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Florida, complete by Matt McGann '00

I'm back in Boston now, my meetings in Florida being done. It was quite a trip!

I’m back in Boston now, my meetings in Florida being done. It was quite a trip!

We left off in Miami, where I had a great meeting before a packed house. I also got some recommendations for yummy Cuban food on Calle Ocho, in Miami’s Little Havana.

The Cuban sampler at Versailles Restaurant & Bakery in Miami.

After Miami, it was off to Florida’s Gulf Coast, where I was due to do a meeting in Tampa. Like in Orlando and Miami, I had the opportunity to meet and dine with the Tampa Bay-area Educational Counselors (ECs) before the Central Meeting.

The Tampa ECs and I dining at Charley’s Steakhouse. At right, Regional Chair Lauralee Grizzaffi ’91.

Folks came to the meeting from far and wide, such as Tallahassee (thanks Melissa!), Gainesville, and Naples (including Mike & others from Gulf Coast HS).

The 300+ person crowd in Tampa.

Overall, I saw more than 1200 people at 4 meetings across the state of Florida. I met many great students and had some great conversations with our ECs. It was my first time in South Florida and Florida’s Gulf Coast. I really enjoyed my time there, and hope to visit again soon.

Even though I’m home now, I head right back to Tampa on Thursday to attend and present at the national conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Not too long after that, I’m off to Southern California for more Central Meetings… it’s a busy time!

While I am back in Boston, look for my next few entries to talk about stuff happenning on campus. On that note, today is the opening day for Overnight Program registration. On your MyMIT portal, in the orange box on the left there is an “Overnight Program” link. Clicking on this will allow you to register to come to campus and stay overnight with an MIT student, go to classes, eat in the dining halls, etc. If you are interested, check it out!

4 responses to “Florida, complete”

  1. Davis says:

    Matt, sounds good!

    My mother really appreciates what you’ve done!

    I sent you an email, and have showed her your blog[she asked me what a ‘blog’ was…long story lol] but she almost broke to tears telling me that I will make it anywhere I go to. I almost broke down too, saying to myself maybe I do have a chance. My mom says she hopes you enjoyed Miami, and we both were very happy to find that you went to the Versailles Restaurant(I hope you liked the food smile ). Also, I sent Ben an email and I will call him tomorrow, since another hurricane just passed[Rita] and I haven’t had a chance to talk to him over the phone about some concerns I have about my scores on the SAT and also some things that have limited me so far as GPA wise. You guys really are a great help. Anyways, I hope to hear from you soon, although I know you have alot to catch up on!

    Best Regards,


  2. mike guo says:


    That’s me in the front row, the guy on the very left. My friend Trevor is the kid next to me. I’ve got this ridiculous looking face on me, don’t ask.

    Anyway, Matt’s presentation was excellent and was definitely worth the drive and missing the football game. He and the ECs really helped me get a grasp of what MIT is really like.

  3. jimmy says:

    hey matt thanks for coming our school and for singing the fight song.

  4. Mitra says:

    Wow, that’s such a large and well-dressed crowd at the Tampa regional meeting.