So, the last few days was Dorm Rush. The point of dorm rush is to make sure that freshmen find a dorm where they are happy. The truth of dorm rush is that freshmen spend the week exploring a little, but mostly enjoying the free food offered by almost every dorm.
Some of the other interesting events of the week:
Underground Capture the Flag, or at least an unofficial version run by people from Discover Ocean Engineering—the real thing is this Saturday.
Exploring the many corridors of campus and trying to learn my way around, preferably not entirely above ground, either, so I don’t have to spend too much time outside during the winter. Yesterday I managed to get from Lobby 7 to the Stata Center without ever going outside. This isn’t actually very hard, but the last time I tried to do this was when I visited campus last October, and I had no idea where I was, and the area looked a little sketchy.
18.02 (multivariable) Advanced Standing Exam, which I apparently passed. Difficulty really varied by problem. I know that I finished 12 or 13 of 20 problems, all of which I think I did the right way (although might not have gotten the right answer). I was far along in 4 or 5, and only clueless on 1 or 2. They obviously gave partial credit, and were also willing to set the bar below impossible, fortunately.
Today I have Core Blitz, where they talk about the classes everyone has to take, and the Academic Expo, where the different majors give out free stuff to convince you to join their department. I also have a meeting with my advisor, which I’m really looking forward to, because he’s supposed to be a very cool guy.
Dorm rush is now officially over (the housing adjustment lottery closed last night), which means that the dorms aren’t going to give us food anymore. However, frat rush starts on Saturday, and the frats are notorious for spending lots of money on food for freshmen. Generally steak and lobster are available.
So until then, I need to go actually buy some food.