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I am enrolled in the School of Architecture at RPI, which is one of the lesser known majors at the university. The school has...
I am enrolled in the School of Architecture at RPI, which is one of the lesser known majors at the university. The school has been greatly known in the past and present for its influence in the field of research which is based on faculty - student cooperative efforts across many majors. The school is mostly known for its strong engineering fields (being that these majors take up the majority of the school's learning facilities) but more publically known for its strong research fields derived from these engineering majors.
High School is a place where it is easy for people to be set in their ways and stay that way. If I could go back and talk to myself as a high school senior, I would tell him to be open to more things and people than he would accept after graduation. There is so much that can be learned from people with different backgrounds and situations that are unexpected which you would never anticipate, and college is a place (especially as a freshman) when these kind of events take place almost every day. Looking back on my transitional phase from graduating high school to moving into a dorm with two strangers makes me think that if I just tried to be open to more people and things around campus, I may have been much better off in the end. I was able to get by on my knowledge and social skills throughout my first year at school, but I still had plenty of shyness leftover from my previous practice in high school of being weary of new people. This idea helped me gain a greater appreciation for the world around me through situations and people I know.
Even though RPI is mostly a technical school, there is great involvement across campus to influence students from different majors to take part in other classes and activities that they may not have originally expected to be a part in. This diversity academically helps cultural and social diveristy comes naturally throughout the school.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a distinguised institution that offers a world class education in various fields. Consequ...
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a distinguised institution that offers a world class education in various fields. Consequently, someone who is looking for a more party-filled, social life enhancing college experience should not attend this school. Likewise, a person who lacks the motivation, or simply does not want, to work harder than most other university students, should not attend this school.
Many people would give an arm and leg to be able to attend RPI given its prestige and superiority, not to mention its renown for being one of the best (and THE oldest) technological and research institutes in the country. The only catch is that studying there, contrary to many other colleges, is the furthest thing from a walk in the park. However, if one is disciplined, has developed a good work ethic, and most importantly, realizes (and appreciates) just how good of an education they are receiving, then they would surely thrive at this school.
First and foremost, I would tell myself that in order to get the most out of you college experience and education you MUST learn to handle all of your newly acquired freedom responsibly. Naturally, your first wish is to make new friends, go to parties, and explore the surrounding cities, while almost completely ignoring your academic obligations. But you've got to realize that, while it is a time to mature and even develop lasting relationships, your main priority is to receive the fullest college education you possibly can. If you havent already learned proper study habits and work ethic, now is the time to buckle down and do so; parties, friends, guys, they will all still be there after you finish college. So resist the urge to put off school work in lieu of pursuing a social life that could be a thousand times more enjoyable with a degree or two from a presitigious institution under your belt. And of course within all of this, dont forget who you are. Despite the widely varying, and horribly influential, habits of those around you, stay strong and remain tue to your established character and set of morals. Oh, and good luck!
If I could go back and talk to myself as a highschool senior, I would tell myself the importance of studying and asking for h...
If I could go back and talk to myself as a highschool senior, I would tell myself the importance of studying and asking for help. In high school I never needed to study, and by senior year I had almost stopped caring. I knew I could pass the test, so what was the point of studying? Once I got to college it took me a little bit to change this mentality and the first few tests I had were very hard. I had trouble sitting down and finding the drive I needed to do my homework. I just did not want to put forth effort because I had never had to in the past. If I had better study habbits as a student in high school, studying would not be such a challange when I got to college. Now that I have shaped up a bit, I study every day and get help when I need it. Even in highschool where I felt I knew my teachers better, I was afraid to ask for help. Nothing is more important than asking for help when you need it, your proffessors want you to do well; they will help if you ask.
The best thing about RPI is easily the enviornment. I love living at a place of higher learning where everyone is similar to myself. We all share the same goals of aquiring as much knowledge as we can in our short four year stay. I wish every student could have the oppertunity to be in a place where they love to learn with peers similar to them, who can help them and guide them on their way through college. Going to RPI is the best thing that has ever happened to me, I wouldn't change it for anything.
I brag about what I'm doing and what I'm learning. Even outside of the classroom I still do work. As an Electrical/Computer engineering student, most of my friends back home are "geeky". We love the lastest technological gadget and can't wait to buy it. Well at school I have the opertunity to sit in a lab with a circuit board and play with to make it do what I want, and even better yet, to understand everything that board is doing. That is what I brag to my friends about the most.
