<p>^hahaha. very good.
if someone wants to write a bit fancy that's not a problem, or if you want to write a little casual like me that's fine too. we should be accommodating of differences in writing style so long as everyone can be reasonably understood by an adult reader.</p>
<p>as for the OP's concerns:
I would say that most people at Cornell are smart, and the hidden or unexpected smart person is very prevalent. it's natural to follow stereotypes, but you'll look silly if you write off someone just because they like to party or have a seemingly frivolous outside of academics. there are probably a few people who are less qualified, but I think everyone can coexist pretty reasonably. I have found that in most classes with discussions, or in small interactive classes, there are so many students who are quick to speak up AND have valuable comments to contribute. </p>
<p>as for difficulty, I have said it here many times, and sometimes people disagree, but I think Cornell is way harder than my high school was. I always had my high school classes under control and I did really well, but here at Cornell a few classes have slipped away from me. I haven't failed any, but I've been very frustrated and ended up finishing the course not really having learned everything, and with a grade reflecting that. I have to work really hard for all of my As and I never remember being so worried about any class in high school. I would not definitely not hold myself up as a particularly intelligent person but I did fit in with that group during high school, and I might have self-identified as smart back then. now I know better!
no matter what you think of yourself, though, I would not let concerns about this hold you back from Cornell. I am always really glad to be here even no matter what, even when I am feeling rather exasperated with a given course.</p>