Her major of interest is management or accounting (her uncle works for Pricewaterhousecoopers). At Cornel, her major would have been AEM. She ended up choosing Bucknell for the fit and that her gut was as anxious as yours. She is an introvert and just couldn't imagine the assertion it would have taken for her to be successful at Cornell.
She worked very hard this senior year at high school, 4 AP's, at the sacrifice of her social life and that played a big impact in the decision. In addition, her brother who transferred to Vandy, works about 50 hours a week, although he does have a 4.0 gpa. She doesn't want to have to work that hard at Cornell. And she knows from the same classes the 2 of them took in high school, that he reads more quickly, has usually learned faster and scored better than her. And he never worked as hard as her in high school, so it's not like she wasn't trying.
Certainly, there are some who loved their time at Cornell. And while my daughter certainly picked a less prestigious school, she is also looking to have a more intimate atmosphere. Maybe you thrive in a larger environment, or you love to challenge yourself. There are some Cornellians who are transferring out, or already did leave Cornell for various reasons. Maybe you should scour the CC site to read from a number of different Cornell students. You are smart to get information, feel free to PM me.