I’ve been a student at VT since fall 2008. Since then, I’ve completed my undergraduate and masters, and now I’m working toward a Ph.D. Although the blog prompt asks for “one” change, I’ve have a list of things I’d like to see change for future students. However, I’ll focus on one issue that has bothered me even in lower education. MEMORIZATION! It wasn’t until my graduate career that I started seeing some deviation from this teaching method. It is my belief that the purpose of a test (in engineering) should be to see how one solves complex issues related to design. Instead, the majority my classes ask random questions that prove nothing of design, but rather the memory capacity of individual students. I might have some reason for supporting this form of testing in prior generations where information was not available at our fingertips, but in our modern society I should not be asked questions such as “what is the average height of a pavement curb?”. As a result of this system, many students are weeded out of courses, not because of their incapacity to design, but their incapacity to memorize.