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I had a fantastic time at MIT.Super BrilliantPolitical Science
I had a fantastic time at MIT. It's really, really intense and you have to be extremely driven and love technical subjects. If that describes you, you'll have a great time.

It's also a great party school, believe it or not. The dorms are all very different from each other, some with typical college life, some really nerdy, some with lots of hardcore partying. This makes it a place where it's easy to find people who are similar to you, assuming that you are generally smart and like math.MIT is pretty nice in terms of things like having an open campus even at night, not forcing dining plans upon you even in your first year, not caring if you drill holes into walls of the older dorms and explode things in the courtyard, etc.

5th Year Female -- Class 2007
Education Quality: A+, Innovation: B
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At the beginning of freshman year, I madeQuite BrightChemical Engineering
At the beginning of freshman year, I made the mistake of thinking I could keep my study habits from high school and still succeed academically. Luckily, MIT's first semester is pass/no record, so my adjustment to harder coursework (and the resulting C in one of my classes) did not negatively affect my GPA. There are so many resources on campus, and I learned to use tutoring sessions and office hours. I have been able to make a close group of friends with high standards, and we often study together. I believe that forming study groups, reading the textbooks, and maintaining a hobby/escape (mine is running) are essential to succeeding at MIT.
1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C+
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When I came for CPW I thought MITQuite BrightUndecided
When I came for CPW I thought MIT would be the place for me. After spending a year there, I realized it is nothing like what people make it out to be. People still never drop the snooty, I'm better than you attitude even though you've all made it to the same place. People are quickly closed off into their own little boxes and are quick to judge the type of person someone is based on how they look or where they live (i.e. East Campus vs. West Campus). If you don't know where you stand immediately you will be left on your own to figure things out. Instead of college being a place where you learn new things, MIT is a place where you continue being the person you came in as. People are willing you help you so long as you don't do better than them. Classes based on everyone else's grades are the norm no matter what people say. Go somewhere more small and open-minded. No one here cares about anything that doesnt involve academics or getting drunk on the weekends. Interested in social change or anything outside of the college bubble? Go somewhere else or your social life will suck because of all the things you feel like you are missing. The depressing Boston winters are just the icing on this already bitter cake.
1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Perceived Campus Safety: B, University Resource Use/ spending: F
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