Let’s face it: I’m a bit of a nerd. And as a nerd, I’m here to impart to you my knowledge of the ins and outs of some of the academic sides of Cornell. During this (rather long) post, we’ll tackle some of the bigger questions about Cornell academics that you may have coming in this fall, such as searching for classes, course requirements, understanding the ‘bidding system’, finding book lists and ordering books, getting support, and a lot more things that are good to be aware of. Browse, read at your own pace, and get excited for the amazing experience ahead of you as a Cornell student! Continue reading Choosing Classes, Finding Books, and assorted Academic Know-How
“What are you involved in?” For a Cornellian, that may be the scariest question out there. Guest Blogger Jordan Wolfe, ’17, a PA with NSO2015 talks about getting involved on campus and balancing activities. As one of Cornell’s NCAA III athletes, Jordan is well practiced in balancing athletics and the rigorous academics of Cornell.
At Cornell, getting involved is extremely easy to do, with something new available for you wherever you look. With 15 active Greek organizations, 19 NCAA Division III sports teams, and over 50 student organizations on campus, that makes for nearly 100 choices of groups to be a part of on the hilltop. Continue reading Getting Involved
With rooming assignments coming out soon, it’s natural to be curious about who you’ll be sharing a room with during your first year at Cornell. Guest Blogger Ellie Burshtyn ’18, a PA, offers some insight and tips into getting to know your roommate to make you more comfortable with your roommate, res hall living, and transition to life at Cornell.
Some of you may have shared a room with someone before. However, there is probably one big difference: you most likely knew the person. Moving in with someone that you know nothing about can be stressful and result in a lot of anxiety, which is completely normal. So here are some suggestions on getting to know and getting along with your new roomie. Continue reading Getting to Know Your Roommate
Guest Blogger: Felix Amanor-Boadu ’16.
To get you started with exploring the Common Text, Felix–a PA with NSO 2015, member of the senior class, scholar, performer, and all around awesome Cornellian gives some insight on why the Common Text–and Cornell–are pretty awesome.
I came to Cornell full of ideas about who I was, what I wanted to do, and how I was going to spend my time here. Here I was, this weirdo moving from one part of the Midwest to another, to attend a college entirely unlike any I’d heard of before. All my notions of what Cornell was going to be like were based on my perceptions, and the beauty of perception is that it doesn’t describe things we *know*, only things we think. So now, after three years at Cornell, a lot of my original ideas have changed–and a lot haven’t. Continue reading Why I like the Common Text (or some thoughts on Cornell being pretty awesome)
Aubrey Kohl ’17, a PA with NSO 2015 writes on what she wishes she knew about Cornell her first year and it’s a Cornell phenomenon: the Cornell Plague. With intensive academics and dedicated students, Cornellians are notorious for working through a lot of conditions. Prior to Cornell, you may be used to taking a day off and watching classic ’80s movies; Aubrey talks about a Cornellian’s Day Off (or Not).
“Bueller….Bueller….” Continue reading What You Wish You Knew About Cornell
Kayne Whyte, a rising Cornell senior and member of the Navajo Nation, shares on the NACC’s mission, place on campus, and events. The organization was chartered in 2012 and has quickly become an installment in Cornell’s intercultural and campus life.
The Native Americans at Cornell College (N.A.C.C) student group is designed to promote support and awareness for the Native American student population and the greater Cornell College community. N.A.C.C seeks to engage its members and the community in enhancing their cultural identity and gain a multi-diverse perception of the world. Continue reading Student Org Spotlight: NACC
Guest Blogger: Hayley Uzpen ’17
Hayley, a PA for NSO 2015, talks about finding your place–and people–at Cornell.
Starting college can tend to feel a little overwhelming. You are in a new place, with a new set of peers and finding where you belong can seem like a daunting task. New Student Orientation is a great place to begin to try to find where you feel most comfortable at Cornell. NSO offers you the chance to get to know your new classmates and their interests, as well as develop an idea of what you might be interested academically and with extracurriculars.
Cornell doesn’t just stop at NSO to help you explore interests: during the first couple weeks of school, Cornell holds their annual Student Activities Fair where most of the 50 plus student organizations and clubs on campus gather on the Orange Carpet and share about their group. During this time you can visit any booth which catches your interest and sign up to receive emails from these groups about when they meet, a little more about what they are about, and what they do during the year. The fair is a great way to see all of what Cornell has to offer you. If you happen to have an area of interest that Cornell doesn’t currently have a club or organization for, it is really easy to start your own group on campus. On the block plan it is important to have things to engage you outside of the classroom. Being involved on campus is a good way to meet people, learn about Cornell and the community, and stay involved in the school.
If you are looking for more of a social group, Cornell also offers a Meet the Greeks early in the fall, where you can meet all of the 15 sororities and fraternities of Cornell from the comfort of the Commons! During this time you can meet the active members and discover their values, history, and tradition.
The best advice that I received as a first year was to be a “joiner”. To experience all that Cornell has to offer, I think that this was really good advice. Go ahead and sign up for all of the clubs that interest you; out of there, chances are that you will find at least one group of like minded people who you can feel that shared connection and sense of community with . By joining groups on campus you get to know different ages at Cornell and make some unique connections. As you continue to attend meetings and events you can see which groups you are really passionate about and from there you can find your niche.
If organized clubs and other student groups do not really interest you, Cornell also offers lectures, presentations, and other extracurricular academic activities that you can attend. From these events you can meet others who are interested in the same subjects as you. Finding your place at Cornell comes from trial and error; as an incoming student don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, to experience all of Cornell.
Thanks to Hayley for this advice! Finding a niche in a new environment can seem scary, but there’s a place for everyone at Cornell. Don’t be afraid to try new things and go out of your comfort zone–you’re bound to find something of interest and other’s who feel the same. Cornell is a unique campus and is home to unique Cornellians–you’ll find your “place”, wherever that may be, and along the way, you’re bound to meet some pretty interesting people, and among them, “your people”. Keep in mind that over your time at Cornell, you will find multiple niches. I’ve heard Cornell society described as an ecosystem, and I really think it is–every single person on this campus brings something important to the campus climate, and in turn, that campus spirit of Cornell becomes a new home. We can’t wait to grow with you on campus!
Guest Blogger: Leah Bossom ’17.
Wondering what it is we Cornellians get up to during breaks? Leah, a PA and ASB/AWB coordinator talks about the amazing opportunity of Alternative Breaks at Cornell. Learn about these unique experiences to grow as a student, citizen, leader, and individual possible through Cornell and get involved in an Alternative Break this year! Continue reading Alternative Breaks at Cornell
Guest Blogger: Mimi Vukelich ’17
Mimi, a PA for NSO 2015, talks about her experience trying something new on campus her freshman year and finding a passion in Mock Trial. Cornell brag: Mimi was part of our Mock Trial team that headed to Nationals this spring!
When I first came to Cornell I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to be involved in. There were a few activities and organizations that interested me. People on my floor were getting involved in a wide variety of activities. I remember going to the activities fair on the OC. My friends and I circled around the OC, looking at all of the different activities. We put our names on various email lists and talked to different groups we were interested in. There is one group that, looking back, stands out in my mind but at the time it didn’t even appear on my radar; that group was Mock Trial. A week or so after the activities fair, there were flyers peppered around campus advertising Mock Trial try outs. I read them but didn’t really process what I was reading or consciously think I was going to try out. The tryout process, according to the fliers, involved a brief speech period followed by an interview. Continue reading Something New I Tried on Campus