Class of 2023 attends Disorientation Sept. 22

The event featured a churro bar, southern-style dishes, and a cash bar

Disorientation for the Class of 2023 took place at the New England Aquarium 7–11 p.m. Sept.22. 

Around 600 students attended the event, according to an email to The Tech from Christina Chen ’23, vice president of the Class of 2023 Class Council. Tickets cost $12 and were sold out. The Class of 2023 Council created a waitlist to accommodate the number of students. Ultimately, everyone who expressed interest was able to attend.

There was a scavenger hunt, a puzzle hunt, and a dance floor on the aquarium’s deck. Students were able to write a letter to themselves to be opened at graduation. They were also able to tour the aquarium; Rishi Kommalapati ’23 remarked that “the highlight was for sure the penguins. They were very active when we got there, but by the time we were wrapping up, they had settled down for bed.”

The event featured a churro bar, southern-style food stations, and a cash bar where students who were over the age of 21 could also purchase alcoholic beverages.

Disorientation is intended to mirror the orientation event for first years held at the aquarium each year. Rishi Kommalapati ’23 wrote in an email to The Tech that “this event brought back great memories from freshman year.”

Emily Streiff ’23 added in an email to The Tech that “it was great to see people in my class that I haven’t seen since freshman year,” although it was “a little crowded.”

Chen wrote on behalf of the Class of 2023 Council, which worked throughout the summer to organize the event. They described Disorientation as “a full circle moment, a culmination of our four years at MIT,” adding that “organizing Disorientation was incredibly rewarding and fun” and “felt the event ran as smoothly as it could.”

“At its core, Disorientation is about the people. We’re starting off our senior year strong, and we’re certainly en route to end it with a bang!”