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Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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

To students: follow your gut instinct and do not let others tell you where to go. It is your life and only you know where yo...

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

To students: follow your gut instinct and do not let others tell you where to go. It is your life and only you know where you will be happy.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is not truly passionate about their work.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Not having enough time to experience all the opportunities that MIT has available for students

Adam
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Are school is best known for its engineering fields, and the quality and fame of the staff. We have several notable Noble La...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Are school is best known for its engineering fields, and the quality and fame of the staff. We have several notable Noble Laureattes who teach here, as well as numerous professors who are the pioneers and beat all end all experts of their given fields.

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

The most important part of the college application process is knowing what you want. The first step is to choose 3 or 4 possible majors that you would definitely be interested in. After that, go online and find out which colleges are the top in the country for each of those majors. Based on the results, apply to those colleges. If they are difficult colleges to get into, make sure you have a few safety schools (which, you would be surprised to find, can sometimes also be the leaders in the fields you want). If you don't get into your first choice, don't worry. Try not to apply to more than 6 or 7 schools. Keep your list small, and make as great an impact on the essays as possible. These colleges look for more than just grades. They want character too.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person with keen study skills, a knowledge of basic college level mathematics and sciences, and a desire to exceed in their chosen field. I'm not going to lie, you need to be smart to attend here and plan on succeeding. It's a very difficult college, but the difficulty of 4 years of study is easily worth the benefits upon graduation.

Gillian
Describe the students at your school.

I would trust 80% of my classmates with my life, strangers among them included, because they are intrinsically smart, educate...

Describe the students at your school.

I would trust 80% of my classmates with my life, strangers among them included, because they are intrinsically smart, educated, kind, driven, sharp young men and women who would nearly always know and do the right thing.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Smart, compassionate, driven students who want to make a difference. enthusiastic, wise professors (once you're in your major field). respected everywhere because the men and women who make it through do so out of their hard work and intelligence--what's not to respect about that? work hard. play hard. =)

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

College is college, wherever you go. I've taken classes at a small community college during high school and had the same great experience there as I've had more recently here at MIT. Here are a few things to keep in mind: (1) Meet the people at the college: students, faculty, administration, dorm housemasters --they will all have a huge effect on your happiness. (don't worry about bring high school friends with you, for the most part, they can be replaced) (2) Choose a location that offers more than bars and a mall off-campus because you're going to want to get out every now and then, but travelling, as you will see, is a hassle. (3) Girls (and boys), the less stuff you have, the better--I fell into the "stuff trap," it's just distracting you from what's outside your room, you know, in that big world out there!? (4) Once there, try out a whole bunch of new activities and befriend new kinds of people, and then don't forget to take time for yourself, to just be in your head. this is called "finding yoursef" and it is the epitomy of college.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm an alum. I've been out of school for a while, and I still think back as MIT being the most encouraging and fun period in...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I'm an alum. I've been out of school for a while, and I still think back as MIT being the most encouraging and fun period in my life. In high school, like most of my college classmates, I was shy and inhibited, and generally scorned at for being into academics. At MIT i found that the more "nerdy" you were, the more you were valued. Can you make a Nintendo machine out of spare parts? Awesome. Can you rig up the toilet to flush from anywhere in teh world? No way. My friends are I were always dreaming - and trying hard not to fail out. Most of those people are graduating with phds or have started their own companies. It is a network like no other.

Describe the students at your school.

Overwhelmingly white and asian. I knew more albinos at MIT than I have ever met again in the "real world". Incredibly eccentric and passionate about all things.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

if you take MIT too seriously, it will be no fun. make sure you look hard at where you want to live.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

I would say that for 80% of the campus, most of the stereotypes are true. More true than you could imagine. But there are very diverse subcultures that bash those stereotypes to the ground. Where you live on campus has everything to do with what kind of experience you have.

What are the academics like at your school?

It sucks. You learn to love that it sucks. You learn to party on Thursday night even if you have to stay up till 5am to finish that pset. Sleep. Social life. School work. Choose two.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

My life was dominated by theater. I went to an incredible amount of parties, and remember being proud that in 1988, MIT was one of Playboy's top part schools. Don't ask me why that mattered, but ever since I graduated, people can only imagine a super dork. Things like hacking (ie - finding new ways to break and enter into parts of campus and perform nerdy pranks) and the sodium drop were very important on the east side.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

There is no partying; there is only studying. There is no liberal arts opprotunities, and no athletes. That only Asian kids end up there.

