A Day in the Life of a Cornell Engineer during the Pandemic

Cornell Engineering student StephieMy typical day during the pandemic consists of fewer in-person activities than before the pandemic, but we are very lucky at Cornell that we have successfully pulled off a hybrid model and still have some in-person opportunities! Typically, I wake up and take any morning classes I have at home. I also try to take a break where I can run or go on a walk with a friend in the mornings (see picture). My afternoons are more variable, depending on whether or not I have something in person. If I have to go into lab, or if I have an in-person discussion or lab class, I usually go to Duffield with my friends to study before and after my in-person activity. If not, I stay home to study. Then I usually eat dinner with my roommates, or get takeout with some friends, and proceed to do my homework or club activities over Zoom. If I don’t have too much work, I try to bake or watch Netflix with my roommates. Read more

My Favorite Place on Campus

Cornell Engineering student FrannyMy favorite place on campus is the Slope aka Libe Slope. When the weather is warm and the sun is shining, the Slope is a fantastic place to have a picnic with friends, take a break from studying, or watch the sunset behind West Campus. When I am stressed or tired, I like to take walks outside to get some energy and refresh myself. The Slope is right outside of Olin and Uris library, so I often find myself heading towards the slope. One of my favorite things to do is to lie on the grass and listen to music. Classes and extracurriculars can get overwhelming on a day to day basis, and going to the slope is a reminder for me to appreciate that present moment. Read more

A Day in the Life of a Cornell Engineer

A photo representing a day in the life of a Cornell EngineerHi there. I am Daisy, and I’m a rising Junior. As a freshman, my daily life wasn’t super interesting but it was one of the best years of my life in terms of the friendships I made and things I learned in college. So here we go. On weekdays, I would wake up to more than 10 alarms on my phone first thing in the morning. I lived in a double in Court-Kay-Bauer Hall (CKB). Usually, my roommate would already be awake when I woke up because she always had earlier classes. She would already be dressed and ready to go when I got out of bed. I would go to our pod bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face. Then go through my morning routine of moisturizing and putting some light makeup on my face, and getting dressed. I’m super indecisive when it comes to picking out clothes for the day, and would stare at my closet for a couple minutes before checking the weather app. Ithaca weather can be unpredictable! So if it was raining, I would wear my rain boots and make sure I brought an umbrella in my backpack. Then I would check my schedule and make sure I brought my laptop, all my chargers, and my notebooks for the classes I had that day. Read more

Making New Friends

A photograph of a group of students posing with Cornell President Martha PollockMaking friends at any point in life can be daunting. However, nothing-quite compares to the time where you leave everything you know including your family, friends, and hometown to start fresh in a small upstate New York town. I know firsthand how daunting it can be as I moved from Houston to Ithaca not knowing a single soul. However, as our parents like to say, “it will all work out” and it certainly did. Read more