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Cornell University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationC
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessF
Campus MaintenanceB+ Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:

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She cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: Aug 10 2016
Major: Computer Science (This Major's Salary over time)
I chose Cornell over my state college because of its prestige in CS. Boy did I make the biggest mistake of my life. The program is so big, all the grading is done by TA's who often mess up and will give you 0's when you should have gotten full points on a particular question (happened to me on multiple occasions. I learned first semester that it is really up to you to make sure you get the grade you deserve.

Furthermore, the social life here sucks. I made the biggest mistake of not joining a sorority since I'm not that in to drinking. However, all the clubs here seem either too big, or too exclusive. If you're not extremely talented at anything besides myself, it is near impossible to get into a club.

Lastly, this school is cold and depressing and in the middle of nowhere. Everyone says Ithaca is poppin' but downtown Ithaca has almost nothing to do. If you are from the city as I am, make sure that you are prepared for this transition. I am finding every day that it is not one that I was prepared for. The one thing I was banking on was its lush environment for hiking, rock climbing and such. However, it turns out you can't even count on that, since Ithaca has had a drought for 5 months.

I will say that Cornell has really helped my career though. I was able to get multiple job offers as a freshman at top companies. Nonetheless, I constantly question myself if another 3 years of this depressing bullshit is worth it or not.

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