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Melissa Cao '20

  • Admissions Officer
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hi! i'm melissa. i'm an admissions officer here at MIT.

i was born and raised in new york, and i don't think boston was ever on my radar until i took a school trip here in 8th grade. i promptly forgot about it and have no memories whatsoever from that time, but then i decided to apply to MIT. MIT was actually not really a serious consideration on my radar either...until i read the blogs and realized how kind, collaborative, and open this community is. i ended up here as an undergrad by some magical serendipitous force of the universe, where i was course 15 (management) with a minor in music. maybe the moral of the story here is that you never know where you'll end up when you least expect it?

needless to say, the blogs are a big reason why i chose mit and why i am here writing this bio today. i hope my posts help add to the narrative of what being at mit is really like, from all sides.

some things you are likely to find me doing in my free time: reading one of the (way too many) books lying around my room at all times, watching a movie (my fav is the deep, dark, thriller/horror genre), binge watching kdramas, drinking green tea, and listening to (or playing) music.