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We Treat You Nicely by Snively '11


Don’t forget to vote for me in the 2008 Blogging Scholarship! And tell all your friends!

You should come visit MIT! No, seriously, if you’re considering MIT then you should come visit. I realize that depending on where you live, a visit to MIT can be expensive and a little time consuming, but there are very few ways to actually understand what MIT is like. One of those ways is to attend MIT. Another one of those ways is to visit.

Normally visits only last for about a day so you will have to cram as much MIT into that day as possible, but that’s kind of what MIT is like, right? Cramming a ton of stuff into a really short time period?

I have two things that I want to throw at you today in this entry. The first involves some pictures I just took. I don’t have my camera with me (I know, bad blogger) but I do have this fancy webcam on my new Macbook (yes, the new Macbook) and so I just used that. I don’t know how to resize them yet (anybody got any good opensource or freeware for resizing? Other than Gimp?) so you’ll have to settle for a slightly larger picture than you may be used to. Anywho, I was wandering down the infinite corridor and my feet got tired and I wanted to sit down. There were some benches and chairs, but they didn’t look very comfortable. Lucky for me, I work for the admissions office (before you ask what I do, remember what you’re reading right now) so I know about secret (not so secret) admissions secrets. Mainly, the chairs in 10-100.

10-100 is the admissions reception center. This is where you’ll go first if you come for an overnight visit. When you walk in you’ll see something like this (minus the small boy perhaps):

You’ll say hi to the friendly receptionist and then sit down, in one of these:

These chairs, apart from the student center chairs are the most comfortable chairs ever. Your first encounter with MIT will see you resting in the lap of luxury. This is good, because as a prefrosh, the next thing you’ll do is look to your right and see Killian Court, realize that you’re sitting under the great dome, and want to have a panic attack about how awesome it is. This chair, in all of its overwhelming comfort, just may calm you enough to save your life.

Ok, thing two: When to visit MIT.

Maybe we should start with times to avoid visiting MIT.
1) Finals week, both fall and spring. 12/15-12/19 and 5/18-5/22. You should also avoid the week or two before these weeks because those are extremely busy.
2) January. January is different at MIT in that classes are optional and students don’t have to be here. If you visit in January expect to see a lot of snow, people holed up in their dorms playing video games, wrapped in blankets, and not a lot of stereotypical MIT.
3) Thursday night. TONS of PSETs are due on Friday. If you come on a Thursday expect you host to be totally hosed and be working (“tooling”) all night, leaving you to your own devices.
4) Weekends. Sure, weekends are fun, and you’ll get to explore campus and Boston etc, but you won’t get to go to classes and you won’t get to see the hustle and bustle of MIT. Weekends are a special case, you want to experience the general case.

When to come:
1) Days of the week: M,T,W,F. Students will always be busy here, but these days are probably the best to come. Note that on Friday there will more than likely be parties and not a lot of homework-doing in the evening, so you will probably get to experience the best of both worlds (classes and social life). Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are in the middle of the week so you’re more likely to experience the drudge/grind of MIT, which really is important to see. It’s critical to understand how students react to the work and pressure and there is never more work or pressure than right in the middle of the week. Again, avoid Thursday (too much work and pressure) but the other days are pretty good.

That’s all I have for now. Please, current students, feel free to give your opinion on the best day to visit MIT. In fact, I’ve set up a doodle. Don’t worry about the numbers of the days, just look at the M-F.

Click here to tell prefrosh when to visit

Click here, prefrosh, to know when to visit

Interactive blogging, I love it! Don’t forget to leave your name and class year, like “Snively ’11”

Remember, only upperclassmen should fill out the doodle. Prefrosh should just look at it. This means you 4chan!

28 responses to “We Treat You Nicely”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I voted for you! Also, can you partake in any lecture of your choosing when visiting MIT or are there restrictions??

  2. Ehsan says:

    And for all you people who think MIT is all “serious business” please take a look at the Campus Map and interact with it!


    Funny, Right?

  3. Hafsa says:

    Hopefully I’m visiting on november 25th. There’ll be less than a month between my two visits so yay!

  4. Hiral says:

    I am from India, I cannot visit MIT, but I hope to visit it this FALL. (Optimistic).

  5. Meagan says:

    I’m applying to MIT, but I practically live there already. >.I’m applying to MIT, but I practically live there already. >.<

  6. Eek says:

    Does staying on an overnight affect your chances at all? Like, I know lots of schools love it when you go there and stuff. You need to give them 2 weeks’ notice, though, so the only dates available are the first few days of December or something, which kind of sucks ’cause I’m coming to Splash and I could have mashed it all into one huge MIT trip. raspberry Other problem is, I applied EA. Would they know I did the overnight?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ehsan, GIMP is FOSS. No piracy needed.

  8. Ehsan says:

    @ Last Anon

    I know it is. But I was going to suggest Photoshop CS4. But then I remember that you cant pirate at MIT.

  9. LS says:

    I did the overnight program about a month ago. I absolutely loved it!!!! I was there on a Thursday night, and they were working on PSETs until about 2:00 a.m. It was kind of like my life, except 10 times better, because it didn’t involve any english. That reminds me…. I need to go write an English research paper that’s due tomorrow.

  10. Hafsa says:

    wow i just missed that last statement, sorry

  11. Anonymous says:



  12. Josh says:

    Hey Michael, totally unrelated question, but how hardcore can you get into dorm modification without ticking off the institute? I assume ripping out a wall would be disallowed, but what are the limits, typically>

  13. Snively says:

    lol, I can name more than one person who’s yelled that at a tour group and then run away screaming. Good times!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I would have loved to visit MIT….but unfortunately I am here in India so not a good idea…but still if I can get a financial aid for the visit I will come running

  15. Anonymous says:

    i think you are just blogging for the sake of blogging (and getting voted of course!)

  16. Anonymous says:

    I’m visiting in February! Even though I’ll have already applied it’ll be a lot of fun.


  17. Ahmed says:

    I actually have more psets due Thursday than on Friday so for me (and others in 18.02 and 8.01) Wednesdays are not so great for visiting.

  18. bexy says:

    Hey I like you,you’re being real that’s good.How con one vote? and what’s your major

  19. bexy says:

    I’ve alredy done the voting I didn’t see the link.I hope to be a part of MIT sometime

  20. Bridger says:

    You don’t need any third party programs to resize photos on OS X. Just open them in Preview and go to Tools->Adjust Size. You can also cut out transparency and other nifty things.

  21. Ehsan says:


    I’m sorry you can’t be a pirate like the rest of us!

  22. June says:

    GASP! an admission secret?!?!?!? they have secrets?

    does the website track the vote by computer? because if so, my school library has lots of computers…

  23. Ray says:

    Resizing? If your blog allows HTML editing, changing the attributes of the picture shouldn’t be hard. Built in scanner programs sometimes do the trick, too. Otherwise, go with the GIMP.

  24. anonymous says:

    @ Eek

    MIT does not track how many times you have contacted them, visited, or whether you have had an overnight. It does not increase or decrease your chance of admission at all.

  25. Charlie says:

    I ruined your poll.:D

  26. I got to come up for a visit very recently (over election night) and it was a lot of fun. Met tons of cool people and even got to attend some classes (although attending a third lecture when you are working off less than 3 hours of sleep after flying half-way across the nation is not the best idea). I’d definitely recommend it to anybody considering MIT because while you can learn some stuff from blogs and websites, actually visiting is much more informative and fun!

  27. Andrew says:

    I’d love to experience an MIT party haha