Class of 2011 Alumni Connection Luncheon

By Dan Chapman, Staff Associate for Advising and Mentorship, Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming

The Class of 2011 Alumni Connection Luncheon was held on January 31 in the Stratton Student Center. Twenty members of the class of 2011 enjoyed a catered lunch and some sound advice and words of wisdom from members of the Class of 59, 79, and 99. Dedric Carter 99’, Andy Schulert 79’, Sharon Wason 79’, and Alfredo Kniazzeh 59’ spoke about the challenges they faced as undergraduates at MIT, how much has changed since they were undergraduates, and with regard to challenging physics classes, how much seems to have remained the same.

The alumni spoke of challenging the status quo on campus, learning from academic failure and how much one student can affect change on campus. Some of the Class of 2011 members in attendance were surprised to hear that none of the speakers were in careers directly related to their majors at MIT. Rather than the actual classes taken, each alum emphasized how much the p-sets and problem solving skills they developed at MIT has helped them to solve problems in their careers.

The luncheon was sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) with the help of an endowment established by the Class of 1959 to enhance the First Year Experience. The UAAP strives to bring dynamic speakers and programs to first year students to help with their transition to MIT and their transition to sophomore year.