Sriram Iyer


Herndon, Virginia
Mechanical Engineering

Best advice for an incoming student: 
Don’t get stuck in The Waiting Place. For those not familiar with The Waiting Place, it is a metaphorical place from Dr. Seuss’ 1990 bestseller Oh, the Places You’ll Go: “The Waiting Place… / … for people just waiting / Waiting for a train to go / or a bus to come, or a plane to go / or the mail to come, or the rain to go / or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow / or the waiting around for a Yes or No / or waiting for their hair to grow. / Everyone is just waiting.” At times during my first year, I found myself idly waiting for my circumstances to change. I waited for new friends to enter my life. I waited for classes to get easier. I waited to lose weight (no pun intended). Georgia Tech doesn’t need to be your waiting place - it can be whatever you want it to be. It can lead you to recognize strengths you never knew you had, discover a fulfilling career path, or introduce you to a group of friends that makes you realize why life is worth living. So, go to that PLUS session if you need help. Apply to be a FASET Leader if you want to change the lens through which first year students see Tech. Go to the Career Fair, even when others say that nothing will come of it. Everything is an experience to be lived and learned from. TL, DR: CARPE DIEM

Why should you come to Wreck Camp?: 
You should come to Wreck Camp because it is an experience that will change your entire college experience and help you find your place of belonging at Georgia Tech. I came to Georgia Tech from Virginia and knew very few others here. Had I not gotten involved on campus and tried to put myself outside my comfort zone, I might not have the community of friends and love for Georgia Tech that I do today. Coming to college is a daunting experience, but Wreck Camp is an organization shows you that everyone is just as excited and nervous about college as you are, and gives you the opportunity to dispel those fears quickly. It is an opportunity to build a strong community of friends and mentors quickly and will help you make connections that will last through college and beyond.