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Meet the Prefrosh

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Left to right: Michael Hiebert, Clemente Ocejo Elizondo, and Tim Zavarella from Chappaqua, New York
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Bella Montanaro from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Ian Hokaj from Santiago, Chile
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Abena Peasah from Lawrence, Kansas
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Heu Nguyen, Noam Miller, James Drayton
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Shannon Wing, Jeanne Harabedian, Jason Madeano
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Ian Hokaj from Santiago, Chile

What’s your spirit animal?

The sloth.

Why the sloth?

I don’t know. It’s lazy, it doesn’t do anything. I feel kind of compelled to do the sloth. No, just like it’s my spirit animal. I don’t necessarily embody all of its facets but it’s still my spirit animal.

What are you most excited about at MIT?

Personally, just meeting other people is what interests me, academic connections and all. I’ve met a lot of people, they’re like [into] engineering but they’re also chill people and I’m excited to meet some of them.

 

Bella Montanaro from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Are you committed?

I am, just about a week ago I did. It’s official, you’re stuck with me for 4 years.

What are you most excited about?

Meeting people. I came here not knowing a single person, nobody from my school is going [to MIT] or has come in a long time. I was a little bit nervous but everyone has been really great and really nice.

 

New York Trio

Do you guys all know each other by the way?

Yeah, we’re from the same high school.

Three comitted from the same school?

Yes. We have five. That’s pretty crazy.

 

Tim Zavarella from Chappaqua, New York

What’s your spirit animal?

My spirit animal? Ooh, that’s a good one. I’d have to go with the squid.

What are you most nervous about?

People being, like, weird. That’s gotta be it.

 

Clemente Ocejo Elizondo from Chappaqua, New York

What are you most excited about at MIT?

The whole experience really. Like best engineering school in the country.

What are you interested in?

Right now I’m Course 6, but I’m pretty open to anything.

Are you really?

Yea, like, a little.

 

Michael Hiebert from Chappaqua, New York

What worries you about MIT?

Probably time management. I feel it’s gonna be hard to put up with everything.

Is there any particular group you would like to be part of at MIT?

I’m going to play lacrosse and I’m also going to do ROTC. I feel like I’ll be busy.

 

Abena Peasah from Lawrence, Kansas

Are you committed to MIT?

Not yet but it’s my top choice.

Is there anything that’s going to help you decide this weekend?

I’m hoping to sit in on a class, and then go to a couple other activities with current and prospective students. We’ll see how that goes.

Do you know what you’d want to study if you came?

I’m thinking chemistry but honestly that could change. There’s just a lot out there.