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The Georgia Institute of Technology

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Date: Apr 24 2005
Major: Computer Science (This Major's Salary over time)
I loved Georgia Tech.

It was hard, no doubt. It was highly competitive. But everything in life I've encountered since has been easy - including a graduate degree in Computer Science.

My only regret is not taking more liberal arts classes - I was so in tune with 'getting out' that I failed to see how great it really was until I left GT for the real world. Slow down, if you can afford it, take an extra semester or two - take some classes for fun!

In terms of preparedness, I had my choice of PhD programs - including MIT! (I actually ended up not pursuing a PhD, leaving it for a much more fun job. ) My first year classes in grad school I just coasted through due to the level of education I received at Georgia Tech.

My biggest complaint about my years there were the dorms (us first tenants of the apartment style dorms had to deal with a lot of problems… things weren't FINISHED when we moved in!) and SAC. SAC has now been revamped, and the dorm life has stabilized. Parking was also a pain, but I think that's true of any campus.

To me, the best part about tech was the fact that we were all geeks. Granted I was a rather social geek, but you just instantly connected with people. It was bad to be a geek/smart in high school - but at tech, everyone was just like you. We relished our geekdom.

I miss Georgia Tech terribly. To me, socially, it was quite a party school - I drank a lot ;) Much of the social life does revolve around greek organizations, but not all. As you get older, people tend to clump into friend/party groups by their major.

I feel that most of the negative reviews (I haven't read them yet, but am about to…) come from those who struggled academically with the level of work required. I partied hard and studied hard - but I found a balance.

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