A lot of the day-to-day communication at MIT happens, not through face-to-face conversation, but via email. I get email from my dorm, from my fraternity, from my professors, from the student groups I’m involved in, from my lab-mates, from my friends…and so on. Maybe it’s not as personal as face-to-face conversation or talking on the phone, but it’s handy, it’s convenient – and at MIT, everyone checks it. They don’t call this the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for nothing, after all.
Earlier today I got an email from Ben Jones that linked to an online magazine article that one of the admissions counselors had found. The article was called – as you might be able to guess from the title of this entry – “The 61 New Best Things About Boston,” from the Boston Magazine. (Grammar sticklers, take note of the proper use of quotations for the article’s name and italics for the magazine!) Reading through the article, which actually is rather good, I just thought I’d share a few thoughts with you.
#2 – This is why I chose to go to MIT. (Well, one of the reasons.)
#17 – Yes, yes, and yes. (I still like the Colts more than the Pats, though. Sorry, but it’s the truth.)
#28 – “Pedestrians springing from the curb like impala”? Yup, sounds familiar… (Remember the time I nearly got run over by a bus?)
#29 – Hey, how about when they shut down the Harvard Bridge for a day to film 21? (More on the movie itself later.)
#35 – Wait, Boston has a mayor? (As a college student who just happens to go to school in Cambridge and doesn’t actually live there, I’m sort of detached from the city’s political situation. National politics, on the other hand, are always interesting.)
#46 – Hah. Hah. Double hah! (MIT students, in general, aren’t very fond of The Boston Globe. Mainly because they don’t appear to be very fond of us.)
#56 – I want this book. (How about it, Mom? Dad? Random blog stalkers? Okay, just kidding on the last one.)
#59 – Yes, it actually exists. I want one of these too.
If I were to write up a list of the 61 things I liked most about Boston, I think it’d probably look pretty different…but that’s a challenge and a list for another day. Will I ever get around to writing it? Time will tell!