Category Archives: Spotlights

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

Getting to Know Your Roommate

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

Why I like the Common Text (or some thoughts on Cornell being pretty awesome)

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)

What You Wish You Knew About Cornell

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).

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“Bueller….Bueller….” Continue reading What You Wish You Knew About Cornell

Student Org Spotlight: NACC

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. 

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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