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Howdy by Ben Jones

Where are you guys going to live? Etc.

Thanks to everyone who submitted applications for admissions blogging! Thank heaven there’s a selection committee – I could never choose by myself. All of the applications have been fantastic! (There’s still a week left before the EA deadline, for those of you who are procrastinating. :-)

I just saw Omar ’10 in the Infinite and he mentioned that housing stuff will be posted soon. Drop a comment and let me know where you guys all end up.

I have a lot of blog-comment-questions to respond to – look for an entry to this effect in the next couple of days.

70 responses to “Howdy”

  1. Christina says:

    Baker!! :-D YAY!!!!!

  2. Omar '10 says:

    Hey Ben, is was awesome meeting you!

    I got into Senior House wink

  3. Evan B. says:

    Burton-Conner, which, as I understand it, is blogger app suicide. Yay!

  4. what am i up to? i’m suffocating, that’s what! aaaaaah >.< no A/C, stuck in the middle of a patch of overpriced watermelons..

    i feel so…

    used!! T_T bwaaahahhahaahahahhahahaa *tears*

    the pain! the pain! …

    okay, i’m going to go… chew on this rubber band… yeah…

    tell anthony when he gets back to send me a packet of rubber bands. i don’t have the heart to tell him myself ;_; woeeee is meeee……….

  5. Nur says:

    McCormick East Tower


  6. Ankit '10 says:

    MacGregor H321……yay!!!

  7. Jared says:

    Simmons 522B!

  8. Nichole '10 says:

    McCormick (622)! I’m so excited!

  9. JL says:

    Hey Ben,

    When do we get to know what freshmen advising seminar we got placed into?


  10. Sulinya says:

    McCormick 730 grin Yay!

  11. Debbie says:

    Macgregor – G312. smile

  12. Daveed says:

    Next house is quite nifty :-D

    Caaaan’t waiit to come to school

  13. Monica says:

    MacGregor B121. smile

  14. Christina says:

    This post makes me so excited!! LOOK AT ALL OF THE ENTHUSIASM. YAY!!!!!!!!!! :-D

  15. Vu says:

    New House! I’ve got to meet you personally. You’ve helped me so much on cc.

  16. Anushree says:

    Mac Gregor A115. I’m so excited.

  17. Erin says:

    I’m in Macgregor G314! smile

  18. adellaid says:

    speaking of questions……..

    -i’m from romania, moved to the states in fifth grade. last year my step-father got a sabatical which we spent back there, where i went to school etc. is mit at all familiar with education systems in foreign countries — meaning, when i send in my app, will you see what my grades mean in the given the context? also, when it comes to transcripts, do you require one from each high school attended, or is it enough for my american high school to send one, given that it recognized my year abroad and gave me credits accordingly?

    i know it seems like slightly early to ask this, but a romanian transcript will take some time to get ahold of.



  19. thekeri says:

    New House.


    I think we’ve talked about this already, Ben. That, or I’m delusional. (going with the latter.)

  20. Aziz says:

    BAKER BAKER BAKER YEEEES!!! Baker 545…ahh i love you guys! So Christina, I guess we’ll be housemates wink what room did you get put into?

  21. l0ngL says:

    simmons palindrome 464

    i wonder who my roomate is..

    summer heat is melting me! btw, simmons has ac, hasn’t it?

  22. Melodie says:

    German House!!! grin

    The page where we got our assignments gave us a link to floorplans, but they don’t have the actual dimensions on them…do you know if there’s a way to find out how big our rooms are?

  23. Christine says:

    Fifth West… East Campus, my first choice. Now to see if I still like the place after living there for a few days. smile

  24. Colin says:

    French House!

  25. Star says:

    Senior House (454) – roommates with Brooke!

  26. Drew says:

    2nd East!

    There’s no way to see if our rooms are singles, doubles, etc., is there?

  27. dan '10 says:

    simmons (no a/c in simmons)

  28. Christina says:

    Aziz ~ 601. Housemates!! I have no idea who you are but SWEET. :-D

  29. Zaira says:

    Howdy! Are you Texan?

  30. Hey Drew and everyone else — remember that your temp room is ONLY TEMP. You are officially not allowed to stay in the room you temp in. So just for the record, don’t get too attached to the room you’ve been assigned for your temp housing… (The theory is that if you were allowed to stay in your temp room, too many people would be lazy and just say, “Eh, never mind, I’ll just stay here, no need to check out other places, this is fine.” So if EVERYONE has to move, NO ONE has the excuse that they can avoid exploring other dorms or halls or rooms during Rush. Or that’s my understanding anyway. (I know that as a result of this policy, my kid and his roommate were forced to move across the hall to another empty crowd which was slightly smaller than the room they were temped in, and their temp room sat empty. Grr.))

