Yesterday, I briefly deserted my physics and orgo psets and headed over to the Bush Room to join several other MIT students in calling youuu: the RA admits!
I think I got to call and congratulate about fifteen or so of you, although I spoke more with answering machines than actual people :( Since I’m from the Houston area, I begged Matt to let me call admits from Texas; I more or less got my wish, with a few Mainers thrown in :)
Based on yesterday alone, I feel safe in saying that the MIT Class of 2014 is AWESOME. Those of you whom I spoke with were funny, nice, and admirably ambitious – it was a pleasure to meet you :) The RA telethon will continue on Thursday, so if you didn’t get a call yesterday, don’t worry; we haven’t forgotten you!
A lot of you asked great questions yesterday; here are some of the more common ones:
Are MIT classes ridiculously hard?
Hard, yeah. But not impossibly so. As with anything else, you have to work at it. If you have three tests coming up in next week, you might have to sacrifice a couple of your weekend plans. It’s entirely feasible to get all As at MIT, and I know people who have done it. Plus, there’s always help: professors, TAs, classmates, Wikipedia. I’ve discovered that office hours are more or less lifesavers.
What exactly happens at CPW?
The better question might be what doesn’t happen? Sleep doesn’t happen, food-that’s-not-free doesn’t happen, boredom doesn’t happen, and homework definitely doesn’t happen :) CPW is basically four days of nothing but fun, where you can explore any part of MIT you want to: the dorms, the classes, the clubs, the labs. I’m sure there’ll be more CPW-related entries later; try to make it to CPW if you can! It played a huge role last year in my final decision to attend MIT.
Do people even have time for extracurriculars?
Definitely. I think some of my friends might actually be spending more time on clubs/activities than on classes. It helps that there are hundreds of student groups and that all of them are diverse. It’s not too hard to find something you like – and then join.
Can you tell me more about the placement exams offered during orientation?
Sooo during orientation, Advanced Standing Exams in physics, chemistry, biology, and math (maybe? I can’t remember…) are offered for anyone who wants to place out of introductory classes. A good way to study for them is by using the materials (lectures, practice problems, notes, etc) available on OCW.
If I think of any questions later, can I e-mail you?
~*~23 days till CPW!!!~*~