Mar 17, 2008
Posted in: Miscellaneous
Well, March 15th was an experience, wasn't it? I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "You have no idea what I had to go through! I was sweating, feverish, started growing tumors, lost my ability to speak, and almost died for the three weeks leading up to decisions. March 15th was HORRIBLE! You probably just lounged around and laughed at all of us!" While I always enjoy a good laugh, March 15th was definitely not a laughing day for me. I spent from 9 AM to 2 PM in various chat rooms, blogs, forums, and Facebook groups, watching the entire process play out. I've been chatting with you all officially since January but unofficially since August. You all aren't just names and random comments, you're people who I wanted to come to MIT. I was just as interested in seeing who got in as anybody else was. I was thrilled for Aditi, Omar, Star (aka Tamara), Isshak and Tanmay. I gasped when I found out that De Petagma Saru and Sh1fty hadn't gotten in and spent quite a while fairly upset.
Thousands of applicants whittled down by 90%, a new class decided, and now all sorts of changes are about to start happening. As much as it will hurt, people who won't be attending MIT will stop reading these blogs and get ready for life elsewhere, people who were accepted will read these blogs knowing that they'll actually get to experience these types of adventures in less than a year, and now it's time to start getting ready for the class of 2013. I've created some pie charts that are my best guesses for MIT Blog Demographics. This is what I think the blogs looked like before decisions came out.
and this is what I think they will look like now and over the next few months
As you can see, a totally new audience will be frequenting these blogs, expecting a different type of entry and wanting to know more and more about what they should expect when attending MIT (Yes, that's right, you will be attending MIT next year prefrosh! Get ready for a wild ride!). As such, It's time for me to shift my writing a bit. You'll notice fewer and fewer completely random and strange posts and more and more posts that will be immediately relevant and useful for new MIT students. No worries, there will still be humor, bitterness, spontaneity, and a ridiculous rate of entry posting (I'm still trying to blog every other day, which is becoming breakneck). Remember, I'm a freshman, I JUST went through everything you guys are going through right now, these entries will be totally relevant.
Future topics for discussion that may or may not appear in entries of mine include but aren't limited to:
2) The MIT ID Card
3) The Z-Center
4) What exactly is the Student Center?
5) Will Anna's kill me?
6) Is MIT a tourist attraction?
7) How far away are dorms from various spots on campus?
8) Tunnels? What tunnels?
9) How can I possibly make money while at MIT?
10) Seriously, be honest. How hard is it really? (twss)
11) What computer should I buy?
12) I don't know Linux. Am I screwed?
13) Help! I'm not smart and MIT is going to chew up my soul, spit it out, grind it into the dirt, and then laugh as I ooze into a storm drain!
14) What is this hacking thing? Is it a club? Can I join?
15) Roommates are scary. Waaaaaaaaa!
16) Your mom. (seriously, an entry about your mom)
As you can see, I'm getting excited to start blogging! Please, if you have any other entries you suggest that I write just let me know. I may not have the experience necessary, but there's bound to be a blogger that does. I'll do my best!
I'm now going to start studying for a test that I have on Wednesday.
To those who won't be attending MIT next year: It sucks, I'm sorry. Now it's your job to take every single advantage from whever you go (even if it's CalTech, we won't hold it against you :p) (enjoy that jab while you can, I will probably get an e-mail within the next half hour asking me to remove it). You guys aren't stupid, you applied to MIT, go prove it to everybody.
To those who will be attending MIT: Congratulations again, the hard part is over (for now). The next several months, right up through most of September, are essentially a giant party that you get to be the guest of honor at. Soak it in, rarely will MIT be as free, awesome, and food-filled, all just for you.
To those applying for the class of 2013: You're in the right place. Do you want to know if you'll really fit in here? Read these blogs, it's the best way to find out. You're in for a good time!
I'll see you guys in April at CPW, come to "Meet the Bloggers" Friday night, it's sure to be the hottest spot on campus!