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Academics: Teachers are great. Even as a freshman, you have lots of resources available in the form of tutoring, teaching assistants, and upperclassmen.

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Guys & Girls: MIT is definitely underrated in terms of the aesthetics of its populace. Like anywhere else, there are `hot' people. If you're having problems, there are schools all over the Boston area. Or you can drink.

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Guys & Girls: Wellesley has a saying about MIT men that I find true: `MIT men-the odds are good, but the goods are odd.' There's also a saying about Boston women: `Wellesley to wed, Simmons to bed, MIT to talk to.' Any other school will have better-looking people than MIT, overall. However, I think all my friends are pretty good-looking people.

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Guys & Girls: There's always a crowd you can fit in with.

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Guys & Girls: Like any college, you get a range of personalities. You got the crack-heads, drunks, geeks, jocks, and others. You get the point.

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Guys & Girls: There are all kinds here-hot, not, geek, preppy, whatever. They're all intelligent, though. If you're into geeky guys who think that handmade, electronic teddy bears and hand-painted war-game miniatures are romantic, this is definitely a good place to start. But, there are plenty of more normal guys and girls out there, and many are interested in playing the field if you're into that sort of thing, too.

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Guys & Girls: The MIT dating scene is entirely a matter of personal opinion. But sure, I'd say everyone is alright.

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Guys & Girls: As far as the people go, there's the whole social spectrum here. Take the top three percent or so from all over the world, make it a given that all your peers are smart (a lot of them smarter than you), and just redistribute the `scene' from high school-you've got the nerds, the jocks, and the cool kids. There's anything and everything here, not to mention cultures from all over the planet.

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Guys & Girls: It's way too varied. Remember beauty truly lies within. I've met the most `beautiful' people at MIT and I wouldn't have if I was simply concerned with hotness.

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Guys & Girls: The guys are great. It doesn't seem like there are many hotties, though. And those who are hotties are so arrogant that they aren't hot anymore. But they are very friendly and great guys. However, many guys are in frats, so if you are not used to knocking on frat doors, it may be initially difficult to get to know them. One thing that I recommend is not jumping into a relationship too early freshman year. It's more important to establish your close friends first.

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Guys & Girls: MIT is apparently pretty ugly compared to other colleges. I don't seem to notice anymore, though.

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Guys & Girls: All in all, the people at MIT are not the most attractive ones in town. That's a fact. However, you will find your share of funny, intelligent, out-going, and caring people on campus. If you want a date, there's always Harvard, BU, and so on.

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Guys & Girls: Girls are not hot at all here. If you are a hot girl, please enroll here.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police [CPs] crash parties frequently to ensure that facilities are not overcrowded and that minors are not consuming alcohol. Although in my experience, CPs have never arrested anyone or gotten anyone in serious trouble with drugs or drinking. I have seen people get taken away in ambulances for their own safety. Most of the time, the CPs are just there for the benefit of the students, to keep people in line, and to make sure it's safe.

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Campus Strictness: It's not very strict. It depends where you live and what kind of an environment you're looking for. Some dorms are very free, others are strict.

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Campus Strictness: I don't know about their view on drugs, but the CPs are relatively lax about drinking. Fraternities only need to register their parties and they are the ones responsible for the amount of alcohol the partygoers consume. The CPs generally do not intervene with parties unless there is a major incident.

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Campus Strictness: In light of the death of a student in 1995 due to drinking, Administrators are strict on alcohol. But if you want to get wasted, it's really still very easy.

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Campus Strictness: The campus police are very strict when it comes to drugs and drinking. If you are found using drugs, or if you are underage and drunk or found consuming alcohol, you will face disciplinary action. I don't know how far they would go with the punishments; I have never seen it happen in my years here. I do know that they state the policy and print it in the school material if you do decide to come here. There is also a CD sent to you that deals with alcohol, although it's mainly for your parents' viewing.

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Campus Strictness: I've never quite found out how strict campus police are about drinking. Most resident assistants (RAs) don't really mind, as long as it is not out of control.

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Campus Strictness: Are they strict? Only if you get caught doing something stupid. The rest of the time, the school doesn't seem to care.

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Campus Strictness: Campus police are generally more strict on fraternities than the dorms in terms of drinking. I have never heard of any students getting busted for drugs. Don't expect to be able to bring a handle to class, but it's definitely within easy access if you want to get trashed.

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Athletics: Varsity sports don't draw large crowds. On the whole, MIT sports rarely excel. Intramural (IM) sports are more popular because they are dorm or club organized, and there is no demand for practice time.

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Athletics: Given that we're all nerds, sports suck. I'm just kiddingMost people on campus either participate in a varsity sport or intramural sports.

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Athletics: Athletics at MIT are up-and-coming. MIT is starting to get better at providing athletes with the proper facilities, resources, and so on. However, the athletics department still has a long way to go.

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Athletics: IM sports definitely dominate over varsity sports here at MIT. There are so many sports available, from the popular ones like football and soccer, to the smaller but still competitive, like table tennis and bowling. You can join teams by dorms, by Greek affiliation, or even by major. Everyone gets together and plays on different levels, but it's all for a good time. Varsity sports draw a decent crowd, but the MIT students are definitely no Big 10 fans. Still, we all go and cheer on our friends.


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Sun Kim
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MIT students have a love/hate relationship with the school. They love the people and the atmosphere and hate the boatloads of work. Correction: Some people like the work and learning things, but most people hate being ignored by certain “research-oriented” professors. Most students who come to MIT had some tough decisions to make about schools before making a final decision, like “Should I go to Harvard or MIT?” and “Should I go to this in-state school with a full scholarship and a free computer or go to MIT and pay for almost everything?” Overall, every student, at some point, will think that they made the wrong decision, but it’s the fact that these people made the decision to attend MIT that sets them apart from the rest. Whether they knew what MIT was like or not, students here were willing to take the chance. As a result, the people at MIT are the most creative, helpful, brilliant, and unique in the world. MIT admissions doesn’t admit people accidentally—no matter how dumb you may feel when you fail your first exam. Everyone at MIT is incredibly down-to-earth, and everyone has the potential to do great things, even if everyone is deprived of sleep. It’s okay—you’ll find that some of the best work happens between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m.

MIT will teach you how to survive on your own in the real world, and it will teach you more about yourself, too. Don’t expect to be babied—MIT is one of the most challenging schools in the country, but it is also one of the most rewarding. It is an opportunity that few are given, so don’t waste your time. While you are here, you will grow up and become an adult. You will form some life-long relationships, and if you survive, you will thrive anywhere.

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