The following is North alumnus Spencer Hua’s response to our questions about his college decision process, the student life and culture at Georgia Tech, and more.

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Hua graduated from North in 2019. He is a part of Georgia Tech’s class of 2023.

I chose Georgia Tech because it made financial sense, but also because I loved the campus! When the weather’s nice, Tech Green and its hammocks are a great place to relax. There are also many resources on campus, like multiple “makerspaces” to make whatever you want. Being close to Midtown Atlanta is a plus too, as you’re right next to a lot of restaurants and cultural icons. 

I’m doing great! I definitely had to ramp up my work ethic, but with some planning, college courses haven’t been that difficult. Choosing Georgia Tech was a great decision⁠—there have been some ups and downs, but overall I’ve found a great group of people that I’ve gone through hell and back with.

I don’t get homesick often. Life gets pretty busy in college, so you tend to follow your daily schedule of classes, clubs, and dinner, which doesn’t leave too much time for thinking about home. However, I do miss going out with friends to Five Guys or Dunkin during lunch, and realizing that Royster was going to give us a “stern talking to” if we were late for our 4th block class.

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The Georgia Tech computer science “Threads” curriculum is a huge boon for anyone looking to go into computer science, as choosing the specialties that you want to delve into at GT allows for you to specialize in topics that you’re interested in, not just a generic CS curriculum designed to fit everybody. 

The hardest part of Tech is probably the coursework. Yes, college coursework is harder than high school, but you get more time to do your assignments, so it balances out. The difficulty lies in convincing yourself to sit down and write that essay because it’s due in three days rather than going over to a friend’s place to hang out for the night, and developing the self-discipline to keep the course load manageable.

The culture here is amazing! There’s a sense of “we’re all in this together.” While there are “tryhards” and insanely smart people at every college, I haven’t felt a sense of competitiveness or hostility yet from anyone.

If you decide to come to Tech, please reach out to me on Facebook messenger! I can try to answer any lingering questions you might have. 🙂

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