What are the academics like at your school?
As I said above, I loved all my classes here. Of course, a lot of people end up not liking all of their classes here, but you have to pick and choose, and I think a good motto--even though it can be tempting--is not to take any "easy" classes just to get an "A." These classes may improve your GPA, but they end up not being very satisfying. My favorite classes were the ones that engaged and challenged me, that I had to work to do well in, and that stimulated me inside and outside of the classroom. For instance, a class I took sophomore year to fulfill my major's "pre-1800" requirement--"The English Literary Tradition"--was one of the best classes I took, because the professor was so demanding, but also brilliant. She really taught me how to write.
In terms of whether Cornell is geared toward getting a job or just learning for its own sake, it completely depends on your school and your major. If you're an English major, it definitely is not pushing you towards a certain career path. However, I imagine if you're an AEM major or a Hotelie, it definitely is.