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Fit for Human Ecology?

perspicaperspica 24 replies4 threads Junior Member
I see a lot of people discuss fit being BIG at Human Ecology. I assume they mean primarily social science work, but would anyone care to elaborate more on it?

My school doesn't really have much interdisciplinary opportunities, but I'm interested in probably HBHS or GPHS. I do both STEM and Humanities stuff (involved with robotics and science olympiads (anatomy medal winner at regional comp) and do a lot with spreading STEM to girls, and some humanities stuff with basic MUN involvement and history club). I won a minor award at a local science conference for social science research (impact of state legislation on school shooting frequency), which is probably my only "true" interdisciplinary thing, which sucks, because I really like social science but don't have many opportunities. I also had an internship with a psychotherapist, where primarily learned about the DSM and diagnostic process- would it be beneficial to apply as Human Development? Is there any other oppertunities I could use for social science stuff?
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  • SardenSarden 22 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Fit at Cornell refers to how your intellectual and scholarly interests mesh with the mission, academic structure, and course offerings of a college unit. The College of Human Ecology is not an "interdisciplinary thing" or just "social science stuff". Interdisciplinary is an approach, not a course or academic theme.
    What are you interested in studying? You talk of applying to a major, because you had a related internship....but only as an admission strategy, not because you enjoyed it or found it interesting?
    The college has a simple and clear 14 word mission statement found right on their home page. "Fit" would be how you "connect" with the mission of CHE.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 8039 replies85 threads Senior Member
    ^^well said

    The names of a major matter much less after college than you might think: for many early stage jobs and grad schools groups of majors are lumped together in a general category, and by your second job it's rare for the name of your college major to even come up.

    "Fit" for CHE is about how the program aligns with your larger life goals- who you are and where you want to go. That will show up in the kinds of things you have chosen to do, and how you weave them together in a narrative that fits the program.
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