Whilst MIT is renowned for its academic reputation, it is seldom that MIT comes to mind when listing the top 10 social colleges in the western hemisphere. Yet biology graduate students here at MIT balance the intense academic program by pursuing a myriad of interests. In fact, in a way, this defines biologists at MIT. People with lots of interests and lots of enthusiasm.
The biology program emphasizes the importance of social contacts, both in the academic and the personal sense. The fact that the first semester doesn't entail lab work and that the first year students are centered in one lounge, fosters such interaction. Indeed the Pit is the starting point for lots of group activities that we do. It is here that, sitting around the lunch table, ideas are thrown out. It is here that, glancing at the whiteboard, you'll find suggestions for things to do with people that evening. Indeed, it is common to stop by the pit if you're around in the evening to see who else is around and up for doing something.
So what is it that we do in our spare time? Well, that depends a lot on who "we" is refering to. One of the great things about a graduate program such as the one at MIT, is that one has the oppportunity to meet other students with diverse backgrounds and diverse interests which they're more than happy to share. Below is a very partial list of some of the things we like to do. The truth is that any interest you have can be done in the Boston area, and you can always find other people to do it with you. Boston is a city full of culture, diversity, and excitement. The Boston subway system ('The T') makes doing things in Boston accessible and afordable. MIT also has lots of clubs and activities representing all sorts of interests.
Run Lola, Run
The Court Jester
The Red Violin
How To Steal a Million
Singin in the Rain
Much Ado About Nothing
The Maltese Falcon
A Fish Called Wanda
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
Sometimes we'll watch these movies in one of the awesome movie screening rooms on campus. Often we'll watch them in someone's apartment.
Last Updated February, 2000. Bio99@MIT