An MIT Alumni Association Publication

The MIT Alumni Association asked some of its alumni to finish the phrase “When I wasn’t in class at MIT, you could find me…” From spending time with friends to doing field work, the answers reflect the diversity of MIT students.

The responses, recorded at on-campus events during Tech Reunions weekend, include revered spots on campus like the Muddy (aka Muddy Charles Pub), the MIT Lab for Chocolate Science, and the MIT Glass Lab. Many alumni also named spots near campus, like sailing on the Charles or spending time in downtown Boston.  

“You could find me at McCormick Hall visiting my future wife,” shared Victor Tung Tom ’72, SM ’73, SCD ’81 as he pointed to his wife, Sze-Wen Kuo ’73, at his side. And Neil Aggarwal ’18 could be found “singing somewhere on campus—I was in the Logarhythms,” he notes. 

Hear more responses in this recent MITAA video.


Catherine Learoyd

Sat, 09/24/2022 11:02am

The Cheney Room would be my answer. Women made up about 5% of the class when I was at MIT in the 70s. The Cheney Room was a wonderfully relaxing space for women only - a place to connect with other women students. I lived off campus so this was my home base when on campus. It had a living room with a piano, a kitchen/dining space, a study space, lockers and showers. I had understood it was established when the only women's dorm was across the Charles River. Now I read that: "The Margaret Cheney Room was founded in 1884 in recognition of the fact that women have traditionally been denied a safe space of their own, especially in the STEM fields." Now that women are 45% of the students, the Cheney Room has evolved. "In light of its founding mission, the Cheney Room exists to promote community and empower all students at MIT who experience gender-based systems of oppression as it relates to being a women or being coded as a woman."

Sherman Elspas

Sun, 09/25/2022 3:47pm

Simmons college

Elliot Framan

Sun, 09/25/2022 6:33pm

When not in class I was either fencing, practicing, sailing,or touring Boston

Rebecca Romatoski

Thu, 09/29/2022 9:44am

When I wasn't in class, you could probably find me on the ice rink playing hockey all evening starting with team practice and then playing an intramural game or two or three!

Barry Breen

Mon, 12/19/2022 8:48pm

At PMD or other Frat houses on Beacon Street in the Back Bay area of Boston. Also walked all over downtown.