The Official Guide To Cornell Slang And Abbreviations

The Official Guide To Cornell Slang And Abbreviations

Because ain't no one got time for two Olin's and two Uris's

Cornell can be a confusing place, and we don't make it easier by abbreviating everything and not calling things by their actual name. This can be especially confusing for first year students. Hopefully by using this nifty guide you can walk onto campus with confidence (and not mix up the Olin's and Uris').

1. A&S: Arts and Sciences, college

2. AnSci: Animal Science, major

3. Archies: Students of the school of Architecture

4. BRBs: Big Red Bucks, Cornell’s digital currency

5. CALS: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

6. CS: Computer Science, major

7. CTB: Collegetown Bagels, best cafe in Ithaca

8. CTP: Collegetown Pizza, best place for drunk pizza

9. CU: Cornell University

10. EA: Early Acceptance

11. Eco: Ecology House, program house

12. ED: Early Decision

13. FWS: Freshman Writing Seminar, class

14. HBHS: Human Biology, Health and Society, major

15. Hotelies: Students of the School of Hotel Administration

16. HumEc: Human Ecology, college

17. IC: Ithaca College

18. IFC: Interfraternity Council, Greek life organization

19. ILR: Industrial Labor Relations, college

20. JAM: Just About Music, program house

21. LGR: Let’s Go Red!

22. Libe: Cafe in Olin library

23. LLC: Latino Living Center, program house

24. Nasties: Bear Necessities, located in RPCC

25. O-Week: Orientation Week for Freshmen

26. Oaks: Oakenshields, dining hall in Willard Straight Hall

27. Olin Hall: Building for Engineering students

28. Olin Library: Library open to all students, contains Libe cafe

29. PAM: Policy Analysis and Management, major

30. Panhel: Panhellenic, organization for sororities

31. PMA: Performing and Media Arts

32. POST: Pre-Orientation Service Trips, program for incoming students

33. Prelims: What Cornell calls tests (Why???)

34. PSB: Physical Sciences Building

35. PSP: Prefreshman Summer Program

36. RPCC: Robert Purcell Community Center, central hub of North Campus containing a dining hall, store, and many other services

37. RNSP: Residential and New Student Programs, people who run residential life

38. Stacks: A place in libraries where it’s only shelves of books where students go to complete #1 of 161 Things to do at Cornell

39. Townies: Residents of the town of Ithaca

40. Trill: Short for Trillium, the best cafe on campus

41. Uris Hall: Ugliest academic building on campus

42. Uris Library: Library opposite Olin library, open 24/7

43. WSH: Willard Straight Hall, the other student center, located on Ho Plaza

Hope this helps! LGR!

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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