a school. i came to cornell as a premed, and
endured a semester of grueling classes and competition in a
subject i turned out to be apathetic towards. i hated
the school, dwelled over the weather, and missed home. Second
semester came, and I took classes in the social sciences
which I found truly interesting. I think a lot of
people don't like Cornell because of the programs they are
in- so many people are pre-med because they feel pressure
from their parents or study engineering merely as a means
to an end (top notch job).
In terms of
the academics, the school is great. the classes are generally
very large, but the smaller sections really beneficial and a
provide an unbelievable academic environment. The professors are really accessible
if you make an effort to approach them. Cornell's array
of courses is unbelievable, ranging from deeply theoretical to pragmatic
to useless, but downright fun. ive taken classes about prisons,
indian cinema, black humor, marketing, finance, and wines. Few schools
can provide such a balance.
Cornell has also been
able to draw some big names for concerts, lectures, etc.
In the last 2 years, we've hosted the Strokes, Motion
City Soundtrack, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, T.I., TV on the Radio,
Salman Rushdie, Stephen Colbert, Trey Anastasio, Sandra Day-O'Connor, Kevin Smith,
Robert Novak, the Dalai Lama, Angela Davis, and many many
more. Cornell offers a lot of stimulating seminars which I
feel a lot of students don't take advantage of.
Socially, Cornell has a lot to offer. Frats tend to
get boring, but more intimate collegetown parties tend to become
the norm. I would advise joining a frat for the
social network and entertainment value. I'm not a heavy drinker,
but I enjoy the opportunities the school has to offer.
Lastly, the campus is downright beautiful. The winters aren't ideal,
but the other seasons make up for it. I get
filled with a unbelievable feeling every time I cross the
suspension bridge in the fall or watch the sunset on
It took me a while to accept
this school, but now I can't imagine going anywhere else.