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| I see many similar reviews about campus life that I saw when I was first looking at schools. Sure, there are lots of other schools where the campus life is one big party - but you can make Tech what you want it to be. My biggest recommendation for enjoying campus life is to get involved. I was in a fraternity, which was a positive experience for me. I gained friends, support, and many extracurricular activities to join in that helped make my "not studying time" more enjoyable. But you don't have to go Greek to enjoy Tech. All of my classmates in my major (Materials Engineering) were not Greek. Being a small major, we all were friends. But I noticed a split between them. It seemed like the ones who hated their time at Tech weren't involved in anything; while those who enjoyed Tech were involved in other clubs or intramurals. By getting involved, you get to know more people. Which leads to having more friends. Which leads to being able to find someone else who's free to hang out when you're free. And that's what makes the college experience enjoyable.|
Outside of my advice for making Tech an enjoyable experience, Tech is a lot of work. And if you ignore that, you'll either be failing out or struggling to pass as you learn that each successive class builds on the classes you ignored last semester. When I came to Tech, I was the only student from my high school that went there. I didn't know anyone and I'm not a social butterfly, so I took a long time to make friends. I was hating my school choice when I first started at Tech. But I think it helped me, because I spent more time getting all my school work done and ended up doing well my first semester (we were actually on a quarter system then, but I'm just going to call them all semesters here, for simplicity). Once you get about halfway through Tech, those foundation courses are the basis for all your upper-level coursework (which don't usually do as much piggy-backing on each other like the initial coursework does). So, doing well in those first couple years is important in making it out of Tech. Messing up in a later course, probably won't hurt you - although you probably won't have that problem if you did well in your foundation courses.My last bit of advice is to co-op. This was the best thing I did while at Tech. It puts (GOOD) bread in your pocket (unlike my high school friends who were still working "high school" summer jobs). I co-oped my second semester at Tech. I got the job before they even saw a single Tech grade. I actually worked in Atlanta and stayed on campus, which meant that I had money and free time to hang out with the other students. These were some of the most fun semesters. And the experience I gained helped tremendously in landing job interviews for after graduation. It also extended my time as a student and gave me these free semesters to enjoy Tech as if I was at one of those other party schools. Lastly, while I do think Tech is still an engineering school and doesn't even attempt to masquerade as anything else, with an engineering degree you can find employment in almost any other field of work - not just engineering. I know fellow engineering graduates that graduated to manage stores, start their own businesses, work as finacial assistants for stock brokers, become real estate agents, and more. An engineering degree is treated almost like a "general" degree if you want to get higher education in something else: medical, law, business, etc. And I think a lot of higher institutes give you bonus points for getting an engineering degree when they evaluate you, because I know a lot of fellow engineering majors that didn't have very good grades but got into many good grad schools. Like they say, Tech won't hand hold you. But, if you graduate from Tech, you'll realize that Tech really taught you how to succeed at anything on your own. And that will make the next 40 years of your life a lot better than those party-school graduates who don't like what they're doing and don't know how to do anything else.
|Sep 23 2009|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2002 |
| Sure, Georgia Tech has a very good engineering program, and a graduate of it will probably know as much as anybody else, but the fact is that nearly everybody at GT is miserable, and the degree you get is not worth it. |
I can confidently say that, for 95% of people, going to Georgia Tech is a bad decision. Sure your first potential employer will be impressed with where you graduated, but five years down the road nobody gives a damn where you went to college, and you will be no better with a degree from here then you would be from any other respected engineering program. It is simply not worth going through the hell that is GT.
If you want to do engineering, go to a place like Virginia Tech instead, the people there are friendly, happy, and there is a good social scene that will give you the "college experience" that the majority of Georgia Tech grads missed out on because they were either studying or playing video games in their dorms.
The notion that Georgia Tech is a "trap" is absolutely true - people come here for engineering and make it through a semester or 2 before realizing that they want to be somewhere else. Because of this school's ridiculous grade deflation, however, they have worked their ass off for a 2.4 and can't transfer to any school worth a shit, even if they did more work for that 2.4 than people elsewhere do for a 3.6.
Another thing that comes up is when somebody who came here for engineering discovers that they don't want to do engineering after all, and decides to change their major, but GT's options beyond engineering and computer science are a joke, and they can't transfer anywhere because of their miserable GPA. The fact is, no high school senior really knows what they want to do with their life, and going to Georgia Tech is a surefire way to lock yourself into four years of hell, followed by a career which has nice looking starting salaries but thats about it. Your career looks much less attractive when your salary has plateaued ten years in and you are stuck in a dead end job where your fancy degree from Georgia Tech means nothing.
|Dec 31 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2003 |