Monthly Archives: February 2011

Confessions of a Cornell Freshman (plus reader interactivity!)

Like any other human being, there are a few things I tend to keep to myself. But, heck,  because I’m your humble blogger…I figure I might as well spill the beans. Just promise not to judge me too much, okay?

1) I enjoy long walks across the Cornell campus alone. Some people scoff at the mere thought of having to trod from North Campus to Collegetown, or from the Arts Quad to Bartels Hall. Me, I love listening to music and making long treks. It’s really good contemplating time, and sometimes the statues come alive and say interesting things to you:

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2. I genuinely enjoy exploring all the nooks and crannies on campus; mainly, the libraries and cafes. As I was telling fellow blogger Patricia yesterday, when I have some spare time between classes I love exploring places on campus I’ve never been before–particularly libraries. I’ve always wanted to see Catherwood Library in the ILR School, for example…so a week ago I decided–for MY OWN AMUSEMENT–to go check it out (let the name calling commence: Catherwood Creep, Olin Oddball, Mad-Mann…just to get the ball rolling). I ran into someone I knew when I was checking out Catherwood, and we had a nice talk, despite the surprised look on their face: something that screamed “YOU’RE NOT IN ILR GET THE HECK OUT OF HERE ASDFKGFJDS!”

3. I’ve never seen Forrest Gump. Yeah, never seen it. I have no excuse, either–It’s been on HBO more times than I can count. I might as well add Inception to this list. And every Godfather movie. But I have seen mrs-doubtfire-robin-williams-dvd-cover-artMrs. Doubtfire–multiple times. Robin Williams sure can play the role of an old woman with pride and dignity.

4. About 15 minutes ago, I bought a hamburger at Nastie’s (Bear Necessities, a North Campus eatery) and brought it back to the dorm. Turns out, I got the wrong sandwich entirely, but it’s blizzarding outside and I didn’t feel like walking back. So, I…might have eaten the one that was given to me. I promise you, if it was any other day, any other time…I would have turned around and delivered the sandwich to its rightful owner. And it’s not like I stole something without paying for it–someone else will be getting my hamburger. But you have to understand, it wasn’t just any sandwich. It was a wonderful looking medley of bacon, cheese, turkey, and ham (sorry Rabbi). A picture is worth a thousand words, so PLEASE understand my dilemma:

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So now I beg you, dear reader, to help me ease my moral consciousness. What would YOU have done in this situation?

CLICK HERE FOR THE POLL

I’ll post the results, and the funniest “What would Ezra Have Done?” responses sometime soon.

Have a great weekend!

Mid-February Blahs…?

Coming to Cornell a couple months ago, I had heard repeatedly that February is the hardest month for freshmen. I could understand the reasoning–it’s this time that the Ithaca weather is at it’s coldest, the allure of a new semester has worn off, and work is laid on you with no breaks whatsoever. Plus, February is just a stupidly hard word to spell. Feb-ROO-ary? Seriously…

How do you get past the blahs, you ask? Stay active! And use Proactiv!

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Admittedly, this picture has no relation whatsoever to the post.

Take today, for example. Yeah, it was freezing outside, and incredibly windy. I’d assume a good amount of people stayed in their dorm most of the day. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sleeping in as much as the next overworked student, but I had a busy week and needed to leave the college bubble today.

So, my friend and I went to the Ithaca Mall to stretch our legs. We did nothing of significance, really; we went to the Borders bookstore (which is sadly closing), ate in the food court, and picked up some stuff at Target. It was very low-key, but, like I said, it was nice just to get out of the Cornell bubble.

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The moral of the story? The winter blues can get to you, but only if you let them. If you’re involved in clubs, are keeping yourself busy, and aren’t immersing yourself in schoolwork 100% of the time…you’ll be much happier.

As I wrap up this post, I wanna thank the fine people at the CornellInsider and MetaEzra blogs for complimenting and promoting my last post, My Day in Comic Form! Maybe I’ll do another one…I’m thinking a weekend edition?

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Wow, I really went heavy on the big red arrows this post.

Have a good week!

My Day in Comic Form!

Let’s try something new, shall we?

I can write pages and pages of blog posts describing my life here at Cornell, but how many of you have an image in your head of my dorm, my path to class, or my classrooms?

So, without further ado, lets make a comic of Monday, February 14th, 2011. Note that I’m not going to include pictures of other people where you can tell who they are in them because, well, this might come out bizarre, to say the least…and I don’t want to drag anyone down with me.

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So…there you have it. Did I just make a complete and utter fool of myself? Should I make more of these, or spare the world and stop? I urge you to let me know!

