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    MIT open house

    Hey Folks,

    So I know we started talking about this on the Application Blues thread, but I was wondering who on the forum is planning to go to the MIT open house in a couple weeks. If you are going, which events are you planning to hit up? I already know a lot about the department so some of the faculty lectures and such aren't that interesting to me. I'm really looking forward to meeting my fellow new students, so definitely planning to hit up the lunches, dinners and social hours.

    What are all your thoughts about the open house?
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    I will be there (along with my lovely wife). Haven't had a chance to look through the individual events, but plan on going to most of them on Friday and Saturday. I am going to probably catch a plane out Saturday night to make it home for something on Sunday.

    We are actually headed up to Philly on April 8th to attend the Penn open house and then catching the train to New York and then to Boston. Pretty pumped up about what should be a great trip.

    Definitely down to hangout and get to know who I might be classmates with. I will let you know when I get around to rsvp-ing for the events.

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    As an int'l student, I haven't heard from MIT yet. When did they inform u about the results? and by what mean?

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    Quote Originally posted by kanben View post

    What are all your thoughts about the open house?
    Sadly, can't make it from here! But I would have loved to come!

    Kanben, I was wondering if you could fill me in with details of what happened! I am in the CDD specialisation, so maybe some stuff you see might be different!

    I really wish there was a webcast or something!

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    attending,,,

    Hey guys... certainly attending the open house... looking forward to meeting fellow cyburbians there...

    My plans are attending the breakfast on friday, and then attending "urban sociology in theory and practice" with Prof. Davis.

    On saturday, I'll do the tour and then the lunch.

    Hope to see you there!
    O.

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    bdhumphreys and floreso: I'll see you both there! Would either of you be down for grabbing a beer nearby after the dinner Friday?

    ninad: I'll make sure to fill you in afterwards. You're right that our specializations are different, but I'm quite interested in CDD too and am even planning to meet with one of the CDD faculty. I'll let you know how it all goes.

    Having decided for sure to accept at MIT, I'm pretty pumped about this whole thing. Can't wait to meet everyone else!

    Have any more Cyburbians out there been accepted to DUSP?
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    Quote Originally posted by kanben View post
    bdhumphreys and floreso: I'll see you both there! Would either of you be down for grabbing a beer nearby after the dinner Friday?

    ninad: I'll make sure to fill you in afterwards. You're right that our specializations are different, but I'm quite interested in CDD too and am even planning to meet with one of the CDD faculty. I'll let you know how it all goes.

    Having decided for sure to accept at MIT, I'm pretty pumped about this whole thing. Can't wait to meet everyone else!

    Have any more Cyburbians out there been accepted to DUSP?
    I'm in...plan on talking more there. And I am CDD so perhaps I can help get the scoop for Ninad.

    Are you staying with a student for lodging? Trying to decide.

    Plan on seeing you there.

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    Sure, Im in...
    Lets grab a beer after the dinner on friday... Kanben... can you suggest a place?

    Im already living in Cambridge, so I wont request housing for the open house...

    However, what are your thoughts on semester long housing? Any of you considering MIT housing? I'd like to move into campus...

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    Quote Originally posted by bdhumphreys View post
    I'm in...plan on talking more there. And I am CDD so perhaps I can help get the scoop for Ninad.

    Are you staying with a student for lodging? Trying to decide.

    Plan on seeing you there.
    Thanks kanben and bdhumphreys: I would really appreciate any info at all.
    I am assuming both of you are going to / have already accepted your offers: I will do so shortly. What are your funding options?? How much has MIT offered?

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    Quote Originally posted by ninad View post
    Thanks kanben and bdhumphreys: I would really appreciate any info at all.
    I am assuming both of you are going to / have already accepted your offers: I will do so shortly. What are your funding options?? How much has MIT offered?
    Glad I can help!

    As for my acceptance, I am still undecided. Berkeley and Penn are both on the table. I am visiting Penn's open house on Monday, followed by the MIT open house next weekend. Then I should be ready to make a final decision.

    Are you not still considering Harvard?

    No funding from MIT and very little from Penn, and I still haven't received anything official from Berkeley (just the email over a month ago).

