Aug 20, 2009
A “World Record Attempt”
Posted in: Miscellaneous
It's Thursday. On Monday I'm heading back to campus, along with bazillions of froshies, eager and excited to start the MIT experience.
Going back as an upperclassman (a junior!? WHAT!?) is much different than going to campus as a freshman, for almost more reasons than I can count. My dad asked me this morning "Do you think the freshmen are scared about how hard MIT is going to be? Do you think they're scared to get to campus?" My answer? No, absolutely not. If you're a freshman, do not be scared right now. Be excited. Orientation is one of the craziest weeks you'll experience at MIT, seriously. You'll be rushing around, meeting tons of new people, doing whatever it is you want to do, with almost no mandatory events but a ton of optional fun ones.
MIT is very big into student organization and student-run activities, which is probably for the better, seeing as we're much more creative than the institute big wigs. While all the froshies are running around having fun during orientation, the upperclassmen will be running around organizing, ferrying, making Home Depot runs, and generally going out of our minds trying to get things done. This is ok though, because we are used to being stupidly busy and are really quite good at it.
This entry is a shameless plug for an event that Keri inspired me to organize. She doesn't know this, but now she does! Have you ever heard of Mattress Dominoes? This video will give you the gist of it. They claim it's a "World Record Attempt."
I don't know about you, but 41 people seems like a really lousy record attempt. Maybe because they figure there's no way to get more mattresses than that. I beg to differ.
In a few days there will be a thousand excited freshmen on campus, each with their very own mattress! We also have the second longest hallway in the country. What are a thousand kids, with a thousand mattresses, in one of the longest hallways, going to do? We're going to make a legitimate attempt at the world record, blowing a measly 41 people out of the water.
Day and time are TBD at this point, but keep an ear out! This will happen, and it will be awesome!
See you all on campus in a couple of days guys, almost there!