“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!
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.
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
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!
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
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)
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”
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
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:
What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Your First Year at Cornell Continue reading What to Bring and What Not to Bring to Your First Year at Cornell