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| This school is not for everyone, what you have to decide is if it fits the kind of person you are. If you pick a challenging major (and most here are) you will become very good friends with people in your major because there isnt much time for other things. The workload I never imagined would be as challenging as it is, coming from a very good high school. You walk onto this campus being one of the brightest in your class only to realize you are just mediocre here. If you are looking for a college experience where you can sit back, relax and take classes on the side this is not the place for you. If you are looking for an extremely challenging education in a University that offers the best oppertunities for research and whose classes will make you think (and quite possibly cry) then this is the place for you. |
|Nov 20 2002|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2004 |
Dude, MIT Rocks.|
Ok, now that I have that out of the way, and anyone who judges reviews by the first line has stopped reading: MIT is actually pretty good. The coursework is difficult, true, and it can feel like you're drowning, but overall the experience can actually be pretty positive.
First, you have to make sure that you have good friends; a good support group. It may seem like you won't have time at MIT for friends and fun, but it's critical that you don't just lock yourself away and expect to succeed in isolation. That's a surefire way to go crazy. Trust me - I did. I had to drop out (medical leave of absence). However, unlike (at least) one of the previous posters, the deans were very helpful and supportive of me getting back in, once I got therapy and help and showed I had a support network and proper plans in place. They want you to succeed (they want every student to succeed), but not at the cost of your health. [Sidebar: Whether that comes from truly caring about students or a fear of lawsuits, I could not say.]
I got back in after taking 2 years off, finished off my degree, and learned a lot from the experience. If you take things to excess, whether studying or partying, you'll regret it.
If you survive MIT, anything the "real world" throws at you will be a piece of cake.
On an unrelated note to all of this, I found that, like anywhere, most of the professors were helpful, but some decidedly sucked. Most of the TA's had open door policies, but some were jealous a-holes and would mark bright students down (easy to get around if you just acted fumbling around them as asked for help) for minor errors. Most of the students are very friendly and feel just as unsure as you (or anyone), but some are arrogant snobs who need their kneecaps kicked in.
There's not going to be a one-size-fits-all experience, but as long as you find people with similar interests, you work diligently, but not all-consumingly (not a word, I know) at your studies, and you ensure that above all, you take care of yourself, going to MIT will be one of the best experiences of your life.
And the fact that it's right next to Boston doesn't hurt either.
|Oct 03 2011|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2006 |
| 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". |
|Jun 17 2002|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2003 |