RPI is a campus where a lot is happening all the time, especially at night.
RPI is a campus where a lot is happening all the time, especially at night.
My classmates are all very bright from among the top students of their high school class.
In order to match compatible roommates, colleges ask students to fill out questionnaires about their individual study habits, sleep schedules, music preferences, and traits such as neatness. I answered that I like to study in my dorm with some music , go to bed a little late, and considered myself somewhat neat. Unfortunately, I ended up with two roommates who never study, never go to sleep until 4am, and leave so much clutter that it is impossible to walk across the room without stepping on something. One of them has a desktop computer that he leaves on constantly, a television, an Xbox system and a WII complete with a drum set that he keeps in front of my bed. (He is on the top bunk.) The other one sleeps all day instead of going to classes and rarely showers or changes his sheets. I will soon be applying for my dorm for next year. On the questionnaire I am going to answer that I need absolute quiet to study, I go to bed very early in the evening, and I have an obsessive-compulsive disorder for neatness and cleanliness.
Engineering and mathmatics
Engineering and mathmatics
I would love to visit myself as I was two years ago, when I was preparing to take the next step in my life. I would tell myself to befriend people different from what I was used to and to balance social life with academic life. When in high school, I was friends with students who shared my race and economic position. It was so easy to look past other people and their cultures and situations. When I got to college, the population was so diverse it would have been difficult not making friends who came from a completely different background than me. Adjusting would have gone so much smoother had I only opened my eyes earlier. Another mistake I made in high school was viewing my education as a way to get into college. I focused so much on my studies, clubs, and sport involvement that it was difficult to have any social life. Balancing learning and socializing was a skill I wish I had developed sooner. For college, I would encourage myself to still enjoy volunteering and other clubs, but keep in mind friends and a social life are an essential part of the college experience.
The campus is the perfect size and the classes are challenging and career-focused. Graduating RPI would mean a promising career most likely in an engineering field (as the school is widely tech and engineering based), a good thing especialy in today's job market.
When I discuss my school to my friends most of the bragging is done in name alone. RPI is well known across the nation as th...
When I discuss my school to my friends most of the bragging is done in name alone. RPI is well known across the nation as the oldest technological university in the United States; It also has one of the best division I hockey teams out there. However, when I wish to brag about my school I never discuss either. My first thought about my school is more of a personal one. Since I've been at RPI I have made an abundance of friends. This is all due to the good charactered students that RPI seems abundent in.
Well, I personally would kick myself in the butt and tell myself to get into good studying habits ahead of the game. See when I was in high school I developed a very poor studying habit; Somehow I had passed the years without even opening a text book for the purpose of studying, yet managed to become salutatorian of my class. However in college I found rather quickly this needed to change. Not only studying skills, I would've convinced myself to become more organized and "write things down" as my dad has always told me. This advice is what helped me pass this year, bringing all my grades up to just above the criteria, and due to this I need to try even harder the second semester to raise my rather low GPA. Other advice I would've given myself would be to apply to every scholarship available to me, because no matter how much you gain a little more never hurt. One more piece of advice I most definately would've given would be to prepare for a whole new life style and to trust me, it's going to be fun ride.
I believe the best thing about my school can be summed up in one word, opportunity. With every step I take at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute I find new paths, new doorways leading to limitless possibilities. There are many different fields of education which is only one subject that I want to mention. Although RPI is known for their great education the quality that I most admire is the boundless amount of groups and activities including anything from sports to racing, electronics and game development clubs, cooking classes and much more. Overall RPI is well diversed and a great college.
If I could go back in time and talk to myself my senior year I would tell me how important it is to make a budget. Also how i...
If I could go back in time and talk to myself my senior year I would tell me how important it is to make a budget. Also how important it is to sit down and study starting the first night of classes. Going to professor office hours isn't as scary as you think it is, so take advantage of it. The professors are very understanding and willing to help. Also, try eating a bit healthier; the cookies are really good, but so is the fruit. Don't forget to talk with your advisor. He is really helpful when it comes to planning for future classes. Try taking his advice now and going to hockey games and such with friends to let your brain breathe. Too much studying doesn't help. Try to have fun, too, it really will be better than high school.
I always brag about how everyone is so nice. The professors and other students make me feel so comfortable that I feel at home no matter where I am on campus. The first day in our eating hall people would sit down with complete strangers and made life long friends.
