Senior Gift Challenge
Ishaan Kumar
Ishaan Kumar
Chair
Courses 2 and 15
Chi Phi
“Our incredible MIT experience was built on the dedication of our alumni. As we're about to step out into the world, its worth reflecting on that and time to start doing our part to make sure every generation can fall in love with the Institute the same way we did.”
Matt Metlitz
Matt Metlitz
Solicitation Coordinator
Course 2 with a minor in Energy Studies
Phi Kappa Theta
“I personally want to give back to MIT since the Institute has provided me with more opportunities and a greater education than I could have possibly anticipated when I first came here over three years ago. I have been able to travel to numerous parts of the world, meet people I would have never met before, and take on amazing hands-on projects. There is a unique culture and educational openness at MIT that I can honestly say I have not observed at other institutions. I believe that it is important for this system to remain available and inspiring for each new round of students that come through MIT.”
Betsy Riley
Betsy Riley
Events Coordinator
Course 6-2
East Campus
“While the lectures, labs, and psets at MIT have made me a more creative thinker and adept problem solver, the richness of my experience here has come from my time outside the classroom. My extracurriculars, living group, UROPs, and MISTI program can all benefit directly from my donations, and by giving back to MIT I can help ensure that future students will have the same opportunities to live MIT to the fullest.”
Maddy Wharton
Maddy Wharton
Greek Life Coordinator
Course 20
Sigma Kappa
“For any of the variety of reasons that we find during our time at MIT, being students here provides us with a community and an opportunity to grow and learn. Whether it be by learning about ourselves or about the next innovation that is going to change the world, we graduate from college with a new understanding of the world. Giving back is our opportunity to insure that future students can piece together the highlights of each of our experiences to create their own journeys to understanding.”
Taleen Afeyan
Taleen Afeyan
Volunteer
Course 20
Alpha Phi
“MIT has changed me in so many ways over the past 4 years. I think it's important to acknowledge how much MIT has given to us, and find a way to give back that reflects the unique ways MIT has shaped each of us.”
Sebastian Begg
Sebastian Begg
Volunteer
Course 9
Chi Phi
“Donations and giving back provide a critical link between the current student body and the alum community. I recognize that fostering a strong relationship between these groups is what makes MIT such a unique learning community: one of the most important reasons why I decided to come to MIT was the cohesive environment among its students, and I want to do everything I can to help this community grow and become even closer knit.  In visiting colleges, I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that being an MIT student was not a four-year long commitment: rather, it is a lifelong journey that continues to give back to its community members.  I want to help my peers engage in giving back and helping support their school.”
Kristine Bunker
Kristine Bunker
Volunteer
Course 2
MacGregor
“MIT has given me so much that will help me through the rest of my life whether it be educational, meeting amazing people, or playing Varsity Athletics. I have learned more than I ever thought I would over my four years at MIT and I want to make sure that every class in the future gets the same great experience that I have had!”
Cody Chamberlain
Cody Chamberlain
Volunteer
Course 11
Phi Kappa Sigma
“Giving back to MIT is essential to maintaining the quality experience that we have at MIT, thanks to the generosity of the alumni that precede us, for future students.”
Flora Cheng
Flora Cheng
Volunteer
Course 10
McCormick
Kappa Alpha Theta
“As a first generation student, I've always felt very privileged to be able to attend MIT, one of the best schools in the nation. MIT has provided me with many opportunities that I don't think I could have experienced elsewhere. Giving back to MIT is a small way to show my appreciation and pay it forward. I want future students to be able to benefit from all that our school has to offer.”
Andrew Dorne
Andrew Dorne
Volunteer
Course 6-2
Phi Sigma Kappa
“There have been an enormous amount of opportunities and experiences that have come out of my MIT experience. I think there is no better way to ensure that future generations can have similar opportunities than to pay it forward.”
Paula Gonzalez
Paula Gonzalez
Volunteer
Course 1A with Policy/Planning
Baker
Kappa Alpha Theta
“Over the last three years, I've been constantly reminded of how lucky I am to be at MIT. People all over the world dream of coming to a school like this, and giving back to MIT is my way of expressing gratitude for the time I've spent here. We're all so fortunate to have this opportunity, and giving back is a small way to say thank you!”
Philine Huizing
Philine Huizing
Course 2A with Product Design
Sigma Kappa
“Giving back to MIT is important because MIT took a chance on me four years ago and has allowed me to take advantage of so many amazing opportunities. Giving back is like paying it forward, I want as many students as possible to have access to the same opportunities that I have had, if not more.”
Jason Lee
Jason Lee
Volunteer
Course 3
Kappa Sigma
“I think giving back to MIT can be important because MIT has not only taught me how to apply scientific principles in the real world, but also how to value the people who MIT has so awesomely accepted. The people I have met and the relationships I have created from attending this school have reshaped my core values and gave me the support to get through difficult times. Thankfully, I've been able to participate in student organizations that have made my college experience unforgettable. Personally, I hope to take every opportunity, small or large, to thank MIT for letting me be a part of its unbelievably unique "bubble" and for accelerating my growth into the person I want to become.”
