There are currently a little over 2,500 blogs entries on this site.
I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a lot to take in all at once. I still haven’t even read all of them. Which is my loss, really. Maybe someday I will.
With over 2,500 blog entries, you might think that finding the information you’re looking for is like searching for magnetic monopoles. Fortunately, the blogs also come prepackaged with a convenient way of navigating to just the topic you want. You know that bright, rainbow-colored bar a the top of every page? It’s not just for decoration – it’s your key to the rest of the site.
Each page of the site contains, first and foremost, the wise words of the MIT Admissions staff, explaining the facts about MIT: the majors available, student organizations, the tradition of hacking, the near-infinite research opportunities, MIT’s mission in the world, and so on. Pretty much all admissions sites I’ve seen have this sort of structure.
The awesome thing about MIT’s admissions site, though, is that you’ll also find a bunch of related blog entries hanging out on the left side of each page. So if you’re checking out the page on student life and culture, for example, you have almost instant access to real stories from real students about what being a student at MIT really means to them.
All the entries on these blogs are good. But time is precious, and no one really does have time to read 2,500-plus entries (especially if you’re new to the site – hi, new people!). So I’ve spent the past few hours going through the blogs and pulling out some of the entries I enjoyed the most when I was a prospective student (back when, you know, Pluto was a planet). I’ve also tried to include some entries to help you out a little bit in the application process, as well as to provide a basic introduction to life and academics at MIT.
And for the record, this entry is mainly aimed at the prospective Class of 2013 – yes, the Admissions Office is already getting ready for you! But rest assured, 2012ers, that I have not forgotten you. And, who knows, you may find a few of these entries interesting as well. ;)
Ben: It’s More Than A Job
One of the most touching, meaningful things I’ve ever read. (It’s first for a reason.)
Matt: Supplemental Materials
Everything you needed to know but didn’t know how to ask.
Paul: Top Ten Common-Sense Application Tips
Some advice from me.
Snively: Discovering Yourself
Some advice from Snively. (Plus a spreadsheet!)
Anthony: We Wear Matching Hats
This entry is worth it solely for the photo at the bottom.
Nance: “I’ve Got 99 Problems… Admissions Is Not One”
52 things not to do.
Chris: Notes on the Interview
It’s a long one, but a good one.
Ben: Many Ways to Define the Best
Ben offers a reflection on AP classes.
Meet the Admissions Office
Words of wisdom from MIT’s very own Dean of Admissions, Stu Schmill ’86.
Paul: Birthday Boy Ben
Some friends and I invade Ben’s office.
Ben: I Am Not As Lame As I Appear
This entry still makes me laugh.
Daniel: MIT’s Financial Aid Enhancements are Released!
Melis: A Day in the Life
Semi-charmed life. :)
Bryan: A Tale of Two Majors
You can’t do everything at MIT. But you can do enough.
Laura: Tests @ MIT
Rule number one: DON’T PANIC.
Keri: Well, at least you didn’t fail, right?
A blow-by-blow look at being a second-semester freshman.
Chris: Mini-Guide to the GIRs
An introduction to MIT’s core curriculum for freshmen.
Paul: What Though the Odds
My experiences with MIT’s freshman physics.
Advice you’ve heard before and a story you haven’t
“Instead of saying, ‘go to class,’ my advice will be as follows: pick classes that you’ll want to go to.”
Sam: It’s bigger than you, and you are not me
Sam was quoting song lyrics before I was even reading these blogs.
Student Life and Culture
Mollie: Who we are
This is the best place in the world. And it’s been worth every second.”
Ben: Welcome Susan Hockfield
MIT celebrates the inauguration of its sixteenth president, Dr. Susan Hockfield.
Derrick: Sometimes we have fun
No, really. =)
Lulu: Desired things
This is, really, one of the most beautiful things I’ve read.
A delicious tradition.
Melis: 10 things I love about MIT
Reason #11: MIT students make awesome lists.
Bryan: Making the Switch
Bryan talks about making friends at MIT.
Laura: Knife fight with a biker gang
Just what it sounds like. ;)
“The people who hate it the most, love it the most, and it’s not contradictory.”
Mollie: Choice and the MIT Lifestyle
Why yes, we do have parties at MIT.
Karen: Bread at Desk
Late-night reflections are the best kind.
Lulu: Come Together
The power of people.
Anthony: Avoiding moonlight on an empty stomach
An introduction to MIT’s famous tunnels.
Ben: Driving on the Infinite
A guide to MIT’s equally famous Infinite Corridor.
Paul: All these days I spend away
Making MIT my home.
Snively: The Coop
MIT’s very own bookstore. (It rhymes with “hoop.”)
Sam: I don’t know where we’re going
Getting lost on MIT is easier than you’d think. It’s also kind of enjoyable.
Jessie: “Why does my kid have to move again?”
An introduction to MIT’s uniquely amazing housing system.
Paul: Simply Brothers
A reflection on being initiated into my fraternity.
Melis: Sororities @ MIT
A very thorough introduction to sorority recruitment.
Jessie: Beyond the Iron Cur…I mean, Mass Ave
Thoughts on the two sides of MIT’s campus.
Jess: College Shopping List
A slightly unconventional but totally awesome guide to moving into MIT.
Karen: Inbox Insanity
This entry is so true. And kind of sad.
Some thoughts and advice on personal computing.
Evan: The Zone Cell Challenge
Evan has fun hacking other peoples servers – with permission!
The internetz come to Boston.
Matt: The Years of the Rat
An introduction to the lore of MIT’s famous class ring, the Brass Rat.
Matt: The MIT Spring Concert
Famous bands rock out at MIT.
Keri: Steer Roast 2008
Paul: Takin’ My Time
Piano Drop. It’s kind of a big deal…
Laura: Mechanical Sense of Humor
Sometimes engineering can be fun. ;)
Ben: LOLZ CATS
Seriously, just read it. (KTHNXBAI!)
Jess: Benzene Back
“Being aromatic is where it’s at…”
Sam: Love, organically
“Cyclobutene is NOT FLAT.”
Jess: For love of Baxter
A Little Advice
Ben: 50 Things
Ben’s advice to Class of 2010 when they were prefrosh, this post is still relevant today.
Mitra: The most important blog entry ever
More helpful links you could have ever wanted.
Jess: Our mother shoulda just named you Laika!”
No really, there is some advice in here.
Jessie: It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
“Keep MIT special.”
Any other awesome entries I accidentally overlooked?
Perhaps even more importantly, any questions we can help with? That’s part of why we’re here, after all.