« on: January 29, 2007, 02:47:38 PM »
I just returned from visiting Cornell and Ithaca for the first time.
First, I want to say, I am NOT a small town girl by any means... I enjoy a faster paced lifestyle.
I live too far from ithaca to drive it all in one day, so I drove up the night before to explore ithaca. There is not much to do at all, I went to Barnes and Noble to get a magazine and it was soo crowded, all college student. I realized that must be what they do on the weekends. I was less then impressed and decided to go back to the hotel after only a short time in the "downtown" area.
During the night it snowed and got very cold, another strike in my book... although I knew about the weather already.
I arrived early to look around Cornells campus. It is HUGE, like a big city reminded me of the American University Campus very much. I dont know how one would walk all over that campus for classes as an undergrad, at least for law school you are only in one building. I found the few undergrad buildings I went into to be run down and dirty.
I had called over a week ago to set a date to come and the lady in admissions told me a student would give me a tour. I arrive to find that they dont have students working for them giving tours yet and they have no self guided tour materials. They asked the assisstant dean of admissions to give me a tour and he agreed spending over an hour with me. He was very nice and answered all my questions, he impressed me very much. I saw the dean and much of the faculty walking around and they seemed very accessible and friendly. The law school building was nice, some of the large classrooms appeared old and a little run down, seems as though they could use a little updating, but all in all it was fine. The library is OLD, dark, and dusty. I cant imagine spending too much time in there. As well, I was told the study tables get crowded with undergrad who think it is "cool" to study in the law library.
Much of what he talked about seemed interesting. They have a number of clinics that seem like they would be great experience. As well there are a lot of classes that interest me. It was very nice that he took the time out of his day to give me a tour and speak with me and he never seemed the slightest bit rushed or upset. All of the faculty was friendly that I encountered. This was a nice change from some other law schools I have visited.
I had time after to explore Collegetown which has some places to eat and shop, it was nice but a far walk from the law school building. Parking is horrendous and I cant imagine having to deal with it on an everyday basis.
Overall, I like the ACADEMICS and FACULTY available at the school but nothing else about ithaca or Cornell impressed me. I dont know what I would do if I got in. I want to say I am going to go to the best school I get into. But I am not sure at this point if I can see myself living in Ithaca for 3 years or navigating the Cornell campus.
I know I am leaving some things out, so please feel free to ask any questions and I will try my best to answer them. Please dont get the impression that I am totally against the school and think it is horrible. I saw some great things that I really liked. But the place I am going to live for 3 years is very important to me too.