Fall 2021 Housing

pika will be housing residents again starting this fall! Obviously our usual rush process, as seen on our Get Involved page, isn't really feasible during the pandemic. As a result, we have adapted the process we usually use for exchange students and other people who aren't able to hang around pika in person prior to receiving a bid.

So here is how the rush process works this semester: You answer the questions listed below (thank you!) and send your response (.txt or .pdf preferred so people across platforms can read it) to the rush chairs (pika-rush@mit.edu). We will then coordinate a 1-1 interview with a pikan so we can get to know each other better!


Part 1: The Basic Stuff

  1. Name
  2. How would you like us to address you (nickname and/or pronouns)?
  3. E-mail address
  4. Are you a current MIT student? (If not, where do you go and how long will you be at MIT?)
  5. How far along in your studies are you?
  6. What are you studying?
  7. Why is pika a good fit for you?
  8. What excites you the most about communal living?
  9. House maintenance and upkeep, including cooking/cleaning/fixing things/miscellaneous, is largely run by pikans themselves. All pikans are expected to participate in semesterly work weekends, do one hour of chores per week (as part of Sunday House Improvement Time Space), and to either cook or clean the kitchen once per week, unless they take on certain elected positions. How would you feel about both living in such a house and regularly contributing to some flavor of chore?

Part 2: Commmunity Cultivation

pika values the cultivation of a community of people with diverse cultures, economic backgrounds, ethnicities, intellectual & political stances, religious beliefs, and sexual & gender identities. The questions in this section are about this:

  1. Describe your view on the importance of fostering an inclusive environment in pika. This question is intentionally open-ended and we encourage a wide interpretation of inclusivity.
  2. Self reflect on a time when you realized your actions or biases were excluding someone or some people from a space and how you changed. How would you bring these learnings to creating an inclusive environment in pika?
  3. Are there any accommodations you need to access the house or the rush process itself? (optional) Note: This question will only be used to help assist you as much as possible and you can email the rush chairs separately if you do not want your answers shared with the whole house.

Part 3: Getting to know you better

  1. We like food! Do you have any cooking/cleaning stories? Or a yummy dish to share?
  2. We like our house! Tell us about a favorite room/corner/spot in a dorm/apartment/house/tree/backpack that you have lived in.
  3. When is it acceptable to break a social norm? When is it unacceptable? Feel free to provide examples.
  4. What is the kindest thing someone could do for you?
  5. Tell us about a time in the past that you have engaged with a person with whom you have had significant differences of opinion (political/moral/ethical, not your favorite food).
  6. What is one of the most fun / most adventurous things that you've done?
  7. What are two things that you are passionate about (academic or otherwise)?
  8. Do you have any questions for us?