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Rae Millikan
Minneapolis, Minn.
Mechanical Engineering
What aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
Just getting a chance to see Caltech … I mean MIT. I was just talking about Caltech. I’m excited to get to learn more about MIT, and find out more what it’s like during the school year.
Are there any student activities that you’d like to do?
I’m not really sure, but I could see myself playing either tennis or ultimate frisbee.
What initially attracted you to MIT?
It seems like the student body is into a lot of different things, and there’s a lot going on. Boston’s a really cool city,
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Andres Rodriguez
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Mechanical Engineering
Are there any events that particularly interest you?
Right now? I have no idea.
Are there any student activities that you’d like to do?
Research, playing chess, listening to music.
What initially attracted you to MIT?
Reputation. I met a lot of Puerto Ricans at the admitted students’ meeting, and I went to MITES last year.
Ramya Sankar—The Tech
Kenya Mejia is a prospective student from Los Angeles, Calif.
Steve Howland—The Tech
Prospective student Robert Haussman takes part in an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) demonstration as part of the CPW festival on April 16.
Steve Howland—The Tech
Prospective student Isaac Gutenkunst smashes ice during the CPW festival on April 16. This event was sponsored by East Campus Second West residents, who were also preparing liquid nitrogen ice cream.
ramya sankar—The Tech
Elizabeth D’Arienzo is a prospective student from East Meadow, N.Y.
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Ben Affleck plays Congressman Stephen Collins who is caught in the middle of a scandal after his mistress is found dead in State of Play.
ANDREA ROBLES—The Tech
Writing tutor Susan Spilecki works on an essay with graduate student Masafumi Hashimoto on April 16. Institute-wide cuts could affect communication departments at MIT.
Ramya sankar—The Tech
Erik Tamayo is a prospective student from Lawndale, Calif.
Seth A. Villarreal—The Tech
Prospective students gather around the ESP (Educational Studies Program) booth to catch free t-shirts that were thrown into the crowd in the Johnson Ice Rink during the CPW Festival on Thursday.
Julia Zimmerman
Houston, Texas
Biology
What aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
I really like how excited everybody got about what they do. I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to do anything interdisciplinary, because other people tell you when you say you’re going to MIT that “oh, you’re only going to major in one thing,” but it sounds like there is a lot of time to do interdisciplinary things, and any separation between disciplines is a false dichotomy. I think the problem is going to be narrowing it down, because everything sounds so fascinating.
Are there any events that particularly interest you?
Biology stuff sounds cool. Oh, and all the FIREHOSE events. All of the topics sound really good. I don’t know if I can stay up until 3 a.m., though.
Sam Heilbroner
New York City, N.Y.
Math and Physics
What aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
The kids. I sat down at a frat for a couple hours and just talked about physics and math.
Are there any events that particularly interest you?
Just going to see some of the lectures, and playing Capture the Flag.
What initially attracted you to MIT?
It’s the best math and science school in the universe. I don’t think you’re going to find anywhere else where the students really love math and science. My dad went to Harvard and he said that if I went there I would have a very different experience.
Aviva Siegel
Members of ESP (Educational Studies Program) make balloon animals for prospective students at the CPW festival in the Johnson Ice Rink on Thursday night.
Andrew T. Lukmann—The Tech
Jennifer E. Lai ’10 of the Association of Taiwanese Students hands out bubble tea to prefrosh during the CPW festival on April 16 in Johnson.
Nina Budaeva
Berkeley, Calif.
Theoretical physics
What aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
Just meeting the people here, sitting in on classes, comparing what I see here to Caltech.
Are there any events that particularly interest you?
Sitting in on classes, especially the physics classes. I was really happy because we saw junior labs in physics today, and I saw setups that I only saw in textbooks. I’m just excited about the whole combination of events.
Anything else you’d like to add?
It’s cold! I’m wearing a ski jacket!
Steve Howland—The Tech
East Campus residents prepare wildly-flavored liquid nitrogen ice cream during the CPW festival on April 16. The selection included blueberry, vanilla, mango, and rhubarb ice cream, along with an array of fun toppings.
Jonathan Trevino
La Feria, Texas
EECS
What aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
Meeting new people. I’m planning on coming to MIT, so I’m networking.
What initially attracted you to MIT?
The fact that it’s pretty prestigious, but it backs up that prestige. It really is the premier engineering school, which is what I’m interested in.
Are there any student activities that you’d like to do?
I’m Hispanic, and I’m particularly interested in joining something that deals with my heritage.
Eric D. Schmiedl—The Tech
A sign titled “Carnivorous Plants Win” along with a toilet plunger appeared in the Dollar Bill Lounge in the Infinite Corridor, a reference to the carnivorous plants that threaten the plumber Mario in the Mario video game series. Hackers put up signs around campus with various meanings of the acronym “CPW” for the start of MIT’s Campus Preview Weekend on April 16.
Emily Zhang
Wayland, Mass.
Architecture
What aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
Seeing dorms, meeting people, and partying!
Are there any student activities that you’d like to do?
I’m thinking about being a coxswain for [men’s crew], or maybe I’ll just watch.
What initially attracted you to MIT?
It’s really famous, and I like the creative aspects of MIT, that there is a quirkiness that no other school really has. I also liked the MIT admissions propaganda that they sent out.
Manyu Belani
Palo Alto, Calif.
Mechanical EngineeringWhat aspect of CPW are you most excited about?
Breaking with Immobilare. I’ve been break dancing for a little while. I’m also excited to come to MIT and start studying.
Are there any events that particularly interest you?
The Bouncy Ball Drop. I just like bouncy balls! I mean, who doesn’t like bouncy balls, you know?
What initially attracted you to MIT?
Just a community of really enthusiastic people who like building stuff and learning about science. I build stuff all the time. I destroy stuff all the time, though.
Seth A. Villarreal—The Tech
Kevin A. Fischer ’11 holds a discussion with a prospective student. He walked around wearing a cardboard box promoting “CryoFAC” in reference to the East Campus based group that served liquid nitrogen ice cream during the CPW festival on April 16.
Kuljot Anand
Toronto, Canada
Biomedical Engineering and Business
Are there any student activities that you’d like to do?
I want to learn how to dance, doesn’t really matter what kind. I’m also interested in environmental groups.
What initially attracted you to MIT?
I randomly applied, and I got in and actually liked it. Kim Hunter from Admissions came to Toronto for an info session, and that’s really where I got the motivation to apply.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m not going to sleep, even though I’m sleepy.
Aviva Siegel
Prefrosh play a game of Twister hosted by East Campus at the CPW festival on Thursday night in Johnson.
Hannah Sieber
Wayland, Mass.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Are there any events that particularly interest you?
I’m pretty excited about a cappella and barbecue on the rooftop.
Are there any student activities that you’d like to do?
I’m going to do crew next year, so that will take all my time!
What initially attracted you to MIT?
I really like math and science, and it had the perfect program for what I wanted to do. My dad went here, so I’ve grown up knowing about it.
Ramya Sankar—The Tech
Samuel Millington is a prospective student from New York, N.Y.
Andrea Robles—The Tech
Rebecca E. Krentz-Wee ’11 mans the Lobby 10 booth for the Institute Screw Contest on Thursday. The contest is an annual charity fundraiser sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega that honors administrators or professors who are known for “screwing” over students. Chancellor Clay leads the pack with $136; next is Dan Frey with $112. Today is the last day to vote.