I can’t stop thinking about all of the people who have been affected by this – this tragedy has been on my mind every waking hour (and non-waking hour for that matter – I’ve been dreaming about it too). It’s a feeling of helplessness – other than donating money I don’t know what to do other than watch and hope.
And I keep thinking “did this really have to happen?” Those of you who plan to be engineers, perhaps you can answer this question: when New Orleans rebuilds, what can be done to prevent this from happening again? How would you design it?
To applicants from the affected areas: you’ve probably seen the message elsewhere on MyMIT, but to reiterate: we’ll be as accommodating and flexible as possible regarding your applications to MIT. If you have any questions or concerns whatsoever, do not hesitate to call or email anyone in our office.
As you may have noticed, we had to cancel our central meeting (info session) in Louisiana. Some of you may be willing/able to attend a different meeting; if not, please consider visiting campus via the Overnight Program. Let me know if you have any questions about either.
I found this link when searching for ways to help. Do any of you have other ideas to add?
Also – this blog, kept by a local New Orleans reporter, is a great primary source. If you’ve found other things like this, feel free to add them in the comments.
Most importantly – those of you from the areas that were hit – how are you doing? Where are you staying? What can we do to help?
You’re in our thoughts and prayers.