“Day and Night difference” co-ed

It made it more real.

I went straight from Rose-Hulman to Georgia Tech for my master’s degree... And Georgia Tech of course is co-ed. The percentage of women wasn’t particularly high, but I remember feeling in my very first class, sitting in the classroom, with women present, ‘This is weird.’ You’re completely unconscious of being desocialized.”

The way you interact is different. When there are ladies in the group, either a homework group or project group, even if they’re sitting in the same room, the interacting is completely different. You have to think more about what the consequence is of what you’re doing and what you say.

Students’ hygiene is generally a lot better now, too. I’m only have kidding about that.

1300 students when they went there.

It’s a little less mechanical, a little bit broader… there’s more of a blatant, and I don’t mean that in a bad way, but there’s a specific earmarking of technical communication, written, oral communication as a very important part of the curriculum.

When we were here, there was obviously a focus on excellence in teaching, and there is obviously a focus on personal attention to the students. We’re never going to rid of that. That’s part of our identity and that’s kind of the defining trait of our institution. But I think there’s a lot more innovation happening in terms of pedagogy and curricula themselves.

I think, from a student standpoints, you guys are more proactive now… the options for students are a lot more expanded.

Computation is on a different level. In the past, nobody carried a laptop around. Actually, I didn’t even have a PC in my own dorm. If you ever needed to do anything that’s computer intensive, you had to go down to IAIT. It used to be a computer center with those old terminals.

 I think we were probably more focused. I don’t mean that as, we were just naturally more focused… we had so few distractions. Pre-internet, there was little to do other than your homework…I joke about this, but it’s got a grain of truth in it. The Soviet Block fell when we were in school, and I was largely unaware of it… I didn’t have a TV in my room, I didn’t pay attention to the news very much, maybe on breaks I did. There just not many distractions. The world keeps on going, and you’re unaware because you’re doing homework all the time.

You get more exposed to what is going on outside and connected.

I don’t know whether it is true in general, I feel like we were more focused on getting one thing done compared with getting multiple things done at the same time. Give me a really big task, maybe a massive homework problem, and I’ll stay on it for a longer time before I seek help. I think right now, we tend to look at something for a couple minutes, (then say) “This is beyond me. I need to start looking for outside help.”

Technology helps part of that because it was more difficult to actually get access to our professors, and it wasn’t because they didn’t want to be accessible, it’s because the way you got to them was you visited their office. That was pretty much the only way… now you can email me anytime you want. And everybody does. So it’s easier to gain access to each other, which has in turn, there’s more interaction. You (Lui) and I might feel that’s become so easy, there’s interaction before there should be to make it more meaningful.

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