Some people say that MIT students are nerds and this program is designed to address this. Is this why you run the program?
No! The classes we teach are designed for everyone, and we feel that we all have something to learn about etiquette, manners, communication, and personal skills. The nerd stereotype is not only misleading, it does not begin to capture the diverse, dynamic community that we have here at MIT. The bottom line is that not everyone receives this kind of instruction, either at home or in school, so we feel they are important life skills for us to pass on to the community.
Who is Charm School open to? Can I take a class?
Charm School is only open to MIT affiliates -- students, faculty, staff, alumni -- and their invited and escorted guests.
How can I participate in Charm School?
There is no pre-registration needed for Charm School! All that you have to do as an MIT student, faculty, or staff member is show up on Friday, February 3, 2012 from 10 am- 5pm . We'll do the rest!
When you arrive at Charm School you will receive a schedule of the day's classes. "Classes" are run by faculty, staff, and students, and you may choose which booth you wish to attend. A yellow coupon (credit) is given to each student who participates in a Charm School "class." If students attend at least 6 classes, they receive a Charm School Bachelor's Degree. If they attend 8, they receive a Master's and if they attend 10, they receive a Charm School Ph.D. We're quite proud at Charm School to let it be known that the majority of our students receive either Master's or a Ph.D. in Charm. Quite impressive!
If I can't make it at 10 am, will I miss anything?
You do not have to arrive at 10 am to participate, you can arrive throughout the day as your schedule allows. You won't miss a thing! The classes are set up to run continuously all day, with different faculty teaching each hour. This allows for a smooth flow of students throughout the day.
Why should I participate in Charm School?
Perhaps you are going on an important interview and need a few tips on conversation, hand shaking, or what to wear. Maybe you are wondering what to say to someone when they have given you a gift that is just awful. You just might not know which utensil to use for the sorbet that came after the salad but before the dinner. You have been invited to a friend's wedding and haven't a clue about how to dance a basic waltz. The list goes on, and everyone has their own reasons for attending Charm School.
Are the classes the only aspect of Charm School?
No, we have special events throughout the week. See the schedule.
Who can teach at Charm School?
If you have charming “expertise” to share, we are happy to consider you for a spot on the Charm School faculty, even if you are not an MIT affiliate. Though first priority is given to MIT affiliates, we often have teachers from outside of the direct community. Contact Alana Hamlett in the SAO for more information.
How can I teach a class?
It's easy! Students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to teach Charm School classes. Contact Alana Hamlett in the SAO for more information.
What about curriculum? Do I have to come up with it on my own?
We have curriculum for the majority of our classes that is there for you to use if you want to, and the SAO staff are available to help in brainstorming your class. We also have books on manners and etiquette that we loan to interested Charm School faculty. Stop by W20-549 to review these resources. If you develop your own curriculum, give us a copy and we will make duplicates for you and log it in the Charm School curriculum book for future use.