College Freshman 2013-11-29T20:12:37Z
Depends on which sport. Hockey is HUGE here. Coming from an island in the Caribbean I obviously knew NOTHING about hockey but I went to a game and I instantly fell in love. The atmosphere at Lynah rink is one of the best in the nation, people pre game, get rowdy, scream at the ref and the players, and its a great experience. Our other teams aren't really that good compared to the Hockey team. I've heard the wrestling team is good but other than that the only other game i've been to is the Homecoming football game in which we somehow win every year. The facilities are great with top notch equipment at the GYM.
College Freshman 2013-11-29T20:09:44Z
Health & Safety:
There are always police around campus and you can see them in the dorms during the weekends in case anything happens. They actually help drunk students get to their rooms sometimes but don't expect that to be their reaction if you're falling around North Campus. It is a lot better to get caught by Ithaca Police than Cornell Police though. Our health center is Gannet Health Services. I've never been there but i've heard it can be a bitch and you have to call to have an appointment. At the end of the day they help you out and they have free condoms.
College Freshman 2013-11-29T20:06:29Z
Cornell tries to enforce many of its rules against underage drinking and drug use but reality is that there are just so many places you can get alcohol and drugs that it can't be stopped. A person does not need to take part in any of these actions but if you want to, it is easily accessible
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:55:20Z
Cornell has the best college town. The scenery is unique, and you won't find it anywhere else. Homecoming weekend has been one of my favorite experiences, as well as the fall sports season.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:53:01Z
The campus is strict about policies, but the officials do not get involved in students' academic or social lives without cause.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:51:56Z
I'm not involved in Greek life, but it is a big part of the social scene on campus. You don't have to be in a sorority or fraternity to participate in some Greek events too.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:28:37Z
There are a number of dining halls everywhere on campus. Menus have a wide selection. My favorite places include Synapsis and Trillium.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:21:55Z
The weather definitely takes some getting used to if you come from areas of warmer climates. It does not distract or limit the campus experience.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:21:01Z
There are a variety of majors to choose from. There are always very few challenges during the application process. Advisors are always available to help.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:18:12Z
Health & Safety:
There are emergency blue light phones everywhere on campus. The campus is well lit at night. There are also many students always around at night going to and from the library. Campus security drives around frequently as well.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:07:36Z
Buses run constantly every day from collegetown and campus to the commons and downtown Ithaca. Bus passes are convenient, otherwise it is 1.50$ per ride.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:06:12Z
The biology and society major allows for students to fulfill their interests in other academic areas as well. Even with the major and college requirements, there is plenty of opportunity to take fun and other classes of interest.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T04:06:12Z
Classes can be difficult, so it is important to plan ahead for the registration process. This includes consulting with an academic advisor and searching for classes on your own. It is important to take advantage of the academic opportunities like professors' office hours.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T03:21:00Z
I recommend bring your own computer, but computer labs are definitely available. There are multiple wireless networks and all are reliable on campus. I think having your own printer makes things a lot easier as well to save trips to the labs.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T03:17:34Z
The best attraction is NYC, which is only a short 4 hour drive or bus ride. Locally, downtown Ithaca, collegetown, and the commons provide great shopping, attractions, and dining.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T03:12:52Z
There are a lot of local bars near campus, and parties are always happening on the weekends for those who prefer them. Transportation is great...there are cheap cabs as well as buses that run through campus until 2AM.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T03:02:13Z
Drug and alcohol use is prevalent as it is on most college campuses. The peer pressure here is very low. A majority of the students actually don't take part, and it is easy to find friends that share your interests.
College Sophomore 2013-11-25T02:58:48Z
Living on campus is vital for first year students for making close friends. Freshman and transfer dorms on campus tend to be very social. If you're not used to sharing a room, then living on campus with a roommate can improve your problem solving skills. The housing process is fairly easy, but most tend to move off campus following their freshman or sophomore year because on campus housing is expensive.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:45:04Z
As discussed, parking is a nightmare; you're better off walking and working out your butt because everything's uphill. I haven't been "shopping", but I hear there's a mall somewhere. The Wegman's, Walmart, Aldi's and Tops are all very accessible by bus, which always run late. Safety is probably more stressed here than at other colleges, but I don't have much to compare it to, only that we get weekly updates and suggestions from our town chief-of-police. This place is good for foodies, because we have everything, and there are tons of hiking trails and gorges for those who like the outdoors. For those like me who prefer to just hangout and talk in comfy spots, there are almost none. There's one Starbucks in Collegetown that is always packed, and I don't have the patience to take a bus to get to the other one in town. Better to just stay on campus for that.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:39:38Z
It's VERY obvious when people start to get SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Especially at Cornell where the weather goes from 60 to snowing in one night, it's easy to lose your cool simply because you weren't prepared. It gets very dreary, and students often let the cold bring them down. It doesn't help that because Cornell is located on hill, we get all of the wind, all of the time.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:36:44Z
The reason why I chose to come to Cornell is because I can get an Ivy education and still get the full feel of what it's like to be in "college". Columbia and Harvard are located in cities, but Cornell is a town in its own, so a student can really feel like they get the full college experience. That being said, it's also easy to get stuck in a depressed, isolated bubble because there are few out-of-school contexts to relate to, so students can easily get carried away with their academics and the need to stay ahead of the game.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:34:08Z
In my particular residence hall, there isn't much sense of community - our social atmosphere is relatively non-existent. However, it is very clean and spacious, all of my needs are taken care of, and the people are generally responsible so there isn't a lot of disruptions. This is special to my floor, in my hall. OTHER halls have a much stronger sense of community, but also more noise disruption or general resident dramas. The cost wasn't cheap, but the housing office was definitely the most accommodating both on the phone and in my living needs.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:31:11Z
Perhaps because Cornell is known for its computer engineering program, we're pretty on top of our game here. There's wifi almost anywhere you go, and always a free computer available. As a student, I would pretty if printing were free, but at nine cents a page, I won't argue it. The only problem with the network is that if you have a personal printer to set up in your room, you CANNOT print via a wifi connection; it HAS to go through a USB connection.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:28:37Z
I'm not sure if this question is in regards to in-campus transportation or out-of-campus transportation. I can't speak for either because I haven't used them.
College Junior 2013-11-20T00:26:57Z
Cornell is often known for the variety of food options in town. There is almost every type of cultural restaurant you can think of, but keep in mind that the prices will be frustrating, especially for college students. If you're accustomed to good New York pizza, don't go to Collegetown Pizza; even though the locals and out-of-state students think it's God-sent, it's nothing compared to a Brooklyn slice.
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