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The school itself is pretty good. It has a good academic reputation. I've found it to be pretty easy(but I am only a freshmen), so take that with a grain of salt. I feel like it won't get much harder though. The school really likes to baby everyone, and professors want you to pass. There is a lot of ignorance, arrogance, and general douchbaggery here. Everyone is rich as hell. Many kids dress like they just parked their dad's yacht 10 minutes ago, not that dress-type really matters to me. Just the general attitude of 80% of the kids here really sucks. Most kids have never done anything against their parents or society's will. A lot of them are "perfect" kids. They never did drugs, most played sports in high school, got good grades, had a job, workout every day, etc. A lot of kids fit this mold. They're the stereotypical New England rich kid. Like most comments stated before, not many people think outside the text book, which is a shame. There are a lot of bright kids here that have a lot of good ideas, but they are too rapped up in getting A's and getting a job immediately after graduating. A lot of them really are racist(surprising in MA). I think the racism is just a product of their arrogance. Most kids think they're the best, and like to make it known to people. Most of them think the school is a lot more prestigious than it really is. Don't get me wrong it's a very good school, but kids think just because they're here that they are geniuses or something. In reality, most are here because their parents have money and they want to continue to make that much money when they graduate. Everyone here is so conservative. Not necessarily in a political sense, but as a lifestyle. I grew up in small town PA and I always did my own thing. I had friends, got into a little trouble, goofed around. Stuff that kids should do to support free thinking. Kids here don't ever want to do anything "sketchy". Normal teenager stuff you know. Going exploring, drinking on a school night(or even just staying up late on a week night), smoking, getting into sticky situations, going to concerts etc. Kids were so sheltered growing up and it shows. The school caters to it as well. The school is really strict about parties and greek life in general. No liquor, kegs or drinking games. The drink card thing is fucking stupid. The school doesn't want fraternities "giving out" beer, so you have to bring your own, give it to someone at the door, and get a card that you can take to the bar in the basement. There, you can get as many beers as you brought. I think a $5 cover charge would be a lot easier, but the school's got someone to fool, probably themselves. |
As for the actual school, it's ok. Not the most aesthetically pleasing school, but they try. It is a tech school after all. Professors are approachable and encourage office hour visits. Most of the intro classes have conferences, which are smaller classes taught by a T.A or another professor, that create a more personal learning environment. There is plenty of extra-curricular
Here's my summary:
-Try to talk to kids
-If you're like me, you won't fit in.
-Find a good group of friends.
-Do teenager things. This is your time to "experiment"
-Stay open-minded. It will help you stay sane
-Consider greek life. I can't emphasize this enough. I was so anti-frat when I got here. There are a few houses that aren't typical "frats"(AXP, PSK, Sig Pi)
-Most of all, enjoy it.
|Apr 24 2013|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| I rated myself as "Bright" because I joined mensa once. I was an international student and I took the culture fair test. If I was "quite bright", I wouldn't have chosen WPI in the first place. Apologies if the writing of this review is too plain.|
I chose to be a Computer Science major and I have to say the program didn't fail my expectation. It's true that I have learned a lot, and I'm grateful for the well-organized programs WPI has. I like how people take their studies seriously here.
That concludes all the nice things I can say about this school. Now, I'll go over the reasons of my ratings below B-.
Creativity + Campus Aesthethics: This school lacks creativity. The architectures are aesthetically dull. Students are aesthetically dull, too. I have heard that some students come from upper class families, but I guess that's just rumor because I can't tell from their poor presentation. Philosophy classes (in fact, most humanity & arts classes I've taken) lack good discussion. I wasted my money on those because there isn't much point taking a discussion class if no one raises issues beyond textbook talks. That's also why I said "Students are Afraid". I think most of them are too scared to think outside of the box. For some reason I don't know about.
Perceived Campus Safety: There are increasing numbers of robberies and assults around campus. Campus and Worcester police failed to catch most of the suspects.
University Resource Use: I might be biased, but it's truly not impressive compared to other good schools in MA.
Social Life + Extracurricular Activities + Surrounding City: I actually had a social life in freshman year. A good one, too. Then things started going south. It's mainly because there is not enough interest sorting students together by their interests. All the clubs are loosely formed, and they appear to be lame and exclusive. Everyone seems broken in some way. It has things to do with Worcester being the most boring city, too.
About students: I would not recommend any Asian students applying for this school. There were more racists than I thought. Two of my roommates were racists, some classmates were racists (things they said while I was IN the classroom include: "We should destroy the Great Wall of China because it was built upon slavery" and "...jobs are hard to find. We should stop outsourcing to those Asian countries" and "I think they like you because..er.. because you are Asian or something. Yeah.") and some faculty members were culturally ignorant. On the other hand, if you are European, by all means apply and get in.
Knowing that people are culturally ignorant- in this era- is painful. I don't think they are bright. And I think they are closeminded.
|Feb 18 2013|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |