One great thing about Cornell is that there are a plethora of clubs to join. Plus, it’s always easy to get involved in new ones and make new friends (granted, most organizations recruit more heavily at the beginning of the semester). As a business-minded student, I recently decided to join the Cornell Sun newspaper‘s online business department…and it’s been a great experience.
I was attracted to the Sun because I love media and figured it’d be fascinating to get involved with the 13th best college newspaper in the country! I don’t mind working there three days a week, but the only downside is that the offices are located in downtown Ithaca:
But even that’s not too big of a deal.
So what have I been doing there as of late? As a junior associate tasked with increasing online advertising sales, I’ve been reaching out to businesses around the Ithaca community (via phone and email), asking they’d like to buy ads on our site. It’s exciting when someone responds ‘yes,’ and I’ve learned to deal with it when someone says ‘no.’ While it’s desk work, I’ve found it a lot of fun, and it’s a great place to hang out at. Plus, everyone’s really nice, and business hours are from 3-5 pm on weekdays–those hours of the day that I’d be relaxing from class anyways.
Since I haven’t done this in a while, let’s answer a question from a reader:
Hi, I’m trying to transfer in next fall as a sophomore and I was wondering if you could describe your general workload? As well as the campus atmosphere. In terms of sororities and fraternities, and how prevalent they are on campus. What is your view on Greek life? Would it help a transfer to settle in socially more? What is the general feel of the student body? Political views, religious views, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. Thank you!
Thanks for your question! It’s hard to describe a “typical” Cornell workload, as the amount of work varies by person, college, and major. Generally, the architecture and engineering schools are known for lots of work, as are math/computer science majors and the science/pre-med track (often pursued through Arts and Sciences or CALS). As I’m writing this, I’m sitting next to my engineer friend studying dynamics (which he says is really difficult), and a pre-med friend anxiously studying for his orgo exam next Tuesday. In general, I’d say that while classes certainly require a lot of time and effort, if you put in a decent amount of work you should do fine. People still have free time, and join all sorts of organizations.
In terms of Greek life, I believe the numbers show that about 1/3 of Cornell goes Greek. It’s certainly prevalent on campus, and it might be a good idea to check out the frats/sororities if you’re a transfer student and are looking for a “group” of sorts. Personally, I’m in a business fraternity and find that’s enough Greek for me. My friends and I are on west campus, and are very comfortable.
The campus atmosphere? Cornell is very much a city, so it’s hard to stereotype. We have active Cornell Democrats and Cornell Republicans clubs. Students of any religion or ethnicity can most likely find organizations full of similar people (see the list of 966 organizations here), and there are students of all socioeconomic statuses.
Bottom line? Come to Cornell and see for yourself! We’re pretty diverse, in all meanings of the word.
Oh, and if you’re ever looking to advertise on CornellSun.com…I’m your guy.