Daily Archives: November 1, 2010

Responding to Prospective Student Questions: Part Two

I’ve been getting enough questions/comments from prospective students that I think it’d Aperturedefinitely be worth devoting another whole blog post to responding to them. Alumni and current students, bear with me here–but just think about how stressful it was to originally go through this process as well!

First off:

Hey, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I sent in my application yesterday and my ED agreement was picked up by the mailman an hour ago (I’m applying to A&S for comp sci). I love Cornell and I’ll be kind of mortified if I don’t get in, but other schools are nice too, I guess. So, I’m wondering about dorms. I visited Cornell over the summer, but I didn’t get to see where I would live, and that’s kind of important. In your last post you had a picture of your room and it looked a little small, are the freshman dorms generally tiny or are they actually a lot bigger than the picture showed? Are they usually doubles? It’s just something I was curious about. Also, I thought the care package thing seemed sweet. Hope to see you at the rally/ at school!

Aah, congratulations on your choice to apply Early Decision to Cornell! Now that it’s November 1st and the ED deadline has passed, you can hopefully try to take it easy knowing that you’ve done all you could. Best of luck! Now, about the dorm situation. You might have noticed in the picture (besides the fact that I was drinking a Brisk iced tea) that my room was a little small. Yes, you’re 100% correct–it’s definitely cramped. It’s actually because I’m on the way end of the hall in Donlon, where it’s a known fact that the rooms are the smallest. Seriously, I’ve been in many other hallmates’ rooms and they are much bigger. Luck of the draw, I guess!

Court-Kay-Bauer Housing Complex, the newest dorms on campus

Court-Kay-Bauer Housing Complex, the newest dorms on campus

Freshman housing in general is definitely a crapshoot, to be perfectly honest. I’m in Donlon, the “social dorm,” if you will, and while my room is smaller than all the others there are many people that would love to be in here because of its’ lively atmosphere. I visited one of my friends in Mews–one of the newest buildings–and her dorm was a PALACE compared to mine; it was cleaner and bigger.

Balch, the womens only dorm but one of the most picturesque

Balch, the womens only dorm but one of the best looking

Think Marriott, minus the daily housekeeping (which my friend told me GW had for a while). You could also be placed in the Low Rises or High Rises, which, from what I’ve heard, were designed to be “riot-proof” in the ’60s and have somewhat isolated dorms (you have to walk up stairs to go downstairs, etc.) While most dorms I believe are doubles, chances are if you request a single you’ll get it. Sometimes you’ll even receive a single if you don’t ask for one, if they have a surplus. The bottom line about housing freshman year: don’t fret, as there really is not a ton you can do about it because it’s random. Take a peek at the housing possibilities here, if you’re so inclined.

Next up:

Hello! I submitted my ED application to Cornell’s College of Human Ecology a couple days ago. I love what majors that college has to offer based off my interests, but I was just wondering if you know how easy it truly would be for me to switch to a different college such as CAS if I have a change of heart?

Congrats, and best of luck to you too on your app! Cornell knows that students’ interests change; I mean, how could you possibly know what you want to do for the rest of your life senior year of high school? Transferring between colleges is definitely not rare at all, and I’ve heard of a fair amount of people switching schools or contemplating it. Personally, I’m contemplating a switch from Economics in CAS to Applied Economics and Management in CALS or possibly Hotel. To be honest, it isn’t an insanely easy process–it’s not like you push a button and WHAM! you’re done. Internal Transfer DivisionYou have to prove to the target college that you deserve to be there and it’s a better fit for you, through grades and essays. Cornell has set up an organization called the Internal Transfer Division (ITD) to help students with decisions like these. Click here to snoop around their website (especially the FAQ’s), and you should get all the answers you need.

This post is already extra long so I’ll end it there–but if you have any questions you want answered feel free to contact me!