How to use these blogs by Laura N. '09
Scattered thoughts on the information age, plus some bonus snark.
So I was looking through some old notes that I was working on for this blog- topics to cover, questions to answer, stuff like that, and I came across a collection of things that I had written which can most accurately be titled, “How to get the most out of reading the MITblogs,” or maybe “How to not get a sarcastic reply to a question from me.” I fixed them up a bit, and here they are:
1. Just read it.
Every once inawhile I get questions like, “So, what’s MIT like?” Yeah, I’m not answering that. Read the blogs, that’s what they’re for. We try to make them interesting, and I personally try to link each entry to as many other entries as possible, so that you can waste hours clicking arond to random interesting topics. In fact, I think I’ll link random words in this entry to some random blog entries. You know, just for fun.
2. Tell us what you want to hear.
So, you know those 2 ridiculously long entries I did a little while ago about all of the machine shops on campus? That was done by request- a prospective student asked one of the admissions counselors, who passed it on to us. That was awesome. I spent a week wandering around campus machine shops, awkwardly taking pictures of random people I didn’t know. (I find this kind of situation hilarious, personally.) I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now. Every once in awhile, I run out of ideas. So give me some of yours. =)
3. Ask good questions.
If you ask me “does MIT have a major in economics?” I’m going to be like “dude, why didn’t you just go to the MIT home page, click on academics, and then read through the list until you got to the part about the economics major?” Similarly, if you ask me “Is there a group for students who are religiously identified as Lutheran?” I’m going to just google the MIT site, and while I don’t mind doing that for you, it’s not a really exciting question. If you ask something cool and insightful,it may even inspire an entire post, and that would rock. Everyone would be happy. I don’t have any examples of this, because if I did, I’d be off writing said inspired posts instead of this one. My point is, we love getting good questions and entry ideas- a lot of times we don’t know what to write, and even when we do, we don’t know if you’ll really care.
4. Remember that I am a lowly student.
Please don’t ask me if I filed your letter of recommendation yet. The answer is always no. (You can direct that stuff to admissions at mit dot edu.)
5. Cut it out with the “what are my chances?” stuff.
I have a very serious question to ask those of you itching to ask this question: who the hell cares?! For real. If there was a crystal ball you could look into that would tell you who was going to be admitted to what schools, you wouldn’t need to fill out all those applications, would you? Just fill out the application, send it in, and then wait for the answer. I know the waiting sucks, but is getting some random person’s opinion of your chances really going to help the waiting suck less? No, probably not. If you ask this, we’re just going to say we don’t know anyway.
6. Do not insult my SAT score.
I got a 700 on the SAT I math section, and every time I get asked “zomg I only got a 760 on the SAT I math and I don’t have time to retake it and I’m doomed to work at mcdonald’s for the rest of my life what should I do???!?!?!?!!!” …I get angry. And that’s not just a personal thing. I’m just as angry when the grade in question is as low or lower than mine. Listen to me very carefully: THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN THE SAT. And thank God.
7. Every once in awhile, get off the internet and go outside or something.
I’m serious. Get a tan. Read a book. Stop thinking about college applications so much.
What are your thoughts on my ramblings?