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Post by dohnage18 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:39 am

Okay, I don't know if I should apply to Cornell or not. The campus was immaculate but the people were like robots. The major thing is, I don't think I'll ever be able to go there because I don't qualify for financial aid and loans aren't an option.

But, I sort of want to see if I'll get in or not. The problem with that is, it's two more really bland and boring essays I have to write. Do I go for it or spend my time on my other essays?

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Post by J-Mads on Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:43 pm

If you can just edit another essay into an essay fitting Cornell's requirements without too much hassle go for it. I was in a similar position with Duke, wasn't sure if I'd get accepted and was almost positive I couldn't afford it, but wanted to see what would happen.

Applications are annoying and take a lot of time you expect to have free as a senior, but once they're done very few seem to regret any of them. I only did 5 though, so I kept it pretty low.

I'd say try it, but if you have to write an entirely new essay I could see why you wouldn't. I wrote one essay and sent it to all 5 schools, and then I wrote two extra scholarship qualifications ones which weren't as much bullshit.
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Post by strangerthanfiction on Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:59 pm

I don't know much about college applications, because I really only had a choice between two schools that I could afford and I picked the one I liked best.

Honestly, if the people felt like robots, DON'T GO THERE. It's exactly why I decided against going to UK. You want to go somewhere where you are comfortable and where you can relate with the people around you. I know that I probably could have looked at other options with my "academic record," so to speak, but they all seemed really snobby to me. Maybe it's because my parents weren't ever like "COLLEGE VISITS! COLLEGE VISITS!" everywhere. I only ever visited U of L and UK.

I'd say do it for fun, I suppose. But if you have to write a lot of essays with no spirit and stuff, then it might not be worth it...
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Post by The Prez on Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:08 pm

I applied to Cornell and failed. You should still try. Though I must say, having lived in Ithaca the people are certainly NOT robots. Ithaca is a vibrant, communist, gorge-ous town. Just look at Dragon Day when two colleges go head to head. Every year The college of engineering builds a dragon whilst the College of Architecture tries to kill it. Plus, visit the Vet School on their walk through days, and go to the Ithaca Commons where they have this massive monument to Carl Sagan. Starting in the Center of Ithaca, you can walk a scale solar system that runs from the Sun in the center of the town to Pluto (I guess its still there) at the Science Center at the Northern edge of the City of Ithaca where it meets the Town of Cayuga Heights
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Post by dohnage18 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:40 pm

The essays aren't even close to what I've written/need to write. They're off the wall and boring. Plus I need to right two of them because I want to double major.

Well, going to U of R tomorrow for an interview/tour of the campus. If I like it/get in/they give me lots of money, I could see myself going there.

BTW, Dragon Day sounds friggin amazing.

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Post by The Prez on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:16 pm

It is! The dragon normally gets burned to death, but occasioanlly they get unique.
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Post by dohnage18 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:24 pm

That's so boring. You can't burn a dragon!

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Post by The Prez on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:30 pm

When you're chasing it around campus with a blowtorch, pitchforks, and torches it is
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Post by dohnage18 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:33 pm

And this is Cornell?

I've also heard that they have a full on Harry Potter feast that you need to reserve tickets months in advance for. That's amazing.

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Post by McSnuggles on Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:09 pm

You would get in Dohn. I'm just telling you that now. Whether you would get money or not I don't know, but you would get in.

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Post by dohnage18 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:14 pm

Money is a no go which pretty much guarantees that I won't go. The only way is outside scholarships, and there's no way I'm getting $25000 A YEAR in outside scholarships.

Well, there's always the Dohn education fund. Still accepting donations.

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Post by strangerthanfiction on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:15 pm

You would get in. I might have, but I got lazy. Besides, I love it here at U of L and I love all my classes and friends. I'm so happy I go here.
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Post by dohnage18 on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:36 pm

Everyone telling me I'd get in almost isn't good enough. Eh, whatever, I might just save my $40.

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Post by The Prez on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:38 pm

Dohn, you are what, top ten in your class, they WILL give you something
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Post by The Prez on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:39 pm

Oh and just for you: ILLINOIS APPLICATION SUGGESTION SPAM ATTACK, THIS IS YOUR ILLINOIS APPLICATION SUGGESTION SPAM ATTACK

Luke, it's fine. I was spamming Dohn, not the thread
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Post by McSnuggles on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:48 pm

I'm pretty sure I've proven I'm fine with spam in it's lesser forms. Razz Especially when I have a mod to deal with it!

Anyway Dohn...

You have great grades.
You have great SATs.
You are going to have a great class rank.
You have great extra curriculars.
You have great volunteering.

You would probably get money. But hey, it's your call.

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Post by strangerthanfiction on Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:50 pm

Quit worrying, you'll be fine. Colleges will be begging for you like Dumbledore begs for water after drinking the potion in the middle of the lake.
(That was a bad analogy. Maybe I shouldn't be an English major.)
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Post by AgentW on Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:33 pm

also, Cornell has Suny sections that I was looking into, but didn't find the application for. oops. so those have lower prices
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Post by J-Mads on Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:00 am

I always read your guys' posts with your voices in my head. I accidentally assumed Casey's post was from Dohn when I first read it, then when I corrected it and heard it in Casey's voice it was totally different. Haha.

I think people tend to end up where they're meant to go.
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Post by strangerthanfiction on Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:14 am

Me too. Which is why I hope the fates mean for me to go to Cambridge for grad school...
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Post by McSnuggles on Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:15 pm

My bro wasn't too fond of BU...

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Post by dohnage18 on Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:27 pm

McSnuggles wrote:Anyway Dohn...

You have great grades.
You have great SATs.
You are going to have a great class rank.
You have great extra curriculars.
You have great volunteering.

You would probably get money. But hey, it's your call.

Thanks for the compliments (I hpe you're right on number 3). The problem with the whole situation is, Cornell, like a true Ivy, only gives need based. And, since the endowment isn't as high as say Harvard's, at over $60000 made a year, almost no one gets money.

@Casey-The college's I'd go into aren't in the state portion. Yeah, it's pretty much smoke and mirrors.

@Alex-That was a pretty funny analogy, I won't lie.

BTW, I went to U of R today and loved it. The interview went well and the campus tour was really cool. I think I'll get in there (fingers crossed) so I'm working on scholarships/finishing essays.

U of R>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Cornell

Wow, that might be the longest post I've ever written.

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Post by strangerthanfiction on Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:38 pm

Why does everybody love U of R? I keep wondering that...
Also, college is actually really nothing to worry about. I know I'm saying that and it sounds sort of weird, but as long as you find a place you really love, then you'll be fine. Don't rule out state/public schools is somethig else I've got to say. I am so glad I go to U of L!
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Post by dohnage18 on Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:04 pm

I won't. My two favorite schools so far have been Binghamton and U of R.

Have you ever been to U of R? It's a really nice place.

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Post by Maxman on Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:07 pm

I really liked U of R. I thought it had a great campus. Numbers wise, it wasn't huge, but it isn't tiny. Academically it's a very good school. I liked it a lot more than Cornell too.

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