Shawn Felton, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and Tara Bubble, Sr., Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Cornell University, thought it’d be a brilliant idea to hop on Reddit (first mistake) and hold an “Ask Me Anything” with the world wide web (second mistake). They were hoping to shed some light on the admissions process for prospectives and how to build a better application.
Let’s go to the tape and see how it goes.
Hi Cornell Admissions. I’m a prospective student and I’m really excited by your Hotel Management major. What am I supposed to do when I can’t find a job?
Cornell Admissions:The School of Hotel Administration (SHA) has an excellent Career Services Office. There are a wide range of opportunities in business now that the major is AACSB accredited.
I think the person was really asking what are they to do when they enter the real world where jobs are scarce. A better answer would have been something like “shake as many hands as you can. Build that network. And pray to the Gods that someone out there who is experienced isn’t going for the same job you want as an entry-level associate.” That’s just the reality of the job market. This is just one of the examples of the questions that were actually being answered.
In total, the admissions team answered barely any of the questions that were asked of them except for the ones that they could give generic answers to that anyone with a computer and internet connection could search. So I won’t include the rest of those here. Hence why if you’re going to go and do an AMA, you answer all the hard-hitting questions.
Here are some of the ones I wanted them to answer:
How do you show your face in public when you charge $65k a year to 18 year olds?
How many of those hockey players actually have the grades to get in to Cornell?
In general, are ivy leaguers whiny little cunts before they attend university, or do you guys make them that way?
It got so bad that eventually the two just stopped responding altogether. Apparently, they don’t know that a bunch of pissed off students who are extremely tired from pulling all-nighters to cram for finals can create a hostile environment for university officials.
If Cornell was actually smart about this whole thing, they should have had their biggest celeb run the AMA: Andy Bernard. Everyone knows that ‘Nard dog is the King of Cornell. Sure, he might have only gotten in because his dad donated a building. But as Andy will remind you, he got in because he is smart enough to have a dad that can donate a building.
The only pitch Cornell ever needs:
In a matter of 22 hours, they have only answered 25 questions. Bang up job, Cornell. Bang up job..
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