many years removed from my days at RPI, I look
back on them with mixed fealings, mainly fond.
described floundering through the tough academics and the lacking social
scene. I cannot disagree for I did that myself
until I realized that you can't fault Rensselaer. Rensselaer
teaches you to control your destiny. Social life isn't
handed to you—you create it. There are plenty of
small parties with friends, and then there's always the weekly
frat parties flowing with free beer. With the Adirondacks
just north and plenty of neighboring colleges in the area,
there actually is plenty to do if you have imagination
and an engaging personality.
In regards to the education, there
is no question I got a top-notch education. Classes
are very challenging.
Although I may have had more fun
at another institution, I attribute my growth as a person
and calm/confident personality in meeting each and every days problems
to this very challenging school.
As for post-graduate success, the
door is wide open to move on to great jobs
or graduate positions. Most of my friends have left
there engineering degrees and moved into medicine or self-employment and
are doing quite well.
When asked if I would go
there again, I think a better question is whether I
would send my kid there! If I wanted to
instill confidence and thought s/he could make it, hell yes! This is not a place for coasting.