As most of you know, from 2004-2008 I served as Director of Communications for the MIT Office of Admissions. My job (other than reading applications and selecting four amazing classes with my colleagues) was to establish a communications platform for MIT Admissions that would enable MIT to communicate with its prospective students as fluently and as transparently as possible.
I designed and built mitadmissions.org as the primary venue for that, and I managed its day-to-day production for almost four years. Interacting with current and future MIT students and working with such terrific colleagues made those some of the best years of my life. I honestly believe that we changed the entire landscape of college admissions with our commitment to transparency and truth.
Today, my baby was featured on the front page of the New York Times. Above the fold, no less. (Here is the online version.) While the college admissions world has been acknowledging our work for years, this is the first time that the larger world has been exposed to it, and I have to admit - it feels pretty good. At the same time, it's somewhat bittersweet - I'd been trying to get major media to feature the site for years, and of course it happens after I leave... but that's life.
Here's a big hug to my inspiration along the way: fellow bloggers and partners-in-crime Matt McGann, Bryan Nance, and Daniel Barkowitz; bosses-who-believed-in-me Stu Schmill and Marilee Jones; and of course, all of the amazing MIT students who made the whole thing possible.
For those who are interested, my old MIT blog still exists at mitadmissions.org/Ben.shtml. It represents some of the most honest writing I've ever done. Here are three of my favorites: one, two, three.