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    Yeah, I'm going to accept at MIT soon. My other choices were UIC and Tufts. Actually only Tufts gave me money but it wasn't enough to make any significant difference in overall costs. I have some meager savings that I'll use for tuition, but mainly I'm resigned to being indebted to the Federal Government for years to come.

    I too am already living in Cambridge, so I'm not needing a place to stay during the open house. In terms of housing during the school year, I'll probably rent an apartment with my girlfriend nearby (Cambridgeport). But i do plan to go on the graduate housing tour on Saturday just to see what it's like, in case that's an affordable alternative to the super-high rents in Cambridge. Floreso, what neighborhood are you in now? I'm up in Inamn Square.

    As for grabbing a beer Friday night -- I'd suggest Miracle of Science on Mass Ave. It's pretty close to campus and a decent joint to boot. But we can talk more in person next week. Of course this begs the question -- how will we know who each other are?
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    Quote Originally posted by bdhumphreys View post
    Are you not still considering Harvard?
    Harvard sounds great, but the problem is that the MUP is too close to their Urban Design program: they have a very strong design focus, and while that is great for my architecture background, 1 design studio a sem. is enough to ensure that you can do little else otherwise. It is also working out to be more expensive in the longer run, as MIT is giving me some money (I cant believe my luck!)

    MIT has a much larger range of urban theory courses and the IDG specialisation (my secondary interest), a better GIS lab, all of which is much more exciting and aligned with my interests, and the option of design studios remains, according to an email conversation I had with Dennis F.

    And since I have always dreamed of going to MIT, there will be another pleasure in that

    (All my friends are shocked that anyone would chose MIT over Harvard)

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    Open House tomorrow

    Hey Kanben... sorry for the late reply. Beer tomorrow night sounds great. Are any of you attending the breakfast tomorrow? I'll definitively be there...

    As to how well recognize each other??? Mmmmppphhh... ask around for the mexican... as I think Im the only one admitted... or shoot me a private message...

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    Quote Originally posted by floreso View post
    Hey Kanben... sorry for the late reply. Beer tomorrow night sounds great. Are any of you attending the breakfast tomorrow? I'll definitively be there...

    As to how well recognize each other??? Mmmmppphhh... ask around for the mexican... as I think Im the only one admitted... or shoot me a private message...
    damn: i'm feeling so left out of this entire event!

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    Hey, so can someone tell me what happened in the open house?

    Was it good?

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    Post-MIT open house

    Hey all,

    Benji here from anyone that was at the MIT open house. The event was great, mainly because of the current students we met and the prospective students we met. Everyone had an amazing, positive unpretentious, helpful energy. That is why it was an amazing event.

    Anyone who remembers me, let's get in touch.

    Benji

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    Quote Originally posted by Bpower View post
    Hey all,

    Benji here from anyone that was at the MIT open house. The event was great, mainly because of the current students we met and the prospective students we met. Everyone had an amazing, positive unpretentious, helpful energy. That is why it was an amazing event.

    Anyone who remembers me, let's get in touch.

    Benji
    Benji,

    It was great to meet you at the open house. Hopefully you made it back to Florida before the nor'easter hit. I have to run for now, but will be on again in the next couple of days.

    Talk to you soon,

    Blair

    p.s. I will try to write a post soon to fill Ninad in on the open house. If anyone else that was there wants to go ahead though -- feel free.

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    Here is my Open House report:

    Thursday night: attended the student forum about public health and planning. Met alot of students that were much cooler than what you would expect at MIT (hopefully that comes off as a compliment). The forum was interesting, although not really up my alley. The forum did provide an opportunity to see the type of collaboration that exist between the students and faculty at MIT and those at Harvard..

    Friday: Attended some workshops and got to meet a couple members of the faculty (Xav Briggs & Chris Zegras). Both were amicable, eloquent, and very intelligent. The lunch included a top 10 list by Larry Vale that he apparently does every year. He talked about the importance of seismology for students choosing between Berkeley and MIT, and the benefits of being south of Harvard (like 2 miles) as the location has substantially better weater. We met by sub-group (CDD) and had the chance to hear more about CDD from Frechman and ask some questions. In the afternoon I attended a class taught by Fred Salvucci, the mastermind of the big dig. Good class and plan on taking it if I go to MIT. Friday night we had dinner with students and faculty.

