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MIT prepared me for life in many ways.Finance
MIT prepared me for life in many ways. MIT is a meritocracy so fortunately those beside me at school worked very hard didnt get in because daddy bought them in. MIT is what the real world is about if you work hard and keep your eye on the ball you will do well. Many speak about the school being a pressure cooker but I think its just a tough school because everyone at the school is a genius and they know they cant BS the MIT student body with alot of lightweight useless courses. I have never learned so much in my life. As they say studying at MIT is "like drinking from a firehose". Non stop excitement and discovery everywhere you turn. I got into all of the Ivy's but I wasnt born a rich brat with a billion dollars so I chose MIT as the way to arrive where I wanted to go in the shortest amount of time. I went to a prestigious boarding school and got sick of all the idiots soaked in money that I lived with for years who got nowhere except the ER with alcohol poisoning. Rather than spend all of my time getting wasted in Finals Clubs and Eating Clubs or talking about how wasted I got I went to MIT in order to work towards a serious life goal. The students were supportive and everyone worked daily in teams with no sabotage. There are no honors at MIT because its an honor to graduate from there so that does away with the cutthroat BS most Ivys equate to "competitive" learning models. The professors are unique, strange and most have amazing senses of humor and they are there for you. The UROPs are fantastic take advantage of that.The hacks are amazing too. I am enormously proud to have graduated from MIT. Its an honor to have survived the only intellectual boot camp of its kind in the world. When you say you went to MIT everyone knows they can count on you to solve problems. The name MIT is 100% integrity! By the way join a frat the social life was great and everyone came to our parties even the school next door. One more thing when H runs out of levels in math and science they send their wizards over to MIT to take a few courses!Thats probably why everyone recruits at MIT over anywhere. MIT students know how to work not pose said my first boss! So True.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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Boston is first of all the greatest collegeBrightFinance
Boston is first of all the greatest college town EVER. Then MIT is also a very challenging school. Be prepared to be beaten over the head with a stupid stick...repeatedly. At times you want to stab your eyes out, but in the end, it's all worth it as you hibernate the months away. haha, yeah, as bad as it can get, it brings you so much closer to your friends. It's really amazing the support system there. Also, we really really hate the Yankees.
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: C+
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MIT is a great place to get aBrightNeuroscience/Cognitive Science
MIT is a great place to get a truly valuable education, but you need to put the work in to get something out of it. And if you're going to MIT and not putting the work in, you probably won't be going to MIT for very long. The coursework is challenging, but that's also what helps make MIT great. Every problem has a meaning and a bearing on understanding the course material. All that being said, MIT won't kill you as long as you MANAGE YOUR TIME. Learn to schedule properly and don't take on more than you can handle, especially not your first semester. If you plan your work out right, you should have ample time for extracurriculars and social activities. You might not have as much time as your friends at other schools, but if you're just studying all the time, you're doing something wrong. Don't let the workload scare you off from MIT; rather, see it as a challenge. You'll get so much more out of an MIT education than you will at a "party school" or some place where learning is not the fundamental virtue. And also understand that even though MIT is focused on science, technology, and engineering, it has a fantastic school of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science, and you will have to complete distributive requirements in the humanities much like you would at a liberal arts college. MIT's mission is NOT to produce culturally illiterate, out-of-touch scientists and engineers. On the contrary, MIT works to ensure every student gets a broad education in various forms of communication and humanities-based studies. So take advantage of not only MIT's great science and engineering, but also humanities!
1st Year Male -- Class 2012
Education Quality: A+, Campus Aesthetics: B
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