on a piece of paper. If I had to do it all over again I probably wouldn't of gone to cornell. It really doesn't matter where you go and I will press this on anyone, even my daughter when she looks at schools someday.
Education is an investment. Be wise and really think about what you get yourself into. Ask questions, talk to students, even get in contact with alumni and see where they are at. If you think cornell is your dream school I hope it is because the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
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