Marcus Lowe
Marcus Lowe
Volunteer
Course 6-3
Chi Phi
“Giving back is important because MIT has already given us so much. Coming to MIT for university has dramatically changed who I am as a person and I look forward to doing that for the generations to come.”
Phillip Marmolejo
Phillip Marmolejo
Volunteer
Course 2
Delta Kappa Epsilon
“I believe that MIT has offered all of us many opportunities that we would have never received anywhere else, and I want to do what I can to them continue that tradition.”
Alan Miranda
Alan Miranda
Volunteer
Courses 10C and 15
Theta Xi
“MIT has been a second home for me and I want to help others experience all the great moments I had while attending this school through my contributions. This has been the place where we succeed, where we fail, meet our best friends and even have our best days yet. By having students and alumni actively supporting this community plenty of others after us will have the opportunity to go what we went through and achieve even greater things.”
Obinna Okwodu
Obinna Okwodu
Volunteer
Courses 1 and 15
Sigma Chi
“I think it's important to give back because MIT has truly changed my life, and given more to me than I can ever hope to reciprocate.”
Jai Saranadhi
Jai Saranadhi
Volunteer
Course 2
Burton Conner
“It only struck me during the start of Senior year that this may be the last time I will ever have unlimited access to the type of resources, such as machine shops, that are available at MIT. I realized that I'm going to truly miss these opportunities and I want to make sure they are possible for future generations of MIT students.”
Chandler Schlupf
Chandler Schlupf
Volunteer
Course 8
MacGregor
“On a large scale, alumni funding is crucial to keeping MIT one of the top schools in the world.  On a small scale, it is crucial to a lot of highly active student groups and sports on campus.”
Sarine Shahmirian
Sarine Shahmirian
Volunteer
Course 7
Maseeh (originally Bexley)
“Giving back to MIT is important in several ways. Not only is the reputation of the institute directly affected by its alumni's (and current students') donations to the school, but also the general sense of school pride is significantly based on how much its graduates give back to MIT. Everyone loves that their alma mater be ranked high in the charts but also, more importantly, feels the need for a sense of community and belonging to the culture of the school they spent their most formative years at. In essence, giving back to MIT is a symbol of pride and gratitude for a place that drastically shaped its donors' lives and contributed to their lifelong success.”
Johnny Slocum
Johnny Slocum
Volunteer
Course 2
East Campus
“MIT has given its students a profound opportunity to make a difference that few institutions can provide. It's important to keep that privilege available for future classes because they could be responsible for creating breakthrough technologies in the future.” 
Kirin Sinha
Kirin Sinha
Volunteer
Courses 18 and 6-2
Alpha Phi
“MIT has taught me so much and opened so many opportunities for me that I want to ensure that it can continue to do the same for future students.”
Jackie Sly
Jackie Sly
Volunteer
Course 2-OE
East Campus
Sigma Kappa
“I think it’s incredibly exciting to watch MIT evolve and it's always, unfortunately, a matter of having the funds to make changes—student groups or otherwise. Giving back is a great way to make sure your money is going to specific groups on campus and by doing that, you’re giving them the opportunity to make those changes that keeps MIT fresh.”
Mia Stevens
Mia Stevens
Volunteer
Course 16
MacGregor
“I think that giving back to MIT is important because it is an opportunity to make sure that the programs that impacted my life are available to future students.”
John Tebes
John Tebes
Volunteer
Course 14 with minors in 18 and 17
Phi Sigma Kappa
“MIT is a place where you discover what you are passionate about, and what impact you want to have on the world. Although MIT is renowned for the rigor of its research, what makes MIT special is its ability to apply academic theory to real world problems. I have learned this through my own experiences over my last four years at MIT. MIT students and faculty continue to innovate new solutions to the technological and social challenges of our time. To this end, donations to MIT not only allow students to grow into the leaders of tomorrow, but also have a dramatic impact today through the work that is being done at the Institute. I am extremely fortunate to have benefitted from this MIT spirit of "Mind and Hand", and hope we can perpetuate it even further through the Senior Gift campaign.”
Antuan Weeks
Antuan Weeks
Volunteer
Course 14
Next House
“MIT has given its students a profound opportunity to make a difference that few institutions can provide. It's important to keep that privilege available for future classes because they could be responsible for creating breakthrough technologies in the future.”
Sarah Weiss
Sarah Weiss
Volunteer
Course 20
Burton Conner
Kappa Alpha Theta
“I feel so fortunate to have had so many cool opportunities to take advantage of; having these extracurricular options has really enriched my MIT experience. I want to make sure that students going forward are able to have a similarly enriched experience.”
Daniela Yuschenkoff
Daniela Yuschenkoff
Volunteer
Course 7
Kappa Alpha Theta
“Giving back to MIT allows me to show my appreciation for all of the experiences I've had over the past years, and ensure that future generations of students will be able to get as much out of MIT as I did!”
Devin Zhang
Devin Zhang
Volunteer
Courses 18 & 10
Baker
“For the past four years, MIT has been my home. I have been part of an incredible community and have built bonds that will last a lifetime, making this a truly special place for me. I think that giving back to MIT is most rewarding because the contributions will go directly towards improving the lives of the thousands of students that will follow in the next few years, helping to make MIT the same home as it was for me.”