Greetings from the QSN chapter at MIT! We are thrilled to give you a glimpse into Quest at MIT so, here we go! It cannot be argued that MIT’s academic opportunities are absolutely amazing, but often it is said that what makes the undergraduate experience unmatchable is the sense of community and belonging that MIT fosters. Following in-step, we at QSN strive to create a supportive and welcoming community for QuestBridge Scholars and fellow peers. We know that QuestBridge Scholars have faced many tribulations in life and we hope to make the transition to college an incredibly warm and familial experience.
In addition to the Welcome Event, QuestGiving, National Quest Day, and Senior Send-Off traditions that we do every year, our chapter holds monthly study breaks where we enjoy each other's company over food. Whether we are preparing Vietnamese spring rolls, falalels & onion rings, or just eating Domino's pizza, these are times that we build friendships and understand what it means to be a part of a special community. While community-building is the basis of our mission, this does not mean that it is simply bringing Scholars together. By sharing stories, culture, and challenges with other identity groups, such as the First-Generation Program and CASE (Class Awareness, Support, and Equality), we aim to interconnect a greater community across campus. Through these collaborations, we share resources, mentorship, and provide support for first-generation, low-income backgrounds.
But why stop at campus? During National Service Month and throughout the year, we collaborate with the Boston Children's Museum and local Cambridge schools with initiatives that promote education, enrichment, and connection with communities that surround us. It is through this service that we appreciate our duty to influence change to make the world a better place, consistent with MIT's mission. These values are at the heart of QSN at MIT. This is something that we fully come to realize when we serve our QuestGiving plate and realize that, a ways away from home for Thanksgiving, we are thankful for MIT, for QSN, for this family.