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Atmosphere at Cornell

illinois_kidillinois_kid Posts: 368Registered User 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 Posts: 3,612Registered User Senior Member
    "Ithaca", you mean?

    I think you're determined to focus on minor negative details and have entirely missed the big picture.
  • SorGirlSorGirl Posts: 136Registered User Junior Member
    ******* alert***
  • cornellENG2010cornellENG2010 Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    haha *** complete opposite of what i heard and how i felt when i visited
  • theone1theone1 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    this kid is a retard. end of story.
  • matt330cimatt330ci Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    lol, a dartmouth kid joking about 'drinking/kegs' at another school? lololol.
  • gellinogellino Posts: 3,017Registered User Senior Member
    Agree with matt, Dartmouth has more of a party scene than Cornell.
  • FiggyFiggy Posts: 2,717Registered User 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 Posts: 908Registered User Member
    Are you joking?
  • sparticus800sparticus800 Posts: 4,092Registered User 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 Posts: 1,347Registered User 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 Posts: 4,092Registered User Senior Member
    mikeyc: it's called the work hard-play hard philosophy :)
  • mikeyc765mikeyc765 Posts: 1,347Registered User Senior Member
    Ooh! Did I sense the right vibe then?
  • sparticus800sparticus800 Posts: 4,092Registered User Senior Member
    yes haha. i would describe cornell as intense but hella fun
  • amazonamazon Posts: 926Registered User Member
    Does anyone know what the atmosphere at ILR is? Is it as intense?
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