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Thu, 09/03/2020 - 15:53
Hey everyone! Greetings from Ithaca, New York!
Welcome to CALS!
Welcome, class of 2024, to CALS!
Welcome to Cornell and welcome to CALS!
Welcome to CALS,
we're so excited to meet you.
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One item that is essential to my life as a Cornell student
has to be my water bottle.
Planner or just Google Calendar.
The reusable water bottle. There are a lot of water fountains
all over campus. Plus you're reducing your plastic waste.
Multivitamin gummies.
Google Calendar.
Ice cream!
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If I could go back in time and give myself, as an incoming freshman, a piece
of advice, I would say don't stress so much. Because
you might feel like you're the only one who feels a little out of place
or that you're not perfect and everything isn't working out perfectly
for you, but honestly, being an upperclassman now and
talking to a lot of my friends, everyone feels the
exact same thing. So you're not alone, I swear.
Please try applying to new clubs that interest you, regardless of experience level.
As a freshman, I was scared to apply for a lot of organizations I didn't have
experience in. Oftentimes, I felt as if I was not as qualified as other candidates,
but you must realize you got into Cornell
for a reason, right?
I would say to not be afraid to ask for help.
You know sometimes we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to know all the
answers and study, study, study. But the reality is
that sometimes, we just won't know everything
and it's okay to admit that we need help.
Just be ready to take risks,
embrace different culture, and just make lots of friends.
Take a deep breath,
slow down and take in all of your surroundings. You're going to Cornell, one
of the best schools in the country, you're learning from
great professors, you're meeting all sorts of different people from around
the world, you have an amazing opportunity for the
next four years.
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My favorite place to study on campus has to be Mann Library.
Not only is it open late, but there's also Manndibles right there if you need
to get a quick snack. They have all the different computer and
printer resources that you need and they have
a whole bunch of different seating arrangements, so you could get to choose
which one works best for you.
My favorite place
to study on campus is the Cocktail Lounge. It's in the
basement of Uris Library and it's open 24 hours,
so it's really convenient when you need to study late into the night.
Mann Library.
Mann Library. I like studying with friends and Mann is
designed to have lots of collaborative spaces,
so it works out really well for me.
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My top three places to visit at Cornell are probably Beebe Lake,
McGraw Tower and the Botanic Gardens. These are just really
pretty places to go see campus in a different perspective.
The Cornell Botanic Gardens, the Beebe Lake waterfall
at the footbridge and The Slope during sunset.
It is beautiful.
One, the sixth floor of the
Johnson Museum. It's entirely dedicated to asian artwork and there's also a
panoramic view of Ithaca. Two, would be the brain collection found in Uris Hall
and three, would be the amazing white architecture of Weill Hall.
Number one, the view from the top floor of Bradfield Hall.
You get a great view of campus and the surrounding Ithaca area.
Number two, you have to watch a sunset from Libe Slope. And number three, I am
a huge fan of baseball, so I would definitely recommend
going out to Hoy Field when there are very few people, there especially when
baseball's not practicing, and just play around there.
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To me, the best part about being Cornellian, is probably just the community
that exists at Cornell. It just feels very welcoming. It feels
like I have a support system wherever I go.
For me, it is being able to meet people from all over the world
and learn from each other. And also being able to live in nature.
The community of people that you build here, between your friends
your faculty, and your advisors, you're going to meet some wonderful people from
all around the world. Personally, I'm from San Francisco,
California and even when I'm 3,000 miles away from
the only place I've ever lived, I feel like I'm at home.
I transferred into Cornell, so I only have three years here,
but I don't think I'll be done with Cornell after those three years.
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