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MIT staff blogger Matt McGann '00

Activities Midway by Matt McGann '00

Each year, MIT exhibits its 300+ student activities. Friday, I checked them out for you.

Friday was the annual Activities Midway, a hugely popular Orientation event that showcases hundreds of MIT’s student groups (you may have seen this over at Sam’s blog). Of MIT’s 300+ groups, approximately 250 of them were on hand for the event.

You can click here to view the entire list of MIT student activities, courtesy the Association of Student Activities (ASA). The ASA is an entirely student-run organization that recognizes and governs MIT’s student groups. I love that students have so much power of self-governance here! [full disclosure: I am a former officer of the ASA, 1997-99]

Thousands of people attended the Activities Midway, which was held in the Johnson Athletic Center.

When I arrived, I was given a list of the ~250 groups that had booths. You can view the list here [PDF].

I saw some other bloggers at the Midway…

Mitra was there, representing the Undergraduate Economics Association (UEA).

Bryan was also there, representing Advocates for Awareness.

Former blogger Alison represented one of my favorite student groups, the Lab for Chocolate Science (check out her button!). Yummy…

Because you could not be there, I took pictures of as many student groups as I could. Below, find a collage of 79 photos, representing about a third of the groups present. Lack of a picture does not mean lack of awesomeness… I missed more than 160 groups, including Hillel, the Logs, the Bhangra Club, and OrigaMIT, but I did find the Filipino Students Association, the Entrepreneurs Club, Dance Troupe, mitBEEF, and 75 other groups. Enjoy!

2 responses to “Activities Midway”

  1. Shikhar says:

    Matt, I have noticed in the past few years that from India atleast the students who get selected to MIT are one each from the North,South, East and West zone. Is it true that MIT considers all applicants of one geographic region of a country and takes one from each.

    Also don’t you think Indians should get a little more representation at MIT since they make like 30% of all International applicants but still only four get selected. I mean is the application process based countrywise or are all international applicants considered in a same pool.

  2. Shikhar says:

    I am also thinking of starting a gamers group at MIT i.e. if I get there of course. It would be cool to have such a group..I mean there’d be geniuses who can not only play games but create their own if the need be.


    but I wonder what will happen to the poor ol gaming companies if MIT’ers get started with creating games in a big way coz they’ll just rip them apart.