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Pretend You’re a Braniac: Visit MIT

11 Aug

If I were smarter and into science and into math and could handle all the braniacs, my dream school would be MIT. It is absolutely incredible and one of my favorite places.

I first discovered it during a trolley tour of Boston when I was younger. All I could remember was that it looked so cool, and weird. I then rediscovered it my sophomore year of college when I lived at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge for a semester. Because I was all of a sudden on that side of the river, my best friend and I would explore Cambridge on the weekends when we got bored- and when we didn’t want to walk to a subway across the BU bridge (every time I go over that bridge I think I am going to die).

I am not going to go into every detail of how amazing every building at MIT is; you will have to walk the campus for yourself and open your eyes. But I am going to give you some direction and advice.

MIT Stata Center

If you walk down Vassar Street you will see much of what makes MIT unusual. The Ray and Maria Stata Center is unlike (almost anything else). It was designed by Frank Gehry, a world-renowned architect. If I were you I would definitely go inside of it and walk around, look out the windows, go on the roof. It is basically MIT’s student center so anyone is allowed in. Also on Vassar you will see a funny shaped building with different colored square windows. It’s a dorm. Yup, it is a dorm. You will also pass by Henry G. Steinbrenner Stadium. And yes, that Steinbrenner is related to the Yankees (Henry was George’s father. He went to MIT and donated a lot of money to them).

View from inside the Stata Center

So there is the unusual, the “out-there”, but there is also the classic. Walk down Memorial Drive between Ames Street and Massachusetts Avenue and you will see some of the most gorgeous, classical architecture there is to see in the area. When you get to Harvard Bridge, turn up Mass Ave and keep your eyes peeled. The stone work and random structures abound (not sure if that is the right word, but it sounds good!).

Lincoln Laboratory MIT on Memorial Drive

How to get to MIT: Take the red line to Kendall/MIT (clever, right?). There are also many, many buses that take you right into Kendall: CT2 (weekdays only, found that out the hard way while it was pouring), 64, 68, 85 and others that run through MIT’s campus (47 goes close as well).

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