Continuing on the thread began yesterday… With 10 days to go until the May 1st postmark deadline for your college decision, I figure now is as good a time as any to the students who are still undecided: How can we help you make your decision? What more would you like to know about MIT? What are your lingering concerns? Etc. Here are some of yesterday’s comments:
Joe wrote, “Um, well…getting my financial info would be nice. The financial aid office says they’ll get it to me next week. Are they really that busy though? I mean…I know I got my CSS done a little late but it’s still been done for a couple weeks now :(” And Anonymous wrote, “Why have some of us not recieved our financial aid packages yet? I know I got all of my information in on time. Why did we not recieve our financial aid package on the April 1st date we were told?”
Joe, I’ll look into it. And Anon, include your email address (or name) the next time you comment so I can look into it for you, too. I’ve already been able to track down some financial aid answers for some other commenters, and I’m sure I can help you out, too.
Carly wrote, “I’m kind of worried about the food situation at MIT but honestly I’m only undecided becuase of my parents.”
Carly, what are your parent’s concerns? If it would be helpful, I can have Nance give them a call to chat a bit about things…
As for the food, I was actually very happy at MIT. MIT didn’t lock me into an inflexible 20-meals-a-week plan like many of my friends at other colleges, which allowed me to 1) occasionally cook for myself when I wanted without taking a financial hit, and 2) try some of the 200+ restaurants within a mile of Lobby 7. And my dorm had a dining hall, so every night my friends and I got to share a great meal around the table and talk about our day… it was like family dinner back home. What kinds of concerns do you have about the food?
Quentin (“90% for MIT at the moment”) wrote, “So I guess the thing you guys can help with is to show us more of MIT’s culture, and make sure we know it’s an awesome place to study. I’ve been concerned that MIT’s classes will be so detailed and exhausting that I won’t have time to partake in all the clubs and student activities at MIT. I saw many students, even during CPW, spending a lot of their time in front of a laptop or books studying. While that’s not a bad thing, I worry that it will be hard to balance work and play.”
Well, Q, below I’ve compiled some of my entries that have focused on the “play” side of the “work hard, play hard” culture of MIT, especially the unique/quirky side of MIT “play.” It’s by no means an exhaustive list, but it gives a sense:
- Mystery Hunt!
- Disco Dance Floor
- IAP, the Independent Activities Period
- Solar Car
- Couchamarans and Carboats
- Cambridge-MIT Exchange
- Transcendental number reunions
"At MIT, we don't just have 5n year reunions (where n is a counting number), we also occasionally have transcendental number reunions..."
- More hacks
- MIT-specific jargon
"punt - (1) v.t. To determine after analytical deliberation not to do something often academic in nature. (2) v.i. To be in the process of not doing something.
tool - (1) v. To study. (2) n. One who studies to an extreme. Connotes over-concentration on problem sets. Supertool: an extreme extreme. (3) n. MIT student. Slightly derogatory. See nerd...."
- The Brass Rat
- Even more hacks
So, the question is open: With 10 days to go until the May 1st postmark deadline for your college decision, how can we help you make your decision? What more would you like to know about MIT? What are your lingering concerns? Another entry shortly!