Massachusetts Institute of Technology Class of 2019
The First Year at MIT

Freshman Pre-Orientation Programs 2015 - Coordinator/Counselor Application

This application form will be used for Coordinator and Counselor positions. Please fill it out as completely as possible. PLEASE NOTE: THIS APPLICATION IS DUE BY 5PM ON THURSDAY, February 26, 2015.

If you are interested in applying to be a FUP counselor, please apply separately via the MIT PSC FUP Application Form by 5pm on February 17.

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The Freshman Leadership Program immerses freshmen in a process of personal development that enables them to discover their own definition of leadership and to explore what it means to be a leader. FLP accomplishes this through a curriculum focused on inclusivity, empowerment, value defining, and leadership skill building. Students participate in workshops, activities, and discussions where they encounter various social issues, including but not limited to multiculturalism, diversity and gender roles, racism, sexism, and religious and socioeconomic issues. FLP strikes a balance between thought-provoking discussion and moments of laughter, and between understanding yourself and understanding your peers. FLP is a unique program that is guaranteed to be both fun and rewarding.

Counselor Expectations:
  • The FLP Counselors will be responsible for facilitating the activities and conversations of the 5-day session. The Counselors will facilitate discussions in both large and small groups, interact heavily with campers during FLP, and develop strong and close relationships that will last long after.
  • FLP Counselors must have a genuine interest in working with students to explore issues of race, gender, class, sexuality, disabilities, and community and how these topics relate to leadership. Experience working with students and/or facilitating discussions is preferred. Training and program dates TBA.
The Counselor Experience

"Having the opportunity to be a counselor for FLP has been one of the most influential experiences on my life. You design activities and discussions so that campers
think about issues that are often swept under the rug and also reflect on their own perspectives. The experience of listening to a story from one of the counselors or campers is much more captivating and moving than reading articles online about these topics. Seeing the campers evolve from the first day and think critically about themselves as the camp progresses is unbelievable. And, of course, you do all of this while laughing and smiling more than you ever will during the school year!" - Nicholas Diamantoni '15, FLP Counselor 2012, 2013

"Every year, FLP reminds me how incredible people are. By the nature of the program, the group of 70+ campers and counselors learn and grow from each other through discussion and self-reflection of societal issues. This program will challenge you to think about what you believe in as an individual. As a counselor, I discovered a new world of perspectives and backgrounds from my peers during FLP and gained a strong network of friends who are still my best friends to this day (and hopefully forever). As one of the most powerful, and memorable experiences I've had at MIT, FLP will change your life." - Jason Lee '14, FLP Counselor 2011 - 2013

FLP Counselor Application Questions


FAP is a preorientation program that encourages participating freshmen to be creative during a busy, fun week of introduction to MIT. The program has three main facets: "discipline" time, in which freshmen spend a few hours per day working on a project that gets presented at the end of the program; workshops, in which members of the MIT/Cambridge community run hour-long sessions on a fun topic (e.g. break dancing, Indian music, body casting); and big group activities, which are sometimes, but not always, art-related.

The art disciplines offered in FAP are:

  • Creative Writing,
  • Music,
  • Dance,
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts
  • Photography

As a counselor, you will be responsible for planning and running a curriculum in one of the disciplines as well as being a responsible leader and participant during group activities. Weekly meetings will be held during the spring term to start planning for FAP; additionally, counselors are required to arrive at school 5 days before FAP begins for training and setup.

Freshman Outdoor Program (FOP) Counselor

The Freshman Outdoor Program (FOP) - Kayaking will promote community, self-discovery, relationship building and fun. The FOP Kayaking program is offered through the Thompson Island Outward Bound School. The program will begin from the Island in Boston Harbor and will be guided by experienced Outward Bound instructors. FOP experiences will teach self-reliance, offer the strength and freedom that comes with knowing how to care for oneself and one's group. Participants will build strong friendships, expand their potential, and help others grow, all while being a part of an unforgettable outdoor experience.

Counselor Expectations
  • Participate and facilitate icebreakers and conversations during initial meeting and FPOP BBQ.
  • Guide groups to launch site.
  • Lead a group of first year students during the 5 day program along with the Outward Bound instructors.

FOP Counselor Application Questions

Freshman Urban Program (FUP) Counselor

The Freshman Urban Program (FUP) is a service-focused, community-exploring program aimed at introducing freshmen to MIT and to life in an urban college environment. Participants have the opportunity to get to know each other and their counselors through fun and focused public service activities. Besides acclimating incoming students to their new environment, FUP enables them to explore and begin to understand the needs of the Cambridge/Boston communities, and the role that students can play in meeting these needs through leadership and service. FUP is an MIT Public Service Center program.

If you are interested in applying to be a FUP counselor, please apply separately via the MIT PSC FUP Application Form by 5pm on February 17.

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