I graduated from Jonesboro High School, just down the street from Lovejoy High, I did just fine at Tech. I left Clay Co. right around when all the accreditation was being taken away.I hope TC makes it back to GT. I really do, but I don't expect it. I don't blame his home town school system either, even if it is in disarray. You can get a good education in pretty much any system. You just need to want it and work for it from the get go. Obviously he didn't do that. My prayer is that he will learn from his current situation and dedicate himself academically, like he never has before, in order to reach his God given potential, whatever that may be. If it brings him back to GT I will be very proud of him.
As far as TECH is concerned, I am glad that it was tough for me. Being an ME major and a varsity athlete was not easy, but it helped build character. My only gripe has nothing to do with courses available or the challenging nature of the fields of study, but rather the attitudes of some of the professors. They could have cared less that I was going to be gone from class for a week playing ball. In fact, I would say some of them went out of their way to make it extra difficult for jocks who were missing classes. The make up tests were always worse than the ones the rest of the class took in my absence. I can remember seething after looking at my classmate's test and then looking at mine after we got them back. What can you do? This was a long time ago and there weren't that many jocks in the ME program so most of the profs probably just viewed me as a nuisance. Maybe things have changed since I was there. Other than that, I would say TECH was a blast. We worked hard and played hard too. There were some pretty wild parties in my day. I am talking crazy wild. So I don't buy the dead campus vibe some people are throwing out there.