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Dispelling stereotypes about MIT. A film by Kim Baldauf '11, Nathaniel Salazar '11, and Helen You '10. As featured on boston.com.

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i love MIT!!! i really want to go there!! i'm trying my best to keep up my good grades and high test scores and stay in all my honors and AP classes ; )

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

You asked HARVARD students about our stereotypes? Might they not have a little bias against their superior Cambridge cousins? Hahvahd….hsssssssssssssss.

:-)

JMG '83 (Ph.D., Harvard, '89)

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

My thoughts watching this vid, in roughly chronological order:

"Harvard. Pfft." "Hey, it's Professor Thorburn, who teaches the film class that all of you people out there reading this should take!" "Hey, that desk intentionally has holes in it, which means it's from Simmons Hall!" "…I always wondered who had that paper beaver cutout on their door." "We will…we will…rock you…" "Hey, it's Professor Burgasser, against whom I hold no grudge from 8.012. Really." "There's nothing wrong with being 'geeky.' " "Awesome vid."

I feel a lot better about going after more than just an engineering degree now. I'm really glad I saw this. _

- mtlin

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

btw, I'm not anonymous. Give me an email sometime — jamesw@mit.edu

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

Wow — I'm a student — which is more valuable than an alum because I am here NOW. I have friends from Harvard and MIT, and they are all smart, all do nerdy things from time to time, and are all social. So take your stereotypes and stick them up your alumnus, while we have fun being more than one type of person.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

I was funny how ugly and nerdy everyone looked! It's amazing to me that MIT thinks that these nerdy people are a good sales pitch for students. As an alum, take my recommendation, go to Harvard if you're a socialite; go to MIT if you're a nerd.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

I just want to point out that not all MIT students can find a job. It's not the school that will determine whether or not you can get job, it's the student's ability to work hard.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

This is such a cool video! I'd always suspected that MIT stereotypes could be busted, and your video proves it beautifully by busting them all.

I love the red chested male cheerleaders for the women's basketball team.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

Cool video, British! _

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

geeks or not geeks, i wish I was at mit!

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

i luv MIT, and ill continue to say it anywhere i go. 9ice and cool video.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

I love seeing how much discussion this film has generated. Please keep in mind that this film was made in good spirit with a sense of humor. It is not a film against Harvard or any other school. It a film about MIT students and their many talents – which I assure you they have in abundance. MIT students are amazingly creative! My favorite comment above is that by the English professor. Nerdy is cool, whatever the discipline. :-)

Thanks to everyone for the comments! Violeta Ivanova

Posted almost 6 years by vmivanova

I don't think this video does anything but reinforce the notion that MITers are nerds and geeks, but I also see absolutely nothing wrong with being smart and different from the mainstream. We need to stop the popular image of smart people as being "abnormal" – what's truly not normal is the dumbing down of an entire society via the lowest common denominator-seeking entertainment media and pandering politicians. May these students have many happy years as this nation's intellectually advanced elite leading us out of stupidity!

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

Rats! I'm a professor of English, with specialties in rhetoric and linguistics, and all this time I thought WE were the nerds.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

My only thought after watching this: eww, they use Jorden as their Japanese textbook. Weird.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

From some of the comments I concluded that if you are genius you should go to MIT if not go to Harvard.

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

I didn't go to either Harvard or MIT, but I have people from there working for me. They are not nerdy and know how to have fun. :)

-TJ, George Mason University, PhD

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

The atmosphere/people at MIT seem a lot more easy-going than where I'm going to school this autumn: the University of Michigan.

I also hear that MIT has a great linguistics program (and Noam Chomsky!!) which is kind of what I'm going for.

Now, if it weren't for that tuition…

Posted almost 6 years by Anonymous User

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