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Date: Nov 10 2004
Major: Computer Engineering (This Major's Salary over time)
Overall, a positive experience. During my first year, I spent many nights in the dorms contemplating whether I had made the right choice in going to Kettering/GMI. I came from a highschool that prepared me at an extremely high level, and transferred in a few APs, as well as tested out of a course. I handily managed the academic portion of Kettering, however the social aspect left a lot to be desired early on.

In short, if I had not joined a fraternity on campus, I would have transferred out of Kettering in a heartbeat. You can only spend so many hours cooped up in your dorm room playing video games. It was just plain depressing. I tell people that living in Flint was a challenge for you to create your own opportunities to have fun. You had to work at it, because opportunities to enjoy life are never handed to you in a place like Flint.

The co-op experience was great, my first employer offered a wonderful Mechanical Engineering position dealing in high-volume sterilized manufacturing of medical appliances. Almost immediately I was involved in a large-scale project bringing in brand new plastic extrusion equipment with close-loop laser measurement control, supervisory control, data acquisition, Six Sigma quality standards, etc. I was in the thick of it all doing RELEVANT work literally days after I graduated from highschool.

I switched majors my second year, and the co-op department helped me find another placement through their job fairs. At the fair, I met face to face with about a dozen companies, and a couple days later, I had offers on the tabl. A lot of controversy surrounds the co-op department, since their responsibilities are often not clearly defined. Is the co-op department SUPPOSED to hand you a job on a silver platter, while you sit on your ass doing nothing? Probably not. Does it happen? Once in a while. Do you need to send out your resume to a couple companies and apply for jobs? It wouldn't hurt! Do you need to go to every job fair within a reasonable distance? Absolutely…

Overall, good school. I would go there again, but not without the scholarships I was awarded. Hands down, the school IS TOO EXPENSIVE to pay full price for yourself! Your experience during school will largely depend on the quality of your co-op job, and your willingness/ability to CREATE a good social atmosphere around you. The Greek system provides an excellent opportunity to fill that gap, and it is unlike only other Greek system at any school! You must experience it first hand to understand. It is a shame that the administration doesn't seem to realize or appreciate the service the Greeks provide.

How to get in:

Don't fail highschool. Entrance itself is a no-brainer for anyone at or near the top of his/her graduating class. Write your ACTs and/or SATs and do well. Scholarships largely depend on established engineering interests and achievements, including extra-curricular activities, clubs, hobbies, etc.

I received a scholarship for being heavily involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition while in highschool.

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