Student Stories

The following first generation students have shared their stories. Read on to learn more about their paths to MIT.

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Tina Pavlovich '20

Mathematical Economics and Spanish Language & Literature​

Trajectory: New York -> MIT

Future: Humanitarian

I was born and have lived in New York my whole life. My parents are both Croatian immigrants, so my childhood was filled with rich food, travels back to the motherland, and beautiful culture.​

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Billy Caruso '18

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Trajectory: New Jersey -> MIT

At MIT: Rifle team, MIT Sandbox

Future: Coder

I was born and raised in Toms River on the Jersey Shore where summers are full of beach, boardwalk and everything local. Since middle school I was fascinated by Apple - both the company culture and their amazing products. It was then that I knew I wanted to study computer science.

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Alexis Oriole '18


Trajectory: North Carolina->MIT

At MIT: Ultimate frisbee team, Leadership Training Institute

Future: To be determined!

Going to MIT was a big decision for me because nobody from my high school had ever gone there. However, my family and friends provided so much encouragement that I knew going to MIT would be the right decision. 


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