  31. Kallie says:

    3rd East… yay smile

  32. madmatt says:


    Baker (my old dorm) actually has an awesome music room on the ground floor. Many of my musician friends practiced down there. You’ll probably end up in a quad or triple (traditional for Baker freshmen), but don’t worry, you’ll love it.


    Like leftcoast mom said, remember that this is, in most cases, only a temp room. But you can trust in MIT — our housing system is unique, but very special and very good.

  33. Mia says:

    Christine and I should become friends because…

    I’m on 5th west too!! Yahoo!!

  34. Schmidt says:

    w00t Baker 405.

  35. Prannay says:

    MacGregor J112… yipeee!! i’m posting after such a long time.. but i do keep reading…

    For all fellow housemates… Hullo there..! Lest get to know each others..

    Hey anyone from J entry yet?

  36. Ritu says:

    McCormick 701!!!!!

  37. Ariadne says:

    Yayaya Baker but I really want a single or a double… otherwise I’m going to drive way too many people crazy with my guitar playing. is that possible for incoming freshmen?

  38. JohnQ says:

    MacGregor F421… It’s good…

  39. Arka'10 says:

    East Campus!!!!(Wa404)…yay grin

  40. cemilyd says:

    Random Hall – room 222! ^_^

  41. legato says:

    Sorry if I’m posting in the wrong, but can anybody inform me on how to get to send a question for ben jones on his Semi-Annual Q&A

    Thanks A lott

  42. Molly says:

    MacGregor G328 WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Laura says:

    thekeri- aside from the whole “don’t worry it’s only temporary part,” you should just know that New House totally rocks. There’s already some NH4-Conner 2 love going on, and I’d love to add to that. =P

  44. Phil says:

    Next house! =]

  45. Ben says:

    Just post it here. grin That entry’s coming soon!

  46. thekeri says:

    Thanks, Laura!

    But I still want Bexley. ^_^

    Oh, I have a question for anyone who may have the answer: Some of my friends didn’t apply for RBA, but they ended up temped in Next House anyway. Does this mean that they’re required to stay there for the year, and do they have to do RBA?

  47. Timur Sahin says:

    I honestly came here expecting to see a Photoshop Timur contest.

  48. geofft says:

    Melodie: there’s a scale at the bottom of the floor plan (assuming you’re using the file from / Since it’s on a computer, I’d just copy it into Paint and drag the scale around until you get a measurement.

    leftcoast mom: is this all dorms or just that one?

    Nobody from Next House? I’m temped in 5W in Next.

  49. geofft: all dorms have that policy.

    Daniel: there are still several days left in July, so there’s still hope for your calendar. Besides, give folks a little human space, if it’s up the first week of Aug. that’s still roughly the right timeframe. I know they were changing a few things this year (Ben said some of the essay prompts would be changing some…).

  50. Daniel says:

    I apologize for my impatience. The excitement has gotten the best of me and I find myself checking the web site every day! A big thanks to Ben and Matt and the entire admissions team… I know you guys are working hard.

  51. And according to someone posting on College Confidential this afternoon, the application is now up, via MyMIT (to which I do not have access, so I cannot confirm or deny). Good luck!

  52. Daniel says:

    From the MIT web site:

    “The entry year ’07 application will be available in late July.”

    ummmm… is my calendar wrong?

  53. Daniel says:

    Yay, it’s up!

    Start the problem, start the clock!

  54. legato says:

    Hey, can somebody help me with this issue. I really cant find a clue on how to post a question on Ben’s Q&A of this blog. So please can somebody help me I would really appreciate if anybody can lend me a hand in this.

    Thanks for listening

  55. thekeri says:


    You can post your question right here in the comments! You’ll probably get an answer from Ben (or anyone else who happens to know the answer) soon afterwards; if not, then you should get one in the next Q&A blog entry.

  56. thekeri says:

    Oh, and if you aren’t comfortable with doing that, then you can also just send him an email.

  57. OK, I just have to say this: I just got back from a concert where I heard Ariadne play her classical guitar (see above), and she is FANTASTIC!! If you are her roommate, you are in for a wonderful treat. Don’t send her to the music room, listen to her practice, it is sweet to the ears.

    Well done, Ariadne!

  58. JKim says:

    Haha, I’m the friend Keri’s talking about. Or one of them, at least. But I’m in Next, and although I wasn’t too happy about it at first, it’s the only chance I’ll ever have to try RBA smile I’m pretty flexible, so it’s all good.

    Also the dining hall is incredible. You can’t go wrong with that.

  59. Colin says:

    Ariadne — I must hear you play. It’s going to happen. wink

  60. Christian says:

    Random Hall! Woot!

  61. Olga says:

    Baker!! 120, I’d love to find out my roommate though

  62. Minh says:

    McCormick =D

  63. Christina says:

    Oh yes! Ariadne is only a few doors away from me!

    My brother is always turning on his amp at about 3am and waking me up, so I’m sure we won’t have a problem anyway. grin