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*The campus is very utilitarian. They do not put much work into making the campus look nice.
*People are too busy to have real friends at the institute. You will end up picking your homework over your friends or friends over your homework and you lose either way.

*People here are crushed
*People will lie to you and say that they don't work that much when really they are working all the time- so mindgames

*people on perscription drugs to help them concentrate
*You constantly feel stressed out
*If you aren't the type to study in your room there aren't that many great places to study unless you go out to Boston

*dull campus life.
*socially inept stressed people lead to a bad combination
*Homeworks are created to learn new concepts you have not been adequately taught so you WILL have the experience of not knowing how to do a pset for sure. In this case you betterhave a tutor, know someone who has taken the class or get the answers out of the TA

*Classes assume a very good grasp of math before you even get there
*lack of socially conscious ppl
*You will leave here thinking critically about everything
*You will learn how to manage your life and learn study skills
*You will learn how to put your studies first and everything else on the backburner- so you will learn to focus

*reputation*confidence in your abilities to figure things out

5th Year Female -- Class 2009
Surrounding City: A+, Campus Aesthetics: F
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The undergraduate experience for economics majors is terriblQuite BrightEconomics
The undergraduate experience for economics majors is terrible - the faculty consistently gets the lowest rankings on student surveys of teaching ability. it is not that the the professors are not great researchers - they are - many have won nobel prizes, etc. but their teaching ability leaves a LOT to be desired - moreover, they don't give a damn about undergrads - no matter how well you do in the department, it is often difficult to get meaningful UROPs with professors - they are too involved with their own research to care... the mit experience is in large part shaped by the department that you choose to major in - in this case, don't major in economics unless you are hell bent on a Phd - you're job options post graduation suck and the quality of your educational experience is limited (unless you enjoy teaching yourself all the material and doing a lot of independent research)
4th Year Female -- Class 2003
Useful Schoolwork: A-, Faculty Accessibility: F
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After 3 years at MIT, I really hateBrightEconomics
After 3 years at MIT, I really hate this place and can't wait to graduate. Given another chance, I would NOT come here again. Apart from some of the wonderful students I've met here, MIT really sucks. This is a place which cares more about research than its undergraduate population and prides itself in having a pressure cooker atmosphere. One wonders why MIT should pride itself in having such a stressful atmosphere. I have friends with 5.0 GPA's who suffer anxiety attacks because of all the work they have.I also feel this school fosters depression and this is probably what the Boston Globe meant when it said MIt had " a culture of suicide".
3rd Year Female -- Class 2003
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Individual Value: F
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