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Date: Apr 19 2004
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I graduated from Georgia Tech in 1995 with a degree in International Affairs after trying engineering and doing a co-op job for a few years. After graduating, I took a few computer classes at Tech and ended up in consulting. Before going on, I should tell you that I knew Georgia Tech was not the right school for me but because I was good at science, I was in-state, GT was cheap, I was Asian, and it was in Atlanta, I ended up going there. This was probably the biggest mistake of my life. Seriously! If you are an "engineer type", you want to do that for the rest of you life, you don't want an education but training, and you can manage a social life outside of campus, this is the school for you. Otherwise, don't go to GT esp. if you want to explore all kinds of careers. There is a reason it is called the 'North Ave. Trade School.' There is no way this is a true college or university. That being said, if you survive the first two years, the last two (or 3 or 4 years) generally get much better because GT has to weed out the excess in-state students during the first two years. I think the negative aspects are covered in the other posts (and they are all true!!!) so I will say a few positive things. If you want to live in the South, GT is the best engineering school and it has a esp. good reputation in Atlanta. Students at GT, esp. out-of-state and international students, are very smart so you will be challenged in technical classes. Finally, my computer classes at Tech were challenging enough that the work in the real world was comparatively easy. But my people skills needed developing on the job due to the excessive focus on all things technical at GT. In summary, for most people it is better going to a true university with an engineering college and then do a graduate degree at a place like GT. Not matter who you are, if you have a choice, think 2 or 3 three times before going to GT for an undergraduate education.
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