A few weeks ago I sent out the call for new bloggers. We had quite a few responses (28) from incoming freshmen (25) and upperclassmen (3). I wish I could say that most were awful and we had an easy time deciding who to invite into the elite ranks. Unfortunately that would be a lie, and I’m still disappointed that we couldn’t find a place for more of the talented people who applied. If Blogger selection was any indication of what the Admissions application reading process will be like I can tell you the thought emotionally and physically exhausts me.
We didn’t have any easily-shared application questions like LOLcats or YouTube videos this year. That’s just as well since Chris Peterson has a hatred of LOLcats that borders on anaphylactic. Don’t believe me? Just listen as I post this:
I bet you can hear his eyes rolling in disgust (another little-known Chris trait: noisy eyes*).
With the help of our senior bloggers, selected admissions staff, many hours of review, two intense sessions of deliberation, and one large pizza, we were able to narrow our list to the magic number of bloggers.
So without further lamentation or LOLcat shenanigans, please help me welcome the new student bloggers!
Celena C. ’12
Cam T. ’13
Hamsika C. ’13
Jenny X. ’13
Marcela R. ’13
And don’t forget our returning upperclassmen (they won’t let you forget, but that’s not the point):
Kim D. ’09
Cristen C. ’10
Jess K. ’10‚Ä®
Keri G. ’10
‚Ä®Paul B. ’11‚Ä®
Chris S. ’11‚Ä®
Chris M. ’12
‚Ä®Shannon M. ’12‚Ä®
Yan Z. ’12
Ahmed H. ’12 will be joining our Blogger Alums, though he promises to keep us up to date with occasional posts as he continues his own journey through MIT.
I’m looking forward to a year of joyriding along with the bloggers we already know and seeing where our new voices take things. For our part, the Admissions staff plan to keep pushing the technology behind the website, giving our bloggers more and shinier tools, gadgets, gizmos, and (occasionally) doodads to share life at MIT in new ways.
* This is not actually true. I don’t really know if Chris P.’s eyes are noisy, or for that matter, what an average amount of eye noise should be. I bet you’ll be thinking about it all day when you talk to people, though; staring at their eyes wondering if you can hear them. You’re welcome :)