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

I would tell parents not to put pressure on their children and to support them fully while also doing research to help them o...

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

I would tell parents not to put pressure on their children and to support them fully while also doing research to help them out and feel more secure about making a decision because this decision is one of the biggest change in their life. I would tell students to make the most out of college experiences by trying to do everything they enjoy and believe will help their career. I would tell them to talk to upperclassmen to understand the college culture, especially specific to the college they are attending. I would tell them to plan out what they want to do and their classes to ensure they will graduate and to see the possibilities of what they can grdauate with. I would suggest joining clubs and sports, especially sports if they are athletic. This is a great network and definitely helps academically by taking a break from all the academics. I would also tell them to figure out how to balance their social and academic life and not to focus too much on one. There is so much that a college can offer and it's important to talk to people and embrace it all.

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

People are sometimes too invested in their work. Also, most people are overachievers and classes sometimes makes you feel incompetent even though many students probably feel the same way.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes some professors expect more from the student than they should because we are elite students in general. However, we are all still learning at the same time.

Zeke
Describe the students at your school.

For the most part, my classmates are helpful, friendly, and willing to help you with whatever you need whenever you need it, ...

Describe the students at your school.

For the most part, my classmates are helpful, friendly, and willing to help you with whatever you need whenever you need it, even if they have to go out of their own way to do so.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school is not socially divided into the different classes, but rather, upperclassmen mix with freshman, and everyone supports each other whenever possible.

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

In terms of finding the right college, try and spend a night at the colleges you are interested, to try and get a feeling for the campus life, because the main events for the public, like preview weekends and orientation are not an accurate portrayal of the campus generally. To make the most of your college experience participate in everything you want to, like clubs, IM sports, varisty teams, fraternities/sororities, etc.

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

Summary in 7 words: Don't be afraid of those around you. This can apply to all sorts of situations. If you are heading off t...

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

Summary in 7 words: Don't be afraid of those around you. This can apply to all sorts of situations. If you are heading off to a top teir, high acheiving school, remember, the other students there are real people, they aren't perfect, just as you aren't perfect. If you are just heading off to the local state school, you will meet all kinds and sorts of people you never imaginied existed outside of the movies, get to know them! You can learn alot. And if that particular person is just too intimidating, flash a smile, it might be the perfect first step to a friendship....

What's unique about your campus?

The way people work together. Everyone knows MIT is tough, and no one more thqan the students. However, we don;t turn this into an opportunity to out compete others in our class, but instead work together and put all of our very talented minds to work on a very complex problem.

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

If you try, its possible to be lost in the crowd. This typically does not happen as there are lots of support people around, but some do fall through the cracks.

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

For Students: A student should never allow his/her pride to get in the way of seeking help on campus when help is needed. Fo...

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

For Students: A student should never allow his/her pride to get in the way of seeking help on campus when help is needed. For Parents: College can be a depressing place, always bear this in mind when dealing with your college-bound child. People often fail to realize just how stressful a college campus can be.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Those who are white and rich.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The administration is made up of a bunch of sadistic imbeciles.

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

The first thing parents and students need to do before applications and campus visits is to relax. There is too much stress ...

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

The first thing parents and students need to do before applications and campus visits is to relax. There is too much stress involved in the college admissions process that doesn't help students make the best decisions for themselves. Students should consider that they'll be doing a lot of growing up during their four years at this university and all aspects of their lives will be affected: skills, health, love, friendships, dreams, etc. The university they choose must hit as many aspects of the human experience as possible, not just technical skills or not just sports. One of the most important programs a university can have in my opinion is good study or work abroad programs. Living abroad has really changed my life in ways my university couldn't but enabled me to have that essential growing experience. The number two thing all parents need to do is to support their children from day one to graduation and beyond as more college students are heading back home after getting a BS these days. Emotional support is key to students' success and will make a student's college experience fulfilled in ways that all the excitement and challenge may not.

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