Ithaca Faves

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Looks like spring has arrived at last!

As astounding as it seems, I have to own up to the reality at hand: I leave Ithaca in 11 days, at which point I’ll no longer be a freshman. It feels simultaneously like O-week was forever ago and like it was just yesterday — seriously, where did the time go? In my last few days here, I’m trying to do all of my favorite things one last time before the break, and as such, I thought it’d be fitting to compile a list of said things for people who might be visiting (or living in) Ithaca in the near future.

Disclaimer: While Ithaca is irrefutably gorgeous (pun employed reluctantly), I’m still no outdoorswoman. Thus, my list will not include the stellar opportunities for gorge-viewing, hiking, or general nature-appreciating. I’m sorry, but this is my list, after all. Continue reading


Early Decision

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 5.08.59 PMAs it’s that time of year, I’ve decided to write a post for all the high school seniors out there who pledged unflinchingly to attend a certain institution upon acceptance in the increasingly-popular early decision round of college admissions. The following is only my personal experience and opinion, but nonetheless, I think it might be a source of comfort to many of you early decision applicants out there. Continue reading

Time and Commitment

photoTwo important factors both separate and apart. In this post, I’ll discuss the expectations I had coming into college about free time, commitment, and various activities’ time commitment. In the process, I’ll also clear up some misconceptions about life in college.  Continue reading


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Courtesy of my roommate

This past weekend was homecoming at Cornell, and it was even more hyped than usual because this year is Cornell’s sesquicentennial (say what?). The “150th” has been very visible around campus, from t-shirts to chalk art to random pumpkins; apparently, it’s a cause worth celebrating! And celebrate it we did/shall (because of course the celebration will last for the entire academic year and probably longer). Continue reading

Debunking College Myths


Throughout high school, you hear a lot of things about college life, both good and bad. In my experiences thus far, I’ve found a lot of them to be pretty inaccurate, at least for me. Here are some of the myths about going to college and how I’m debunking them. Continue reading

College Classes

photo 11Though O-week is winding down, there’s still a fair deal of excitement here–classes started yesterday, and if my conversations with other freshmen are any indication, this is what most of us have been eagerly awaiting. It’s the moment of truth: will our worst fears be confirmed or dispelled? Will the professors be stuffy and pretentious? Will I be able to keep up? Read on to hear me shed some light on the (well, my)  academic situation at present. Continue reading

Day 1-2

Clock towerToday marks the end of the first official day of “college,” however, since I moved into my dorm at 8:00 AM on Friday, it already feels like two whole days have passed. Like most major transitions, moving to college is an assortment of emotions, but I think that the full range has yet to impact me. Here’s an update on what the past two days have been like. Continue reading

Admissions Essay

DisneylandHere it is: the product of countless weeks of reflection, rephrasing, and revisions… My Common App essay. I picked the “place that makes you content” prompt and chose to write about Disneyland. Since my chosen topic essentially represents childhood, I went to great lengths to ensure that it didn’t sound too juvenile or naive even though I wanted to capitalize on its nostalgic value for me. Sure, it’s a bit cheesy, but that’s who I am! I decided to commit to writing about Disneyland because I thought it would be a good way to convey my personality and avoid regurgitating my resume.I was happy with the way it turned out, but even happier that it actually worked.

Disclaimer: This essay is sappy but earnest, realistic yet naive, and very much sentimental.

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Helpful Hints: Tips for applying

Cornell 2018Let’s start out by saying this: I wouldn’t dare call myself an expert on the college admissions process. In fact, I barely know anything about it! I can only offer you my personal experiences and what I’ve learned from them.

As a junior in high school, I scoured the Internet for blogs written by someone already past the college admissions process and willing to spill the secrets. However, it’s just as mysterious to me now as it was last August. Every book I read on the subject says the same infuriating thing: there is no foolproof formula. Now, after hearing/reading about others’ experiences as well as my own, I’ve definitely realized that there really isn’t a 100%-success-rate method for getting into the school of your dreams. When it comes down to it, you never know how your application will be received. All I hope to do is share a few bits of advice that you may or may not find useful, but which I think will at least remind anxious high schoolers that soon you’ll be past the ridiculous, soul-crushing admissions process. I was just there. It sucks. It’ll end soon. Read on for 5 of my tips! Continue reading