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| Tech is a great place to go if you want to land a lucrative engineering job after graduation--and there's nothing wrong with that. But if you want to challenge yourself and learn to think more clearly, you'll find that Tech's academic environment obstructs intellectual growth. |
It doesn't matter if you learn at Tech or not; your degree reflects your ability to put up with crap and cut through red tape. Bad teaching is used deliberately--it's supposed to help students learn how to teach themselves. Tests are used not as a tool to gauge your academic progress, but as a gauntlet to weed out the weak. Students treat their schoolwork and their professors like enemies to be conquered, not resources for personal growth. There are small pockets of intellectually curious students, but too much interest in your schoolwork will get you weird looks from most of the student body. Seriously... it's like high school all over again. Maybe that's not unique to Tech; maybe college in general is less intellectual than I thought. I dunno.
Anyway, a bit about non-academic life at Tech: campus is prettier than people give it credit for, and Atlanta is okay, I guess. You should probably visit and see for yourself. People complain about the lack of a party scene, but I'm not sure what more you could ask for: you can find booze, you can find hookah, you can find pot, you can find hard drugs. Or you can forgo all of those entirely; a lot of people do.
The student body is mostly white, suburban, middle-class. Most students are Christians and most are conservative. I've heard some pretty hateful things directed at women, racial minorities, and LGBT people. There's a fairly large international population, but after being stuck with unaccommodating, xenophobic roommates freshman year, they tend to stick to themselves. But despite their closed-mindedness, the majority of the students are genuinely friendly and good-natured.Ultimately, the biggest problem with Tech is that you're paying for name recognition alone. With a few exceptions, the professors are inept at teaching. Even in my upper-level math classes, I prefer to learn from the textbook. Why am I paying money for that? I've had some good times at Tech, but I've stagnated intellectually. My time here hasn't made me any smarter than I would have been on my own.
|May 27 2011|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| My degree is in the Liberal Arts College - International Affairs and French. To get a B.S., I have still had to take 2 math classes, 2 lab sciences, and 2 computer classes, and these have SUCKED, but you just have to get through it to get the more well-rounded degree.|
If I could do it again, I would major in MANAGEMENT. I did not have any respect for this major at first, but all the MGT majors that are graduating with me have great jobs lined up. Plus, the College of MGT takes amazing care of its students. In MGT, you learn A LOT about business and gain a lot of useful skills such as accounting, marketing, IT, entrepreneurship, etc. Plus, a lot of engineering majors end up abandoning the trade and going into business anyways.
I am in-state, so I have the HOPE Scholarship (maintaining a 3.0 or higher). GT has been ridiculously cheap and interviewing for a job or internship has been a lot easier since I am already in Atlanta (instead of in Athens or somewhere else far away).
Georgia Tech is a sink or swim school, but it teaches you about the real world. GT is very well-respected but it does not hold your hand and coddle you like private universities. If you are willing to work and you want to succeed, you will. Sometimes students get screwed over, but you have to adjust your attitude and grow from the experience. GT doesn't ever give you a break. Even the "easy" classes are harder than most classes at other schools. My best advice is to put your nose to the grindstone and just get through GT as quickly as possible.
I wish that I had been more engaged in my classes. I kind of just sat back, did the minimum and made a B or a C without really learning the material (but I am not an engineering major). It is easy to fall through the cracks at GT, but I am OK with this because I was able to slip by and focus on things other than academics. If you want to be that kid who is always raising her hand and answering all the questions, you can definitely be that here too.
My best advice is : GO GREEK!! It will help you make friends, do better in classes, give you something to do, etc. It made my college experience so much better!! I can't imagine how alone I would have been in college if I were not Greek.
Also, find a couple extracurricular things like philanthropic organizations and other clubs to get involved in - but don't over commit yourself.
Overall, GT has been really difficult, but the real world is difficult. People graduating from easier schools have no idea how hard it is out there and have a rude awakening. I am graduating in a week and I have a great job lined up, so in the end it was totally worth it! Plus, forever I will know that my hardest days are behind me and that I worked hard for and earned my degree.
|Apr 27 2009|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2009 |