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| He who makes a beast of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.Alright, If you planning to go here, you gotta know that you are sitting on the nerve of the American dream, that big winner dawning from the predawn chaos. If you think you can pull 40-60+ hour workweeks with all nighters whenever needed then you'll do fine, otherwise you can major in something like civil, or environmental engineering, or go somewhere else, up to you. Anyhow, You'll spend most of your time socializing, or if not, playing Skyrim (These people look like caricatures of worldcraft addicts, and sweet jesus are there a lot of them in freshman dorms, still doing, whatever that game does). And socially, be ready for a letdown, as this school essentially breaks into 3 camps, the beautiful greeks, the ultra nerds, and the foreign kids, and then there's what little of us are left, and most of WPI's hep culture insularizes too much to notice these things until we march ourselves in to the harsh meathook realities of this horrible year of our Lord 2012. It's probably no coincidence that the beautiful greeks monopolize not only the brahs (not all brahs though, this is still a tech school), but also 99% of the at least passably decent girls (And no, APO, or TNX, you aren't greek.) The rest of the girls and a good many boys, seem to have faces and bodies originating from a Nixon era experiment in porcine humaniodism, funded by money laundered in a phony drug war. Damn that Nixon. Still, this place is more than fine if you are in a coveted long distance relationship, just do not bring your other half with you, unless you are prepared to fight some barbarian hoardes. Anyway, you'll need protection up here, and not that flamsy sex kind, real protection. Also, you'll need the goods, push your collection as far as it will go. But not too hard, orientation will warp your mind, and freshman housing is a trip noone should have to witlessly endure. You must know how to guard what is yours from the pigs, for you have entered their trough, where they wallow in their own muck endlessly. And yet, these figures that surround you are in arms with them. They are afraid, this generation of swine, and would report you at once if you appeared even slightly deviant, which is why you must insularize, and no, moving off this wretched campus will not save you necessarially, you are not truly free until you have your own bedroom, and either a large car or a storage facility within reach, and in fact, these latter things are a prerequisite to your entry. So there you have it, that was the problem in Gompei's trip, the light at the end of the tunel was little more than scared mass conformity, unbreakable heirarchies, and a dying surrounding wasteland dominated by this affront of inhumanity. Mahalo |
|Apr 24 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2012 |
|Not so bright|
| To anyone thinking of going here:|
Know this, those campus tours and brochures you've recieved haven't told you much. I know every school does this, but WPI really knows how to rig the system. First off, if you do come here, be ready to WORK, and work like you never have before. I came out of a boot camp hs, and I'm used to these kinds of workloads, but if you don't think you can handle about 40+ hours of schoolwork per week by sophomore year, look elsewhere. Secondly, the location's terrible. There's almost nothing to do off campus, most local bars aren't much, and this place is FRIGID COLD in winter. This really becomes an issue if you have a car, and don't want to pay crazy parking fees (who does?) or if you're like me and have a bike that you can't bring up here because it's just too cold to ride, or that it snows at least once a week more than half the year. About the people, well, it's what you make of it, i guess. Not every girl here is ugly, and not every guy here is hideous, contrary to popular belief. It's just a lot of people here are FAT. I mean, I was told that obesity isn't much of a problem up here, but some people here just don't seem to care about how they look. If you're like me, and are a guy in a stable long-distance relationship, this place will offer you little temptation, so there's that. But if you're a guy who's single, then all I can say is... good luck to you, buddy. And ladies, be ready for guys to start paying more attention to you, a Lot more attention. Also, please be careful because the creepy ones are very unrestrained up here, as this place lacks the jock/religious presence I'm used to seeing keep order. As both a three sport HS athlete and a Methodist, I take heat for my views and my refusal to cheat, while some people here are free to awkwardly make creepy advances on whoever they want. Now I'm not telling people to give no lines and keep your hands to yourself, but learn how to flirt if you actually want romance. Long distance relationships can work if one of you goes here, but Especially if you're a girl in a long-distance relationship, you will probably take some flak, as many people, guy and girl alike, will expect you to find love up here. It's a damn shame this place at least nominally prohibits adequate self defense, b/c you're gonna need it. Crime's a problem too, mostly because most students here are used to living in suburbia with mommy and daddy and having things be given to them, without ever learning how to defend themselves. Frat/sororities here are little like at other schools, in that they have many members in hard science majors. The parties by and large get old quick. But, whatever, there are plenty of people who enjoy getting drunk with sweaty masses of Brahs and mediocre at best women, largely from whatever school around here. And the rest of the students are very nerdy. So, if you're into playing lots of video games/Dungeons and dragons/starcraft/growing a neckbeard, then this is the place for you. The largest student body participation event of the year is a bunch of dungeons and dragons geeks playing together on weekend nights, take from that what you will.
About the teachers, some don't seem to care about each student, and a lot are involved with research, to the point of putting you second. But some are very nice, and will help you with what you need. Office hours and extra help are almost always available, you just have to go. The IQP and MQP are what make this place unique, and you will either enjoy them greatly, but again, no slacking off.
Speaking of slacking off, don't mess around. If you don't put that hammer down early freshman year, and you play video games/mess around all day, you're gonna disappear faster than Jimmy Hoffa. And PLEASE, before you come here, temper your videogame/facebook/internet use habits. We don't need anymore antisocial shutins or cynical jerks. Some positives though. Most teachers here are great at their jobs, and quite a few will make class at least somewhat entertaining. WPI Extracurriculars are great, but it feels like we don't get a lot of people,since there are so many shutins. There are a lot of different cultures here, even if we have far too many kids from Massachusetts and surrounding states. So, if you're seriously committed to a hard science/engineering major, and are ready for those things, and especially if you are geek/attention starved/a bro as it is, then this is a good choice for your college experience. even if you're a pretty well adjusted, normal person, you may like this place, too, as most people here are very approachable, even if they might be at least a little odd. So if this sounds fine to you, then go on ahead and fill out that application. Just don't forget your maturity, or calculator.
|Nov 16 2011|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| Students should take opportunities to get to know current and prospective students and should visit the campus before deciding to come so that they will know if it is right for them. Also, applicants need to be more independent when it comes to learning, socializing, and getting involved, instead of wanting everything to be done for them.That way, it's only their fault if they don't enjoy life here. |
|Nov 18 2002|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2004 |