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CPW Thursday liveblog by Matt McGann '00

Updated whenever I get a chance.

My approximate CPW schedule

6:36am: Alarm clock goes off. SNOOZE.

6:45am: I actually wake up. I look outside and see that the bad weather hasn’t yet arrived. Hmm.

7:35am: Nance picks me up; we head in to campus together.

8:10am: I drop off the CPW Festival programs at CopyTech (the campus copy center) to be copied — 1000 doubled-sided, folded copies are on their way for tonight’s event.

8:20am: Ben starts spreading the word about all of the airport delays and closings, including O’Hare in Chicago.

8:25am: CPW Registration opens; I take my post at the Help Desk.

8:50am: The first student I recognize arrives: Candice from Utah =)

9:42am: The 100th student arrives!

9:55am: Snively!

10:30am: It’s starting to get windy, but still no precipitation.

10:55am: Dean Marilee Jones has arrived!

11:13am: It has started to rain. Lots of umbrellas on the campus tour.

11:30am: Kevin ’11 quizzes me about his application. I say, “Did you design a pinball machine for a nursing home?” Kevin ’11: “No! I designed an arcade machine for a hospital.” D’oh! So close, yet so far.

11:45am: I talk to Steven’s mom on the phone from Tennessee. Hi!

1:10pm: Edmund says, “You really are good at the 45 minute conversations, Matt.” I’m tired from 90 straight minutes of talking, but it was great to talk to a family from Nebraska and our head Educational Counselor from South Korea. Now, my shift is over. Nearly half of the students have arrived. I have time for a quick break, then go talk to prospective members of the Classes of 2012 and 2013 (!).

3:31pm: I can’t walk more than 10 feet without getting stopped in the halls. It’s awesome, but I’m starting to lose my voice! I’m now getting ready for the Abroad Panel. It’s always a fun panel, so I’m looking forward to it =)

3:46pm: Almost all set for the MIT Abroad Panel! The Powerpoint is running off of this laptop, so no more liveblogging for the next hour or so…

5:24pm: Abroad Panel is over. Sam was a panelist, and did an awesome job talking about MISTI and his experiences in Germany.

5:56pm: Quick rest in the office. The weather hasn’t been quite as bad as I’d feared, but the rain is starting to pick up a bit now. At least there’s no more sleet.

6:05pm: I get a chance to upload some pictures from earlier today.

Tim the Beaver made an appearance, welcoming and hugging students:

Kevin ’11 shows off his nerd-tastic shirt:

Ben and Mollie register a student:

8:20pm: I’ve been running around getting the Student Welcome and the Festival all set. Now, with the Festival 10 minutes away, I’m taking time for a quick breather before things get started. The Welcome and Festival are two of my favorite CPW events, so I’m pretty excited. Students are filing into Rockwell Cage — the site of the Student Welcome — and I’m happy to see that most people are traveling in groups, having already made friends on campus. This is going to be a great way to cap off a great day.

12:59am: What a day! I have finally reached my bed. The Festival has ended, and I think people had a good time. The Welcome was awesome, too — I wish I could step like the A Phi As, and I wish I could sing like the Logs. My voice is shot now from talking so much, and while I’m exhausted, I fear I’m still too excited to sleep. Anyway, it’s time to sign off for the night. Happy CPW Thursday!

12 responses to “CPW Thursday liveblog”

  1. Gihan says:

    I wish I could be on campus by 12… I really want to hear Jack Welch speak! Looking forward to Senator Kennedy’s tomorrow, and I’m pysched about CPW!

  2. donaldGuy says:

    I wish I could be at CPW period. Of course, that would require I <ol> <li>was a senior </li> <li>had gotten into MIT</li></ol>

    I did just get back from visiting MIT, though (Tuesday and Wednesday), and even without all the festivities, it made me sure I want to go there.

    Anyway, I do have a couple friends who meet the criteria above and are up there today. If you see a Micheal C or a Sarah V from Virginia Beach, VA .. tell them I’m jealous.

    ~Donald Guy

  3. Anne says:

    I wish I could have made it …
    but to everyone there – HAVE FUN!!

    Hahaha it’s funny that there are only 2 comments on this post so far … usually there are 239487 by the time I look.

    oh yeah, it’s because everybody’s at campus …. baahhhh

  4. Anne says:

    I wish I could have made it …
    but to everyone there – HAVE FUN!!

    Hahaha it’s funny that there are only 2 comments on this post so far … usually there are 239487 by the time I look.

    oh yeah, it’s because everybody’s at campus …. baahhhh

  5. Anonymous says:

    2:19 am on the other side of the world: Karen decides to stop compulsively refreshing the page for updates and go to sleep.

  6. Anusuya says:

    ahh…I wish I was at CPW, meeting everyone else that got into MIT…anyway…hope the weekend is going great for all those who are there!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Yay !
    Snively, I got a comment posted before you did.

  8. Angela '11 says:

    Hi Matt, thanks sooo much for helping all of us prefrosh experience a part of CPW, even from home! I’ll be living on these blogs all weekend.. haha. Sounds like it’s already going great!

    (PS – If you can remember, I stayed overnight at MIT. I’m the girl who walked into your office around 10:00 last Monday morning with my host, carrying a Dunkin Donuts bag, to say hi!)

  9. Snively says:


    (Yay! –Yuki)

  10. Mandah '11 says:

    Completely wireless campus.


    I love you guys.


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