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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

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

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).

What I Wish I Knew

 

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

Finding Your Place at Cornell

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!