June 28, 2013
Iolani is overrated. Their emphasis is on balanced education, meaning the students are expected to perform sufficiently well in all subject matters, instead of accelerating in field of one's strength. When I was a student there, I suffered from their unnecessarily strict requirements with english, foreign language, and history. For me, english was already my second language, and forcing me to learn another was a total nonsense. On the other hand, their Physics and Math classes were a joke. My mediocre grades from uninteresting fields and superior grades from science offset to an average GPA. I ended up at an okay college due to the GPA, but was saved by the freedom to pursue only what mattered (engineering). After two years, I had straight A's, transferred to an Ivy League, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and now I am a grad student at another, better Ivy League. Iolani did not help me at all, but rather was a drag to my academic career. The english literatures, second language, history, and many other classes proved unrelated to my future work, and the math and physics were too shallow for my major. It was my own potential and motivation that got me to where I am today.
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