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MIT Pleasures: What are Your Favorite Things?

I'm considering applying to MIT, and I'm curious about the experiences and activities that students enjoy the most there. For current students or recent grads, what have been your favorite aspects of MIT life, both academically and socially? Thanks!

7 months ago

As someone who has spent time on the MIT campus, I can share a few aspects of MIT life that many students have expressed as their favorites:

Academically:

1. UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program): This program allows students to engage in meaningful research with faculty members, often contributing to important projects and discoveries.

2. Passionate Professors: MIT's faculty is often praised for their dedication and enthusiasm, which they bring to the classroom and inspire students to push their boundaries.

3. Project-based Learning: MIT emphasizes hands-on learning, and many courses include projects that allow students to apply what they've learned to real-world problems.

Socially:

1. Clubs and Organizations: With over 500 clubs and student groups, there's something for everyone at MIT. You can join anything from a cultural organization to a team sports club or even a political coalition.

2. Hacking Culture: MIT has a rich tradition of "hacking," which refers to creating clever and imaginative pranks or installations around campus. This can lead to humorous and memorable experiences, fostering a unique sense of camaraderie.

3. East Campus and Random Hall Culture: These dorms are known for their eclectic, artsy, and welcoming environments. Each floor or living group has its own thematic identity, providing a sense of community and support.

4. Independent Activities Period (IAP): During January, students can take and teach unique, unconventional classes, participate in workshops, and explore new interests, from cooking to lock-picking.

5. Boston/Cambridge Area: The cities of Boston and Cambridge are vibrant, rich in history, and offer countless cultural and recreational opportunities. Students can explore museums, restaurants, parks, and concerts, among other activities.

Remember that different students will have different favorite aspects of MIT, but these are some of the more commonly cited experiences. Good luck with your application!

7 months ago

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