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Welcome, Class of 1998

Welcome and congratulations. Be proud not only of your admittance, but also of making the decision to come here to begin the first of what may come to be the most important years of your life.

Now that you've made the first step and arrived here, you'll be faced with many decisions, both immediate and long term. Some will be trivial - choosing an Athena username or deciding where to eat - and others will be difficult - selecting your dormitory or living group, picking a major, or finding the right group of friends.

Along the path to your commencement in 1998, you'll be challenged in ways you may not yet be able to imagine. Whether facing academic, social, or even physical challenges, you will find out what MIT is really about - stretching your mind, developing your abilities to their fullest, and pushing your limits.

So go ahead, take that hard class, try out for that team, join that interesting activity. Rush your favorite living group, and meet as many people as you can. But don't be overly disappointed if you don't get an A-plus, don't make the team, or don't have time for an activity. And don't get upset if you don't get a bid, don't get invited back to a party, or can't find the right group of friends right away. No matter what happens, always try to maintain perspective.

The college years are when you find out who you really are. If you try to please somebody other than yourself, especially during Rush, consider if it will be worth it in the long run. Don't be afraid to explore new activities, people, and ideas, even for discovery's sake. If you try to please somebody other than yourself, especially during Rush, consider if it will be worth it in the long run. And don't be afraid to ask for help - MIT students are extraordinarily helpful in giving advice, and there are many people who will just listen as well.

So welcome to MIT. Despite some flaws throughout the system, we feel that you will find your education here a positive experience overall. The resources of the Institute are truly great, both in quantity and quality. It is up to you to discover and take advantage of them.