“Working” a show for the Cornell University Program Board

Any generic Cornell brochure could tout the fact that there are over 800 student organizations on campus that basically cover any possible human interest (I remember on my Cornell tour the guide saying they had SCUBIJEW–Jewish Scuba Diving…there’s one oddly specific example for you). Coming to campus as a freshman, csathe number of possibilities sure is intimidating, especially because high school non-athletic clubs really aren’t that diverse. Sure, you’ve got Mock Trial, Model UN, and the school newspaper, etc. but after running down the laundry list of the 10 or so popular high school clubs…offerings look kind of bleak.

I mentioned Clubfest in this post at the beginning of the year as a way to see what clubs best fit your interests, so there’s one way to narrow down the choices. I’ll tell you about one club-related activity I participated in this weekend just to give you a sense of what it entailed. After all, I’m your humble blogger. What more do you expect?

Okay, so I’m a member of CUPB: the Cornell University Program Board, the group that decides which speakers, entertainers, and comedians to bring to campus and deals with the logistics of the event (i.e. security, ticket taking, etc.). Last Saturday, we brought Aziz Ansari to campus, and I think it’s safe to say that he was a hit–considering the fact that both shows he did sold out.

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So, what did I have to do exactly with this event? Well, as a relatively new member, I was there at a couple of the CUPB meetings beforehand as they were determining which entertainer to bring and why. A lot of thought goes into selecting a performer; the club is given a set amount of money to work with at the beginning of the semester, and has to determine, for example, whether a costly large scale performer would be worth bringing rather than a couple smaller-scale acts.

At the event itself, I was assigned to two positions; for the first show, I was told to usher, and at the second I was assigned to security (I know, I know…I’m sure it’s because I’m taking a self-defense class described here). Ushering at Bailey Hall, I realized, is no easy task; audienceCornell University Program Board members are pouring into the venue one after another, and are asking you where their seats are. Being unfamiliar with the venue, I might have messed up directions to seats a few times. If you were the middle-aged couple I sent to the opposite side of the auditorium, I sincerely apologize and hope that you were able to find your seats okay. I’ll improve next time–thats a promise.

For the second show, when I was supposed to act as “security,” it basically involved me on a rotation, standing by doors that people aren’t supposed to go through and directing people the right way. Admittedly, it was not as much fun as ushering, but it was still a blast.

Well then. I’m glad I got this blog post out of my system; it’s 2:30 am and I have an early morning class tomorrow. Let’s answer a prospective student’s question before going off to bed:

I have just spend the last thirty minutes reading every entry of your blog, and I love it! It is super funny and captivating, and it has made me fall in love with Cornell even more. I’m a junior in high school right now, and I’m 99.9999999999% sure that I will be applying to the College of Human Ecology ED later this year. I have very strong academics, pretty good SAT scores, and good quality  extracurriculars. Do you have any advice that would help me get in?

First off, thanks so much for your compliments! I really appreciate it.

As far as “tips” on getting into Cornell, that’s definitely a tricky question. I think I’ve alluded to it on my blog before, but it seems like the admissions office could easily fill up each class with straight A, 2200+ SAT students. However, they wouldn’t want to because that’d call for a pretty boring class! They’d prefer to accept unique, fun, passionate people who could contribute to the the community.

So…make sure that you sound fun, exciting and let your passions shine through via your essays, relevant coursework and extracurriculars! If you do that, you have as good a shot as the next person.

Thanks for reading!

Hiiya!

The Physical Education department at Cornell really offers a unique opportunity to students. Yeah, you’re required to take two P.E. classes to graduate, but nobody that I’m aware of has complained about the requirement. Instead, most people–including myself–look at it as a fun way to refine your athletic skills or learn something new. I mean, when else in your lifetime are you going to get the opportunity for college credit in caving? Or tree climbing? (Click for course descriptions.)

This semester, for P.E. I’m doing P.E. 1395: Self Defense and Personal Safety in the Modern World. I know what you’re thinking…David! You’re menacing and scary enough! Nobody would dare mess with all 130 pounds of you unless they were insane!**

The class met for the first time yesterday, and it was a lot of fun. I already learned something–go ahead and try to grab me by the wrist, I dare you. I guarantee I could break free.

The instructor is this guy who has like  8 black belts and has taught for decades, so I think it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing. It meets in Newman Arena in Bartels Hall, which is this huge athletic complex:

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Anyways, the class should be a ton of fun and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve always wanted to shout “hiiya” like they do in martial arts movies, so this should be an appropriate place to do so.

**This is sarcasm. I know you know it is, but just making sure.