Major: Human Development
College: College of Human Ecology
Activities at Cornell: Cornell EARS, Orientation Leader, Member of Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology, Research in Dr. Burrow’s Purpose and Identity Processes Lab.
Food for Thought: If you are unsatisfied with your major or college, try out different classes, and reach out to people you know in various majors. Don’t be complacent! Do your research and figure out what it is you’re passionate about, and if pursuing that means transferring colleges, do it! You don’t want to regret not making the most of your four years at Cornell. If you do decide to transfer, make sure to start the application process early, and get advice about courses and the general application process from your advisor and/or the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees.
Activities at Cornell: College Mentors for Kids; Member of Sigma Pi
Food for Thought: If you feel like you aren’t getting the most out of your Cornell experience, then transferring might be a great option. There are a lot of online resources that you can utilize to become familiar with different colleges. It’s important that you do research on your prospective college to understand the requirements and possibly fulfill some to make the transition easier. I found the best way to accomplish this was by meeting with my advisor throughout the semester to map out my schedule for the upcoming year. Also contrary to popular belief, changing colleges doesn’t have to mean vastly changing your studies. I remained a biology major, but felt that moving to CALS would give me access to a whole new set of courses. The entire transfer process was really straight forward thanks to all the resources that Cornell offers, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the transfer process or about my experience.
Major: Hotel Administration
College: School of Hotel Administration
Activities at Cornell: Varsity Women’s Basketball
Food for Thought: Since everyone’s academic experience is unique, it can often be difficult to give specific advice to any individual. That being said, I would advise to really research your intended school and major. This will ensure you are making a well-informed decision and you will be confident in your choice. Then take any classes that are available in that major so you can get a feel for what your potential studies will be like. Follow up by talking to as many students in the school, their professors, and other professionals so you can be sure it is the right fit. This is what I did, and now that I have found the school as a proper fit, I know I am making the most out of my Cornell experience. You can too! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my experience, the internal transfer process or anything else that might cross your mind!
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduation Date: 2018
Activities at Cornell: Quizbowl Team, Peer Review Board, Cornell Tradition Fellow
Food for Thought: I think that students should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to take a variety of classes to explore different interests. You want to be sure that you are truly excited about your course of study. If you have discovered something new and exciting, or have found that your interests have changed, there is no reason not to explore different options! I discovered that I harbored a growing interest in economics, so fall semester I enrolled in an econ class alongside my engineering classes. I ended up loving the class and decided to transfer because I felt that it best aligned with my interests. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I’d love to help out in any way I can!
Major: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Date: 2017
Activities at Cornell: Undergraduate Research in the Angenent Lab within BEE, Undergraduate TA for BEE 2510, Cornell Sustainability Hub, CU Society for Natural Resources
Food for Thought: Cornell is truly a place to explore your academic interests. I must have changed my mind at least five times before I found a major that stuck. If you have doubts about your current field, the best thing you can do is to get a feel for your new major by talking to an advisor or researching related jobs. The transfer process is not difficult as long as you talk to your advisors and peers about affiliation requirements. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to completely change directions in your life. I’m happy to talk about the internal transfer process, so feel free to contact me.
Major: Biometry & Statistics
Graduation Date: May 2017
Activities at Cornell: Employee in the Rapid Prototyping Lab, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, CU Winds
Food for Thought: The Internal Transfer process really reinforces Cornell’s “Any person, any study” promise. If you find your true calling and it’s outside your current college, don’t be scared to go for it! If you think you might want to transfer, don’t wait until the deadline is looming, start planning now. Read this website, meet with your advisor, and get in touch with a peer mentor for some advice specific to you. If you start in advance, the internal transfer process is a breeze.
Major: Applied Economics and Management (AEM)
Activities at Cornell: Art Beyond Cornell, CALS Ambassador, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, Dyson Intercultural and International Management candidate, Nigerian Students Association.
Food for Thought: Do not wait until the last minute to begin your application process. Be proactive about your decision to transfer by speaking with professors and students in both your current and intended major, as they can really provide you with insight. Coming in to Cornell as an undecided major in the College of Arts and Sciences, I took classes in a wide array of subject areas (Africana, python, Spanish, etc.). I ultimately made the decision to switch into AEM by researching what classes were offered and then talking with my advisor on whether this new major would be the best fit for me. If you are considering a switch, regardless of your major, please feel free to contact me!
Note: In the spring of 2017, I will be studying abroad in South America!