graduated from cornell in '84 and I originally came here
from westchester community college as a transfer. I must say
first off, it doesn't matter where you get your degree.
Ivy league means nothing, it doesn't gaurantee you a job
after graduation, it doesn't get you any father then the
kid up went to a tier 3 school. What really
matters in a school is how well it fits you,
how you UTILIZE! your environment/setting and how you make the
best of your academics.
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
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.