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| I learned to think logically and how to approach problems analytically at RPI. I did not really use much of the factual knowledge I acquired there. I learned mostly by studying text books, not from attending class. Most of the faculty were too involved in their research to be good teachers. There were some notable exceptions to this. The math faculty at that time did not do research, and, consequently, the best teachers were in the math department. In the physics department, Professors Harry Meiners and Walter Eppenstein were in charge of Physics I-IV and devoted their time to perfecting these courses. They both were excellent teachers. Tom Shannon was a graduate student in physics then and was also a very good physics instructor. At that time a young assistant professor in the chemistry department named Henry Hollinger was also an outstanding teacher. The social life for a quad squad nerd like me consisted of getting hammered at the Armory Bar on Friday and Saturday nights. I should have paid more attention to the surrounding city. Although decrepit, Troy has an interesting history. I am sorry I did not learn more about that at the time. In retrospect, I would not even apply for admission to RPI if I could go back in time, but in 1961 being accepted to such a college was important to me. |
|Nov 14 2013|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| RPI provides a great education and plenty of challenges to prepare you for the future. I turned down an Ivy League college to go to RPI because it offered plenty of one on one teaching as well as a great focus on science and engineering. No matter how smart you are there will be classmates you can learn from. Some of my good friends at RPI are leading scientists, engineers, physicians and businessmen who got their foundation for questioning how the world works at RPI. |
|Sep 12 2013|| 5th Year Male --
Class 1973 |
I've had a grea time here. I love learning, and I am learning a ton here. Every semester I can't wait to get started on my next classes. There are huge benefits from getting a degree here.
Like other people have said, the social life is what you make of it. DO NOT LISTEN TO PEOPLE SAYING THERE IS NO SOCIAL SCENE. These individuals clearly wanted it to be handed to them, and nothing at RPI is handed to you. There are parties every friday and saturday, and some week nights too if the weekend just isn't enough haha. If you don't come here because you are afriad you won't get to party, you are really mis-informed. This place is all about time management, work hard during the week and you can throw down on the weekends (usually).
Piece of Advice:
Guys, you have to get involved with Greek Life if you want a social life. Period. And while its great for parties, the real value is in the friendships you are going to make. Having 70+ guys who will have my back no matter what is one of the coolest things I've ever experienced. I was super opposed to going greek freshman year so I didn't join until sophomore year. HUGE MISTAKE. Do yourself a favor and go to rush events without any preconcieved notions about what fraternities are like. You will be suprised by most of them. Some houses may be like the garbage you see in the movies, but thats a small percentage.
I'm not saying you have to join one officially, but make some friends during rush so if nothing else you can at least get into parties and meet people. If you take this route, I'd bet you end up joining later on at some point anyways.
Girls, you don't really need to join a sorority for a great social life. The fact that you are a girl will give you access to most parties. Being in a sorority will give you more direct contact with fraternities through mixers and such, but those are so-so. In my opinion, sororities are a bit more social club-y, but being a dude I'm not all that experience with being in one.Come here with these things in mind and you'll have a good time.
|Aug 15 2013|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2015 |