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Letters to the Editor

received a copy of the following letter addressed to President Charles M. Vest.

In 1984, I graduated from MIT. Since then, I have been working in the financial industry. Every year I return to MIT to recruit graduates to join us on Wall Street.

One candidate that I interviewed this year completely shocked me. After 10 minutes of discussing his background, I asked some common sense questions. The following conversation ensued:

Q: How many people live in the United States?

A: 1 million.

Q: Are you sure? How many people live in the Boston area?

A: 50,000.

Q: How many people go to MIT?

A: 10,000.

Q: Then 1 out of 5 people in Boston attend MIT?

A: Yeah, I think that's right.

As the world becomes more dependent on technology, technologists need to become more aware of the world.

Sara J. Sprung '84