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MIT definitely lives by the "work hard partyBrightEconomics
MIT definitely lives by the "work hard party hard mentality". Surprisingly enough, students here like to have a good time. We are usually pretty busy during the week, and the work can be very challenging, especially if you don't come from a scientific background (my high school was very liberal arts/humanities focused). But most students find time to be social on weekends...and in fact, its all of the BU, Simmons, Northeastern, and Harvard kids that are trying to get in to all the MIT parties, and not the other way around.

There are probably a higher number of frustratingly socially awkward people here than you would find at other colleges, but if you look hard enough (which isn't actually very hard) there are plenty of quote unquote normal people here too. Anyway, in summary: if you come to MIT prepare to be very academically challenged, but you'll also make great friendships, and have a lot of fun if you remind yourself to have a life and not stress so much.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
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The MIT way of thinking takes some getting used to.Quite BrightBiology
The MIT way of thinking takes some getting used to. Everything is based on problem-solving. I know that in my department, biology, most of my friends at other schools memorize and repeat facts. Here, biology classes ask you to apply these facts to hypothetical situations; exams frequently ask what sort of assay you would run to determine something, what sample results mean, etc. MIT is not for everyone.
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I know it's notQuite BrightMath
I know it's not for everyone, but MIT has been awesome for me. It's like everything good you could have imagined about college (especially as compared to high school) rolled into one.
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