Welcome, Class of 2003Welcome to the Class of 2003.
You have rightly earned a place at the Institute with your exceptional gifts and talents, and of this you should be proud. With these great talents come responsibilites. We hope you will make use of your talents to the benefit of the Institute community, through one of the hundreds of committees, clubs, activities, or teams here at MIT. As the Institute continues to change you can be a positive force in many of the developments evolving quickly around us.
The next week will perhaps be your most frenzied experience at MIT. After a few days of Orientation you may have trouble keeping track of all the living groups and student actitivies vying for your time and attention. You must sort through all the dinners and trips, pamplets and brochures, and decide how your time is best spent.
You may also not be aware of the myriad housing options available at MIT. But you may find yourself objects of a tug of war in the housing system. You will be one of the last classes to experience Rush during your Orientation period. Fraternities, sororities, independent living groups and dormitories all offer attractive communities. You must draw on your wisdom to find the community in which you best fit in.
The sometimes-feverish pace of Orientation will introduce you to the pace of life at the Institute. In order to succeed at MIT, you must conquer, or at least cope with, the very fast pace of daily life. There are so many courses and activities to consider you will not have time to experience them all. You must decide which priorities are most important to you and savor fully those experiences, while satifying yourself with less devotion to things which are not as important to you.
Fianlly, you should relax a little during Orientation. Enjoy the food and attention showered upon you. After Registration Day, there will be precious little time to rest, so enjoy the time you have now.
Once again, congratulations and welcome to MIT.