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Old 02-26-2004, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
Sad day

Just when I thought my week couldn't get any worse, I found out the second I walked in the door from practice, that one of the honors engineering students I knew who was absolutely brilliant hung himself two floors below me last night in a private study room, and was found hanging this morning by the janitor.

He seemed to be a happy kid, and was always acting like a goofball, making others laugh. I guess it just goes to show the kind of stress and pressure that a person is under when you're in these kind of academic institutions.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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wow...there could also be more that you aren't aware of.
family pressure? who knows...
yes, really sad.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
If that were indeed the case, we had no idea. His class ranking was very high, and his close friends and roomates had no idea that he had any severe personal problems. He will be sadly missed by all. I guess its always the person you least expect.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hang in there - you still have a couple of months left in your semester. You and your dorm mates will have to lean on and support each other to pull through finals.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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IMO, high class ranking is not always easily achieved, and that's not to mention the pressure to keep it once you get it. One of my roommates and his poor social skills as well as his occasional bursts of hectic frustration when studying is not going as he would please is a great example of this. Honors student, 3.9x GPA. Studies almost literally 24/7

Very sad. Hang in there.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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A friend from high school jumped out of a 13th story window at MIT her senior year. Couldn't handle the pressure....

Sorry to hear about your friend
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Hang in there - you still have a couple of months left in your semester. You and your dorm mates will have to lean on and support each other to pull through finals.
Ugh, the worst part is that we are on the quarters system, i.e, there are 3 quarters in a typical school year, which means we have 9-12 finals per year, and 18-24 midterms a year (we have two midterms), plus the regular exams and quizzes. This system makes for a VERY fast pace, and makes things extremely hectic. We're about 2 weeks from our 2nd set of finals, and we don't get out until mid June. Its one of those things you really have to experience to understand just how rough it is. He was only about 3 weeks from spring break, too

BTW, thanks for your support everyone. Its going to take some time to get over what happened, especially since it will now be in the back of our minds every time we walk into our dorms.
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Old 02-26-2004, 01:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear this. Suicide is never a fun subject, especially when it's someone you know. Several years ago a friend that I knew from HS hung himself, he was very bright, funny, fun to hang around. It's a shock and a loss. Just bond with your friends, and you'll all help each other through it.
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Old 02-26-2004, 02:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
I'm really sorry to hear about this. Being an engineering student myself, I'm very familiar with some of the incredible pressures placed on students with such an ingredibly rigorous schedule. My first year in the program, one of the highest achieving junior students jumped off a bridge, and while I wasn't close with the girl, it was a very sad thing. Be sure to get support from everyone, I'm sure you can hang in there. Good luck, mate.
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Old 02-26-2004, 02:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
I'm so sorry this happened. I can't even imagine what you feel like right now but my prayers are with you and his friends/family.
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Old 02-26-2004, 03:27 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 02-26-2004, 04:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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wow. this is very sad.

it's a shame he couldn't have talked to someone or taken a break from the pressure. or who knows, it may not have been the studies at all... whatever it was, he obviously couldn't handle it alone any longer.

take care of yourself & your buddies in the dorm.
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Old 02-26-2004, 04:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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thats horrible.
its simply amazing how little we really know about each other. and how little we share with others, emotionally.
hope you and your colleagues pull together and do the best that you all can do in the circumstances.
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Old 02-26-2004, 07:58 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Man that is tough sorry to hear about it. Don't hesitate to go get some professional help, it's hard to think about going to see a counselor and even harder to actually do it (Been there done that) but you wnoder after you talked with them why you did do it sooner. As a counselor I know. Vent, talk, don't keep it in.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:35 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'm sorry to hear that. That is one of my worse fears. I hope I never have to see anyone doing that or that has done it.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:45 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Why is it ALWAYS the person that you least suspect? I dunno how someone who has that many internal struggles can hide it that well without letting anyone know a thing?
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Old 02-27-2004, 12:26 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Very sad indeed.... I know how terrible it is as an engineering student because I am one.

My condolances.
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Old 02-29-2004, 03:10 PM   #20 (permalink)
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thats really too bad.. especially when he was a good kid and had a sense of humor.. had something to live for. i dont ever understand why anyone would do something like that.
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Old 03-01-2004, 11:16 AM   #21 (permalink)
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My coldolences. That is truly sad news and my heart goes out to their family as well as you, warwagon.

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