I'd guessed beforehand that Cornell would have a strong air of class-consciousness but the intensity of social stratification here is depressing. Endemic social climbing. Everyone walks around with a pathetic impassivity. Most girls won't even give you the time of day unless you have letters, which isn't profound but is confusing considering that this perceived superiority is not based on attractiveness, intelligence, wit, or charm. Wealth perhaps?
I attribute many of Cornell's social deficiencies on the Greek system (which I'm not categorically opposed to). It just has too much power over this school's social life. I had what I now realize are delusions of an eclectic group of smart, worldly kids--which were shattered fast. Don't get me wrong, there are crazy-smart, interesting, witty people here. It seems they're just few and far between in a huge homogeneous blob of Northface.
I'm not a recluse nor am I awkward, but it's just very difficult to meet people here because of the intense cliquiness, reinforced by the Greek system. I like to go out and socialize and meet girls but that seems hard, especially since I decided not to rush. Obviously had I rushed and pledged, I'd have a tight group of drinking buddies but I could've done that at my state's flagship and pocketed the $75K difference.
I'm trying not to make this sound pathetic, but my question is: how/where do you meet people as an independent? Clubs haven't really produced anything because there's always a small group of people who already know each other. Most of my friends are a product of physical proximity not common interest, which I'd like to change. I'm a sophomore and this is only my 2nd semester here, so I concede that I'm being a little premature but I've talked to a bunch of other transfers who feel the same way.