Tough Love: Shoutout to my Alma Mater

Tickle Me E(l)mo once famously quipped, “If life is so fair, why do roses have thorns?”

This is the question whose answer we all seek.

Cornell (and the town of Ithaca, by association) was a beautiful place to attend college. There was much to love: the gorges, the parks, the lakes, the serene campus set on the hills facing Cayuga lake, the fascinating people and down-to-earth culture.


Cycling, sun, friends, and water. Ces’t la vie.

Ahh, but what about the other 9 months of the year? You know, the months when school was in session it’s always cloudy and snows every day for over 43 consecutive days (yes, this happened my Junior year) and everyone in your classes spends 18 hours/day in the library trying to oust you from any success in your later life? These were the times you didn’t see advertised in the freshman brochure, and they were times which gave birth to the following series of artwork. It’s an ad campaign I so generously made for the school, in my usual mock-by-photoshop, tongue-in-cheek way of coping.

The library: enter a boy, leave a man, albeit an atrophied, hunchback, caffeine-addicted man.


Your grandpa who walked uphill both ways in the snow to get to school? Well, he didn’t study quaternions with Russian kids when he got to school (unless he did…boy would I be red-faced if that is the case).


The scholar hath no time to waste on corporeal matters. Though my body bleeds, my mind rejoices in the singular pursuit of knowledge.


~ by wcuk on September 20, 2007.

One Response to “Tough Love: Shoutout to my Alma Mater”

  1. We had way more fun at IC! Look where I am now!


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