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Jun. 10th, 2006 @ 12:23 am (no subject)
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hey, is anyone doing a freshman pre-orientation program? i can't decide if i want to do one or not. for me it basically comes down to cutting short my last few days at home vs meeting everyone early, so i'm not sure. is the experience worth it?
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Date:June 10th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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If I could add to the question: are the couple of PE credits (or just the sheer fun) you earn by taking the physical pre-orientation programs worth the high price tag?

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Date:June 10th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
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You'd probably get better responses in the mitmit community, but I'm (hopefully) doing the Leadership program and I'm really looking forward to learning cool skills and bonding with 50 people like never before.
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Date:June 10th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm not doing one...it kind of just seemed like MIT was trying to extract more money from us with those programs. But if it sounds like fun for you, go for it.
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Date:June 10th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Maybe things have changed, but last year, several of the FPOP programs, including DME which I did, were completely free (plus they gave us plenty of food).
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Date:June 10th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Some of them are free, but some of them (FOP, etc) are not because of traveling or whatever.
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Date:June 11th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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I'm (hopefully) going to try to go on the Yellowstone trip - it sounds like an amazing experience for - compared to an actual "vacation" there - a ridiculously low pricetag. *is excited*

Unfortunately, I have a good friend who's in Penn State's six year med program, so she's graduating in 2008 (how scary is that?), but has to take classes summers. So about four days after she returns for her break between summer and fall sessions, I would be leaving for Cambridge.

Here's another question: How do people who do pre-orientation work moving their stuff around? I could probably leave the majority of my things until the final move-in at my great-aunt's house (about 30 minutes outside of the city), but obviously most people don't have the luxury of having great-aunts just happening to live in the area.
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Date:June 13th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
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As a lurker/upperclassman perspective: I really wanted to do DME, but I got DOE instead and ended up enjoying it. You stay fairly busy and scheduled, but at the same time, you get a more leisurely introduction to MIT and get to meet neat upperclassmen who really care about their major and are more than happy to talk about what to expect your freshman year, what the fun things to do during rush are, etc. I thought it was a really good experience.

As far as stuff goes: Believe it or not, in the past, people were encouraged to bring only a suitcase to the first week of orientation. I got by with a couple of suitcases until I'd moved into my final dorm (EC->Random), and then had boxes shipped to me (or bought things like plates if it was cheaper than shipping). You stay in the same room for your FPOP as for rush, but don't get too attached to it--even if you stay in your temp dorm, there's no guarantee you'll live in that room or even on that floor. You'll almost certainly move at least within a dorm, so it's in your best interest to pack as lightly as possible.