I went to MIT a couple of weeks ago for an interview (not to teach there, don't get your hopes up). I happen to love college campuses--there's such a buzz of industry and a general sense of bustling that I really respond to. And, MIT, as you'd imagine, has its share of bustle. I walked into a building for my interview, and there were about a jillion things happening at once: meetings, two people pouring over a single sheet of paper, a group building something out of legos, etc. Bustle.
Notes about the campus:
1. It's quieter and tidier than Harvard.
2. There are a lot of dudes walking around that campus. It was like walking through Harvey Mudd, imma right? (holla to my Claremont peeps ((that's you, Liesl))) I wanted to give every girl I saw a thumbs up, for representing.
3. The building I went to was next to the MIT police headquarters, and there was a memorial to Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was killed after the marathon bombings.
4. Though I looked for an equation written on a board somewhere, I was unable to good-will-hunting myself into MIT. Maybe next time.