It is hard to believe that 6 years have already passed since I graduated. It is even worse to think that I have been working in the computer field for 8 years now. In a couple of years I would have 10 years of experience working with personal “confusers”. Thinking back to DeVry is difficult at times, even looking at our graduation picture is difficult. I miss a lot of the people that I went to school with, and the still carefree life that I lived while attending college. I am only in contact with 3 people that are in that picture. However, I do have constant contact with more friends that started DeVry but did not graduate and went on to have very successful careers in the computer field. One of my friends did not even finish the first year, but ended up working for excellent companies and now has a very impressive resume along with being involved with creating technology that you might use and don’t even know… but this is not a lets brag about who I know.
DeVry started with a large group of students the first semester. We were divided into 2 sections because there were a lot of people. I think that we started with around 120 people give or take a few. What you see in the picture is a combination of about 2 graduating classes. Some of them graduating a bit early and some from the class that was supposed to graduate before us, they just combined everyone for the picture. From the group that I started with I can only count about 25 people. DeVry has a huge drop out rate. It is not only expensive, but after a while if you don’t care about your education, they don’t either. Don’t get me wrong it is an excellent school, but in a way it is still a business. They are serious about their job placement rate, and if they feel that you are not going to get a job, they will make it hard for you to graduate.
I have a lot of good memories of the time I spent in college. DeVry is not a party school, even though it is now a University, to me it will always be a technical institute. Sure I have a bachelor’s degree from there, but there is no huge campus or real fraternities and other activities that universities have. It helped staying a little more focused, not to mention that you went to school year around with only 2 weeks break between “semesters.” It does pay off when you graduate about a year earlier with a 4-year degree.
I would really like to go back to school and get a masters, I love going to school, but it will require a huge commitment and still paying for student loans does not make me feel warm and fuzzy about the money it will cost. I am sure you will play ‘Where is Waldo’ with the picture and figure out where I am!