MIT workload

<p>My principal really wants me to apply to MIT but what from I have heard, getting a degree from MIT is just like drinking out of a firehose. </p>

<p>So is it really that diffucult? Will I be spending most of my time studying? How does the coursework compare with other schools in the nation?</p>

<p>Well, if info on MIT is what you seek, I can recommend a good place to start:</p>

<p>Work vs. Play at MIT
MIT</a> Admissions: Work/Play Balance At MIT</p>

<p>In addition to the article itself, you'll probably find the various blog entries that run down the left side of the page the most helpful. Those are entries by (mostly) students and (some) faculty all specifically dealing with balancing the insane amount of academics at MIT with still living a full life.</p>

<p>Also, there are a number of current and past MIT students that faithfully browse this forum. This is doubly good for you, as they may comment here directly on this topic AND have already commented upon the idea. </p>

<p>The "Search" feature of this forum is very handy. :-) Just search in the MIT forum for things about difficulty of courses, workload, etc. The forum's pretty rich with similar inquiries.</p>

<p>It is very, very intense. Compared to most schools, the workload is significantly higher. But most people still have outside lives. They get good at time management. Most students go by "Work hard, play hard", for whatever definition of "play" a given student uses (sports, video games, parties, art, etc).</p>

<p>It really is that difficult, yes. But the cool thing is that you will learn to deal with the firehose, and you will do more than you ever thought you were capable of doing.</p>

<p>A typical MIT courseload, four classes, is designed to take 48 hours per week. 48 hours a week is a lot, for sure, but there are a lot more hours in the week than 48, so there's plenty of time for whatever else floats your personal boat.</p>

<p>I think most MIT students get through it by really loving what they're doing, and the camaraderie that comes through in a culture where everybody's in the **** together, so to speak. My four years were a whirlwind...and sometimes it was really hard to keep with it. However, now that it's all said and done, I look back and think how truly awesome it all was!</p>