First Year Experience News - 2011

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  • Seventy-five Orientation Leaders welcomed 1,129 new students, the largest incoming class to date, to MIT on Saturday, August 27th. With the theme of Techcraft and Hackery, a parody on the popular Harry Potter film series, Orientation 2011 was filled with exciting events like a magical kick-off, show produced by Orientation Coordinators Jesse Triplett and Shelly Jin, and the Tri-Wizard Challenge, which involved a campus scavenger hunt to help students orient themselves to their new home.Students became educated as well on healthy behaviors and campus resources through programs such as Tech Theater, Sex Signals, and Diversity, which addressed important issues like alcohol use, sexual violence, and respecting differences.

  • Members of the class of 2015This past April, when many accomplished high school seniors were pleasantly surprised to find themselves with multiple college acceptances, Tessa Green faced a different choice: whether to attend college at all.Having been offered the much-publicized Thiel Fellowship — an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to forgo college in exchange for $100,000 and mentorship on developing a business idea, established by PayPal founde