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Date: Dec 17 2007
Major: Chemical Engineering (This Major's Salary over time)
Georgia Tech is a fantastic place to be an engineer, scientist, or architect. Don't go if you are looking for a place to coast, or if you are not a logical, analytical thinker. GT had not discovered grade inflation in 1999, so be prepared to get a B or C if you did not in high school. Maintain at least a 3.2 GPA get a good job, lower is ok if you want to be in technical sales.

Make an effort to learn to be an effective business writer. GT generally does not do an effective job of teaching writing. Many of your peers will have poor communications skills and a little polish will make a difference in interviewing and your grades.

GT is excellent at turning out self-reliant and practical people. Focus on the end game - your career. GT is not a place to "find" yourself.

Get involved in extra-cirriculars. Focus on one or two organizations and be a leader. It will help you build a group of friends and demonstrate the skills recruiters are seeking. Don't be a mile wide and an inch deep. Greek life is vibrant - find a place that fits you!

Look for a girlfriend as soon as you hit campus. All the hot ones have boyfriends within the first three weeks. The ratio was about 3:1 when I was there. However, one of the three guys spends his social life just playing video games, so the effective ratio is more like 2:1.

Nuture a network of friends both in your major and a broader group across campus (via extra-cirrcular activities). Maintain contact with them - it will help you immensely later in life.

You can "coast" through Tech, provided you are smart and an effective crammer. I "worked" for about 20% of my time at Tech, the two weeks proceeding - midterms and exams. However, you will miss much of the educational value. Treat school like a job and study a bit every day. Those folks have the best recall and are more effective in the workforce.

GT is a great value - spend your money on your terminal degree. I love the institution and would choose GT again.

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