When you think of romantic places, what do you imagine? Perhaps Paris? Maybe a moonlit beach? What about Building 13? It’s a romantic place for alumna Diane —it’s where she first met her husband Derek Rucker ‘92.
“Three other students and I were waiting outside of our advisor’s office in Building 13. We commiserated about the upcoming semester, especially 3.185 with Professor Szekely, which was supposed to be awful. One of the students suggested exchanging phone numbers so that we could form a study group. Little did I know that I had just met my future husband and he never had any intention of using the other telephone numbers,” she remembers. Diane and Derek are among 4,400 married MIT alumni couples and are anecdotal proof that MIT is a romantic place.
Over the years, we’ve asked you for your stories of love at MIT and even sat down and talked with you about them. In many of these stories, specific locations play a supporting role. Now we want to know which of those locations at MIT is most romantic for you.
To celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day, we invite you to share your stories of love at MIT and the places that make your love story special. Was Barker Library the best place to spend quiet moments with your beloved? Or were the tunnels your favorite spot for a romantic stroll? Share your stories in the comments of this post or share on Facebook. With your help, we can map out the best places to find and feel the love at MIT for our February 14 Slice of MIT post. Love stories don’t have to be limited to people. We’d love to read and share stories of spaces you love at MIT.
Need a little inspiration? Listen to the podcast above. Alumni share stories of where and how they fell in love at MIT. Vandita Wilson ’90 and John ‘90 Wilson told us of a love story that began at East Campus. Karen Ha ’85, SM ’87 and Perry Ha ’85, SM ’87 fell in love at Walker Memorial, and Liz Andrews ‘06 and Bill Andrews ‘04 first met in the orchestra pit at Kresge.