"Interactive Qualifying Project." A major graduation requirement of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
According to the fairy tale description, it engages students in a meaningful experience that encourages them to use their technical background to solve a societal problem.
In reality, it usually takes the form of pointless drudgery or slave labor.
A complete waste of time, academic resources, and in some cases, money.
One's career at WPI can be divided into three time periods: The ignorant bliss that comes before the IQP, the void of darkness and misery that takes place during the project, and the indescribable happiness that one experiences upon its completion.