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Daniel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dream big and work hard. If you work hard enough, you will end up exactly where you want to be for school. It may take time...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Dream big and work hard. If you work hard enough, you will end up exactly where you want to be for school. It may take time, but many big life decisions do. There are many programs and many different schools available, but I would recommend visiting schools and meeting students. When you choose the right school, you want to be sure that you'll be happy. Going through school unhappy might make it nearly impossible, so you should be sure you can find happiness while you're in college. It's a big chunk of your life, so it shouldn't be a miserable chunk.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known more about the community at MIT. In every class, the students get together to help each other learn. Outside of class, living and social groups offer a strong support system. Students come from all over the world and it's a bit intimidating to come to a new place, not knowing what to expect. The community helps alleviate these feelings. It may seem competitive to get in, but once you're in, everyone helps each other.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I brag about my friends at school and all the things we do outside of class. We have many cultural events and academic events as well. There are a lot of things that I probably wouldn't be able to do if I didn't go to MIT. We have many resources to put on good events to share different cultures. I also brag about our music program. We've had so many great guest jazz artists, when I tell my friends, they forget I go to MIT.

Stephanie
Describe the students at your school.

Helpful and collaborative.

Describe the students at your school.

Helpful and collaborative.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise parents and students to really consider the people and the community of the college. Definitely make a campus visit or arrange for an overnight stay with a student host to talk to current students -- make sure the college environment is comfortable. Parents should talk with parents of current students as well, just to get a different viewpoint to make sure that the college is safe and acceptable. Also consider the specialities of the college; for example, if you are looking for an engineering/science college or more humanities and liberal arts, choose based on what area you hope to focus on in life.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Research opportunities and recreational/sports opportunities like pistol, sailing, glassblowing.

Desiree
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

MIT is the most premier engineering university in the world.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

MIT is the most premier engineering university in the world.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Study hard, try new things and set aside time to enjoy the collge experience.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The inability to get academic help...you must sign up for tutoring early - before you know if it's needed! Tutors are generally unavailable beyond the first few weeks of classes. There are often "no show" faculty to the group study sessions.

jamie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Try to discover what you love most and what is most important to you in the future. Find a college or university that will help you grow in those areas and achieve your goals. Don't be afraid to try something new or go somewhere new. College is a time where you can keep growing as the person you are or completely recreate yourself into what you want to be.

Layla
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A variety of people coming together to support some of the best research and learning in the world.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A variety of people coming together to support some of the best research and learning in the world.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To parents and students: keep your mind open! Parents, this is your son's/daughter's time to go off and become, almost fully, their own person. They will be shaped and molded by the people and events they encounter during their college years. As such, it is important that they choose a college that will allow them to grow successfully. Any college that can provide this will do. And by giving your son/daughter your support and your advice, you will help them immeasurably as they learn and grow. Students, this is your opportunity to learn something about nearly everything! It's a chance for you to expose yourself to new ideas and people and in the process solidify your own perspectives, goals, and aspirations. Be open to new people and experiences - they truly will help you define yourself and, of course, learn about the fascinating world around you.

What's unique about your campus?

The diverse people; different perspectives strengthen the whole community.

Robert
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This place is intense, but if you want to go here, you wouldn't want it any other way!

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

This place is intense, but if you want to go here, you wouldn't want it any other way!

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

This school is best known for turning out the greatest scientific minds of our age. We helped America win wars, become the leader in technology which it currently is, and work towards the betterment of humanity through science.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For parents: Don't get too involved your child's application. Most of the people here at MIT made it because they expressed themselves through the applications process without interference from Mom and Dad. There are students here who have the type of parents who insist on approving every little detail of the application. Their parents will never know it, but these kids got in by changing every essay at the last minute to reflect their own personality. For Students: The people are what matter the most! Your happiness at college is largely dependent on where you choose to live, so choose somewhere with good people over everything else. When you are up at 3:00AM doing homework, the furniture and location won't be able to help you, but your hall mates will!

Steven
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

MIT will make you cry; the students will make you smile.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

MIT will make you cry; the students will make you smile.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When selecting a schoool think about how big of school you would like to attend, what kind of setting you prefer (rural, suburban, city), what you are interested in majoring in (will you be able to change majors if you are unhappy with your first choice), and most importantly, is this somewhere you could be happy for the next four years?

What kind of person should attend this school?

You should attend this school if you are willing to commit the next four years of your life to the ultimate educational challange of your life.

David
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

We're a diverse and incredibly interesting collection of student who all can be united by a proud inner nerd who is always wi...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

We're a diverse and incredibly interesting collection of student who all can be united by a proud inner nerd who is always willing to help others because he knows that no matter how awesome he is, he's going to need help too.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is all about the people. During the college application process, definitely take the time to go and visit the campus and meet the people there, students and faculty. Get an idea of what a normal day at that college would be like. Either ask a few students or if available do an overnight program, see the campus , attend some classes, etc. Try to do this before you apply but definitely before you choose. Once at college, the people around you are really going to definite your experience. Make sure to make a close friend, someone you really connect with, this doesn't have to happen right away or even in your first year, but make an effort to find that friend. As far as classes go, talk to people, especially upperclassmen, and find out what professors are good/bad, a professor can really make or break any class. Make an effort to get to know your professor and vice versa, this connection can become very helpful and professors tend to be pretty interesting. Try to stay focused and on top of your academics, but remember college is more than just a bunch of classes. It's about the people.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Too busy. The campus and surrounding and and the people around you have so much to offer, but with the workload it's hard to take full advantage to every and still do well academically.

Jeremy
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

MIT is an amazing ly innovative enviornment built on the diversity of the students that attend, the curriculum that they go t...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

MIT is an amazing ly innovative enviornment built on the diversity of the students that attend, the curriculum that they go through together, and the extracurricular activites that they participate in which allows their passions to come out.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The four years that you are in college are the most unique years of your life. Never again will you be able to have the opportunity to do essentially whatever you want, whenever you want, and not be held back by the responsibilities that come with living in the real world. The friendships that you forge and memories that you form during your college years are things that you will never forget. Choosing the right college is an important decision, one that shapes the rest of your life. When looking at colleges, the main factors that you should take into consideration, besides the curriculum, are the people and the surrounding environment. To me, the diversity of the people is what makes MIT so amazing. I have met people from every continent, and each offers a unique point of view, giving me completely different perspectives to think from. MIT is in Boston. For me, this is a good thing because it offers a way to escape from the academic environment. I would suggest thinking about what you like to do outside of school, and use that to decide if the surroundings of your prospective school are attractive or not.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about MIT is the fact that there are so many different types of people, yet different groups rarely interact with groups that are similar to them. Friend circles are formed, and we do not meet many people on completely different circles because that is just how life is. However, it would be nice if MIT could somehow facilitate a way for more people of different personalities to interact with each other. We can learn so much from being around people who are not like us, making everyone more well rounded in the end.

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