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MIT staff blogger Matt McGann '00

A Very McGann Christmas by Matt McGann '00

Happy holidays.

The Christmas holiday is a pretty big deal in my family. On Christmas Eve, Santa visits our annual family gathering, with 40+ McGanns in attendance.

Just a few miles from my house is the famous Big Duck, which always gets all gussied up for the holidays.

It’s great to be able to spend some quality time with my family… I hope many of you are taking advantage of your holiday time with family, too.

Happy holidays! =)

21 responses to “A Very McGann Christmas”

  1. Maria says:

    Hey Matt, I hope you’re having a good holiday! I just wanted to let you know (in case you weren’t aware) that in today’s edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette there was an article on college admissions blogging, featuring the MIT blogs! Here’s the link in case you are interested:

    I hope all of the admissions officers are having a nice break after a hectic EA period!

  2. Shikhar says:



    **Whispers** “Admission To MIT”

  3. SpeckJr says:

    I second that one ^

  4. Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year~!

  5. Leon says:

    Here again wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  6. SHABIN says:



  7. Hey Matt!

    Although we don’t celebrate christmas, I’d just like to take the time and wish you, all the admissions officers, and everyone at MIT, and heck everyone else who reads this post a merry christmas and happy holidays smile

    Take care everyone!

    Abdulaziz (Aziz) Albahar

  8. Merry Christmas to everyone!

  9. l0ngL says:

    Thank you for the card.

    Merry Christmas to you too!

  10. Sebastian says:


    Just a little question I wanted to ask you:

    I just inmigrated to the US with my family, and I dont have a high school diplomma from any US school. I’m planning on taking APs and enrolling on a shool for that pourpose (Calc AB, Calc BC, Physics C and maybe Art or Lit)I’ll be taking the SATs and also the TOEFL. The idea is to prove I am a qualified student for MIT, but i’m not sure id I really need a High School diplomma. Should I just take the APs? (I’m sure I would get outstanding grades)

    Also, maybe I could just enroll in some college’s program for summer or simple courses while I wait for the EA deadline 2006. What would be better? PLease help me.



  11. Anonymous says:

    Happy Holidays! to anyone who’s reading this.

    I got deferred from early and I was wondering, is there any way to send additional materials online? Or, so I have to mail them to MIT? I wanted to send an abstract and/or the whole of my Intel paper. Would additional recs be helpful?

  12. Mike says:

    Merry Christmas, Matt.

    I am not applying to MIT, I was accepted to Kenyon College ED. Very excited.

    Anyways, just wanted to post here and tell you how much I appreciate a top school like MIT attempting to “humanize” the admissions process. Also, you are a complete hottie. What a stud.

    A fan,


  13. Timur Sahin says:

    Merry Christmas Matt!


  14. Nalin K says:

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

    Nice duck…didn’t know it was in Long Island. Maybe I’ll visit.

    Are you a video game fan? I’m wondering who made that Operation ‘tute: The MIT FUN(d) Challenge game that’s on the spotlight today. A lot of fun!

  15. Chieu Minh says:


    I don’t understand very clearly about the deadline January 1, 2006. Which documents do I have to submit at that time, which ones can wait. And the fee waiver, which documents are needed and when.


    Chieu Minh

  16. HI Matt,

    Is it true that if we don’t sign the waiver on the teacher evaluation forms, our recommendations aren’t taken seriously? If yes, can I send my decision to waive my right to view the evaluation on a separate paper? (My evaluations have been mailed.) I am an international student from India.


  17. Salman says:


    Happy holidays! =)

    A question here: someone who’s taken the TOEFL and the January SAT II is eligible to apply to MIT, right? Should I notify the office that I’ll be taking the 2 SAT II’s in January?



  18. Justine says:

    OMG, there’s a large duck on LI? WHERE??!?!? MUST… VISIT… DUCK…

    (I actually used to have 32 or so real duckies. soooo cute. kind of messy though when they have to… um… poop.)

    :'( [misses duckies]

  19. SpeckJr says:

    I wonder if there are any eggs underneath..?

    I bet his quack is loud enough to echo…or so says the mythbusters.

  20. Merry Christmas Matt!.This time I hope am in for a “deferred” Christmas in March.