Something New I Tried on Campus

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

Student Org Spotlight: BACO

Kayla Morton ’16, shares about BACO (Black Awareness Cultural Organization), one of the most active and multicultural student orgs at Cornell. BACO’s commitment to education, community, and celebration of diversity serves the entire Cornell campus in bringing awareness and understanding to black issues and developing a campus with cultural competency.
BACO

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Local Banks and ATMs

Guest Blogger: Gabe Flippo ’16
Gabe Flippo, a PA from the senior class, shares a Cornell insider’s tips to local banks and ATMS for incoming Cornellians. 

Money is important! Everybody needs money. However, on top of needing money, you need to be able to access your money. Out of all of my friends and fellow students at Cornell College, I have had a very pleasant experience using banks and ATMS throughout my three years so far at Cornell. There are three main reasons behind this:
1. I avoid fee charges that many ATM’s carry
2. I have an Mt Vernon Bank account and
3. I learned to budget my money.
This blog post will explain how to have the best banking and ATM experience using some helpful tips I’ve learned over the years. Continue reading Local Banks and ATMs

Student Org Spotlight: TWRG

Guest Blogger: Hannah Warner ’17, a TWRG e-board officer–

Third Wave Resource Group (TWRG) serves as an on-campus resource for activism and support for third wave feminism on campus and in the surrounding community. We are activists who examine issues of race, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic class through a feminist lens. Continue reading Student Org Spotlight: TWRG

Choosing a Cell Phone Plan for Cornell

Guest Blogger: Halee Schomberg ’16
Wondering about how to stay connected on campus so that you can roam without your cell phone doing the same? Senior PA Halee has compiled a guide to cell phone plans and the Mount Vernon area.

With summer here and your college decision made, you’re probably thinking that you’ve got everything figured out for the fall. You’ll soon start checking off items like: comforter, rug, fan, and everything else on the college’s list of “things to bring”. But something that isn’t on that list that is definitely worth thinking about is: which cell phone plan do you have? This may seem like a strange question, I mean, how would your phone plan affect the start of your college experience at Cornell? Well, it just might. It depends if you mind seeing this on your phone screen every time you go to make a call or send a text.

cell phone 2Now, don’t panic. Here are a few friendly tips that will help you in deciding if your cell phone is Cornell College ready or not.

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Using Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar: the Cornell “cloud”

Guest Blogger: Brian Hixon-Simeral ’16, a PA for NSO 2015

Using Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar

This topic may seem pretty easy for some of you, but for everyone out there that hasn’t had the means,opportunity, or need to use Gmail, Google Drive, and the Google Calendar, here’s a brief blog post to help you out. Continue reading Using Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Calendar: the Cornell “cloud”

FREE Microsoft Products for Cornell Students

New and Returning students! Did you know you can download MS Office Suite for free with your Cornell account?!

Director of IT Mike Cereveny emailed all students about it earlier this summer, but if you missed it, here’s what to know: Continue reading FREE Microsoft Products for Cornell Students

What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Your First Year at Cornell

Guest Blogger: Hope Cotter, PA from the class of 2018

New students, are you starting to wonder about what to bring to campus in the fall? Hope Cotter, a PA and sophomore student has compiled an insider’s list of all you could possibly need. The fun part–making your own list for what you want to bring from home, pick up at Target once you get here, and Jenga-into your family’s car for move in day. Read over Residence Life’s details on What’s Provided and What to Bring here. My recommendations are to consider what you will actually use, wear, and want on a daily basis. Talk to your roommate and really consider adjusting to sharing space and a new environment when considering any big ticket items. Everyone’s packing list is going to be different–if you’re filling up a minivan or have one bag off your flight in Cedar Rapids, remember that you will be able to get to a store if you forget something or decide you need something else–Target runs are a Cornell favorite pastime!–and your room will start to feel like home soon!  From three years of experience moving in and out of Cornell: I recommend packing the essentials first, then figuring out realistically how much else you want to pack, move-in, and unpack. The basics: beds are Twin XL, bring what you’ll use on a daily basis, a surge protector, a daily planner and Nalgene water bottle (Cornellian’s favorite accessories!) and you’ll figure it out from there!–Laura 

Here’s the list Hope (an admitted overpacker!)–compiled:
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First-Year Housing Info

First Years! Remember to fill out your housing preference forms through the Admitted Students checklist! You can update your preferences through Sunday, July 5.

To learn more about the residence halls for first years and more Res Life info, check out the fall opening information on the Residence Life website and stay tuned for more posts regarding Res Life, recommended packing lists, move in day, etc! Incoming new and transfer students should check their emails frequently for more updates on NSO and fall info. Housing assignments will be distributed by email around mid-July.

Here are some highlights on the First Year housing options: Continue reading First-Year Housing Info