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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Business School

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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.

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Negatives:BrightEconomics
Negatives:
*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
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*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

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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)

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