There are five main misconceptions I had about Cornell both before I started and during my first year here. You might think some of the same things so I want to share the realities!
Misconception #5: It’s only week 3?! I feel like we have been here for months already! The time is going by so slowly!
Truth: At the beginning of every semester it seems like it will take just about forever until it’s over, but believe me 4 years go by like nothing!
Misconception #4: The campus is so big I’m going to get so lost!/I want to see all of the campus but it’s just so big!
Truth: It does seem too big to handle at first, but once you get used to your schedule it becomes a breeze. This is especially true since the campus is broken up into quads, which makes it more manageable. Don’t be afraid to explore! For example, if you aren’t an engineering or computer science student, don’t be afraid to explore the Engineering Quad! They have some of the most beautiful buildings! And the study spaces are always so nice and quiet (if you can find space)!
Misconception #3: There are so many choices! Even if I do settle on what to study there are so many options… What if I chose the wrong one?
Truth: Yes there are tons of options when it comes to choosing a major. And yes, choosing one by the second semester of your sophomore year is a bit intimidating. However, when you know you know. And if you end up choosing a major and then realize you don’t enjoy it once you get further into the course work there is no chain holding you there! You will just have to make some adjustments. With a good advisor by your side you will be just fine!
Misconception #2: Man freshman year was hard! Thank goodness that’s over. It can only get easier from this point forward!
Truth: Wrong. So wrong. I am a senior now and I have never had a more difficult semester than I am experiencing right now. Expectation are higher, course work is heavier and more difficult, and responsibilities in extracurricular activities and at work grow exponentially it seems! And you have to balance this with your crazy social life because you are trying to get everything in you ever wanted to do before you graduate. AND there’s studying for and taking the GRE, applying for internships, applying for jobs, etc. But guess what? The results of your hard work just get more rewarding the farther along you are.
Misconception #1: It’s awesome that I get to meet people from all over the country and all over the world, but it will be difficult to maintain those relationships since we live far apart.
Truth: This could not be more wrong. With the technology we have today?! It’s super easy! And you get to plan awesome trips to go visit your friends! Many of my friends have graduated and I still talk to them! Once I graduate it won’t be any different, and I cannot wait to start planning some road trips!
Starting out in a new place always brings negative thoughts to the mind, but don’t worry! Just stick in there and believe me you will realize how wrong you were eventually 🙂