As the sun shone in the clouds on Monday morning, first-year students and their families gathered for the upcoming class of the MIT Conference at the Kresge Oval.
The ceremony was one of the first major events hosted by MIT on campus since the outbreak of the VV-19 epidemic. And while some aspects of the festival were engraved with a series of outbreaks – especially masks were needed – the message for the 2018 2025 MIT class was a message of hope, communication and gratitude.
President El Rafael Reef, in his welcome address, said: “They bring us your talents, your energy, your curiosity, your creativity and your driving skills. And you can’t imagine how grateful we are for that.
With guests seated under a large, air-conditioned tent, hundreds of MIT musicians and members of the community opened the event, which was written, composed, produced, and performed by the “Epidemic Year Diary”.
“It’s a homemade MIT masterpiece,” says Reef. It offers an amazing taste of many of the things we love about MIT — the wonderful mix of people and backgrounds, the joy of putting things together, and the energy and creativity that we get.
“Your New Home”
Reef recalls his first time at ATAT with an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science – “Which course…?” He asked the new students, who confidently said, “Six!” They shouted.
Growing up in Canakas, Venezuela, 2,000 miles south of Cambridge, Reef was worried about joining MIT. But he quickly realized that many at MIT were “coming from somewhere else and helping each other and helping the community.”
There were several senior members of the MIT administration at the reef forum – Provost Martin Schmidt, Chancellor Melissa Princes, Vice Chancellor Ian Whitez, and Vice Chancellor and Dean for Student Life Suzie Nelson. Reef introduced each of them, noting that a rich support system for ATIT students represents important pieces.
“You are surrounded by a community that cares about you,” he said. We are all committed to your success, and we believe.
Moments to meditate
Reef then introduced three MIT faculty members, who will be MIT graduates – Shankar Raman “86”, Head of Class and Professor of Literature; Evelyn Wang ’00, Ford Engineering Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering. And Steven D.
Raman, Wang, and Epinger each spoke of living and learning in the institution. For Raman, the MIT experience began to be sufficiently predictable. He recalled coming from India as a primary school student, “determined to excel in Course 6 and become an electrical engineer.”
He also loved literature and philosophy, and in his engineering degree he sampled subjects in German, poetry, and Western philosophy. After enrolling in the film department, he stumbled upon the MIT Department of Architecture, where the course was being held. This experience took a new turn, and Raman earned degrees in electrical engineering and architecture.
“Regardless of your core, remember these four years can only be in your life – where you decide not to follow the main path, but to follow unusual paths and directions, to find new places of study,” he said.
His work continues with unexpected turns. While studying Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, he realized that “my heart was not in it.” As a result, he earned a PhD in Literature from Stanford University and completely changed fields. A.D. He returned to MIT in 1995 as a faculty member of the MIT Literature Department, and today serves as Head of Classroom Classroom Studies, Fiction, Fiction, and Artificial Intelligence.
“I came to MIT to become an electrical engineer and I really learned that,” said Raman. But MIT also taught me not to be one. For that lesson, I will be grateful forever, and I hope it will be one that you all practice. ”
“You have this”
As the first year itself, Evelyn Wang remembers being ready to bring my “A” game. But her older brother, who was educated at MIT, warned her about the “serious problem set,” and she may not always get what she is used to in high school.
“It’s really hard to bring Han directly,” Wang said. “Maybe you can get B, maybe C or D, and that’s fine. I got an F on the first physics test. Steps are just one way to measure what you are learning here. ”
She gave students tips on how to make the most of their time at MIT. The first step is to be patient and avoid stress.
Take a break when you need it. Walk on the memory drive. Take a boat ride to Charles. Tinker with an animal robot. Then go back to the problem sets. ” “You have this.”
She encouraged students to build a community – friends, professors, and loved ones – who would support, counsel, and support them throughout the next four years.
Wang urged students to stay healthy and walk – advice, like her undergraduate degree, was a difficult one. Especially during the traumatic week, she remembers sleeping very little while trying to complete several class projects. At the end of the ordeal, she and her friend were trapped in a huge mountain of “dew” that had been set up.
“After that, I went straight to bed for 36 hours,” says Wang. “If you do that every week when you are young, your body will break down. Please water, and perhaps drink less mountain dew. ”
“you are not alone”
As this is the first year of a new MIT welcome at the same event, Stephen Epingger recalls a clear but confusing test of reality.
After the beating, Epingler laughed at the crowd, saying: “One speaker warned us, ‘Half of you will be in the basement.’ “That statistical fact really impressed me. Here we, all of these high-achieving students, were told that we could be average or worse. How do I manage that? ”
He did this because he was imperfect. He came to MIT with a chemistry scholarship and was a senior chemistry student in high school and in his state. At MIT, however, he quickly learned to redefine his expectations. “In the first year, I did not feel bad about the many chemistry tests,” he said.
Instead, he expanded his interests by promising fraternity, joining a team, and participating in design tests, skill shows, and some campus hacking – all of which gave him a sense of community and helped him embark on his hard course. Attitude.
Encourages roadside assistance to explore, and reach the 2025 class – to study teams, tutors, counselors, and MIT student support services.
“You are not alone in this journey,” Epipgerger concluded with a vision for the future.
“You all have a role to play in changing the world through science and engineering and various human endeavors,” he said. “People who do great things will be accomplished.