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When I was in high school, a place like MIT wasn’t initially on my radar. But once I started reading the student blogs on the Admissions homepage, the bloggers and who they blogged about seemed like people I’d want to be friends with—people who were refreshingly authentic, curious, and always up to something interesting. They made MIT seem like a place where I wanted to be after all. And when I finally visited campus myself, all those things turned out to be true.

It’s impossible to pack over a decade’s worth of blog entries into a little magazine, so here are some of my favorites from the past few years. I think they represent some of the best parts of MIT and give a good glimpse into what life is like here.

Happy reading,




Elizabeth Choe ’13
Blogger 2010–2013



Allan K. tells us what’s made MIT stand out over his four years there, from the kinds of people he’s encountered to the surprises he’s experienced along the way.

It Ends

Krystal L. takes us through her last day as an MIT student, filled with final presentations and projects, and talks about moving on to the next chapter in her life.


How did an MIT police car make its way on to the top of the Great Dome? You’ll find out in this blog by Snively, which talks about the tradition of “hacks” (aka pranks).

21 Firsts

Vincent A. came to the United States from Nigeria to study at MIT. In this blog post, he talks about all his “firsts,” from his first time building a robot to his first burrito.

Fantastic Course Numbers and Where to Find Them

How is MIT like Hogwarts? Selam G. takes you through the wizarding ways of MIT in this blog post.

Brass Rat 2017

Every class at MIT gets their own customized “Brass Rat,” a brass class ring that they get to design! Erick P. went to the big reveal ceremony for his class’s Brass Rat, and wrote this blog post about it.

Young Guru & the Metropolitan Orchestra

“I’m never short on inspiration here, only short on time.” Blogger Natasha B. on one of her whirlwind weeks of arts experiences at MIT.

Ideate, Model, TEST!

MIT’s senior capstone mechanical engineering product design class (known as 2.009) has grown into a huge campus spectacle (it’s the closest thing at MIT to the campus spirit-unifying atmosphere of a football game). In this blog, Michael C. gives us a play-by-play of what it’s like in the weeks leading up to the event.

This Day, the Year I Applied

Yuliya K. writes a letter to her past high school self about the things she wished she had focused on more in high school, and the things that turned out to not be that big of a deal after she left the hallways of high school.