Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - January/February 2011 - (Page 42)

students review The Students Review series is intended to aid prospective college students in their search by offering insiders’ views of selected colleges and universities, as expressed by current undergraduates or recent graduates who have high academic ability. Note that the number of reviewers is small. Consider their personal perspectives as only one factor as you gather information and impressions from many sources. Our reviewers include 25 students who major(ed) in: aeronautical engineering (2), applied mathematics (1), architecture (1), chemical engineering (3), civil engineering (2), computer engineering (2), computer science (3), electrical engineering (3), geophysical sciences (1), industrial engineering (7), mathematics (2), mechanical engineering (2), physics (1), and systems engineering (2). (The number of majors exceeds 25 because several reviewers had double majors.) Reviewers’ comments appear within quotation marks. georgia tech education Program in which students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of full-time work. all the co-ops i know really enjoy the program. it’s a bit odd, going to school only every other semester; but it’s nice to get a break from studying, and the experience certainly makes students more prepared for the real world.” „„ “grading is tough. You will quickly lose that 4.0 at tech. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. You leave each class knowing that you earned the grade you received. despite the fact that courses are graded on a curve, students are very willing to help one another.” social life Reviewers praised Tech’s friendly, active campus life. „„ “there are almost 200 clubs and organizations, with everything from water skiing to improv comedy to service organizations to academic honor societies. intramurals are big and bring the campus together. Watching sports is another popular activity, since the tech football and basketball teams are usually pretty competitive.” „„ people are extremely friendly. “the sometimes it takes me an hour to walk home from class because of the number of people i stop to talk with. the student body is small compared to those of many other universities, which adds to the friendly ‘small-town’ feel. the campus itself has a welcoming, suburban feel; there are so many trees that it doesn’t even look like you’re in the city.” „„ freshmen live together in one area “all of campus, which promotes a sense of community from day one. a program called the freshman experience helps students transition into college life by providing a host of educational, cultural, and social events. my group went skydiving, rafting, caving, and wall climbing. all freshmen must also take an adjustment to College course, which teaches time management quality of Academic instruction for undergraduates Georgia Tech offers majors in engineering, math, science, business, and architecture. Reviewers praised the quality of Georgia Tech’s education, especially the way course work is related to the “real world.” They also noted that Tech does not have grade inflation. „„ “outstanding academics are the norm at georgia tech. the professors are top-notch. most are world-class researchers in their areas of expertise, and they often relate their own findings to the material we are covering in class. they also bring in people from industry to explain how what we are learning in school applies to their work.” „„ strong core curriculum is focused “the on helping students build problem-solving skills. Class size can be large (200+) for the lecture sections of core courses during the first two years, but is very small (often less than 10) for upper-level courses. the core classes can be rather impersonal, but the impersonality is offset by the fact that all large classes have small recitation sections taught by graduate students. help is also readily available and fairly easy to track down. in the freshman dorms, for example, there are tutors in the study lounge every night from 6 p.m. to midnight for students who need help in any of their classes.” „„ “faculty are highly intelligent and know their material backwards and forwards. they are conscientious, willing to help students, and usually great to work with and for. the curriculum is comprehensive and prepares graduates well for the working world. the classes are based on realistic requirements of the workplace and provoke the work ethic and creativity required to succeed. the curriculum builds on itself, assuring that students have the prerequisite knowledge for advanced courses. Upperlevel courses are all taught by professors, which is a fantastic opportunity for the dedicated student and one not matched by many institutions.” „„ “tech offers a five-year Cooperative 42 imagine Jan/feb 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - January/February 2011

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - January/february 2011
Big Picture
In My Own Words
Becoming Environmentally Eloquent
Bacteria vs. Polystyrene: Getting the Toxins Out
Feat of Clay
What Lies Beneath
Clean & Green?
Ocean Embrace
Selected Opportunities & Resources
Making the Most of Public School
Word Wise
One Step Ahead
Exploring Career Options
Off the Shelf
Planning Ahead for College
Students Review
Creative Minds Imagine
Mark Your Calendar
Knossos Games

Imagine Magazine - Johns Hopkins - January/February 2011