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Atmosphere at Cornell

illinois_kidillinois_kid Registered User Posts: 368 Member
edited July 2006 in Cornell University
Ok... I'm a rising senior and was considering Cornell. I visited it, and now they only Ivies I'm applying to are Dartmouth and Brown.

It seemed to me that Cornell has a really non-serious atmosphere. Like, one of the biggest school traditions is throwing squid at Harvard's hockey team. The impression I got was Cornell was all about drinking, partying, squid-throwing, and not caring about anything deeper than the keg at the next frat party. Is this true? (There's a rather nasty joke a Dartmouth kid told me that I won't repeat).

And Ithaka left much to be desired.

So what is life like at Cornell? Is it what it seemed to be to me?
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Replies to: Atmosphere at Cornell

  • bball87bball87 - Posts: 2,529 Senior Member
    ur kidding about "non-serious" atmosphere

    saying that cornell is a non-serious place is an oxy-moron
  • SpanksSpanks Registered User Posts: 3,612 Senior Member
    "Ithaca", you mean?

    I think you're determined to focus on minor negative details and have entirely missed the big picture.
  • SorGirlSorGirl Registered User Posts: 136 Junior Member
    ******* alert***
  • cornellENG2010cornellENG2010 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    haha *** complete opposite of what i heard and how i felt when i visited
  • theone1theone1 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    this kid is a retard. end of story.
  • matt330cimatt330ci Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    lol, a dartmouth kid joking about 'drinking/kegs' at another school? lololol.
  • gellinogellino Registered User Posts: 3,017 Senior Member
    Agree with matt, Dartmouth has more of a party scene than Cornell.
  • FiggyFiggy Registered User Posts: 2,717 Senior Member
    "Hardest ivy to get out of" ... enough said....and Dartmouth is a school where people eat through their butts...no seriously I heard that, there was a Southpark based on it...
  • mercurymercury Registered User Posts: 908 Member
    Are you joking?
  • sparticus800sparticus800 Registered User Posts: 4,092 Senior Member
    actually, kegs are forbidden at cornell frat parties ;)

    in all seriousness, cornell is a very fun place, but that is paired with an intense academic environment. libraries are open 24 hours a day because there are actually people using them 24 hours a day, every day.

    With regard to all your "non-serious" cornell traditions, i don't see why squid throwing is such a big issue for you. It's actually fish throwing, for the record, and it's part of the hockey tradition and the big harvard-cornell hockey rivalry. It all goes back to when harvard started it by tying a chicken to our goalpost mocking the ag school. We now respond by throwing fish at them because of their proximity to boston harbor.

    feel free to pm me if you want to discuss your concerns in detail
  • mikeyc765mikeyc765 Registered User Posts: 1,347 Senior Member
    I've visited Cornell a few times for Model UN and I loved the atmosphere and it's the main reason I'm applying. It seems to balance serious and fun. Can't really explain how I came at that conclusion, but it is the sort of vibe I felt.
  • sparticus800sparticus800 Registered User Posts: 4,092 Senior Member
    mikeyc: it's called the work hard-play hard philosophy :)
  • mikeyc765mikeyc765 Registered User Posts: 1,347 Senior Member
    Ooh! Did I sense the right vibe then?
  • sparticus800sparticus800 Registered User Posts: 4,092 Senior Member
    yes haha. i would describe cornell as intense but hella fun
  • amazonamazon Registered User Posts: 926 Member
    Does anyone know what the atmosphere at ILR is? Is it as intense?
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