If you have been to Massachusetts but were not brought to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University at Cambridge, I think your tour manager is kinda weird? Hehe ok just kidding. Anyway the point to make here is to show how important MIT and Harvard are when you are in the US state of Massachusetts.
We were driven to Cambridge after touring the main sites at downtown Boston and the first stop was MIT – a well-known private research universit, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research which opened in 1865. The acceptance rate for the latest batch of applications in 2011-2012 was only 8.9%. It has a strong entrepreneurial culture and has produced 78 Nobel laureates so far. Now, let’s take a look at its campus:
Maybe because this is a technology university, so the buildings in the campus all look very prim and proper, since people who major in science are generally more logical thinkers and less creative? Haha no offence meant though. In fact even the building names are assigned numbers instead of beautiful names, so boring! 😛
It was a quick 30 minutes’ tour at MIT, after which we arrived at Harvard University – an American private Ivy League research university. It was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature, being the oldest institute of higher learning and the first corporation chartered in the country. The Harvard alumni includes 8 US presidents, 141 Nobel laureates, as well as 62 living millionaires, the most in the country. Sounds impressive eh? 😉 But you really need to be cream of the crop in order to be admitted into its programs as each year, only about 10% of the applications are accepted. Here’s how the campus looks like:
Not sure if you feel the same way as us, we were more impressed with Harvard University compounds compared to MIT, although theoretically, MIT is more difficult to be admitted. 😛 Most probably it was because of the English feeling that it gave us, like more conducive to study in haha. The building names in Harvard were also given English names instead of numbers and more beautifully constructed.
In addition, Harvard Square, adjacent to Harvard Yard (main campus ground), is the historic heart of Harvard University, has many shops, cafes and restaurants for the Harvard students. It looked like a happening neighbourhood and commercial centre to me. I bought 2 Harvard t-shirts at the student-run Harvard store too. There is also a major MBTA Red Line subway and bus transportation hub conveniently located here.
We ended the tour at Harvard Square and went back to downtown Boston after about an hour. Academic tours aren’t really for me since I graduated from university quite some time back, but I did enjoy the architecture and scenery at Harvard. 🙂