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03/02/2011

Round 1 AdMIT Weekend

One week ago, we met the first round of AdMITs for the incoming class of 2013! They were such a fun and engaging group, and I have to say that the student organizers/coordinators for AdMIT weekend truly outdid themselves. I was so impressed by all of the activities that they put on for the AdMITs, and they made my job as a volunteer SO easy.

My own AdMIT weekend feels like it was SO long ago, but I was in their shoes just a year ago. We kicked off the weekend last Thursday evening with a welcome reception in our beautiful new building, followed by the amazing C-Function that the Minority Business Club and African Business Club put on. Based on the bleary eyes I saw the next morning, I can only assume that people carried on to the unofficial after-party that night... On Friday, the AdMITs had a PACKED schedule with various speakers, class visits, panels, and tours. I spoke on a student panel called "The Core and More," answering questions about the infamous core semester and different aspects of student life. An evening reception at the lovely Faculty Club followed the panels, and then the Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) club hosted a wonderful dinner for all of the female AdMITS. I had a really great time meeting everyone, and my hope is that I was able to answer their questions in a thoughtful way and give them a glimpse of why MIT Sloan is such a fantastic place to be. I have to "admit" (haha), though, that by the end of dinner, I was EXHAUSTED! There were some more unofficial activities going on afterwards and the next day (going out, housing tours) but after all of that activity, I had to get home and rest. I can only imagine how tired the AdMITs themselves were, trying to cram in all of those activities into their schedules!

All in all, the weekend was a success. I think the most hilarious part of AdMIT weekend was when one of the women at my dinner table pointed out that they had all been eating NONSTOP from the second they set foot on campus--and it was completely true! From receptions to parties to breaks in between panels, there was food at every turn. Not a bad problem to have, in my opinion!