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Impressions Of
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To Attend

  • “The name. You come out with people understanding what kind of education you went through and how much work you had to do to get that degree, so you get an extra level of respect.”
  • “If you’re a collaborative learner, you’ll do well here.”
  • “It’s a ridiculously diverse, eclectic group of kids who are high achieving and, for the most part, non-judgmental.”
  • “You can start doing research freshman fall when you arrive on campus.”
  • “The resources you have access to are ridiculous and they really want you to use them. The resources, like career development, really want you to succeed.”
  • “The professors here are super interesting and brilliant people. If you have a question about something, they’ll usually make time to see you and that’s exciting because they’re the best in their field. I had one of the leading experts on the archaeology of the Great Pyramids spend like an hour trying to explain to me how geopolymers work, and he did not need to do that.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you don’t want to work, it’s not going to work out. If you have any sense of laziness or are disorganized, you’re going to struggle here and you might regret the decision.”
  • “Relative to other schools, socially it might be a letdown. I think it’s a wonderful combination of work and play, but for people who are expecting more play, they may be disappointed.”
  • “If you don’t handle adversity well. If you’re not a person who can get a bad grade on a test and know to ramp up their studying for the next five weeks before the next test, this won’t be the place for you. MIT teaches you to respond to adversity, but there are a few bumps you have to get over first, like your first bad test grade or bad problem set grade.”
  • “It can seem like everyone around you is getting everything really quickly. If you are someone who is not really confident in yourself and in your work, it can feel like you’re constantly the dumbest one in the room when in reality everyone else is feeling that as well. People really try to hide if they don’t know something here, which can have a negative impact on mental health.”
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