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Current advisor system does not meet the needs of undergraduates

"I have 15 students that I meet once a term, and for whom I sign papers." That is how my faculty advisor described his relationship with his advisees.

This reply came up after I had asked him for a letter of recommendation for the Engineering Internship Program. My advisor, as well as most advisors, is just too busy to deal with undergrads. But what is sad is that what for him is a mere undergraduate, is me and the issues I am dealing with.

As unworthy as they may seem to him, they constitute a major part of my life! I was willing to help him know me better, so that he could write something of value about me, but the idea of wasting time on something this unproductive was probably out of the question for him.

I think there is something blatantly wrong with the MIT advising system, and I know my opinion is shared by most undergraduates. Therefore, I think something systematic should be done about it soon.

Charles Baroud '93->