My College Admissions Story: Cornell University

By: Sherpa Alyssa Holman Blog Contributor, Cornell University  A Tear-Filled Journey I knew I wanted to go to Cornell University, so when it came time to apply to colleges, I sent in my Early Decision application to Cornell and waited tirelessly for a response. Finally, the day came when Cornell released their admittance. All of this was amidst my finals week; therefore, I was stressed and anxious. Cornell’s online portal opened at 2:00 PM PST, 15 minutes before my AP Latin Final. I paced anxiously until 1:50 PM. When I couldn’t take it any longer, I logged into the portal and kept clicking refresh. These ten minutes felt like a century. Finally, exactly at 2:00 PM, I accessed the portal and began to cry. My friends saw and started to comfort me, saying “It’s ok” and “You didn’t get in?” and “Don’t worry.” I couldn’t even speak enough to tell them I was accepted. I pulled them in and showed them my computer, and they started to cry with me. We sat there for a few minutes, all so surprised and happy at the news. I called my mom, and she started crying too. All throughout my Latin final, I couldn’t concentrate. The news of the acceptance had overwhelmed and …

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“WashU was the host of the 1904 World’s Fair, also called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Many buildings built for the Fair are still around such as Holmes Lounge which was built to hold the Queen’s Jewels and Francis Field where the first waffle cone was invented. We are also situated across from the largest urban park in the country, Forest Park, which has sites such as the Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, and the Jewel Box.” -Sherpa Jacob

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School? -University of Pennsylvania

“Our traditions are the best in the country. During homecoming, the freshman class is tasked with building a bonfire on the Green, which grows in size each year. It is a bonding experience where I met so many of my best friends of today. On homecoming, you run around the bonfire your graduation year number of times. The fire is raging. The upperclassmen are heckling. The alumni are reminiscing. And the freshmen become close in their mission: touch the fire.” -Sherpa Yoga, Dartmouth

What’s Something People Don’t Know About Your School? -Saint Leo University

“This school brags a lot about student life, but what they don’t advertise (and what students find out while they’re here or by talking to a current student), is about how much they spoil us. For example, every month we have Bingo night were we get to play Bingo for prizes ranging from a bunch of movies on DVD all the way up to an LED TV, and even current-generation game consoles. Two tickets to Disney were even part of October’s prizes.” -Sherpa Michael, Saint Leo University

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“Cornell is a campus full of many surprises. Sometimes it’s intense and challenging, but it is a place rich of opportunity and excitement. Cornell really allows the student to take control of their future by providing an intellectually stimulating environment full of opportunities.” -Sherpa Sonali, Cornell University

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“Something that I don’t think people realize when looking at the school is how genuinely nice people here are. When looking at top schools one of the things that I was worried about is a community where people are more cutthroat and much more focused on their own success than that of their friends. Here I can always find someone to help me out or work with me and it’s just really wonderful.” -Sherpa Shaina, Emory University