Getting an engineering degree sucks even in the USA?

Yeah, I’ve also heard a lot of praise of the MIT and how their education is interesting and innovative and our IIT and NIT follow boring and primitive education. But, on wired, an engineering student from the USA blogged, about the Top 5 Reasons It Sucks to Be an Engineering Student:

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1. Every Assignment Feels the Same
Nearly every homework assignment and test question is a math problem. Only a few courses require creativity or offer hands on experience.

2. Other Disciplines Have Inflated Grades
Brilliant engineering students may earn surprisingly low grades while slackers in other departments score straight As for writing book reports and throwing together papers about their favorite zombie films.

Some professors view undergraduate education as a type of natural selection, but their analogy is flawed. Many of the brightest students may struggle while mediocre scholars can earn top scores because they have a larger group of supportive friends to or more time to dedicate to studying.

3. Dearth of Quality Counseling
College students may not have a sense for how to build their resume and they might be clueless about the variety of career opportunities that await them. Unfortunately, some academic advisers do little more than post fliers about internships and hand out a checklist of classes to take. They should make some projections about the future job market, learn about the interests of each young scholar, and offer them tailored advice for how to best prepare themselves.

4. Professors are Rarely Encouraging
During each class, a professor that would rather be tending to his research will walz up to a blackboard or ovehead projector and scribble out equations for an hour without uttering a single sentence to create some excitement.

5. Awful Textbooks
Thick, dry, black and white manuscripts are rarely a source of inspiration and sometimes can cause loads of confusion. Often, the text is poorly written and interrupted by lengthy equations with symbols that are different from those used by the professor during lectures.

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Author: Jas A.

I think my picture describes me the best, a 21 yr old loner. Computer is my life and I used to be very good in studies, I mean very good, but I've been declining since 9th grade and lost interest. I have one passion in life "Movies", but I can't pursue direction cuz its not stable, and I love money, so I've decided to become a software engineer. Well, that's me, what about you?

10 thoughts on “Getting an engineering degree sucks even in the USA?”

  1. i know, i was surprised to read it, i thought only we were sick of our education system, but i guess it’s universal, u know how they say that the grass always seems greener on the other side.

  2. True. As in they say in Hindi, door ke dhol suhaavne lagte hain. Lol, I wanted to use that somewhere..straight out of my 10th standard Hindi kitaab. đŸ˜›

  3. Live for 1 week in an IIT and then in MIT, then you’ll know the difference, MIT ain’t at the cutting edge it’s the bleeding edge.

    See every system has flaws but the IITs are overloaded and they aren’t worth it, in my opinion. They actually produce people with less than required skill, that’s why companies spend so much on training, and you don’t get that much funding for research.

  4. I think u r right anuj, but u get in iit, and u won’t get a placement of less than a couple of lakhs a month, thats what i see……….
    and i don’t think i get ur “bleeding edge” metaphor, could u explain it a bit?

  5. sure, engineers know their stuff. Ok that is obvious and companies are willing to pay a premium for top students. But did the colleges “teach” those students, or did they merely certify and weed out the best students? I graduate from a premium Mechanical Engineering college in one week. Yet I learned the most by far by myself with a textbook in the library. At best a professor tells you what your responsible to know and what to memorize for the exam. Engineering college is a disappointment at best, but your hard work is a great result, a high paying fun job and you will know your stuff not because a school is more “prestigious”, but because you studied harder

  6. I agree with the article that engineering in the USA sucks. Im at one of the top 5 engineering colleges, top 5 in almost every field of engineering as well as overall according to US News report. Lot of our professors are also ex MIT professors or x-MIT students.
    Im from india, but I left after 12th, so I never went to an indian college but most of my friends did, plus I have a good knowledge of how everything in india works since I did all my schooling there. I have to say that the US system is just as pathetic as the indian one. There is only one thing they are doing a little better. In india you have board exams so everyone parties 3 months and crams 1 month. So most indian engineers learn nothing. In the US on the other hand you constantly have homeworks projects and assignments every single week. There is never a time you are not studying or working on some assignment. So the difference is you end up studying a lot and learning a lot. Once again let me clarify that it is not the professor who teaches, mostly it is all self taught, just like in the indian system, its just the system is designed in such a way that you have to study otherwise you wont do well whereas in india you can spend most of the year partying.
    Otherwise the quality of professors and their enthusiasm is just as dismal as india. In fact in top US colleges they hire professors based on how well known they are thanks to their research, and also how mcuh their research will benefit the college. It does not matter if the man can teach or not. So the professors themselves always know a lot, but the students learn very little from them because they cannot pass on their knowledge. And the rankings also only consider the qualification of the professor, not his teaching ability. Sad state of affairs…

  7. The exact same thing happens in Mexico, I thought US Universities where far more difficult, now I understand it’s pretty much the same as here, it depends 100% of oneself , if you really like engineering, you’ll study a lot by yourself and you will be good in any part of the world, it doesn’t matter in which university you study.

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