More Engineering, Less Academics
Do you want more time to do the things that recruiters want to see? Me too. Let's be real, Mines is behind the times and focuses way too much on academics and busy work. Let's get together and demand as a student body that we be treated like adults and get more hands-on work and support for personal projects. I'm talking scrapping field session and requiring internships to graduate, more building for classes instead of calculating, freeing up electives for concentrations, access to the equipment and tools that we need, and emphasizing to students that having a portfolio of personal projects is way more important to a recruiter than a good GPA. I am tired of being bogged down in busy work instead of building the technology that I came here for, and you should be too. This school is a bubble, and every other tech school giant is light years ahead of us, University of Waterloo is a case in point. No education will perfectly prepare us for the real world, but right now at CSM there is certainly room for improvement.
Currently Mines, as you say, offers a lot of busywork and academics, which is necessary for ALL engineers to graduate. However, it also offers opportunities through clubs and organizations to do the type of engineering hands on projects you are speaking of. As a student you have to go find these opportunities. ORGsync is a great resource!
If you want the curriculum to change: talk to teachers. If you want more opportunities: join clubs and make them bigger. If you want to change the whole school direction: talk to the president over pizza.
I respect where this idea is coming from. As a engineering geologist student, the field session for our major is nothing but six weeks of hands on learning that is crucial to our advancement in understanding of our field of study. Mapping for six weeks is a realistic application of what many of us may end up doing for a job. Maybe other field sessions could be modeled to embrace our practicality. But, our field session should not be scraped.