Cornell University Visit Report by ella7879
Information Session: Yes - Very informative and engaging. Although I'd researched Cornell extensively before, the combination of a student and adminstrator perspective made it very interesting.
Campus Tour: Yes - My tour guide was wonderful. He shared all sorts of wonderful stories about Cornell in general and his personal experiences. There was also an informal Q&A session when we took a break.
Campus Visit Notes for Cornell University
Cornell University is amazing in itself, but one of the things I love most is the Cornell Plantations. My mother and I took an afternoon to wander through there, and it is wonderful. I heard a waterfall, so we wandered through a forest and across a road to find a small cliff. After climbing down it, we found a bridge, a waterfall, and a river. Even more interesting, there were about eight people sunbathing and swimming. We found our way to Newman Overlook, where I rang the giant gong (crossing that off my 161 Things to Do Before Graduating Cornell list). I loved the idea of being able to walk around hundreds of acres of garden whenever I want. After living for years in a town that's not quite sure if it wants to be rural or suburban, I loved the fact that parts of Cornell are so decidedly rural. So, if you're going to Cornell, take an afternoon and go to the Plantations :)
On an unrelated note, there's a really old bench at the top of Libe Slope. The inscription reads "To those who shall sit here rejoicing/To those who shall sit here mourning/Sympathy and greeting/So we have done in our time." That really stuck with me (obviously, I memorized it :]).
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
The Cortland Quality Inn. Only about a half hour from Cornell, extremely reasonably priced, and comes with a complimentary breakfast. Very cute and just across the street from a public lake.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
Parking on campus is very difficult, but if you park where they tell you for the information session (Crescent Lot for me), you can walk to basically anywhere.