Usually I can find quite a few resources like:
The old HowtoGAMIT (How To Get Around MIT): http://web.mit.edu/htgamit/www/
CP* 2020 | Welcome to the Class of 2024 | MIT International Student Association - YouTube
Welcome MIT Class of 2024 - YouTube
Dear Class of 2025 -- Advice from an MIT/Stanford Student - YouTube
Facebook private group for the Class of 2025: https://www.facebook.com/groups/181005040346712
Other stuff you may find helpful:
Courseroad – for planning classes, major, looking at hours per week, prereqs, ratings, etc.
I believe this integrates to the Course Evaluations (when you get a MIT Account/Kereberos, you’ll be able to see the comments). When I was a student, we regularly reviewed the Course Evaluation Guide (a student organization, and the function has been taken over by MIT) and we’d see what was most helpful, most useful, etc. for handling various classes.
Various stuff offered by Student Life:
Undergraduate Residence Halls | The Guide to Residences
“stay friendly to everyone” even upperclassmen.
You know why we highly value collaboration? One of the reasons is that you’ll need your entire community to excel and to thrive at MIT. You can ask upperclassmen for advice, bounce ideas, help on psets, collaborate on extracurriculars and projects, …
- “Be ambitious but don’t be too ambitious, prioritize sleep too”
There are freshman credit limits for a reason. (My wife went to a school where there’s minimums … the average MIT student was an overachiever/superachiever type that thinks 70+ MIT units would be fun plus adding a bunch of extracurriculars / easy and sleep is overrated.)
Freshman year is transitional, and it will get harder.
Sleep is important for many reasons (reset, neurochemistry, mental health, memory/memorizaiton, etc.)
- “Find positive ways to deal with stress”
And this will be different for each person. Good ways:
Sleep / rest
Meditation / prayer / etc.
Having fun time with your friends
- “You have lots of resources”
Graduate Residence Tutors
Graduate student tutors and recitation instructors
Various offices like Office of Minority Education and the International Students Offices may have appropriate resources
Mind Hand Heart
S3 (Student Support Services)
Local area libraries (might not be applicable under COVID)
For instance, my freshman seminar, I needed a paper from the Department of Transportation and it turns out that was a couple blocks from my dorm (the Volpe Center is at 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA).