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Old 11-21-2010, 11:13 PM
Location: Blacksburg, Va
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I've been at Virginia Tech for 4 years switching from general studies to computer engineering then to computer science last year. While VT has a great reputation as an engineering program, I've found it difficult to complete courses there. I know it would seem insane to switch from a reputable program to one unheard of at CNU especially since I only have 40 credits left but it's whatever gets me the degree in the end. My explanation is at the bottom.

Anyway I was wondering about CNU because my parents moved to Williamsburg last year and I could live at home and save money if I transferred to CNU.

background story:

This past year I've done better in CS than I have in computer engineering but this semester, I had terrible professors and found it impossible to do the projects for those classes. TA's were bad this semester and just couldn't explain stuff to me when I went for help. They have no tutoring anywhere since I asked the department for tutoring info and they said sorry and I'd have to advertise on my own (don't have time for that). Also even though I only have 35ish credits left, the pre-req courses which have been difficult won't allow me to graduate until 2012.

I also have ADD which impacts my learning and I've always learned best by tutoring (if I need it) and hands on type practice like labs and such. But the courses I took since I've been there were very (sink or swim) type and had none of that. 3/4 professors I had were very uncaring (research focused with big egos) and seemed to have pleasure out of failing students and making projects/exams impossible to do and would curve the class most of the time. I like to be challenged but if I can't learn from them and have to teach myself all the time to do the challenging work I find it hard to be successful in the courses. I guess its like that at a lot of large research schools. I'll have to repeat 1 or 2 courses yet again this Spring after a year of not having to repeat a course.

However sometimes I will get a great class and a good professor which is why I'm so split on switching especially this late in my degree. I'll probably suck it up and stay and finish but if I have to repeat courses again I may have no choice but to switch to CNU or some other school.

Anyone know what universities in Virginia have good Technology/Computer programs other than VT?

Right now my other choices would be Christopher Newport or George Mason, possibly VCU.

Last edited by chaz0426; 11-21-2010 at 11:24 PM..
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