The month of January is an interesting month at MIT. It's an optimal month for students and it's called IAP.
The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special four week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.
When I was a student at MIT, I spent every January at MIT. Some students would stay at home and return for spring classes in February. I was always at MIT and I always participated in IAP activities. Some of the most memorable include:
- Charm School (yes, all the nerds at MIT really need help with charm and etiquette)
- Ballroom dance workshops
- Programming (yes, some crazy students try to cram programming into a single month!)
- 2.670 Mechanical Engineering Tools (yes, I was a Mech E)
- How to find a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program)
I sure miss those days at MIT. In fact, there's an event called "Toast to IAP" and it occurs in several major cities throughout the United States.
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