When the CPW schedule came out when I was a prefrosh 50000 years ago, I turned into a puddle of excitement. A puddle!
I tried to plan out a full itinerary and ended up with something like this:
… and miserably failed at attending all the events I had hoped to be at.
While this is not a guide to optimizing your CPW experience… here are a few things I wish I knew as a prefrosh!
1) Your host loves you, so try your best to get to know them! Remember that your host is fully aware of the commitment of hosting a prefrosh, so don’t feel like you are a burden. However, you shouldn’t plan on glomming onto your host—remember that campus is filled with hundreds of other prefrosh just like you, so it’d be a shame to not go out and meet them :)
2) The MIT Mobile application will help you navigate across campus and on the Boston side where you might find events from FSILGS. Download it and check it out! You can also use whereis.mit.edu for a simple Google Maps version of campus. Don’t be afraid to explore – there are great events that are often a shuttle ride away.
3) You can catch up on sleep when you get home. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to stay up and try everything. :) You’ve earned it!
4) CPW is still school for us! (unfortunately) If your host has classes on Thursday and Friday, or club meetings throughout CPW, or a bit of studying or problem sets to do for next week… then your host is indeed an MIT student! Don’t fret and feel like they don’t want to spend time with you—they are often trying their best to clear their schedule for you. :D
And if you want to find a blogger for some life guidance?
Here’s where you’ll find us this CPW:
|I will be…
|Anna H. ’14 will be…
|Rachel D. ’16 will be…
|Erick P. ’17 will be…
|Emad T. ’14 will be…
And blogger or not—don’t be afraid to ask a student tough questions if you’re looking for deeper answers. Beyond our hopes that CPW is one of the craziest experiences of your life, we hope that it answers a lot of your questions if you do have a tough choice to make. My CPW host helped me understand why MIT was a good fit for me. :)
5) Bring a pair of comfortable shoes you can walk, run and climb in. For uhh… exploring.