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Some Alumni Have More Positive Memories

Some Alumni Have More Positive Memories

A recent article in The Tech ["Undergrads Perceive Recent Alums as Inactive with Student Relations," Feb. 25] asserted that recent alumni are often angry or hostile toward MIT and that there is little contact between alumni and current students. We are writing to provide a different perspective on these issues.

It is true that not everyone has fond memories of MIT and that many alumni may feel a sense of relief after graduation, but that is true at any school. All of us feel a strong connection to MIT, and we are proud to be MIT alumni. Were you to ask any of us, "If you could do it over again, would you still choose MIT?" the answer would be a resounding "Yes."

MIT alumni, like its students, are ambitious people with varied interests and full schedules. Many of us continue a life of hard work, so we don't always have as much time to stay in touch as we might like. We are scattered around the world, so it is often difficult to make it back to MIT regularly. In spite of these realities, most alumni welcome opportunities to help current students when they are able to, either financially or with time and volunteer efforts.

When we think of MIT, we remember the hacks, the Head of the Charles, intramural sports, exploring Boston, Independent Activities Period, and the many student activities we participated in. Most importantly we remember the people, the close-knit community formed in our living groups, the lasting friendships, upperclassmen taking the time to help freshmen with their work, and the times we pulled all-nighters not because we had work to do but because we were talking with friends. We all worked hard and had our share of rough times, but we wouldn't have had the same opportunities or wonderful experiences anywhere else.

Monica McConnell '91

and seven other alumni