Questions about class plans
Nehalita asked about class plans, and I promised to get back to her on that.
Class plans are mostly useful for people who are interested in double-majors, if only because it’s a little more logistically difficult to fit in the extra classes that you need to take outside the General Institute Requirements. (If you’re only doing one major, it’s not as difficult — you can pretty much plan on taking four classes per term for eight terms and it will almost certainly come out right.) I feel like the purpose of a class plan is really more to decide if a given set of two majors is feasible, rather than setting out a concrete roadmap for the next four years — I basically re-made my class plan at least once a semester from the end of freshman year to the end of first term senior year.
Incidentally, I don’t think you should make a class plan before coming to MIT. You just don’t know enough about which classes you’ll need to take, which classes are more difficult or more easy, which classes are taught by professors you like, and how many units you can take in one semester without breaking your brain. You’re welcome, of course, to sit down with the course catalogue, your intended degree programs and a blank Excel spreadsheet, but I don’t know if it will do you any good if you have no information outside the course listing information. The odds are somewhat good that you’ll just end up perplexed.
If you want to soldier on, though, you can just look at the degree requirements for your major(s), then check in the catalogue to see when the various courses are offered. Plan on spending freshman year on the GIRs, don’t forget to add in a HASS each term, and try not to schedule more than one lab class in the same term if you can help it (they’re often all offered in the afternoon). Taking more than 66 or 72 units in a term is probably not advisable, and you should try to stick as close to 48 units per term as you can.
Questions about orientation
The other day you posted the schedule for assigning dorms- I was wondering if you could talk about when we register for classes and plan our schedule. Thanks!
I stopped by the Academic Resource Center the other day to ask about this. (The ARC is the office that runs orientation as well as most other first-year programs.) They gave me the schedule, but also mentioned that it will be up here May 1. They also said they’ll be mailing it to you around that date.
Students going through international orientation will arrive between August 18 and August 20, and the events of international orientation will go from August 21 to August 23. Students doing freshman pre-orientation programs (FPOPs) will arrive between August 20 and August 21, and the events of those programs will be between August 22 and August 26. (There are a lot of different FPOPs, and people tend to really like them. Videos from a few of last years FPOPs is here.)
Students and parents arriving for regular orientation will come either August 25 or 26; events for parents go from the 26th through the 28th, while events for students begin the 27th. I’m not sure what the timeline is for dorm rush this year — maybe one of the UA-connected bloggers could chime in? I guess generally, rush events start around the time freshmen arrive and continue for several days in the evenings. Advanced standing exams will be given on August 28 and 29.
You’ll probably go through in-house rush and move to your final room on the Friday or Saturday before Registration Day (Tuesday, Sept 5). You will register for classes by meeting with your freshman advisor sometime in the week of Aug 28-Sept 1. It’s also a good idea to attend the Core Blitz, an event where professors of common freshman classes stand up and talk about what sorts of students usually take their respective classes. Core Blitz will be held before you meet with your advisor to pick classes.
Questions about dorms
On my marathon tour of MacGregor, anonymous asked
Really appreciate it….would you do the same fot other dormitories?? it is an extremely helpful job…pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase :D
Um, I don’t know all that stuff about other dorms. Anyway, the entry has been edited to reflect the fact that the other bloggers are doing entries on other dorms, so look for those within the coming days and weeks.
Hi! At CPW, some students in Macgregor were telling me that a lot of times the suites will taking hiking trips together and that people in Macgregor are generally very outdoorsy… is that true? Also, are you allowed to decorate your room or anything because I personally am not a fan of the 70’s decor. :)
I don’t know that I’d say the dorm as a whole is outdoorsy — certainly my entry isn’t. There’s really quite a bit of variation between each entry in terms of culture. And yes, you’re allowed to decorate your room. There are some restrictions placed on all the dorms by Housing, but a) fire safety inspections are only once a year, and b) anything goes outside that checklist.
I cannot watch the video but I do have Quicktime installed. When I try to watch it, I see a broken Quicktime logo… Help Please
Another anonymous commenter asked
wow. Macgregor seems to be a nice place to live. Are the dorm rooms generally pretty big? Do you have “IHOP” once a week? Are there people to clean the bathrooms?
No, the rooms in MacGregor aren’t that big — they’re singles! They’re big enough for one person to live comfortably, but they’re not giant. This is Boston, and living space is at a premium. To answer Christian’s question (“How big are the dorms in MacGregor (dimension-wise)?”), the rooms are about 8 feet by 15 feet.
EDIT, in response to comment below: We have dorm-wide brunches (made by resident volunteers) on Sundays once or twice a month. (Actually, we had one today, which was confusing because today is Saturday. I was confused.) We do have plenty of free-food events, but I think that’s probably true of all the dorms. There is a lot of free food at MIT! Eat it before it goes to waste.
In my entry, we have big study breaks orchestrated by our GRT Bryan about twice a month. Most recently, he made brownies for us and went around door-to-door handing them out, and before that, he cooked lasagna for us and we had an entry dinner.
And yes, there are people who clean the bathrooms. There are people who clean the bathrooms in all the dorms, with the exception of Simmons, as I understand it — they have private or semi-private bathrooms, so they have to clean them themselves. Every other dorm has cleaning staffpersons who clean the bathrooms on a regular basis.
So you know how if you want to live in a double, you have to find a roommate before in-house rush (at least according to the Next House website, I think)? Do you have to find a bunch of suitemates if you want to live in MacGregor? Or will you just get randomly assigned to them as a freshman?
No, you don’t have to find suitemates in MacGregor. All of the suites in the dorm are made up of people from different class years, so usually there are only one or two rooms in each suite that are open to be filled by freshmen — upperclassmen pick their rooms for the upcoming year in the spring. If you pick MacGregor and go through in-house rush, you’ll rank the entries 1-9, and upperclassmen in the dorm will rank all the freshmen (yes, no, no preference). A dorm-wide algorithm “maximizes house happiness”, and you’ll be put in an entry. Once you’re assigned to an entry, the entry representatives will pick a room for you based on what they know about you. (For example, if they think you’ll get along really well with another person in the entry, they might make you next-door neighbors.) This all happens the night of in-house rush (the entry representatives and room assignment chairs usually stay up all night), and you’ll get your final assignment in the morning.
Hey Mollie would you say having skills in just math is enough to major in management science? It seems interesting but if someone doesn’t have any experience with economics and all that jazz, can they build on just math skills enough to major in management at MIT? Is math even a major part of it?
You actually have to take a fair number of math classes to major in management at MIT — 6.041 (probability) and 18.06 (linear algebra) in particular are definitely not fluff classes. You are required to take 14.01 (microeconomics) and 14.02 (macroeconomics), so don’t worry if you don’t have an economics background — you’ll have one when you’re done with those classes! You’d have to ask Mitra how much econ background is assumed for 14.01/14.02, but I know a lot of people who have taken and enjoyed those classes (econ is a fairly popular HASS concentration), and I don’t think any of them had any background other than a standard high school econ class.
You could also shoot your original question over at Matt, who knows way more about course 15 than I do.