I usually start my day by reading papers, and do wet lab work in the afternoon. This includes cell counting, DNA extraction, PCR, CRISPR, and more, which are all performed in a lab coat and gloves, in a biosafety cabinet. The lab members also meet a few times during the week to discuss ongoing projects and to analyze any presentations and papers. All in all, it’s a very exciting learning experience and enjoyable way to spend the summer.
(http://www.tcatbus.com/) you will find all the information you need for getting around Ithaca by
bus. Now, let’s talk about some of the popular places around town. Collegetown is to the south
of Cornell’s West and Central Campuses, and it is a favorite hangout for many Cornell students.
There, you can find the uber-popular Collegetown Bagels, which sells a variety of bagels,
sandwiches, pastries, grab-to- go foods, smoothies and more. Next door, there is a huge 7-11
where you can buy fast food, groceries, and essentials for the dorm. On the same street (College
Ave), you can find Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and Insomnia Cookies.
Then, you have the Shops at Ithaca Mall, where you can buy everything else you need for
dormitory living and more. There is a huge Target, where I would suggest investing in a Brita
water purifier, some dining utensils, and a laundry basket. Outside of Target, among the bigger
stores are the Bonton, Ultimate Athletics, Best Buy, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, and ULTA
Beauty. There is also a movie theatre (Regal Cinemas), a gym (Planet Fitness) and food court.
Always a line for Auntie Anne’s freshly-baked pretzels and pretzel dogs at the food court.
I won’t go into too much detail about downtown Ithaca (also known as the Commons) as I
haven’t spent much time there yet, but there is a public library and many nice restaurants. Lastly,
there is a small shopping area close to campus called East Hill Plaza, with a grocery store,
pharmacy, gym, liquor store, and more restaurants.
Kristin then drove me and my two giant suitcases to West Campus, where we checked into my new dorm room in Hans Bethe House. Typically, each dormitory house has several floors. On each floor, there may be single rooms, double rooms (shared by 2 students), suites (4 single rooms + separate living room area + bathroom), and shared bathrooms (male, female, and gender neutral). Each house also has a communal kitchen area, laundry room, lots of study spaces, conference rooms, and a dining hall. During the summer, these dining halls are usually closed.
Most summer students eat at the All-You-Care-To-Eat Dining Halls such as Keeton Hall, or other cafes and eateries on campus. Information about where to eat and when restaurants are open can be found on the Cornell Dining Now website. Using the Get Funds website, you can add money to your Student ID to eat in these dining halls, make purchases in cafes, or do your laundry.
My first impression of the Cornell campus is that it is very big and beautiful, with trees and grassy fields everywhere you go. Cornell is originally an agricultural school, so Cornell has its own diary farms (Cornell makes its own ice cream!), grazing areas for horses and sheep, and fruit orchards. Distances between campuses are long enough that it is necessary to take buses or cars. Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that fragrances should not be worn outdoors, as it really attracts flying insects.