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Students express both praise and criticism of their overall experience at Cornell University. Positive experiences seem to outweigh negative ones, with most agreeing that even some of the negative aspects of Cornell—the immense workload, competition, dreary weather, and social pressures of a large campus—have taught them valuable life lessons. The large size of the campus can be both a blessing and a curse.Cornell offers a wealth of academic, professional, and personal opportunities, but can also offers the feeling of getting lost in the crowd.
Most students agree that it falls on the individual to make the most out of one’s time at Cornell to be outgoing, open to new ideas and experiences, and proactive in pursuit of one’s goals. Classes are difficult, and no one can expect to coast, but for those who are willing to work hard, classes can be very fulfilling. Finding a balance between coursework and social activities can be difficult, but if you can manage it, you will find a campus filled with new and interesting activities to get involved in.
It's interesting to be in my major and we're given a lot of a solid foundation for our material, but it's a lot of stress and getting blindsided by a lot of things. The career services are helpful, but my advisor kind of had me feeling discouraged about some things, and they virtually show you what they've got online and tell you to go look. It'd be nice if someone could sort of work through the process with me in that respect.
I've learned a lot at Cornell but I haven't had much of a chance to discuss what I learned and where the school excels in delivering on information, they lack in giving that information substance.
Simply holding group discussions where students can talk about their material would be great, but they only have sections where you're given more information and work or have a TA talking at you, which gets frustrating.
So, good education, not the best reinforcement.
There isn't a lot of explanation that happens with transportation, almost always in many places, and it's not an exception with the transport lines around Ithaca.
It took me a while to understand what buses would arrive where and when so I could use them to get around campus. And finding a bus to get back to where I wanted to from where I'd be on campus would be difficult, if not impossible, most times.
The food is all gourmet, which is great until you realize the reality of such eating on your health and welfare. I personally can't function well if I don't have the option to eat healthy, and there isn't much of a way around it here.
The food tastes awesome a lot of the time, and I've had some memorable meals both for better and worse. I love the cappuccino muffins at Alice Cook, for example, and they were the best way to start a day.
I just didn't like having to juggle between figuring out eating and studying and I'd never feel full walking out of the dining hall for whatever reason. Like the food had to be processed so it's not as heavy as what you get in the supermarket, and that takes getting used to.
All freshmen at Cornell University get a free bus pass which is fantastic. The buses get you where you need to go. The only downside is most of the times the 30 gets full pretty quickly (30 goes to the mall). So on Fridays you should go early, weekends as well. The buses don't run on time, especially if they're popular buses like the 30. I have had to walk to a different bus stop in order to catch the 30 on Fridays. Bus is great if you're not trying to get anywhere in a hurry.
The bus travels to Manhattan as well?
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