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| I looked at this website before I enrolled and during just to remind myself why people may have liked or disliked the school. Personally, I love this school. Yes, this school is not easy, but at the end of the semester I'm coming out with 50+ credits completed, and right now I have a 4.0. The tets are not THAT hard, but they can be. The academic rigor is really not for everyone. I find that most people do poorly because they coasted through high school (since in the first place their high school wasn't that hard..where mine was quite brutal at times). |
Social life is what you make of it. Most people here aren't the party type, so the just hang around their dorms. There is no pressure to party hard or join a frat or sorority. I made friends in frats/sororities..people who are very nerdy..and people in between. Everyone is mostly nice, but again, like very school, there will be not that nice people.
People are mostly friendly. It's easy to strike a conversation with most people. I came to the school knowing no one and I already established a close group of friends in the first few weeks of school. The ratio thing shouldn't bother you. First, most girls are not ugly. I don't know where that thought came from. A lot of the girls here are nice, and so are the boys. People say that most of your friends will be guys. Not true. Half my friends are guys, the other half are girls.
The dorms are not that great, and neither is the food, but whatever. You just need a place to sleep anyway and you can choose to take a meal plan where you avoid the dining hall food as much as possible. So overall, I love this school. I work hard and it pays of. I have a lot of good friends here and I'm well involved in the extracurriculars offered on campus. There are days where you want to pull your hair out, but come on, its a good school. You need to work hard. However, this school is not for everyone. If you coasted through high school and got a 4.0, that may not necessarily mean you're smart, so don't assume you'll do just as well here. Most people lose their 4.0 after their first semester. I only know a few who still have it. Life here is what you make it.
|Apr 02 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
Georgia Tech has been an absolutely incredible experience for me.. and I've read some of these comments and found that this type of recommendation is hard to come by. Through Tech I have been able to study abroad in two countries (the same summer), participate in a variety of clubs and attain leadership positions, co-op, go to awesome football games, meet an amazing guy, make snow angels, watch the GTG's perform, see a Ludacris concert, dance the night away, and get 4.0's 2 out of my 4 semesters (overall GPA right now is 3.88 and I am an engineer). |
1. Georgia Tech has great sports programs and fans... especially at football games. Freshman year games were amazing and exciting; I always left with great enthusiasm, especially at the game when everyone rushed the field. WOOH!
2. Academics are actually not that bad. I have found that classes at Tech can be tough and some of them do seem pointless, but overall I did learn a great deal from my classes. Also, I never felt screwed over with the grading I received. Did I study constantly and not make friends? Nope... I just managed my time well and studied what I knew I had to study. It is true that Tech is NOT easy and you will have to work and for many students this is not for them. However, I believe that the work was rewarding because I like a challenge and only felt overwhelmed when I procrastinated... so it's all very doable. And yes, I got a 4.0 GPA in high school but I don't think it matters how "smart" you are at Tech. It is more important that you WORK HARD and have the capabilities to absorb and utilize new information.
3. There are great resources at Georgia Tech to succeed. We have GT Success Programs, 1-1 Tutoring, Math Lab, etc. I've been fortunate to have some really amazing TA's... I've loved them all. And sure, not all of them speak perfect English but you WILL understand them. If not, go to a different TA's recitation. Also, the people I have met through the co-op program and in the office of international education are amazing and very good at their jobs (to help you!).
1. Freshman housing is pretty bad, especially on East campus. Simple solution: If you really care that much, live in some renovated housing like Armstrong on West - which really isn't too far from everything and close to the CRC. CRC is amazing in itself. The dining hall food in both Brittain and Woodruff is not really up to par in my opinion, though somehow I have friends who enjoy it. When you move out of freshman housing you can get an apt. and cook your own food. 2. There are some people at Tech that just complain and complain and complain. They say that Tech is TOO hard and everyone is failing and the professors don't care. Ignore these people. If they are doing so badly in their classes, you should really ask if they have gone to extra tutoring, talked to the professor by going to office hours, etc. If not, then they really shouldn't say anything. Mostly, though, you will encounter really awesome people that have the same interests as you... just remember to seek them out!
|Mar 18 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I've spent a year at Tech. In the past 3 semesters, I have had the chance to : try fencing. join GT Orchestra. study a semester in France. become a campus tour guide. meet hundreds of truly amazing people. watch GT win over VT from the front row of the South end zone in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Watch the basketball victory over Duke from courtside seats with SWARM. enjoy the hot tub at the CRC on a Saturday afternoon. Hike 25 miles of the Appalachian Trail with friends and mentors. Learn a foreign language. Become a TA, and adore my fellow TAs. Party every weekend. Enjoy the Atlanta music scene. Study my a$$ off, and learn more than I thought possible in the space of a year. develop a love for programming. paint up for football each game. make snow angels. play midnight ultimate frisbee. experience more than a few all-nighters.|
You will work. but the people you meet, and the things you see, and the places you go will make it worth it. (ok, so I sounded like Dr. Seuss just then - apologies!)ALSO, we have Coach Paul Johnson. Win.
|Aug 13 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |