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At MIT, students work hard and play hard - together. And many of the most important lessons you learn here - about collaboration, negotiation, leadership, empathy, joyful curiosity and how to have a good time while still passing physics - you will learn in part outside the classroom.

You and your friends may organize cook-ins and cook-outs, surprise parties, Sunday brunches, theme suppers, dinner cruises on Boston Harbor, white water rafting trips to Maine, shopping trips to factory outlets. Ski trips and sky-diving are increasingly popular. Arriving from such a rich array of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, students often get to sample each other's home-cooked meals, discover new musical instruments and play intriguing new games and sports. Spur-of-the-moment pleasures include strolling into Boston, playing volleyball or starting a snowball fight.

Dorms and living groups put on special events: Senior House is famous for its Steer Roast; Chocolate City for its Comedy Collage and open-mike poetry reading known as Ill Vibes; MacGregor for its clam bake; the Kenmore Square fraternities for annual Boston Marathon parties; East Campus for liquid nitrogen ice cream.

With more than 480 student-run clubs and activities - from Shakespeare to songwriting, student government to solar electric cars, community service to comedy improv - you're bound to find an extracurricular equation that works for you. If you like to use your hands, try our glass-blowing lab, fully-equipped hobby shop and ceramics studio. Both traditional and contemporary arts flourish at MIT. More than 500 students participate in organized music groups, including the nationally acclaimed MIT Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Chorus. Dramashop, the Musical Theater Guild and Dance Troupe attract standing-room-only audiences.

Every spring, the International Fair (iFair) celebrates campus diversity. Students from other local colleges stream onto campus for MIT's annual Spring Concert (which has previously featured They Might be Giants, The Roots, REM, Busta Rhymes, and Sugar Ray) and other special events. The Lecture Series Committee (LSC) arranges lectures, movies and concerts on campus.

Boston and Cambridge are wonderful cities to explore, with a wide range of theaters, concerts, restaurants, shops, cafés, parks, and museums. And because greater Boston is home to hundreds of thousands of college students, there is never a shortage of entertaining things to do.

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