Guest blogger: Flat Tim Beaver
Hello, MIT community! My name is Flat Tim. You’ve likely heard of my cousin, Tim the Beaver. Although you probably don’t know it, I am a member of the MIT Admissions Office. I don’t get to admit students but neither do I have to read applications.
However, I am a popular figure every fall when I visit different areas of the country to meet prospective students and educational counselors (those alumni volunteers who interview and recruit applicants).
My cousin pretty much sticks to campus, but I like to travel. And I don’t even need memberships in frequent-flyer plans or a rental car, since I just catch a ride with my friends in Admissions when they go out on the road.
As you can see, we always wear our seat belts.
I’ve had a pretty busy couple of years! I’ve checked out The Big Easy, got lucky in Las Vegas (I won 21 cents), remembered the Alamo, checked out Half Dome, trekked the Oregon Trail, and asked an SR-71 pilot for a lift home (he told me I needed to fly commercial).
I have learned to love coffee (Starbucks, my friends don’t give me a choice), enjoyed ice cream and milkshakes in California, and savored deep-dish pizza in Chicago.
I even got to visit to that school in Pasadena last year (you know the one I’m talking about) and checked out their cannon, but the pictures are classified, and I was incognito so you wouldn’t recognize me anyway.
Now that all of my Admissions Officer friends have settled in for the winter to read applications, I get to take a break and enjoy our beautiful campus here in Cambridge.
Though, to be honest, sometimes I wish I got to travel a little in the winter. It gets pretty cold here as I’m sure you remember.
I asked my friends in the Alumni Association if they would allow me to share the pictures from my travels over the last 18 months.
I hope you enjoy seeing some of the places I have been. Check out more on my blog, The Adventures of Flat Tim.
I can hardly wait to find out where my journeys will take me next year. Perhaps I’ll come to see you!