The Word

March 13, 2014 — Leave a comment

Being a proud member of Wentworth President’s Host Society for a few years has given me a unique opportunity to work with Wentworth alumni and hear their success stories. Surprisingly, many of these stories begin with one word: co-op. Many Wentworth alumni who mention Wentworth’s cooperative education program speak about how it not only amplified the knowledge gained in the classroom but how it shaped their life, how it was the single most important experience during their years at Wentworth, and how the opportunity to gain working experience and skills while staying in school is, by itself, invaluable. I am no longer surprised by this, I couldn’t agree more.

Co-op is exciting, thanks to all the hard work done by the Career Services Office. With their help the toughest and often most frustrating part of the experience – searching for co-op – is tremendously motivating. Endless resume edits, meetings with co-op advisers, and the Mock Interview Days get you prepared for Wentworth’s Career Fair. You search, apply, go to interviews: rinse and repeat… But then – BAM! – you’re given a job offer. The moment when you finally find your first co-op employer and land a job is one of the most energizing and fulfilling experiences!

Now that I’ve completed both the required and optional co-op semesters I can rightfully say that Wentworth’s co-op program (one of the largest co-op programs in New England that annually exposes over 1400 students to the real world problems in the real world work environments all around the globe) is a great experience that I’ve been part of. If you’re looking to become an industry professional by the time you earn your degree and are willing to become a part of this tradition, then you’ve come to the right place. And remember, while a head full knowledge is valuable, the skill and experience to apply that knowledge to solving real world problems makes you a very valuable asset.

The Professors

March 1, 2014 — 2 Comments

One of the wonderful things that I’ve discovered about American colleges and Wentworth in particular is its professors. The openness and willingness of Wentworth faculty to help their students understand a topic and discuss the topic in more detail have been bolstering my academic curiosity ever since I stepped into my first class. And here’s where it gets really awesome: most of the faculty members at Wentworth have spent 10+ years prior to their teaching careers working in the industry.

The thing is, when courses are taught by professors devoted to academia it’s great, but when the same courses are taught by seasoned industry professionals using a “hands-on” approach to education, it is truly a blast! Honestly, I’ve been enjoying the very process of learning for the past two and a half years that I’ve been enrolled here. You really get to understand and appreciate this rather unique aspect of Wentworth once you’ve gone on your first co-op semester.

Mark my words, you’ll enjoy your classes!

The Idea

February 20, 2014 — 3 Comments

The idea of spending a summer working and traveling the United States was as spontaneous as it was thrilling. We took finals a month earlier than scheduled at the university we had been attending, packed our few bags, and prepared for an extraordinary experience to begin. A couple of weeks later, with Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” blasting through our headphones we landed at La Guardia in New York City. We had arrived to the States - all the way from across the globe, with little to no English, a very tiny amount of money, and the entire summer to spend in America.

“Are you crazy?” my friend asked me when I announced that I wanted to try transferring to an American college. We were living in a neighborhood of Boston and it was our fourth month in the U.S. “The Fall semester starts in a few weeks, we need to be back at our university soon!” Well…

I first learned about Wentworth from a friend of mine who was amazed by what Wentworth had to offer. So, I looked it up. A relatively inexpensive, small, private engineering school… all students are outfitted with a laptop, all new students are automatically considered for Merit Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.. Impressive! Where do I sign up?

Fast forward eight months and I was accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology. Oh that moment when you open up your decision letter from the Wentworth Admissions Office and read the opening “Dear Vadim, Congratulations!” … Priceless! I grew up with a dream of one day visiting the U.S. but never in a million years would I have dreamed to study here, let alone attending a respected private engineering school in the heart Boston!