Family Weekend and Homecoming 2015

Parents, friends, and alumni: wondering when you’ll next head to the Hilltop? Campus is lovely in October! Family Weekend and Homecoming runs Friday October 9 – 11 this year.

Family Weekend

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Parents: Join your student on campus to celebrate Cornell! Family can experience life on campus, meet faculty and staff, cheer on Ram athletes, grab some Cornell gear from the bookstore, and get to know your student’s home on campus. It’s a great time to experience Cornell, snap some family photos, and enjoy Mount Vernon and campus in the fall.
Parents of first years–this weekend is the perfect time for a first visit to Mount Vernon after Move In Day! Your student will be settled in and won’t be home for Thanksgiving break for another month–the perfect time for a Target run and the opportunity for them to show you around (and you to make sure they have been doing laundry…).

Homecoming

Hundreds of alumni were back on campus in early October to enjoy the fall weather, remember old times, and celebrate Homecoming.

Join Cornell’s 102nd Homecoming Celebration! Visit the newly renovated buildings on campus and celebrate campus milestones. Cheer for the Rams at the Pep Rally Friday night, at the volleyball game against Carroll College Saturday morning, and the football game vs. Grinell in the afternoon. Homecoming Registration has begun, with Early Bird Registration running until September 4 and normal registration ending October 2. Students will be celebrating on campus all week, but we love to meet and share campus with generations of Cornellians who all call the hilltop home.

Visiting and Staying in the Area
If you’re planning a visit that’s not a day trip, explore the area options of lodging compiled for visitors.  The area and Iowa Corridor has a lot to offer to visitors! Be sure to take in the beautiful Iowa fall colors with a drive through one of the local State Parks–Lake Macbride or Palisades-Kepler State Park. If you’re an alum, you probably already have some favorite spots in the area, but if you’re new to Mount Vernon and the area, read up on all the area has to offer.

Check out more info on Family Weekend 2015 and Homecoming 2015 on their own webpages for updates, schedules, registration forms, and much more. We can’t wait for you to join us #homeonthehilltop this year! Go Rams!

How Cornell Increased My Knowledge and Reasoning Skills

While Cornell offers so much to it’s students outside of the classroom, it’s important to remember what has brought us to this campus from the start: the opportunity to learn and grow. Here to talk about two components of that growth and learning are PAs Angie Mendez ’17 and Rose Andre ’16.  Continue reading How Cornell Increased My Knowledge and Reasoning Skills

Know Your Cornell Lingo!

“Do you know how to get to–?” Early on in your time at Cornell, you’re bound to have to ask that question a few times at least. As a head start in getting to know Cornell, it will be helpful to know campus-specific vocab. With a crash course in Cornell Lingo, you’ll save a lot of time and confusion early on. Acting as your Cornell linguist with insights into Cornell’s own vocab is Nina Kahn, a rising sophomore and PA, to introduce you to–first off–the Hilltop (campus’s most common nickname!).

Every college has their own unique vocabulary that pertains to the individual school community; Cornell is no exception. Most people have probably heard the term block plan since it is Cornell’s biggest identifier, but it is doubtful that they know the term ‘third week’. Students and teachers like to use the term ‘third week’ to describe the homestretch of the last full week of classes or the tired feelings that happens around that week. “My brain is in third week mode,” or “it’s third week, cut me a break.” Although ‘third week’ is sometimes met with mixed feelings, students push through it because they know fourth week is right around the corner, which means late night breakfast and block break! Continue reading Know Your Cornell Lingo!

Tips for Move-In Day

We’re only 5 days away from Move In and the start of NSO 2015 and we can’t wait! To make things go easier for you, check out these details and tips before the big day. The Thomas Commons twitter page (@ThomasCommons) has been busy with #whatshouldyoubring and last minute reminders. Stay tuned with moments and memories from NSO  2015, browse, and use #tothehilltop!

Move In and Validation Basics Continue reading Tips for Move-In Day

From Formerly Awkward to Formally Fly: The Art of Emailing a Professor

One of the biggest parts of college that no one tells you about? Emailing. All of the emails. As you’ve already learned this summer, Cornell email accounts are a HUGE part of communication and information  on campus. Things move fast at Cornell and email is no different. On Cornell campus, you will be involved in a lot and as such, you’ll be on a lot of mailing lists. There will be club meeting reminders, emails from your RA, campus news, a line of communication with classmates, and essential emails from your professor. Sometimes, you’re going to need to hit reply on some pretty important emails. To act as your Jedi-email master in this  art of emailing a professor is Chris Machold, a PA in the class of 2016, whose Jedi skills of emailing a professor he now imparts to you. 

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Transitioning from communication with high school teachers to liberal arts college professors can be an unexpectedly intimidating venture: Continue reading From Formerly Awkward to Formally Fly: The Art of Emailing a Professor

Welcome to Mount Vernon and the Area!

Meet your tour guide to Mount Vernon and the surrounding area, man about town Clint McDaniel, a rising Junior and PA with NSO 2015! No matter what your interests, you are bound to find something in Mount Vernon or the area to love and chances are, other Cornellians who’ll love to tag along.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they come to Cornell is assuming that there is nothing that exists beyond the campus. Coming from someone who has lived in a rural town my entire life, I can see why. Most small towns can be the most boring places on the planet, but you definitely shouldn’t assume that about Mount Vernon. Surprisingly enough, there are actually things to do here! Both Mount Vernon and the Iowa Corridor (the name given to this area) are ready to impress. Continue reading Welcome to Mount Vernon and the Area!

Developing a Relationship with Your Advisor

Guest Blogger Chloe Rossier,  a sophomore in the class of 2018 and a PA with NSO 2015 shares about developing a relationship with your advisor. 

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First of all, to all those reading, I just want to say congratulations on choosing Cornell College! I have to tell you from my experience that college is even better than you’re thinking it will be. However, right now it is still new, still in the future, and of course, a bit nerve racking. Don’t worry because it is the same for everyone! Continue reading Developing a Relationship with Your Advisor

Internships, Fellowships, Off Campus, and other Opportunities

A tagline you hear a lot at Cornell is something along the lines of “one exceptional opportunity after another”–and, well…it’s pretty accurate! This piece is written by a Cornellian that is familiar with all that Cornell offers. Peter Catchings, ’16, a PA with NSO 2015 exemplifies a Cornellian doing it all, as an athlete, Student Senator, active member of various organizations, all on top of academics. This summer, Peter was a Cornell Fellows as he participated in an internship in law in Chicago. Learn more about some of Cornell’s exceptional opportunities. 

Hey there first-years! I’m Peter Catchings, a rising senior from Naperville, Illinois majoring in Politics, and I’m here to give you some helpful tips about internships when it comes to Cornell College. Continue reading Internships, Fellowships, Off Campus, and other Opportunities

Choosing Classes, Finding Books, and assorted Academic Know-How

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

Getting Involved

“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