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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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A great thing about MIT is how down-to-earthBrightEconomics
A great thing about MIT is how down-to-earth and humble everyone is. A few months after knowing someone, you will sometimes discover that they were the US Math Champion, or has a patent, etc...I would not experience the same at surrounding schools such as BC or Harvard, where kids tend to be wealthier and snootier.

Of course everywhere you go, there will be those few know-it-alls, but I think people at MIT are very approachable. Also, on the side-note, although we aren't know for our looks and glamour, you will find great personality and some amazing, intelligent people filled with ideas. But overall, I think you can have some of the most interesting conversations with MIT people. In terms of academics, MIT is challenging, but DO-able. (much more do-able than I expected!) I'm not a genius, but I do know my priorities, which is what gets me through MIT. Also, I have great friends by my side that makes this school so much greater. I think some kids get caught up in getting their straight A's that they isolate themselves from making friends. Don't do this-- know the balance needed! I would much rather have a few B's here and there and be happy! (but obviously, don't do the opposite...like just go to frat parties 24/7 and get C's)

2nd Year Female -- Class 2010
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Scholastic Success: F
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MIT was wonderful, especially for meeting great people
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