Many students are nervous about coming to a new place. This is understandable after having been in school with the same people—perhaps since you were a child. Just how does one make new friends?
As you become more acquainted with the community, take advantage of the many extracurricular opportunities Cornell has to offer. Whether it’s trying out something totally new—like joining a breakdance group, continuing your passion for creative writing, or stopping by a coffee hour in your residence hall for discussion and debate—the options are here. Taking the initiative is up to you.
- Join a student organization
- Be a fan of the Big Red and sign up for your Big Red Sports Pass
- Get involved with Student Development Diversity Initiatives
- Engage in community service
- Explore Cornell United Religious Work
Tips & Topics
Campus hang outs
You may be surprised at how much time you spend just hanging out in your residence hall lounges. In addition students find places to relax, chat, attend events and study in the community centers on North and West Campus, the Tatkon Center, and the Straight.
Hear live music
In Ithaca and on campus, live music opportunities abound — for those who want to participate or just listen. The music department sponsors more than 140 free events each year. A capella is popular on campus. Watch for local and national artists and bands in the Ithaca clubs and coffeehouses, and on campus in Barton and Bailey Halls, The Bear's Den, and the Café at Anabel Taylor Hall.
Go to the movies
Discover exhibits, concerts, festivals, and other events
Check out the Ithaca Times, a free Ithaca weekly distributed all over campus or consult the Cornell Daily Sun and its weekly "Red Letter Daze" insert, as well as events.cornell.edu. Keep your eyes open—events are publicized through e-lists notices, campus message boards, chalkings and posters.