Your time at RPI is limited. The quality of your experience at RPI is only limited by your willingness to put yourself out there. Opportunities for unique experiences and personal growth are everywhere at RPI. It’s more of a decision of how to spend your time. Be proactive about what goes on around campus. Seek those opportunities that will create memories for you to cherish even after you graduate. They will help build yourself and form valuable life experiences for outside the RPI bubble.
There are many events that are true RPI experiences. Ever cheered for RPI at any sports games? RPI packs the Houston Field House for Big Red Freakout! in a sea of cherry red. Have you voted and received your mug for GM Week or prizes for Winter Carnival? GM Week and the Winter Carnival attract students and faculty alike to games, food, and music. Downtown Troy has many unique boutiques, eateries, and restaurants. Flying Chicken, LoPorto’s Risortante, and Psychedelicatessen are only a few examples. Ever tasted local produce from the farmer’s market? The chocolate milk from Battenkill Creamery, who is a vendor at the farmer’s market, is out of this world. Ever seen a show at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center? Like the chocolate milk, it’s a unique experience and also out of this world, in a different way. Have you done research? As a research institution, many opportunities are here at RPI, whether through the Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software or a lab in Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Research will give you experience that you can showcase on your résumé.
At graduation, when pondering the past four short years of college, it may be easy to see which lost opportunities are most missed in hindsight. The time around graduation should be filled with pride in accomplishment, excitement for the future, and reminiscence of great memories shared with great friends. Try imagining yourself at graduation, listening to the names of your classmates, and see what you think about. What experiences do you remember most or any memories you have? Is there anything that you regret? Now adjust your life accordingly, and have the best experience for you at RPI.