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Chris Peterson SM '13

Jul 17 2018

Colin Webb’s Commencement Speech

Posted in: Miscellaneous, International Applicants, Life & Culture

A few weeks ago, when I blogged about the commencement of the Class of 2018, I made a note about the address given by Colin Webb, President of the Class of 2018 (and newly-elected member of the MIT Corporation). It was a remarkable speech that really brought everyone to their figurative (and for many literal) feet, not only for the quality of the speaking, but the substance of which he spoke. For many people, Colin really described the collaborative, cosmopolitan vision of MIT with more eloquence and specificity than almost anyone I've heard. So I wanted to share it with you all. 

Here's a video of the speech, and below is the text. For those lines that are not written in English, note that Colin read them in that language, and I have included a best-efforts transliteration and English translation in brackets. 


Class of 2018!
You know, When I reflect on some of my favorite memories at MIT, I can’t avoid thinking about moments walking down the infinite corridor.... read the post »


Jul 10 2018

Proposed: MITAdmissions Labs

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Earlier this year, I blogged about how we are redesigning We still are, and it's going well. I think we're meeting most of the goals we set in the bullet points at the bottom of that blog. But there's one in particular I've kept turning over in my head: 

how to help prospective students (and their parents) more clearly envision their potential experience at and after MIT


As I thought about this, I kept on thinking about how student projects like Courseroad and Firehose have added so much value to current students understanding MIT. So I fired up the old email client and sent the following email to dormspam: 

Hello, fellow kids --


As you may know, we are redesigning (and this summer, and I am overseeing the projects. We are working with Upstatement, who designed the new SoS website and forthcoming new I like working with Upstatement, and I think their new website for us will be very good. Indeed, I am... read the post »


Jun 30 2018

Be A Blogger (2018)!

Posted in: Miscellaneous

It's summer in Cambridge, which means three things:

1) I'm taking advantage of running around the Charles River (and all the public water fountains alongside) 

2) There are lots of smol nerds running around the various MIT summer camps and programs

3) It's time for those of you who might want to be bloggers to embrace the GOOD TIMES

What does it mean to be an admissions blogger? 

The best representatives of MIT students are MIT students.
Admissions officers can write about holistic admissions authentically, but we can’t write about what it’s like to live in Conner 2, or plan stuff for REX, or UROP, or decide how to pick your classes, or a really cool new thing you learned today in class, and so forth. MIT works by giving people high standards and great autonomy; the blogs are a specific example of this general case. The mission of the blogs is to allow our bloggers to communicate what being a student at MIT is like. You should interpret this mandate expansively.
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Jun 8 2018

The Class of 2018 Graduates from MIT

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Transfer Applicants, International Applicants

Today, the Class of 2018 graduates from MIT.



As I wrote when we admitted them:

These 1419 students are truly exceptional. The admitted Class of 2018 includes mathematicians and marksmen and metallurgists; coders and carpenters and cosplayers; Texans and Tennesseans and Turkmen. Collectively, they represent all 50 states, more than 50 countries, and more than 1000 high schools; together, they constitute an incredible community, each contributing a set of rare skills and perspectives while holding in common the highest caliber of character, conscientiousness, and, of course, remarkable intelligence.


a younger me, with some members of the Class of 2018 @ their CPW


Tomorrow, they will walk down Mass Ave, along Memorial Drive, and into Killian Court, where they will be honored by speakers, recognized by faculty, and handed a well-deserved diploma.


I helped select the Class of 2018 when I first returned to admissions from graduate school. It was... read the post »


May 4 2018

Fall 2018 Transfer Decisions Are Now Live

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Process & Statistics

Earlier today, we completed and released our decisions for transfer applicants who applied for entry during Fall 2018.

You may access your decision at—the same site where you submitted your application. You will log in using the same email and password used to create your application account.

Our transfer admissions process was quite competitive: 538 students applied to transfer, and we have admitted 23. And as usual, we are very excited about the students we have admitted, and often chagrined about those we could not. 

As a former transfer student myself (not to MIT), I know that this process can be a difficult experience. For those of you who were admitted: welcome to MIT. For those who weren't: keep on trucking. I transferred, but if I hadn't, things would have been fine. Remember, college is mostly what you make of it, here or anywhere else. Either way, I wish you the best of luck wherever you go, and whatever you do. 


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