What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?
Cornell is big, not quite Ann Arbor big, but big enough to have a range of stereotypes. From an outsiders perspective, Cornell, like most all the Ivies looks pretentious, full of privileged snobs who wear a lot of Patagonia and Burberry. There are those people, they may be legacies, and their parents may be google-able but as my mother said upon our first family college visit to Cornell, it's the "Common Man's" Ivy. Go to Princeton and the surrounding town drips money. You can't even go into a library without a student ID. In contrast, Cornell is surrounding by gorges, cows, and incredibly quirky Ithaca.
Once you get to Cornell you realize that most stereotypes are tied to the seven undergraduates colleges. According to the stereotypes, CALS (the College of Agriculture and Life Science) is full of animal sci majors who don't shower, Architecture students all wear black by senior year to reflect the depressing amount of work they do, ILRies (Industrial and Labor Relations students) like me, are all headed to law school, and the Engineers are so overwhelmed they never leave their rooms. Stereotypes tend to have a little nugget of truth, but I'm not going to law school and my best friend in Mechanical Engineering parties harder than any hotelie (School of Hotel Administration student) I know.