Becoming very scared of the work load. Is it really that bad?

<p>I am getting really scared of the reputed work load at Cornell. Is it as bad as they say? I'm in arts and sciences and planning to major in one of the social sciences, such as economics, government, or psychology.
Or is it the pre-med science requirements that give cornell is reputation?
I'm wondering if I'll be able to handle all the pressure. My high school was pretty tough and I did fine.</p>

<p>It's definitely the pre-med and engineering classes that give Cornell that super work hard reputation. If you're majoring the social sciences I really wouldn't stress that much. I'm not gonna tell you that its gonna be a breeze but you won't be pullin your hair out. This is my advice and it goes for any major: stay on top of your work and you'll be fine. Do all your homework on time, don't cut classes, do the required readings and you'll be in good shape. If you do all that stuff when prelim week comes all you'll have to do is review rather than learn everything all over again.</p>

<p>There is severe grade inflation in humanities and social science courses. So don't worry.</p>

<p>im a student in arts and sciences, and i wrote this in another thread, but ill say it again. cornell students like to complain...its just what we do. do i have a decent work load? sure. but i have PLENTY of time to get it done. ive managed to go out thurs-sat of every weekend without issues, and im doing well in school. the engineers, architects, and premeds are the ones with the most BY FAR...and i still know plenty of those (less so in the architecture field) who have been able to go out with me pretty much any time i go out. dont worry about it, just embrace the complaining. it unites us haha.</p>

<p>I've taken courses across the board, in all different areas, including at least one in each of the seven schools. I can honestly say that the workload and difficulty isn't nearly as bad as most make it out to be.</p>

<p>I mean, it's tough if you try to work your school in around getting smashed five nights each week. However, if you're reasonable and manage your time well, you can do well in school, do a few extracurriculars, and still have quite a bit of time to do those things college students are (in)famous for.</p>

<p>i really think sleeping sleeping 5 hours or 4 is like no difference, you'll both wake up half dead, you wont really notice. high school is already like 5 hours of sleep a night i doubt cornell would be that much worse, they have to let people sleep =O!</p>

<p>i don't think ever slept last year....</p>

<p>so would you say that architecture students are least social? haha do they have lives outside of rand hall?</p>

<p>architects are the most social - but it's like an in-bred type of social as Rand hall is a hub of more fun than work. Arch. students don't have any more work than any other major, it's just dozens of times easier to be distracted in the studio. ALL of my arch. gf's friends are also in architecture (and it clearly appears to be the same with everybody else)</p>

<p>I spent maybe 3 hours a week doing work last year and partied 3-4 nights of the week.</p>

<p>But I'm also an "easy" major
And was taking less than 15 credits
And my cumm GPA is also only like 3.02... haha.</p>

<p>I guess it depends how badly you want it/how well you already know the material/how hard your classes are!</p>

<p>its just on a case by case basis...i had one class that really bogged me down...and i let it take me down so i had a horrible year...</p>

<p>I can't live without sleeping 8 hours a day. I want to go into engineering, possibly chemE. Is it possible to sleep, socialize, relax, and still have a good GPA? (assuming you're not a genius.)</p>



<p>Depends on how good is good but the short answer generally is nope</p>

<p>I'm by no means a genius, and I slept on average of 6 - 9 hours a day. I don't think I particularly worked any harder than other students. Finished first year with a GPA of 3.83 in bio, so yes it is definitely possible.</p>

<p>another great way to save time is to avoid having 1hr+ dinners...get there early and eat and leave...</p>

<p>do the dining halls get very crowded toward 6-7 pm? does it become very difficult to find seats?</p>

<p>6-7 is the worst. I hate the 20 minutes needed just to find a seat.</p>

<p>I've never actually spent 20 minutes to find a seat, but it does become an arduous chore during the busiest hours. I you get there early though (at like 5ish), no one is ever there! It's a good idea to make that a habit, if possible.</p>

<p>i think thats a little ridiculous just so you dont have to look for a seat. if its busy, youll find one. especially because there are 2 north campus dining halls. go when youre hungry, its not that difficult haha.</p>

<p>finding 1 seat isn't a problem usually. It's finding the 4 seats so you don't have to sit there alone.</p>