Transfer Student Orientation 2015

Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

MIT’s transfer students form a special and unique community on campus. This year’s cohort is comprised of 19 talented students ranging from local colleges and universities to others from across the world, including Bunker Hill Community College, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, University of Rochester, Cornell University and Peking University.

Although the Institute initially classifies all transfers as sophomores who have declared a major, they now have the exciting opportunity to participate in all the activities and events offered to the freshmen class during Orientation. This is the third year that transfer students have been fully integrated into Orientation. Previously, they participated in a two-day program for transfer students only.

Jordan MaloneEven though these students have already experienced freshman orientation at another university, MIT’s Orientation can feel like the first time. Transfer students have already reported benefiting from events like the Academic Expo, Activities Midway, and Core Blitz. They have enjoyed engaging with the MIT community at Residence Exploration Opportunities (REX) and social activities, such as exploring Boston and attending cookouts. Some have begun seeking a UROP and are engaging with faculty, staff, and other students.

Among the transfer students this year is Jordan Malone, who became a two-time Olympic medalist in the sport of short track speed skating. He had engineering dreams before he had Olympic ones. Even as a 5-year-old, avid Lego-builder, Malone says he was “sold” on becoming an engineer and would eventually aspire to attend MIT. But with an expiration date on athleticism, he chose to pursue his Olympic dreams first. “I didn’t want to be a good student and a good athlete, but a great student and a great athlete,” Malone says. He put his education on hold to compete in the Olympics.Jordan Malone  

A native of Denton, Texas, Malone is the only child of a single mom. He is flat-footed and has to contend with asthma, ADHD, and dyslexia. So he’s is not unfamiliar with adversity, rigor, and commitment, all of which he recognizes are part and parcel of an MIT education. “My past entitles me to nothing, but it proves that I'm relentless in the pursuit of a dream,” Malone says. At 30 years old, he has put down his skates and picked up his books in pursuit of a degree in mechanical engineering. But Malone doesn’t consider being admitted to MIT as having reached his goal; graduation is the real finish line.