Moving as one, a school of nearly 1,000 new first-year MIT students migrated across the Charles River to the New England Aquarium on Friday, Sept. 2, for an evening that featured 15 MIT performance groups, free IMAX movies and an outdoor dance party.
The “Night at the Aquarium” was organized by SLOPE — the Student Life Orientation Programs and Events committee. Over the course of the night, MIT frosh took over the aquarium, snapped photos with Tim the Beaver, and rocked out to a performance by local award-winning band Mission Hill.
The theme for the evening was “no liMITs,” according to Residential Life Associate Mellisa Thompson, a committee co-chair for the event. She said the theme reflected the event’s goal of letting students preview some of the limitless social opportunities at MIT and around town.
“Many students understand that there will be a lot of academic work at MIT, but they sometimes don’t anticipate the social challenges they might face,” said Julie Rothhaar, assistant dean of residential life and co-chair of SLOPE. “Events like this help students connect as part of their class and as a part of MIT.”