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| I am a first year student, and I'm almost done with my first "semester" at WPI. So far I absolutely love it, and here's why.|
I was expecting the workload and difficulty to be extremely high, but it really isn't, as long as you stay on top of your studying. I was the worst procrastinator in high school, but you can't get away with that here. The 7-week terms make it easy to break the habit though. When you have multiple quizzes every week, it's easy to convince yourself to start studying early. Studying for finals isn't too terrible because you only have to review 7 weeks worth of material. And on the plus side, if you absolutely hate a class, just think- you only have to endure it for 7 weeks. It flies by.
The professors are extremely helpful (at least most of them are) and they genuinely care about making sure you pass. They provide tons of resources to help you study. More than once I've had a professor flat out tell me what was going to be on a quiz. If you're worried about getting a bad professor, just check the rate my professor website before scheduling classes.
I'm also one of the VERY few freshman commuters at WPI so I have plenty of advice if you're in my boat. When you're a commuter it's definitely a lot harder to get involved on campus and make friends. If you're one of those people that is just here for the academics, it shouldn't be a problem. But if you're like me and you want the standard college experience, just going to class and then going home won't cut it. Spend as much time on campus as possible. Hang out in the campus center between classes. Make friends with people that live on campus! I became friends with my chem lab partner and I'm at her dorm once or twice a week. I became friends with all of her floor mates, too. If you put the effort in, you'll reap the benefits.
Also check out Greek life! There are plenty of other commuters that go through recruitment, as well. It's a super easy way to make a bunch of new friends and get invited to events and parties. You can also check out the sorority/fraternity houses. I never thought I'd be interested in joining a sorority; signing up for recruitment was a very spontaneous decision, but I'm glad I did.
The only thing I can really complain about is the Humanities and Arts requirement. I understand the point of it, but it's been really difficult for me to figure out what I want to specialize in. I'd honestly much rather take more science and tech-related classes. I'm also pretty sure that the reason the school requires 4 gym classes in order to graduate is to help get the more reserved kids out of their dorm rooms. There are a lot of those here.
Overall, I love it here at WPI. It's easy to fit in and everyone is super friendly. The professors are great and you're pretty much guaranteed to have job offers when you graduate. Just keep in mind that if you dedicate all of your time to academics, you're not going to enjoy college. Get out of your room/house and go make friends, go to parties, etc. These are the years that you can afford to goof off and have fun so take advantage of it.
|Nov 15 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2017 |
| i LOVE this place. I think that people often don't give WPI enough credit. |
So some backgroud; I'm not a nerd. I never have been. In high school, I was really social and had a lot of friends and although I studied hard I wouldn't really classify myself as a nerd. I first had an overnight at WPI when I was a senior in high school (the Athena overnight to be exact), and I was so sure that I was going to hate it here. I thought "everyone here is going to be antisocial and just play video games all day and not talk". I could not have been more wrong. I met an amazing group of people who I'm still friends with to this day, and honestly, they're one of the main reasons I joined WPI.
Anyway, so freshman year I moved into Institute. For those of you that don't know, it's the dorm that's the furthest away from campus, which kind of sucked and definitely didn't help in making friends. A-Term of freshman year was kind of rough...I felt like I wasn't making friends, which was weird cause, to be honest, I never really had to try to do that. It always just worked out. And while I loved the girls on my floor, they never really wanted to go out or hang out with other people or just explore. But then B-Term came around and I ended up meeting my best friend in Spanish class and she lived in Riley. So I hung out in Riley and made more friends, and because we're probably the loudest people on campus, we just got to know a lot of people.
It's also really easy to get involved on campus. You can literally walk into any club at any point in time and be welcome. My freshman year I joined SGA, RHC, and a bunch of other random stuff. People are really friendly and eager, and for a social person like myself, getting involved on campus is the best because you get to meet even MORE people and make even more friends, which is like, my favorite thing to do.
Now onto the campus. The campus is actually really beautiful in the fall, spring and especially summer time. I don't know, I just love it.
Onto the people, I have NO idea what anyone is talking about saying that people here are conservative and close-minded. I'm not sure who they're hanging out with, but everyone that I know is warm and welcoming. And I'd say the majority of campus goes out to party, a lot. There's always something to do if you know the right people. If you're social, you'll have social friends, and when you have friends, you'll always have something to do. Moral of the story: If you're social, you're good to go. If you're not, you're still good to go. Everyone has their niche here. You'll love it I promise <3 Also, try greek life. I was totally against it before I came here, but it's amazing for networking and getting to know people!
|Jul 10 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |
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 |