A person that does not like to work hard, that doesn't like to go above and beyond what's expected of you, and who doesn't like math. This is a tough school, but it is worth it. Also, someone that doesn't like receiving help or doesn't like asking questions shouldn't go here.
In my current situation I have graduated high school, but have not yet paid for college tuition. Although, I have taken the p...
In my current situation I have graduated high school, but have not yet paid for college tuition. Although, I have taken the proper testing, met with an advisor to go over an appropriate schedual, and am enrolled as a student my financial situation has kept me from entering school. If I could go back in time to tell myself anything in high school it would be to apply for scholarships and financial aid now! This is your future and nobody is going to make this path, but you. The people who you think will be there and help along will not and the ones that will only will to an extent, the ball is in your hands its up to you to score.
Dear Maureen, Congratulations: you are embarking on a new experience in your life. In light of this new chapter, remember to...
Dear Maureen, Congratulations: you are embarking on a new experience in your life. In light of this new chapter, remember to stay true to the values that got you through high school and into college. Embrace what sets you apart from peers; appreciate keeping your social life at school and devoting your time away from school to homework. Although it might bring you grief now, it has helped bring achievements and has nurtured your ?get-it-done? mindset. Now that you are entering a new environment, keep this focus on academics. Be social and get involved in activities, but remember that at the end of the day, in order to excel as you intend, you will have to attend to your studies. Your strong work ethic has always served you well ? keep it up! This will help you avoid stress and loss of sleep. However, if you do veer slightly off your path, do not beat yourself up; simply recognize your mistakes and be grateful you learned from them early in your college career. You have a bright future of success ahead of you ? you just need to stay true to the values that you hold dear. Sincerely, Maureen
I wish I had known that I would not be "the odd one out." My high school did not have APs, and I thought I would be behind everyone. It did not help when the head of admissions described the incoming class at "Accepted Student Day" -- I would be among students who had been published, hold patents, and won world championships. I felt intimidated. However, once I was on campus, I realized those students are the exception, and most of us are typical fresh-out-of-high-school students making our way through college. I was not behind; I excelled.
Some of the professors at RPI frustrate me. RPI hires brilliant, talented professors who are involved in and bring to the university ground-breaking research; however, some do not seem to have the correct techniques to teach students what they know. Some lecturers can be difficult to follow because they use overly-sophisticated vocabulary, or because they jump around in their thoughts. I believe this is due mostly to their not being accustomed to talking to people who do not yet have vast knowledge of the subject at hand.
COLLEGE LIFE GOES BY AS QUICKLY AS HIGH SCHOOL LIFE DID. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY MOMENT AND OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME INVOLVED - ...
COLLEGE LIFE GOES BY AS QUICKLY AS HIGH SCHOOL LIFE DID. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY MOMENT AND OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME INVOLVED - BOTH EDUCATIONALLY AND SOCIALLY. THE PEOPLE YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH ARE VALUABLE NOT ONLY FOR THEIR GIFTS OF FRIENDSHIP, BUT AS NETWORKING POSSIBLITIES TO FUTURE EMPLOYMENT. REMEMBER TO ASK QUESTIONS AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO YOUR PROFESSION. YOU ARE PAYING FOR YOUR EDUCATION BOTH MONITARILY AND IN OPPORTUNITY COST, SO NEVER BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS UNTIL YOU CLEARLY UNDERSTAND EVERY CONCEPT. THIS MOMENT IN YOUR EDUCATION IS A GIFT THAT YOU WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE IN THE SAME WAY AGAIN. ENJOY THIS TIME TO THE FULLEST EXTENT POSSIBLE. NEVER FORGET THAT LEARNING IS A LIFELONG PROCESS OF DISCOVERY. SHARE THE TALENTS AND KNOWLEDGE YOU ACQUIRE, FOR THE BEST WAY TO RETAIN WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED IS TO TEACH OR SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE ELSE. HARNESS FEAR AND SELF -DOUBT CREATING INSTEAD CONFIDENCE AND CONVICTION. LIFE IS AN EXPLORATION OF POSSIBILITIES AND EDUCATION IS THE TOOL NEEDED TO REACH YOUR GOALS. YOU CAN AND WILL SUCCEED IN WHATEVER YOU DESIRE TO EXPORE.
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