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Laura Zehender, from Richmond, VA. Mathematics major.
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Interviews compiled by Natasha Plotkin. Photography by Andrea Robles.

Laura Zehender

Richmond, Virginia

Mathematics

How’s CPW been so far?

Really exciting—there’s been stuff going on everywhere. Trying to choose what to do is the main problem.

What CPW activities are you most excited about?

A capella concerts. I probably am going to go watch Pants Pants Revolution…There so much, I can’t decide what to go to.

What do you do outside of class in high school?

Dancing—ballet, tap, [and] salsa dancing.

Kevin Chavez

Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Electrical engineering and computer science

How does MIT match or differ from your expectations so far?

So far it’s exceeded my expectations. And it’s good cause it’s only the first day, so it can only get better from here.

Which CPW events are you most excited about?

At [the welcome event], the Logarthyms were amazing…I’m going to sit in on a few classes tomorrow.

What activities you considering getting involved in during college?

I’m considering tennis. I play varsity high school tennis…I like to think I’m pretty good.

Andrew Ardito

Coxsackie, New York

Mathematics and physics

What the most interesting think you’ve done here so far?

I was at [Alpha Delta Phi] and they had this event where they would they would you PowerPoint slides you hadn’t seen before, and you would have to make a presentation based on them.

Any activities you’re interested in getting involved in?

Chess.

Jen Liu

Newton, Massachusetts

Environmental engineering

What the most interesting thing you’ve done at CPW so far?

I’d have to say eating Indian food at pika and doing a tour there.

Are there any CPW events you’re particularly excited about?

All the parties — dance parties.

Any activities you’re thinking of doing in college?

Track.

Katie Allsop

Connecticut

Biology

What’s the most interesting you’ve done at CPW so far?

The open house with the biology department, because I love biology—it was even more exciting than the [CPW] festival.

What are you excited about doing during the rest of the weekend?

I’m planning on sitting in on some classes…a biology class, a history class, and a math class.

What activities do you do in high school?

I’m on the robotics team…I also play the saxophone, not really, really, well, but I play it a lot.

Andrea Hinton

Kansas City, Kansas

Chemistry

What the most interesting thing you’ve done at CPW so far?

I ate liquid nitrogen ice cream. It was fun to watch being made, and it was really good.

What other activities are you excited for?

The Firehose classes.

Any activities you’re interesting in doing during college?

I’m interested in student government. I might play intramural soccer, because I play soccer outside of school...I’ll probably try a bunch of clubs.

What do you do outside of class in high school?

I play piano and soccer and do community service. I also do research sometimes at local hospitals.

Victor Rodriguez

Mexicali, Mexico

Engineering and business

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done at CPW so far?

This festival — it’s crazy!

How does MIT match or differ from your expectations?

The stereotype is that people here are all nerdy, but it’s not true. It’s the opposite…There’s all kinds of people.

Esmeralda Ramiro

San Diego, California

Bioengineering

What have you been up to so far during CPW?

I went to a grill at East Campus…I went to Random Hall, and now I’m at this festival.

What are you looking for during the rest of the weekend?

I want to try out learning to DJ cause I’ve never done that, and it just sounds like lots of fun and completely out of the ordinary.

What activities do you outside of school?

I do graphic design, so maybe I’ll check out some humanities classes

Monica Neugebauer

Houston, Texas

Chemical engineering

What have you been up to during CPW so far?

I went to a social psychology class, and that was really interesting.

What are excited for doing during the rest of the weekend?

My host has a radio show at one in the morning on Friday, so I’m excited for that.

What do outside of class in high school?

Band — I play flute and piano.

Any activities you’re interested in getting involved in during college?

Sailing, actually. And hopefully I’ll be in the orchestra.