May 26, 2009
Moneyman’s Top 10 - a Greatest Hits
Posted in: Afford
So, Thursday is my last day at the Institute. I am sadexcitednervous-nostalgichappyconfidentready about taking the next step in my life's adventure (much as I am sure our graduating students are feeling about their own imminent departure from these hallowed halls).
As I depart MIT, I thought I would do a final post with my top 10 greatest hits (if you will), blog posts that are MUST READS from the 5 years of my blogging history. If you disagree with my picks (and comments on them) feel free to add your own below.
10. This post (or really series of posts) provides information on how we determine your family contribution. Before the recent introduction of our online calculator, this was the best way to find out information on the intricacies of our analysis. Even though these posts are over 4 years old, much of the information is still valid. Read the intro here, and parts 1, 2, and 3 follow.
9. My Random 10 Songs on iTunes post, back before everyone else did it (that would be in 2005). You can find it here. Unfortunately it is an old post from the old platform, so none of the original comments got ported over when we converted to the new format, but I had many people playing along!
8. While we are on the topic of music, a post which (humorously, I hope) explores why we ask for all of that information.
7. For those of you who may feel that your dream remains out of reach, a post about our appeal process.
6. A trip to the Galapagos Islands... over my lunch hour... Only at MIT!
5. Congratulations, you've just won $1,000,000 (or an introduction to the Time Value of Money).
4. In 2008, we announced significant financial aid enhancements. The post is here. The conversation was long, intense and all-in-all very respectful of each other and of the space we created on the Internet. As the moderator / guide to the discussion, I thought this post really showed how transparent MIT is (given that the conversation was occuring live on our own blog).
3. Sometimes in the admissions application process, you get an answer that you didn't think you wanted. I shared some health news, my own admissions story, and how the door that closes behind you sometimes represents another door opening.
2. Just because I can:
I'm sure there are a ton more posts I could quote from, but why not do yourself a favor and click on the link above and to the right for my blog and read through the posts yourself. Better yet, maybe I should publish a book with the best ones.... Hmmm.......
It has been truly a remarkable gift for me to work with you over these last seven years, and to be part of this virtual (but all too real) community since we launched in 2004. I leave with a sense of pride in all we have accomplished together, and an assurance that the future for all of us will be bright. May your heart always carry you down your path, may your burdens be light and your joys be plentiful, and may you know the pleasure of true friendship and love as I have. This place has been home for me, and while I am leaving home I know I will be able to come back and visit in the future.
All my best, now and always!