MIT Goes ‘Back to the Future’ with 2013 Orientation

Katie Julian Staff Associate, New Student Programming & Advising, UAAP

Orientation leaders Erik Pearson ’15 and Jian Barazi ’16 star in the “Back to the Future” kickoff video.Beginning on Sunday August 25th, MIT welcomed 1,116 members of the Class of 2017 to campus. Under the theme of “Back to the Future,” orientation began with a kickoff event featuring wacky games and a video produced by coordinator Natzem Lima ’16. The film showcased a time traveling adventure, referencing moments in MIT history and scenes from the Back to the Future movies, complete with a DeLorean “time machine.”

Before orientation officially began, 620 students arrived to campus early to participate in one of 25 Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs where they explored academic disciplines as well as topics such as community service, the outdoors and the arts. Over 1,000 parents and family members attended Parent Orientation, which included panels on topics such as health and safety, academics, and housing as well as an evening jazz reception.

2013 Orientation LeadersNinety upperclass orientation leaders guided first year students throughout orientation week. Major orientation events included President Reif’s Convocation, Tech Theater, Sex Signals, and Diversity. These programs focused on important first-year issues such as campus life, alcohol use, sexual misconduct and understanding differences. For the second year, the “By Students For Students: Conquering MIT” event received rave reviews, highlighting six student stories of overcoming challenges at MIT and the resources they used for support.

In the academic realm, first-year students learned about the GIRs from their faculty at the Core Blitz and had questions answered from department representatives at the Academic Expo. They also had the chance to meet their academic advisors prior to class registration. Orientation concluded with an exciting trip to the newly renovated New England Aquarium, complete with giveaways and performances by campus groups. All in all, this year’s orientation was a success thanks to the hard work of many faculty, staff and student leaders!