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of our new site in early September, I'll begin focusing on the future class of 2011. I hope that you guys won't be strangers; stay in touch either in person (come visit us!) or online (please drop by the blogs from time to time and say hi). As you begin your college experience, and I prepare for my 10-year college reunion, I thought I'd leave you with the things that, in retrospect, I think are important as you navigate the next four years. I hope that some of them are helpful. Here goes... 1. 2. 3. Your friends will change a lot over the next four years. Let them. Call someone you love back home a few times a week, even if just for a few minutes. In college more than ever before, songs will attach themselves to memories. Every month or two, make a mix cd, mp3 folder, whatever - just make sure you keep copies of these songs. Ten years out, they'll be as effective as a journal in taking you back to your favorite moments. Take naps in the middle of the afternoon with reckless abandon. Adjust your schedule around when you are most productive and creative. If you're nocturnal and do your best work late at night, embrace that. It may be the only time in your life when you can. If you write your best papers the night before they are due, don't let people tell you that you "should be more organized" or that you "should plan better." Different things work for different people. Personally, I worked best under pressure - so I always procrastinated... and always kicked ass (which annoyed my friends to no end). ;-) Use the freedom that comes with not having grades first semester to experiment and see what works best for you. At least a few times in your college career, do something fun and irresponsible when you should be studying. The night before my freshman year psych final, my roommate somehow scored front row seats to the Indigo Girls at a venue 2 hours away. I didn't do so well on the final, but I haven't thought about psych since 1993. I've thought about the experience of going to that show (with the guy who is now my son's godfather) at least once a month ever since. Become friends with your favorite professors. Recognize that they can learn from you too - in fact, that's part of the reason they chose to be professors. Carve out an hour every single day to be alone. (Sleeping doesn't count.) Go on dates. Don't feel like every date has to turn into a relationship. Don't date someone your roommate has been in a relationship with. When your friends' parents visit, include them. You'll get free food, etc., and you'll help them to feel like they're cool, hangin' with the hip college kids. In the first month of college, send a hand-written letter to someone who made college possible for you and describe your adventures thus far. It will mean a lot to him/her now, and it will mean a lot to you in ten years when he/she shows it to you. Embrace the differences between you and your classmates. Always be asking yourself, "what can I learn from this person?" More of your education will come from this than from any classroom. All-nighters are entirely overrated. For those of you who have come to college in a long-distance relationship with someone from high school: despite what many will tell you, it can work. The key is to not let your relationship interfere with your college experience. If you don't want to date anyone else, that's totally fine!
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Every once in awhile. You won't get the most out of college if you think of it as a stepping stone. 26. Don't always lead. 36. Your health and safety are more important than anything. 34. but it's more important to be present in the now. but don't let it define your college experience.don't waste them. so that you can start reading them when you graduate. . forget the embarassment and skip to the good part. When it happens. 32. Take some classes that have nothing to do with your major(s). You can't learn if you're closed off. It's important to think about the future.") Often someone's facial expressions will tell you more than his/her words. If you need to get a job. 27. 23. No matter what your political or religious beliefs. watch with friends so at least you can call it a "valuable social experience. In ten years very few of you will look as good as you do right now. don't take it for granted. 22. Things that seem like the end of the world really do become funny with a little time and distance.17. As a student here. (IM does not count as "in person. If you're too close to something to have good perspective. You're going to be challenged over the next four years in ways you can't imagine. What's not fine. Make perspective a priority. across all fronts. Take a lot of pictures. 31. so you have no excuse. therefore on wednesday night the week is more than half over. 25. don't try to do everything. even if they are painful. If you're going to watch. you will have access to a variety of unique opportunities that no one else will ever have . 29. It's good to follow sometimes. Half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at any given moment. Embrace these. In the long run. Wednesday is the middle of the week. watching TV is pretty much a waste of your time and a waste of your parents' money. Way more than half of you will be in the bottom half of your class at some point in the next four years. On the flip side. 30. 37. What matters is not that you failed. Knowing this. Don't be afraid of (or excited by) the co-ed bathrooms. Much of the time you once had for pleasure reading is going to disappear. 35. where you go to college doesn't matter as much as what you do with the opportunities you're given there. One of my major regrets in life is that I didn't take more pictures in college. purely for the fun of it. find something that you actually enjoy. It's how we grow. My excuse was the cost of film and processing. 28. so secretly revel in how hot you are before it's too late. 20. not over email. is missing out on a lot of defining experiences because you're on the phone with your boyfriend/girlfriend for three hours every day. 38. Often. 24. Ask for help. Celebrate it. When you're living on a college campus with 400 things going on every second of every day. there will come an especially powerful moment when you can actually feel that an experience has changed who you are. Balance = well-being. The MIT name on your resume won't mean much if that's the only thing on your resume. 21. 18. but that you recovered. Take risks.) Welcome failure into your lives. Digital cameras are cheap and you have plenty of hard drive space. You should celebrate accordingly. Get used to it. The thrill is over in about 2 seconds. however. Working things out between friends is best done in person. Keep a list of the books you would have read had you had the time. Just because it's work doesn't mean it has to suck. 39. rely on your friends to help you. be open-minded. 19." Don't be afraid to fall in love. (It makes thursday and friday a lot more fun. 33.
Create.shtml . 47. Welcome to some of the best years of your lives. It's the last time in your life when you can do this without feeling guilty about it. Be very certain. If you are in a relationship and none of your friends want to hang out with you and your significant 44. 48.org/topics/life/workplay_balance_at_mit/50_things. Don't make fun of prefrosh. 45. -B 50. This is the only time in your lives when your only real responsibility is to learn. It builds character. Be yourself. Love. Make a complete ass of yourself at least once. Don't be afraid of the weird pizza topping combinations that your new friend from across the country loves.mitadmissions. Reference http://www. Explore the campus thoroughly. even if it complicates things.40. and be inspired. Some of the truly awful ones actually taste pretty good. 49. Life is too short to stick with a course of study that you're no longer excited about. pay attention. Trust me on this one. Learn. 46. It is impossible to describe how quickly they pass. preferably more. 41. Switch. Try to remember how lucky you are every day. 42. That was you like 2 hours ago. Expand your horizons. other. 43. Inspire. Enjoy every second of the next four years. Grow. Tattoos are permanent. Don't get caught. Wash your sheets more than once a year. Eat badly sometimes. Laugh. They usually know better than you do.
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