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| I came to Tech thinking that its name on my resume would help me reach my goals. While this school may do that for the majority of the student population (i.e., engineering students), students interested in other careers or with other interests should stay away from this place. |
Coming to Tech has been, without a doubt, a decision in my life that I regret most of all. It's not that I "couldn't cut it" or "didn't work hard enough;" many of my friends averaged an all-nighter each week and shared endless sob stories about their impossible tests. That wasn't me. No all-nighters. No failed tests. Nothing. Diligence and time management was all it took.
Why didn't I like Tech, then? If the high stress, insane workload, and brutally unnecessary course difficulty so often associated with the misery of this place didn't affect me, why didn't I fall in love with Georgia Tech?
Because of what it stands for. Tech cares more about itself than its students; about its image, rankings, and reputation, and it will bolster these things in ways bordering on madness. Tech's primary goal is to churn out motivated, hard-working, industrious engineer slaves to serve society and carry Tech's name. And that's exactly what it does. If your goals don't line up with a machine that chews up, reprograms, and spits out glorified engineers, don't bother coming here. Unless you're passionate about engineering, research, or computer technology, Tech is probably not the place for you. Interested in science or business? Plenty of other reputable schools have that too. What's so special about Tech? Oh yeah, the name. So you're choosing a college because of its name? That's what I did, and by doing that, you'll be far from happy.
Enough about the institution. What about the students? The social life? The college experience? All of these things do exist at Tech, but you may just be blinded by their promising first impressions.
The students are friendly. Very friendly. And that's what they'll tell you at orientation. What they don't tell you is that the majority of the students are introverted and may not talk to you. Many are awkward and close-minded. But you already knew that. This is Tech, and you've been told that nerds are everywhere, a claim that many would confess holds true. The ones who argue and say that most people at Tech are "normal" just haven't been to other college campuses, that's all. You won't realize how abnormal the Tech student body is until you actively participate in a different one.
Social life? For the most part, you'll find one. Join clubs. Lead organizations. Find some friends who you connect with, and make friends with their friends. You'll have a nice social circle, and it doesn't have to be big for it to matter. Greek students tend to be the most social; many are friendly, many are not. Surprise.
And the college experience? You're in the heart of Atlanta. There's crime all around you. Noisy traffic. Endless ambulances, firetrucks, police cars, and helicopters. But sports and music run through the city. Falcons games, Music Midtown, you name it. Sounds glorious, yes? Sure, but when most students' weekends consist of binge drinking their nights away, you'll start to forget those things were even there in the first place. People here are the embodiment of "work hard, party hard," which, in their minds, entitles them to four days of hardcore studying and the remaining days to drink their heads off. That's the norm; love it or hate it. They take pride in it.In short, come here if you love engineering, research, or technology. Come here if you want Georgia Tech's name to stand out on your resume and help you land your job in industry. Come here if you want to prove yourself and let others know that you worked harder than they did. But if you'd rather leave college with a well-rounded experience and journey your way through life as a happier, more trusting human being able to reflect fondly on your college years, then please do not make the mistake I did by attending Georgia Tech. You'll find nothing but disappointment.
|Apr 06 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2016 |
| Going to Georgia tech has been one of the best choices I could have made. Here's why...|
ACADEMICS: Awesome. Of course there are some core classes that are not fun to take but overall the courses are at least somewhat interesting and often the amount of work required is appropriate. Plus, once graduated, you have one of the more valuable degrees in the nation. For whatever major you choose, Georgia Tech is likely to provide the right level of challenging and interesting work. For the more boring classes, you sometimes just have to tough it out for the semester.
SOCIAL LIFE: I joined one of the bigger fraternities on campus freshman year so that certainly helped (I would recommend rushing for everyone as there is a fit for every type at Georgia Tech). Anyways, I often went out 4 nights a week (and have maintained a 4.0 thus far) and always had a great time. Campus isn't always amazing at night but there are always people walking around looking to have fun. Thursday night are usually the best followed by fridays. Never schedule early friday classes if you plan on being hungover ever! To summarize, we do have a lot of fun at Georgia Tech and I would not trade it for anything.
OVERALL: Great academics, awesome social life, prioritize and you will be able to partake and succeed in the 3 most important aspects of college: social life, academics, and sleep. All three are possible I promise!If you value your education but still like to go out often, Georgia Tech will not let you down.
|Jul 01 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| I've had a great time at GT. Almost done. I see that most of the comments that are negative tend to be whiney "boohoo I didn't cut it crap". GT is not a school to hand hold you. You aren't paying for your degree. Work hard, you'll be fine. It's by no means impossible, and very rarely have I found it to be unfair. I feel like I'm a very average student here, intellectually, but I've never had any stressful breakdowns, failed any classes, etc. Just get your shit done, get involved in something, and take it easy. You probably won't get a 4.0 but you can very easily have a 3.5+ and have a good college experience. Sounds like a good trade to me. I really love my major/school. Lots of brilliant, interesting people. I don't know about other majors but we CS majors like to hang out and help each other in the CoC commons. I generally feel a lot of camaraderie between me and my fellow CS majors. Probably because we're all facing the same challenges. There's definitely a competitive edge that you will feel, because everyone's so smart, but it is always a positive thing because it pushes you to be a better person. Negatives at GT are probably applicable to many schools, including hit and miss professors (though as you stay here longer they just keep getting better. Can you really expect professors to give special snowflake treatment to you when there's 300 people in the class? Thats reserved for when you get to your major classes and it's just you and 30 others.), shitty on campus food, and a smattering of crime (any big city). Guys like to complain about the "lack of girls" but it's really not that big of a deal because you live in ATLANTA which has over (?) three other universities within the perimeter. Also, I recommend doing freshman experience program your first year, just to meet people, and then hightailing it outta there to off campus where the rent is a bogus 900 a month. Oh and co-op. Companies love hiring GT students and we have a great co-op program. It'll give you priceless real world experience. As a CS major getting a job was easy mode. |
|Jun 07 2012|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2013 |