    Saturday: The students gave presentations on different opportunities available at MIT including workshops, study trips, competitions, etc. We had dinner with just the students and followed it up with a "social" at a student's apartment.

    Didn't make Sunday so I am not sure how that went.

    My impressions are that MIT is a great program that offers pretty much anything and everything that you would want to study. There is a definite theme of social justice that seems to be a part of everything they do, whether it is policy, housing, or design. The dusp program was incredibly diverse both ethnically and professionally, which is a major bonus in my opinion as I want to learn alot about more than planning while in school.

    Met KanBen, Flores, and Benji, all great guys. My wife and I also enjoyed talking with KanBen's girlfriend who was very cool.

    That is really all I can think of; I am sure I am leaving out something obvious. Feel free to private message me with any questions.

    Maybe I will see you come Fall.

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    Quote Originally posted by bdhumphreys View post
    Here is my Open House report:

    My impressions are that MIT is a great program that offers pretty much anything and everything that you would want to study.

    That is really all I can think of; I am sure I am leaving out something obvious. Feel free to private message me with any questions.

    Maybe I will see you come Fall.
    Thanks so much! I am sorry I took so long to respond but I was away for a bit..

    Great to see that the course is so diverse: in fact almost everything you said sounds good..

    I assume everyone mst have sent off their responses: so what is your decision? Will I see you there?

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    bdhumphreys presented a great recap of the weekend. I totally agree with his assessment that DUSP has just about everything one could want to study relating to planning. The faculty is huge which I think is great, meaning there are resources and a knowledge base for students to pursue any interest.

    My girlfriend very much enjoyed talking to bdhumphreys and his wife, and is hoping that they'll decide to move up to the Northeast.

    I'll most definitely be there in the fall! They've already even cashed my matriculation check!
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    Hey guys... I intended to write my own report on the Open House... but after reading bhumprey's I feel there isnt much more to say. I have sent in my prematriculation check and am now searching for that ever elusive scholarship to pay for living expenses...

    Any of you considering MIT family housing?

    It was great meeting bhumpreys and benji at the open house. Somehow managed to miss kanben! (probably had something to do with me skipping saturday and sunday events)...

    See you all soon!

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    MIT wants my money!

    Hey all.

    Benji will be attending MIT next fall. nice. cold weather here I come.

    Now, I missed the info bit on our matriculation check. Can someone please share with me the instructions on what is needed?

    Thanks
    B

    - I'm heavily considering also trying for the Masters in Real Estate. Is anyone else in the same boat, or anyone have any ideas as to whether it's worth the full degree effort or not?

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    Finally made a decision...sent in my check to MIT today. So I will be seeing you all next fall!!! We are moving up in August, so we will try to hang out then.

    Maggie and I are excited and looking forward to becoming Red Sox fans!

    I will continue to check in on the cyburbia board...we might be able to help each other with schedules, scholarships, housing, etc.

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    Bpowers - The fee was $250, to be mailed in with that confusing yellow form they sent you.

    I'm actually thinking about the Real Estate program too -- although isn't there a lower-key certificate program too (rather than a full-fledged Master in Real Estate)? Although, never having been very mathematically-minded, the thought of a lot of finance and economics classes makes me nervous. Nonetheless, I've been hoping to talk to one of the current students who spoke about it in the HCED break-out at the open house Friday lunch.

    bdhumphreys - Glad you decided to come up here! What finally clinched it for you? I'm sure the Red Sox are likewise excited to have you as a fan. You a Rangers fan now?
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    Not sure if there was a clincher. Maggie and I just felt like it was the place for us. Would have enjoyed the weather in cali and berkeley is cool, but we just went with our gut.

    I am not really a big baseball guy these days. All growing up I have considered myself a cubs fan. As soon as I get into a Redsox game I will become an instant convert. Is it hard to get tickets? About how much to get in the game?

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