I recently got a LL from Cornell and I've been doing some more research. My prospective major is Physics and Cornell is fantastic in this aspect. However, I've also gotten a LL from Swarthmore and I've been comparing the two.
The "culture" of the schools is what I'm concerned about. One of my top choices was MIT because I absolutely loved the culture there. So my question is, how difficult would it be to find the "nerd" culture at Cornell?
I'm not talking about the stay-in-your-room-and-never-come-out nerds. I'm a guy that prefers to play board games, debate white chocolate vs. dark chocolate, stay inside and watch movies, build neat gadgets with friends, discuss philosophy/astronomy/physics/the meaning of life. I would prefer being around other kids who are slightly "quirky" as well. Of course, I'm not the socially awkward type and can definitely see myself going to a few parties as well - but I don't want a huge focus of my college life to be on parties/dancing/drinking/etc.
I know that Swarthmore offers a culture very similar to this. How hard would it be to find this at Cornell?